Thousands of flamboyant trees, a symbol of summer, have bloomed magnificently in Hai Phong. Hai Phong, 120 km east of Hanoi, is known as the city of flamboyants. The flower usually blooms in May and June. Pham Van Dong Street, which connects the city center with the tourist resort area of Do Son, is 18 km long and has more than 4,000 trees. It is dubbed the longest flower road in Vietnam. Tam Bac Lake in the city center is also a place where locals and visitors can enjoy the flamboyant flower season. Many local girls find the ao dai, Vietnam's traditional dress, the right attire for a picture with the flamboyants. The accessory for this photo is often a bicycle in an attempt to recreate memories of school. Flamboyant trees, also called royal poinciana and flame trees, are a familiar sight in Vietnam and called "the flower of school age" because it starts to bloom when the academic year ends. Hoa, a native of Hai Phong, said she likes flamboyants and took advantage of the blooming … [Read more...] about Red blossoms light up northern Vietnam city
By Hung Le  February 22, 2019 | 03:00 pm GMT+7 AirAsia planes sit on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. Photo by Reuters. AirAsia will start flying from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in the next few months. The budget carrier has announced it will begin the Kuala Lumpur – Can Tho service on April 8 with four flights a week and the Bankok – Can Tho service from May 2 with three flights, AirAsia said in a recent statement. They will be the first international flights to Vietnam’s fourth biggest city. Tran Viet Phuong, director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told local media that the services would help increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the Mekong Delta. He added that visitors from not only Southeast Asia but also from India and Australia would find it easier to reach the city given AirAsia’s network. AirAsia … [Read more...] about AirAsia unveils plans to begin international flights to Vietnam city
A source familiar with the matter said the North Korean leader will travel to Vietnam for an official state visit after the Feb. 4-8 Lunar New Year. A separate source confirmed Kim’s visit but did not give any dates. The United States and North Korea are holding high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second meeting between Trump and Kim to seek an "interim" deal to revitalize nuclear talks, U.S. and South Korean media have said. Vietnam, which has good relations with both the United States and North Korea, has been widely touted as the most likely venue for a second meeting. The Southeast Asian country is keen to host the summit as a demonstration of its normalized ties with the United States, its foe during the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese government official and two diplomatic sources told Reuters. The Vietnamese source did not confirm if a state visit by Kim would be combined with a U.S.-North Korean summit. Vietnam’s foreign ministry did not respond to a … [Read more...] about Vietnam prepares for Kim Jong Un visit amid talk of second summit with Trump
A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
Three Vietnamese cities, Danang, Hoi An and Dong Ha, have entered the final round of the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)’s 2017 – 2018 One Planet City Challenge programme along with 37 other cities around the world. Three Vietnamese cities, Danang, Hoi An and Dong Ha, have entered the final round of the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)’s 2017 – 2018 One Planet City Challenge programme along with 37 other cities around the world.– Photo hoianworldheritage.org.vn Chosen from out of 132 cities in 23 countries, these 40 have convinced the jury by offering strong pledges and programmes to reduce CO2 emissions, especially from transport, the key topic in this competition. As cities and urban populations expand across the globe, the problems in cities also tend to multiply, but fortunately solutions exist with the potential to meet the demands of urban lifestyles without exhausting the planet’s ecological capacity. So WWF created the One Planet … [Read more...] about Three Vietnam cities enter final round of global environmental challenge