Lots of tourists chosing Phu Yen province as a destination during Tet holiday

According to Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, during the Lunar New Year of At Mui 2015 (up to 5th day of Tet), hundreds of thousands of tourists have come to visit the tourism destinations in Phu Yen province. On average, over 1,000 visitors to Dia reef each day during Tet festival In particular, the number of tourists staying at hotels is 7,760, an increase of nearly 500 people in comparison with the same period last year; the number of tourists visiting the five relics and landscapes of An Tho citadel, Dia Reef, Nhan Mountain, Mon beach-Dien cape, Vung Ro-no Number Ship is more than 10,500 visits; with the most crowded destination is Dia reef. The total number visitors to recreation areas is up to hundreds of thousands of visitor turns, a slight increase over the same period in 2014. During this Lunar New Year, many travel agencies of VIETRAVEL, Saigon Tourist, Relax, Focus travel, Viet Fire, Chudu 24, Railways, Crickets, Fiditour, Lighthouse, Gold Sand, … [Read more...]

Tet dishes offer taste of past New Years

A tray of Tet dishes (Photo: VNA) Tet dishes have special significance as they reflect the Vietnamese tradition of each family member expressing their personal progress, happiness and professional prosperity through the tray of dishes. But more importantly, children and grandchildren get a chance to sit with their parents and grandparents, no matter which part of the world they have returned from, and reminisce about old stories from their childhood and greet each other a Happy New Year. Despite the festival of Tet (Lunar New Year) and its dishes holding such beautiful significance, its significance has somehow gotten lost in the modern times because many people, particularly the youth, have lost either their confidence or are too lazy to cook. They claim that everything is available in the market or can be delivered at their doorstep. Nguyen Thi My, 72, in Hanoi's Old Quarter of Hang Dao Street, said "the Tet festival now is quite different from the one celebrated in the past. … [Read more...]

Wild peach branches disappear as demand rises

It's hard to find ancient wild peach branches on sale in the northern mountainous province of Son La, due to their overexploitation by the local people. Wild peach is an ornamental tree used by the people of the northern region during the Lunar New Year Festival. In recent years, people in Ha Noi and other northern provinces have shown increased preference for wild peach branches in decorating their homes during Tet, instead of the usual cultivated ones from Ha Noi's Nhat Tan Village. The massive exploitation of the trees, especially old trees, has made them scarce. National Highway No 6, running through Yen Chau and Moc Chau districts of Son La Province, was bustling with the sale and purchase of the trees. However, several buyers there said that they found it hard to get wild peach branches as beautiful as they desired. Nguyen Van Manh, from the northern Ha Nam Province, said that he has driven to Son La every year to buy ancient wild peach tree branches for Tet, and he … [Read more...]

Tet festival at the bordering area of the three provinces

Phu Hai village in the highland commune of Phu Mo (Dong Xuan district) is adjacent to the communes of Canh Lien (Van Canh district, Binh Dinh province), Dak Song (Kong Choro district, Gia Lai province). The inhabitants here welcome the Lunar New Year on the three provincial lands. The ethnic minority compatriots of Cham H'roi, Ba Na in Phu Hai village welcoming Tet festival On the last day of each year, the ethnic minority people in Phu Hai village stop the farmwork to prepare for Tet festival. Wealthy families get a pig slaughter, families with low income call for one or more families to contribute money to buy a pig and have it slaughtered to divide to other families so that they can prepare some dishes to worship to the ancestors. In the morning, Ms. La Mo Thi Xinh waits in front of her house for the person with the motorbike mobile market to ask for buying tablecloth and pans, dishes for her. She said in a hppy smile, there is no trade fair here, so I have no opportunity … [Read more...]

Cultural activities over Tet – Where to go and what to do?

Many cultural activities will take place nationwide, especially in major cities, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year 2015, promising to attract a large number of local people and tourists. In Ho Chi Minh city, "Ong do" ‘Calligrapher’ street has been underway since February 8th at the Ho Chi Minh city Labour Cultural Palace and Youth Cultural House, 116 Nguyen Du, district 1. Buying and hanging folk paintings and calligraphy works have long been an indispensable Vietnamese tradition during Tet and it is believed to bring the buyers good luck and prosperity. Calligraphy works are those featuring stylized words in Vietnamese, Chinese and even English or any other language that one’s heart desires. The words, which hold mostly philosophical and literary meanings, are written with a special brush and ink. Those trained to write the words are called "ong do" (calligrapher,) and are usually elder males who wear the traditional "ao dai" with headdress. The event is … [Read more...]

