Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is scheduled to visit Vietnam next week, as part of his trip to three Asian countries. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta . The website of the US Department of Defense cited the Pentagon spokesperson George Little as saying that Mr. Panetta to visit Vietnam and India following the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 30. On the way to Asia, he will visit with head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, at his headquarters in Hawaii, as well as with service members assigned there. The secretary then flies to Singapore to deliver remarks at the opening plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue where he is expected to speak about U.S. defense policy in Asia-Pacific. He will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and other nations. Panetta will then travel to Vietnam for a two-day visit. “The United … [Read more...] about US Secretary of Defense to visit Vietnam
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A Visa survey on world travel in 2011 indicates 24% of international tourists who plan to visit Vietnam in the coming time come from Singapore and Thailand. Beautiful natural landscapes, appealing package tours and the stable political environment are the three key factors making Vietnam an ideal destination for foreign tourists over the next two years, according to the survey. Overseas travelers are keen on outdoors activities and gourmet tours so that they can get a feel of bustling nighttime life and delicious specialties in Vietnam. The survey found 64% of tourists are willing to pay a premium price for culinary delights, and 63% want to discover major tourist destinations and take cultural tours. Around 40% of tourists are interested in traveling on their own in Vietnam, said Lorijon Bacchi, director of Visa in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Most of the travelers who visit Vietnam have already toured Asia's tourism destinations namely Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. Those … [Read more...] about More Asian tourists to visit Vietnam
Jan Cempirek has become famous in the Czech Republic after he was revealed as the author of White Horse, Yellow Dragon, which had won the annual award of a prestigious book club in Czech under the name of a Vietnamese girl: Pham Thi Lan.Cempirek observed: “I have to continue this game because it opens a new topic, with new factors . . . and I plan to write about this ploy.” Does this game end? And how does it end? Saigon newspaper interviewed Jan Cempirek to seen the answers. Tiep Thi Saigon: Congratulation, Mr. Cempirek! You are now not only famous for winning a significant literary award, but also a talented actor who played another character. When did you have the idea to create Pham Thi Lan and why? Tiep Thi Jan Cempirek: The first time I thought of an alter ego for my novel was ten years ago. At that time, my friends and I performed an amateur play based on Boris Vian’s L’Herbe Rouge book. This French writer wrote novels under an alter ego – … [Read more...] about Scandal-ridden Czech writer to visit Vietnam
President Sang hails new era of Viet Nam - Singapore partnership President Truong Tan Sang yesterday (Sept 12) praised the establishment of a strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Singapore which marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Ha Noi yesterday, the President expressed his optimism for the new partnership, which marks a major development in bilateral relations. He said he believed co-operation would strengthen in investment, trade, education and cultural pursuits; adding that Singapore's stance on the East Sea issue and the countries' shared experiences in the region had created trust between the two countries. He urged the two sides to develop detailed plans to implement signed agreements efficiently. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed, saying that he would instruct ministries to build co-operation programmes to implement their bilateral obligations. He said Viet Nam … [Read more...] about New Zealand Deputy PM to visit Vietnam
Phu Quoc Island is one of the most popular resort destinations in southern Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock Planning your holidays in Vietnam, you might wonder when it is the best time to visit the country. The answer is quite simple: anytime is the best time! No, but seriously. I think it depends on how you would like to spend your holidays in Vietnam. If you want to stay at a nice and cozy beach resort, sipping cocktails and getting a tan, you will want to set your timing different than if you want an active holiday. But first things first: Vietnam is a long country, stretching over a thousand miles, from Sa Pa in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south. There are roughly two different climates, the northern climate with four seasons and the tropical climate with only two: dry and wet. The meteorological divide between the two main climates is the Hai Van Pass between Hue and Da Nang. Climate of the south Let's start in the south of Vietnam. The dry season lasts from December to … [Read more...] about When is the best time to visit Vietnam?