Travellers Notes (09-12-2006) Boats to link Viet Nam, Thailand? The tourism authority of Kien Giang Province will begin a fact-finding trip to survey a sea tourist route between Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand next month. The one week trip, which groups representatives of Kien Giang provincial authorities and 25 tour operators from southern provinces, will tour Rach Gia town and Phu Quoc Island in Viet Nam, Shihanoukville of Cambodia, and Chanthaburi and Trat of Thailand. The director of Kien Giang Tourism Department Le Minh Hoang said the sea route would offer a new tour but also help tourists curtail the time for travel between the three countries. Hoi An marks 7 years as heritage site Quang Nam Province organised a festival last Monday to celebrate its centuries-old Hoi An’s 7th birthday as a World Cultural Heritage. The festival, including a parade of thousands of locals, served to mark the seventh anniversary of Hoi An being recognised as a world heritage by UNESCO on … [Read more...] about Boats to link Viet Nam, Thailand?
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Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers for their opinions on the tradition of burning incense and paper money as offerings to the ancestors. We were particularly interested in the latest trend of offering lavish paper cars and villas to the departed - at great expense. Below are some responses. Ryu Hashimoto, Japanese, HCM City I saw big size paper motorcycles, cars, mobile phones and houses burnt as offerings when I came to Viet Nam. After my Vietnamese wife explained things, I realised comparisons could be made with the Bon festival in the middle of August. Next week Over the past few years, privately-owned apartments have been traded illegally in Viet Nam, especially in big cities like Ha Noi. This business is likely to be made legal following the decree that recognises these mini-apartments and has since caused prices for them to skyrocket. These apartments are in high demand as many people, especially those with middle-incomes, can afford them when most of the land and houses in … [Read more...] about Are offerings to the dearly departed getting out of hand?
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective 1st Anniversary Sun 31 Mar 2013 The Hanoi Bicycle Collective 44, lane 31 Xuan Dieu Str, Hanoi Pedaling pedaling it already pass one year! pedals, tubes, inner tubes, beers, sandwiches, salads, gin tonics… A year full of great clients, awesome cyclotourists, great employees, Positive Mass, Cinema, Music… Join us March 31, 2013 for a day of fun, drinks, food, music and (naturally) bicycles as we celebrate our first birthday THBC style! The plans for our day-long festivities include a bicycle ride around West Lake, 2 hours of activities for kids, great food, live music, and, of course lots of fresh beer. In order to ensure that there will be plenty of room for all our friends, we’ll be breaking the party into two sessions so you’ll be able to have some elbow room, and generally relax and enjoy yourself. 9am to 11am: west lake bicycle ride. Meeting point: THBC 12pm to 2pm: clowns, face painting… 2pm to 8pm: Phuong Dang, Hi Jinks, … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15-31 (daily updated)
Airlines seek to rescue stranded Vietnamese guests in Bangkok TransAsia joins forces with Vietnam to serve Koreans By Mong Binh and Thanh Hai - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC, DANANG - Airlines are working over plans to take home the Vietnamese passengers who currently are stranded in Bangkok because of air traffic closure in the Thai capital city. Vietnam Airlines will today fly bigger aircraft to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Vientiane in Laos to let the affected passengers board if they can leave Thailand by road to the airports in those nations. In a statement sent to the Daily on Thursday evening, Thanh said Vietnam Airlines would use an Airbus A321 for the flights departing from Vientiane to Hanoi at 6:10 p.m., from Siem Reap to HCMC at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time. Vietnam Airlines advised the guests to call Do Khoi Nguyen, chief representative of the airline in Bangkok, on +662 6554137/38/39/40 or +668 18291616 for help to contact the agents and companies they need … [Read more...] about Airlines seek to rescue stranded Vietnamese guests in Bangkok
Brown Flower Ceramic exhibition by Trinh Vu Hieu Exhibition: 22 – 31 Jan 2016 Module 7 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi Brown flower ceramic is showcased with strong engravings and soaring coat with Ly-Tran styled brown bone, showing a new line of decorative pottery, attractive and contemporary. As an interior designer and abstract painter, and then becoming an ceramic artist, Trinh Vu Hieu appeared to have a simple career path, no force or constrain, like a funny journey. His debut exhibition on brown ceramics inspired by ancient pottery artifacts from Ly-Tran dynasties is a strong evidence for that. Film Screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” Fri 29 Jan 2016, 7.30 pm Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi Dear film lovers, in the last week before Tet holiday, you are invited to the film screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” directed by Johnnie To, with the participation of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON JANUARY 15-30 (DAILY UPDATE)