Policy beneficiaries nationwide cared before Tet festival

PANO – A get-together for 600 workers in Ho Chi Minh City, who cannot return home to celebrate the 2015 Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday with their families, was held on February 14th in the presence of Secretary of the city’s Party Committee Le Thanh Hai. Secretary Le Thanh Hai highly appreciated contributions of workers in the city’s industrial zones to its socio-economic development, and present Tet gifts and encouraged them to continue effectively carrying out production to ensure their stable life. Previously, the city’s Labor Federation organized a Tet celebration for 500 families of needy workers who have to stay in the city during the national traditional festival. Besides, the federation has presented over 30,000 free bus tickets to other employees to return home for the Tet holiday. Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Le Thanh Hai inquires after workers on February 14th On February 14th, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Workers supported to celebrate Tet

To make the traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) more meaningful and joyful, trade unions in many places have had good and suitable practices to share laborers' difficulties. Enough money for Tet shopping The trade union of Hai Duong provincial transport sector has a total of 1,683 members. Its collected funds and union fees are very limited. Previously, the sector's trade union only visited and presented gifts to a handful of disadvantaged laborers on each Tet occasion thanks to the funding of higher-level trade unions. This year, the sector's trade union has proactively counseled the sector's leaders to send official documents to carriers in and outside the sector to call for joint support. The result is VND88 million donated by 22 enterprises. Some businesses with great donations are Hong Hung Construction and Trade JSC. (VND10 million), Viet Thanh Construction Co., Ltd. (VND5 million), Tan Quang Metalwork Co., Ltd. (VND5 million), etc. All of the money has been added to the Fund … [Read more...]

HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway opened to traffic

VGP – PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Sunday attended the launching ceremony of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway, about one year ahead of the planned duration. PM Nguyen Tan Dung and former leaders of the Party and State cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway, February 8, 2015 - Photo: VGP The 55 km expressway has the total investment capital of US$1 billion, jointly funded by Viet Nam, the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project was divided into two subprojects. The first 20-km section of the expressway, which links the Vietnamese southern hub with its neighboring Dong Nai province, was put into operation in August last year. The second section links the city’s belt road 2 and Dau Giay in the neighboring province of Dong Nai was designed for vehicles to travel at 100 kph. The entire expressway will help shorten travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Nai from the … [Read more...]

Social News 8/2

Bach Mai Hospital to remain open during Tet The Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital, one of the central hospitals in the country, will for the first time operate as usual during Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival. PhD Duong Duc Hung, head of the hospital's general affairs and planning department, has said that the hospital will operate four consulting rooms to receive patients during the nine-day Tet holiday. In the renal department, all health staff will work as usual to ensure that none of terminally-ill patients suffer body swelling due to a long wait for treatment or shortage of drugs. The hospital will also open one more emergency room, mobilise four health staff teams and arrange ten more beds. Doctors and nurses will be on duty round-the-clock on these days, Hung said. Patients who wish to be discharged from the hospital will be served as usual. The hospital's board of managers will have a hotline number 096 985 1616 to receive and resolve any complaints about the service quality and … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Korea provides around USD9.7 million for Quang Tri in poverty reduction

(CPV) - Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) inaugurated the "Quang Tri happiness program" on February 6th. Targeting to reduce poverty and improve local people’s living conditions in the 2014-2017 period, total capital investment of the program is USD11.6 million, in which the Government of the Republic of Korea provides around USD9.7 million in non-refundable aid. Accordingly, human resources, health care, poverty reduction and green growth are major fields of the program which is built based on the model of Korea's Saemaul Undong (New village movement). Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from left) and representatives at the ceremony. (Photo: Tien Nhat) In Quang Tri province, the pilot program will be carried out in seven communes of Vinh Thanh (Vinh Linh district), Hai Thuong (Hai Lang district), Trieu Trach (Trieu Phong district), Cam Thuy (Cam Lo district), Thuan (Huong Hoa district), Mo o … [Read more...]

Former police general forced to dismantle villa in Da Nang

VietNamNet Bridge – Major General Phan Nhu Thach, former police chief of Quang Nam Province, will have to pay a fine of VND22.5 million (over $1,000) and dismantle his illegally built villa in the specialized forest of Nam Hai Van in Da Nang city within 35 days, according to a decision from Da Nang authorities. The villa of Mr. Thach. The decision was issued on Wednesday by Lien Chieu District People’s Committee in Da Nang city. Similar penalties were also imposed on a businessman named Ngo Van Quang, director of the Phuoc Minh Gold Co. Ltd based in Quang Nam Province. Quang built a mansion on land of the Lang Van resort project. Mr. Van Dung, spokesman for Lien Chieu District, said that some had suggested to not dismantle the two mansions but to use them as resorts or houses for orphans and homeless elderly. Quang's mansion. Thach and Quang have sent a statement to media and Da Nang authorities to admit their responsibility and apologize for their mistakes, and … [Read more...]

Authorities issue decisions to demolish illegal villas, including one of a major general

The authorities of Lien Chieu District in the central city of Da Nang have served decisions of forced demolition for two illegally-built large villas to their owners, including a major general, who asked for consideration for maintaining their premises. >> Vietnamese major general’s illegally-built villa must be demolished: authorities The district People’s Committee on Wednesday summoned the representatives of the families of Major General Phan Nhu Thach, former director of the Quang Nam Province Police Department; and Ngo Van Quang, director of Phuoc Minh Gold Co., Ltd., to their office to receive the decisions. Under these decisions, the villas’ owners are fined VND22.5 million (US$1,050) each for act of illegal construction and are ordered to demolish their buildings within 35 days from the date of the decisions, February 4. If they fail to demolish their premises, the district will use its forces to take down the building and the houses’ … [Read more...]

