A once bustling trading port during feudal times, Van Don Island District, is shedding its skin to become an emerging tourist magnet next to its famous neighbor, World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh Province. Just 50 kilometers from northern Ha Long City, Van Don Island District is the largest and most developed part of Bai Tu Long Bay, a long string of islands north of Vietnam’s most visited tourist site. Bai Tu Long which was formed when the entire limestone plateau sank below sea level, is widely regarded to be as stunning as the nearby World Heritage site. Van Don, one of the main highlights of the bay, comprises 600 islands in a 584 square kilometers area with Van Don Trading Port and Cai Rong Town at the heart of the district. Endowed with unspoiled natural beauty, Van Don provides travelers a chance to step into a tropical paradise still unsullied by real estate developers. As Vietnam’s first port for international trade, Van Don is home … [Read more...] about Feudal seaport turning into tourism hot spot
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Self-confidence! Today's Young Vietnamese Style! Born and raised after the liberation of Vietnam. The young generation of today’s Vietnam is regarded as “dynamic”, “daring to think, daring to do”, and “willing to face challenges”. Ms Phan Dinh Phuong Anh, founder and CEO of Mya Communications, is a typical example. In celebration of the 32nd anniversary of our Southern Liberation day, we have an up close and personal interview with this young lady. Was it a risky decision to leave a well paid job at a famous foreign investment fund in Vietnam to establish your own business? Well, I think I’m truly inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the older generations. Our young generation has been very fortunate. We were born in a peaceful time. Thanks to our pioneers in business who dared to take risks during the transformation of our economy, and to rise above challenges to successfully create the economic achievements that we can … [Read more...] about Self-confidence! Today’s Young Vietnamese Style!
Sofitel Dalat Palace: A Hotel of the Past for Today Dalat, City of Love, is a cool mountain resort but a hot favourite for tourists. Dalat is described as a beautiful, romantic place with lovely weather. It is renowned for its scenery, the fresh mountain air with a hint of the scent of pine, the flowers, the vegetables and fruit, lakes and waterfalls; and how it’s such a romantic place. Dalat is often referred to as the City of Eternal Spring or Le Petit Paris of Vietnam. Dalat lies at 1,500 meters above sea level, located, on the hillside in the heart of the city, in the south-central mountains not too far from Ho Chi Minh city, is top high on the guests’ list of places to visit. It is very easy to fall in love with Sofitel Dalat Palace, “a Hotel of the Past, Today”, restored and refurbished, and re-opened in 1995, the hotel retains the old-world charm of the original hotel built in 1922 by the French administrators of the day. Once we stepped inside, it was … [Read more...] about Sofitel Dalat Palace: A Hotel of the Past for Today
Vietnam sees record number of HIV patients receiving ARV treatment Up to 100,000 people living with HIV nationwide are currently being treated with antiretroviral (ARV) drug as a result of the on-going effective HIV/AIDS prevention and control programme in Vietnam, a Health Ministry official said in a conference on November 9. Dr. Nguyen Hoang Long, head of the HIV/AIDS Department for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control attributed the result to the efficient interference measures and communications methods of the programme. The HIV/AIDS prevention system that has been set up across levels has helped reduce HIV infections to the ratio of 256 per 100,000 people, keep 400,000 people away from HIV virus and save 150,000 others from AIDS in the 2001-2015 period, he noted. As of September this year, 7,054 new HIV cases were discovered, with 4,257 AIDS patients, he said, alerting that the ratio of woman catching the virus is rising. Up to 80% of the carriers are aged between 20 and … [Read more...] about Social News 11/11
The westerly hot low pressure zone has gained in strength after the cold front abated, which will bring about hot weather conditions throughout the country during Reunification Day (April 30) and until May Day.According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, from today, April 28, the hot low pressure zone will place the northern region under a new hot spell. Temperatures will swing from 32-34 degrees Celsius, which will continue to increase until Reunification Day and May Day. Several tourist destinations will experience hot weather conditions with mercury levels touching 40-42 degrees Celsius in several provinces including Hoa Binh, Lao Cai and Thanh Hoa. In the central region, it will be 1-2 degrees hotter.Severe hot conditions are expected to prevail during the two coming holidays with average temperatures reaching 36-38 degrees Celsius or even 39-40 degrees in the north-central region.The southern region is forecast to be milder, with mercury hovering about 31-35 … [Read more...] about Hot weather to prevail during Reunification Day