Talk “Culture as Driver for Development” Thu 15 Oct 2015, 6.30 – 8.30 pm Hoa Sen University 8 Nguyen Van Trang, Dist 1, HCMC Come to talk “Culture as Driver for Development” by Mr. Boris Dittrich. “Today we are able to witness some of the world’s major heritage sites and rich cultural legacies: remnants from diverse world civilizations; from Machu Picchu to the Ancient Pyramids, from the Colosseum to the Parthenon, Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal. […] Culture and the arts play a vital role in generating intellectual inspiration, reinventing traditions and generating social cohesion. Arts and culture shape our future; but moreover it is also often a solution to social problems within communities throughout the world. […] Artists have been instrumental in redefining development in addressing difficult social issues. Arts engage the public to think creatively and thus generates inspiration and innovation for development on a broader … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 1-15 (DAILY UPDATE)
Vietnamese beauty shines at Miss Grand International Bich Khanh, who was crowned Miss Ngoi Sao (Star) Vietnam 2012, is taking part in the Miss Grand International 2013 pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 3-20. Khanh, 21, is vying for the title against 74 candidates from many countries and territories around the world at the event. Her performances were appreciated thanks to her natural beauty and gracefulness in Vietnam’s traditional long dress (Ao Dai) and Non La (traditional conical hat). Designed by famous designer Thuan Viet, Khanh’s Ao Dai features the beauty of Vietnamese silk and lotus - national flower. Themed “Stop the war”, the Miss Grand International 2013 pageant, is live broadcast in more than 100 countries, including Vietnam’s Let’s Viet and Fashion TV channels. Vietnam’s largest gold striped scarf recognised A striped scarf made of gold has been recognized as the largest of its kind in Vietnam by the Vietnam Record … [Read more...] about Vietnamese beauty shines at Miss Grand International
This has already been a remarkable week for the United States in this wonderful part of the world. Starting from Hawaii, Melania and I traveled to Japan, South Korea, and China, and now to Vietnam, to be here with all of you today.Before we begin, I want to address all those affected by Typhoon Damrey. Americans are praying for you and for your recovery in the months ahead. Our hearts are united with the Vietnamese people suffering in the aftermath of this terrible storm.This trip comes at an exciting time for America. A new optimism has swept all across our country. Economic growth has reached 3.2 percent, and going higher. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. The stock market is at an all-time high. And the whole world is lifted by America’s renewal.Everywhere I’ve traveled on this journey, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the good news from America. But even more, I've had the honor of sharing our … [Read more...] about US President delivers speech at APEC CEO Summit
“Thailand Is Safe” - Top Priority of Thailand Tourism Getting revitalised following the historical flooding, Thailand will certainly be an attractive destination during New Year 2012 holidays. Vietnamese travel agencies have also resumed routes to Thailand after the flooding-caused interruptions. Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Governor Suraphon Svetasreni of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Thu Huyen reports. Thailand is a favourite destination for Vietnamese tourists. What do you think about the increase of Vietnamese tourist arrivals to Thailand in recent time? Vietnam is one of the most important markets of the Thai tourism industry. In the first 10 months of 2011, international tourist arrivals to Thailand reached 15.8 million, representing a year on year rise of 25 percent. Of the sum, more than 452,000 arrivals were from Vietnam, an increase of 44 percent over the same period in 2010. According to statistics of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, up … [Read more...] about “Thailand Is Safe” – Top Priority of Thailand Tourism
Last week, Viet Nam News asked for readers' thoughts after the National Administration of Tourism announced plans to name and shame tourism destinations providing poor service. We received both comments and complaints from readers - here are the best of them. Brett Palser, Australian, HCM City I think to ‘Name and Shame' destinations attracting lots of complaints is not really addressing the problem and could only do harm to businesses in the area providing good service as they will be lumped in with those that don't. Perhaps it would be better to set up some kind of assistance for those that have had numerous complaints, or look at identifying those service providers that do a great job or receive compliments for their service so tourists can easily identify them. Gary Burgess, tourist Viet Nam needs a government supported education scheme to not only train staff for tourism but also teach locals foreign language skills. I believe the National Administration of Tourism should … [Read more...] about Viet Nam should work to lure foreign tourists