Former police boss, miner, fined for homes in protected forests

Two men, one former senior police officer, have been fined for illegally building houses in protected forestland in Danang City. Police in Danang City’s Lien Chieu District on February 4 fined Major-General Phan Nhu Thach and mining company owner Ngo Van Quang and the houses they built were ordered to be destroyed. Thach, director of Quang Nam provincial police until his retirement in September 2014, was fined VND22.5m for illegally buiding a house on land administered by the Lang Van resort and tourism area poject at Hai Van Mountain in the Hai Van forest. Thach's villa Quang, who is the owner of a gold mining company in Quang Nam Province, was fined the same amount for building a "palatial" house at Chim Chim Hill in the specialised forest of Nam Hai Van. Quang’s "palace" The houses were ordered to be vacated and destroyed within 35 days of the ruling. Quang was fined a further VND15m for building on designated forest land without a license. … [Read more...]

Vietnam finds evidence of ancient volcano in central region

Vietnamese archaeologists have discovered vestiges of an ancient volcano that they say dates back to six million years ago in the central province of Quang Ngai. The vestiges are discovered near the beaches in Ba Lang An coastal area in Binh Son District, news website VnExpress reported. Ba Lang An, literally means The Three Villages Named An, comprises of three villages - Van An, An Chuan and An Hai. The mouth of the volcano could have been around 30 meters in width, according to archaeologists. The terrain here is rather unique, with basalt soils and rock poles. They said the geological structure in the area is similar to that of Ly Son Island in Quang Ngai. They believed it was formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Pham Quoc Quan of the National Heritage Council said the discovery of volcanic vestiges in the coastal central region is valuable. The area should be nominated as a global geopark to UNESCO, he said. Last October, divers and archaeologists … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Vinh goal leads to Binh Duong win in V-League 6th round

VietNamNet Bridge – Playing in this year's Toyota V. League 1 for the first time, striker Le Cong Vinh scored a goal that helped Binh Duong defeat Can Tho 3-1 in the sixth round of the tournament in the southern province's Can Tho Stadium yesterday, Feb 1. Man of the match: Le Cong Vinh scored a goal to help Binh Duong beat Can Tho 3-1 in the sixth round in the southern province's Can Tho Stadium yesterday. — Photo dantri.com.vn With the support of fans, host Can Tho began its attack right from the first minute of the match. However, the visiting team opened the scoring in the 30th minute, thanks to the skills of Cheikh Abass Dieng. Three minutes later, Oseni Ganiyu Bolaji scored the second goal for Binh Duong. The match became more interesting as the hosts continued to launch attacks to even the score, but failed. In the 86th minute, after receiving a pass from Oseni, three-time Golden Ball winner Vinh headed the ball past goalkeeper Bui The Anh to raise the score … [Read more...]

Hanoi to build country’s largest inland depot

Hanoi, February 3 (VNA) - The Hanoi People's Committee has approved a proposal to build the country's largest inland container depot (ICD) in Duc Thuong commune, Hoai Duc district, west of the city. The committee's decision allows the state-owned International Investment Trade and Service Group (Interserco) to invest in the construction of the depot, which will cover 18.2ha of land in what is now mostly a rice-cultivation area. The main construction area spans ​​ 64,085sq.m, including a six-storey customs office and a six-storey operations office, warehouses, a bonded warehouse, and an inspection area among other additions to the technical infrastructure. The total investment of the project is estimated to be 1.6 trillion VND (75.1 million USD), with 20 percent contributed by Interserco and the other 80 percent coming from other sources. Interserco plans to begin construction this year and is expected to finish in the third quarter of 2017. The construction will replace the … [Read more...]

From a spontaneously-developing product to the pilot project

Community-based products (CBT) have never failed to help indulge tourists themselves in experiencing the particular features, bearing special characteristics of the regions. Besides the three cultural hamlets and villages with ethnic compatriots in the three mountainous districts, right in Tuy Hoa downtown, there is one village with the lifelong tradition of planting vegetables, flowers, and this is also the place preserving lots of cultural institutions. The village is now being constructed with one scheme for developing CBT, it’s Ngoc Lang hamlet (Binh Ngoc commune). Ngoc Lang pavilion, preserving lots of imperial assignments and decrees, is the venue for tourists to learn about ancient culture The ancient Ngoc Lang was formed on the earth-banked shores North of Da Rang estuary, South of Chua river (another branch of Da Rang estuary) with the initial name of Nguyet Tien Dong, Nguyet Lang before being changed into Ngoc Lang, meaning "shining pearl". Seen from top of … [Read more...]