No cigar: Văn Đức surrounded by two Nepali defenders in an attempt to break through during Việt Nam’s 2-0 victory yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Linh Viet Nam News JAKARTA — Việt Nam and Nepal got off to a slow start as both teams tried to establish dominance in midfield. After a 3-0 victory against Pakistan in the first match, Việt Nam got to dictate the pace of the game as they only needed a draw to proceed to the knock-out stage. As the game gathered momentum, Việt Nam showed their deadly skill in counter-attacking, especially with their fast wing play. They created several good openings in front of Nepal’s goalpost but the score remained 0-0. When there were no more than five minutes left in the first half, Vietnamese striker Nguyễn Anh Đức opened the scoreline with a header after he found himself unmarked in the box to receive a cross by Phan Văn Đức from the right during a … [Read more...] about Việt Nam defeat Nepal 2-0 to move on to the knock-out
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Caption: Đại Lãnh Lighthouse in Phú Yên Province. — VNS File Photo Viet Nam News PHÚ YÊN — The Cape of Điện is a must-see destination in the central province of Phú Yên as the sun rises over the sea Located in Đông Hoà District, the cape is one of the furthermost eastern parts of mainland Việt Nam, along with the Cape of Đôi in the neighbouring province of Khánh Hoà. It takes about three hours from Nha Trang City to get to Điện by motorbike, and the trip takes travellers past the breathtaking beauty of Vũng Rô Beach and Cả Pass, one of the longest mountain passes in the country. Visitors should depart from Nha Trang in the afternoon so they can reach the Cape of Điện in the evening so they wake up early the next morning and catch the beautiful sunrise. The cape is small and pristine, and is still mostly unspoiled. A night at the hostel … [Read more...] about Watching the sun com up on the Cape of Điện
Viet Nam News Long ago, a guide book was made to help visitors find their way around Viet Nam. It had information about interesting places as well as advice on how to travel. Now, it has been printed again. It is being sold at book stores all over the country. By Trinh Nguyễn A classic travel guide authored early in the 20th century has been reprinted, offering readers the opportunity to travel back in time and experience yesteryear Hà Nội in minute detail. Nhã Nam Books, in co-operation with Hà Nội Publishing House, has brought out a new edition of the original Hà Nội Chỉ Nam (Hà Nội Travel Guide), considered a thorough guide book in the early 20th century. Authored by Nguyễn Bá Chính, the guide book was first printed in 1923 with clear information about Hà Nội's tram routes, railway, roads, restaurants, hotels, pharmacies and tailors. Apart from the wealth of information, the book also encouraged readers to follow the writer's choices and recommendations. "This is a new … [Read more...] about Old guide book gets back on to the bookshelves
Trump may seem entertaining, but his madness won't mean anything good for Vietnam. Perhaps the greatest joy of expatriation lies in the luxury of watching the political theater in your home country with all the dispassion of a daytime soap opera. You can simply roll your eyes at the stilted twists or turns, laugh at the bad acting or simply switch off the channel secure in the knowledge that no portion of your labor goes to the producers or their advertisers. It's all just free entertainment. At no point should this have felt more true than during the rise of Donald Trump—a man made by and for television. And yet he has proven as impossible to ignore as a worm hole opening up in your living room and slowly sucking everything you own into a parallel dimension. Growing up in Reagan's America, Donald Trump was a joke and not a very funny one. For a time, he occupied the brain of a cartoon cat during the last days of a popular Sunday comic strip. When I was 12, he made a … [Read more...] about When Trump stops offering free entertainment and starts being a threat to the Vietnamese way of life
VietNamNet Bridge – At 3,143m, Fansipan, commonly revered as the Roof of Indochina, is located in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai. I have always dreamed of visiting it. The peak is famous for not only its glorious dreamlike mountain scenery, but also for the arduous trek to get there. My dreams are now not so far from my reach thanks to the opening of the state-of-the-art Fansipan Legend cable car system in February. However, the controversy over the new cable car system came as no surprise, and created in me mixed thoughts about this special structure. Flipping through a couple of newspapers, it was easy for me to realize the huge changes that the cable car system has brought to Sa Pa and Fansipan. With a length of 6,282m, the Fansipan Legend cable car system according to the Guinness Book of World Records has become the world’s longest three-rope cable car route. With a capacity of 30-35 passengers in each car, the whole system can carry 2,000 people an hour. … [Read more...] about Straight to the summit: A step forward or back?