Bai Tram - a door to beauty, life of central Vietnam By Mong Binh in HCMC Even though Bai Tram has just recently been opened to guests, the luxury resort in Phu Yen Province is quickly earning publicity as a hideaway that provides a window to the world of natural beauty and rural life in central Vietnam. Nestled in a tranquil, curve-shaped bay, Bai Tram Hideaway Resort, developed by La Perla International Living Group, gives nature lovers something to discover and admire throughout their vacation there, whether it is short or long. Breezes welcome guests upon their arrival at the resort, which overlooks a secluded lagoon and the small quiet bay where the resort's white-sand beach lies. As the entrance is situated on a hill, it is the best place to watch the sunrise and sunset in the direction of the lagoon. Down the path from the entrance, guests go through a field where rice, vegetables and herbs grow, giving the resort's chefs more options to create authentic Vietnamese dishes as … [Read more...] about Bai Tram – a door to beauty, life of central Vietnam
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Miracle in Ea Tul Ea Tul commune, Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province, is harvesting coffee. The even tarmac road to the center of the commune makes everyone feel that the distance is shorter. New houses, schools, and medical stations are interconnected by a system of concrete roads. The infrastructure and living standards of local people have been improved significantly thanks to investment from higher levels via assistance programs and policies, facilitated by the Party’s resolutions and the Governments’ socio-economic development programs, said Le Cong Bat, Deputy Secretary of the commune's Party Committee. Last year, the commune met the demands of new-style rural areas and the average per capita income was VND 35 million. A communal hall in Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province In the past, it was hard to travel due to lack of good roads. Meanwhile, the schools were too far for the children to go to and patients could not go … [Read more...] about Vietnam attaches importance to life of ethnic minorities
Nhan Dan Online - Thirty-nine ideas for improving Vietnam's urban spaces using the principles of architecture are now on display at an exhibition in Hanoi organised by the Danish Embassy. The event features ideas submitted by young people from all over the country to the Talent Prize 2013 contest, an initiative of the Vietnam-Denmark Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF). The contest is held to encourage the creation of unique and effective architectural ideas that can contribute to improving urban spaces in Vietnam. Launched in March, this year's competition received 39 entries with pioneering designs to address the theme 'Architectural Ideas for Improving Urban Spaces'. The jury, consisting of three well-known architects - Nguyen Huu Thai, Pho Duc Tung and Hans Peter Hagens - will select the ten best solutions to be shortlisted for the second round. The winners of the contest will be announced by October end. "The theme of the Talent Prize 2013 is highly topical, as … [Read more...] about Exhibition features architectural solutions for urban spaces
Challenges of fast urbanization By Thoa Nguyen in Hanoi The fast pace of urbanization in Vietnam for a long time has gone far beyond the control of local authorities, with the nation facing the consequences of uncontrollable migration, spontaneous urbanization and population convergence. The horrendous problems of traffic congestion and flooding have been triggered by unequal development in expanding urban space and urban quality of life. Vietnam has seen its urban areas developing since 1990, when there were only 500 urban areas with an urbanization rate from 17-18%. The figure jumped to 649 in 2000 and 656 in 2003. Now, the nation has 775 urban areas, including two special areas in Hanoi and HCMC, and 10 first-grade, 12 second-grade, 47 third-grade, 50 fourth-grade and 634 fifth-grade cities. The urbanization rate also increased to around 30.5%, the equivalent to a 3.4% average rise annually. Urbanization has grown fast within the past decade, especially in large cities like Hanoi, … [Read more...] about Challenges of fast urbanization
VietNamNet Bridge - One can see raised chicken, hanged clothes, cooking by beehive stove, and etc. in shared corridor of many urban buildings. This is a common picture in villages but currently happens in the cities. For every 1st and 15th day of lunar months, many ladies in a building in Tu Liem district (Hanoi) burn currency notes for the dead on the corridor or balcony. The ash from burning stuff flies everywhere, even into other households' apartments. Many other ladies make the most of corridor space for cooking by beehive stove. The smell from the honeycomb charcoal has made other residents, especially children, unbearable. One day in another building in My Dinh (Hanoi), the public garbage bin suddenly caught fire because a lady on the fifth floor threw burning honeycomb charcoal into it. Many households also have to suffer waste and sewage water from other households on higher floors. Dog poop is another problem in some buildings. Many residents daily take dogs out … [Read more...] about Life in new urban buildings or in country side?