VietNamNet Bridge – Hot weather and drought continue scorching the southern-central coastal provinces in the upcoming days, reported the Central Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center. With the weather condition, Cultivation Department of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked departments of Agriculture and Rural Development in southern- central coastal provinces to plan measures to cope with drought and water shortage for planting. Vice Head of Cultivation Department Nguyen Van Hoa said that because of influence of the weather phenomenon EI Nino, hot weather has occurred in the southern central coastal provinces since April, 2015. In Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh province, the daily temperature over past three months was higher than that in previous years, causing extreme water shortage and prolonged drought. Hot weather affected directly to resident’s life and planting production. Dealing with bad weather condition, Cultivation Department … [Read more...] about Drought & hot weather still hits central southern region
Central provinces in Viet Nam are going through dry times. There has not been enough rain and it has been very hot. Never before has it been known to be so hot. Another worry is that there is not enough water in dams and tanks. HA NOI (VNS) — A severe drought, believed to have begun last year, was likely to continue till the middle of September throughout central Viet Nam, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) reported. The drought is being blamed on the El Nino phenomenon. In a number of areas in the region, the prolonged drought could cause a red alert (Level 3) to be issued, the NCHMF said. On Tuesday, eighteen months after the start of the drought, the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan declared a state of emergency, for the first time in its history, becoming the first province to have so declared. Agencies have described this as the most severe drought in more than two decades. NCHMF predicted that rainfall in June, July and August could be … [Read more...] about Central provinces desperately dry and hot
Last week, Việt Nam News asked its readers if they could spot fake news from genuine news. Here are some of the responses: Cao Loan, a reader Today it seems that people can't live without the Internet and we can't deny its role in our lives, from updating news, shopping online to socialising with friends, etc. However, the boom of online magazines, newspapers, and journals has confused readers about the authenticity of news released from these sources. So how can you spot fake news when you read online? Here are some of my suggestions. First, choose prestigious websites to visit. These sites may be state-run or private but I think they are quite official and reliable sources. Second, be alert for images or videos released on the Internet because they may be unreal. Sometimes they are invented to hunt "likes" from the viewers. You can verify their authenticity by googling the names or the events mentioned. Often, hot or breaking news is delivered across many sites, not just one. … [Read more...] about The good and bad news of fake news
HCM City collects meager road maintenance fee revenue from bike owners HCMC has collected total road maintenance fee revenue of VND1.7 billion (over US$76,000) from motorcycle owners this year, according to the city’s Department of Transport. The amount has been paid by motorcycle owners in districts 4, 9, 11, Phu Nhuan, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh. Meanwhile, many districts in the city have yet to implement the fee collection though the HCMC People’s Council earlier backed the municipal government’s proposal to collect the fee. Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the department, told a review meeting on socio-economic performance in the city last week that the city will continue to collect the fee in the remaining months of this year and plans to stop it early next year. Owners of motorcycles which are registered in HCMC and other localities but used in the city must pay VND50,000-150,000 per year depending on engine capacity in line with the Government’s Decree … [Read more...] about Social News 7/11
by Bich Huong Viet Nam was gripped by a food scare early last week, after the Centre for Study and Consultation on Consumerism under the Viet Nam Standard and Consumer Protection Association announced they had found traces of Tinopal in 24 out of 30 rice noodles samples taken in HCM City. Tinopal, an optical brightening agent usually used for paper making, was detected in bun (fresh rice noodle or rice vermicelli) – a popular food in Viet Nam. Many people were shocked by the news, which echoes a Ha Noi case ten years ago when the media reported formaldehyde - a chemical used to preserve corpses – had been found in pho to lengthen the shelf life of rice noodles. The two substances, tinopal and formaldehyde, are both banned from use in food processing because they can cause liver and kidney damage, as well as cancer. I remember how the formaldehyde scandal changed the eating habits of many people at the time, despite pho traditionally being a favourite breakfast dish of many … [Read more...] about What’s safe to eat today?