Rita Rasimaite may have pedaled her beloved bike across Vietnam only to have it stolen during her first night in Ho Chi Minh City, but the outpouring of sympathy and generosity she received after sharing her story with locals was beyond her expectations. Rasimaite, a Lithuanian based in the UK, cycled more than 3,600km across Vietnam on her north-to-south trip to reach the southern metropolis on Tuesday. While the 26-year-old expected to be able to celebrate completing her trip, she instead wound up “[crying] on [Wednesday] morning as someone stole [her] bicycle from the front of [her] hostel” in District 1, Rasimaite wrote on her Facebook. Rasimaite said the bike, a Cannondale Quick 5 equipped with a small computer and phone holder, is “more like a friend and has very sentimental meaning” to her, and she badly needs to see her buddy again. The call for help was quickly shared in Facebook groups and … [Read more...] about Tourist and Saigon bike theft victim overwhelmed by Vietnamese generosity
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(CPV) - Hoi An city in Quang Nam province has been voted as a scenic city of 2013 in Asia by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN Habitat). Hoi An was voted the second-best city in the Far East by US Conde Nast Traveler readers. The ranking was based on culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging and shopping. The 10 cities under consideration were Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan, Hoi An in Vietnam, Ubud in Indonesia, Luang Prabang in Laos, Singapore, Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand, Hong Kong in China and Siem Reap in Cambodia. According to the survey of Conde Nast Traveler, visitors to Hoi An "fell in love with 'the colorful houses and old mansions', which 'felt like walking in a movie". Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Cultural Heritage Site, won a rating of 79.9 out of 100, or only 1.7 points behind Kyoto. Its culture scored 87.3, friendliness 84.3, atmosphere 90.9, restaurants 73.1, lodging 80.3 and shopping 68.4. UN Habitat is the United … [Read more...] about Hoi An voted as scenic city of 2013 in Asia
PART A SOCIO-ECONOMIC, NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY OVERVIEW IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF 2009 In the first 6 months of 2009, the socio-economic situation, national defense and security in the province have advantages but also face difficulties and challenges that affect the socio-economic development. Well-timed measures introduced by Government along with the great effort made by all sectors, departments, enterprises and production and business establishments has helped remain the local economic growth rate. Estimated GDP in six months of 2009 (in comparison with 1994) is VND 14,005.5 billion, reaching 41.9% of the plan, up 7.14% over same period. Specifically, industry - construction sector gains VND 9125.8 billion, reaching 42.1% against the plan, up 7%; service sector gains VND 3622.8 billion, reaching 44.9% of the plan, up 8.9%; the agriculture, forestry and fisheries gain VND 1256.9 billion, reaching 34.1% of the plan, up 3.6% over the same period. … [Read more...] about Socio-Economic Overview In The First 6 Months, A Number Of Tasks And Solutions In The Last 6 Months Of 2009
A. SOCIO-ECONOMIC OVERVIEW I. ECONOMY: 1. Manufacturing: 1.1. Industrial manufacture: Estimated value of industrial manufacture in 10/2008 is VND 6,819.7 billion (fixed price in 1994), up 12% against last month, the first ten months reach VND 62,286.7 bil, achieving 79.7% of the plan and increasing 21.1 % compared with the same period. a/ Central state owned industrial sectors: Estimated value of industrial manufacture in 10/2008 is VND 821.1 billion, up 5.4% against last month, the first ten months reach VND 7,136.4 bil, achieving 79.8% of the plan and increasing 13.7% compared with the same period. … [Read more...] about Socio-Economic Overview in October 2008 and ten months of 2008.
Your Say (04-12-2009) Pavements are for pedestrians, not vendors and motorcylists Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers about the use of pavements and roadsides as car parks or food stalls and the need to spare space for pedestrians to walk. Ryu Hashimoto, Japanese, Binh Duong I think it's part of the culture. Food stalls are fun and one of my favourite things in Viet Nam. But as you mentioned, sometimes pedestrians have to walk along the gutter which causes traffic jams. However, food stalls are very convenient because they taste good and are cheaper than restaurants. … [Read more...] about Pavements are for pedestrians, not vendors and motorcylists