Tourism creates real chances

By Quang Tuan The Nga Nam floating market in Soc Trang Province Soc Trang has 72 kilometers of coastline with sand dunes, alluvial grounds, coastal salt-marsh forests, islets and orchards. Hosting eight national cultural-historical heritage sites and 26 provincial heritage sites, the Mekong Delta province boasts specialties combining three communities—Vietnamese, Khmer and Chinese. Outstanding are the Buddhist Tower and the Khmer-style architecture of the house of Mai Mai Huyen in Phu My Commune, My Tu District—the local tourist magnet. Such advantages enable Soc Trang to develop eco- and community-based tourism, especially in localities such as My Phuoc Islet, Phong Nam Islet, Dung Islet, Vinh Chau Town, Nga Nam Town, Chau Thanh District and Tran De District. According to Soc Trang Province’s tourism development master plan in 2011-2020, the province focuses on projects concerning the two types of tourism (see list below). To realize these projects, the … [Read more...]

Low water levels threaten Hau Giang’s aquatic sector

VietNamNet Bridge – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang is facing extremely low water levels in local rivers, canals and fields, affecting the locality’s aquatic productivity. Illustrative image -- File photo Water levels recorded in the main rivers passing Hau Giang are 20 centimetres below the lowest level in a decade. Current levels at the Nga Bay gauging station in the Cai Con River is 0.84 metres, dropping 0.45 metres from earlier this year, while the maximum height seen at the Long My station is 1 metre and the lowest is only 0.68 metres. In Chau Thanh A District, home to the largest aquatic area in the province with about 700 hectares, farmers have not able to stock water with fry due to the low water levels. Experts held that the water level is likely to continue dropping as a result of the prolonged hot spell, low rainfall and impacts of hydropower dykes in Mekong river mainstream. In early June, abnormal salinity was seen many local canals, hindering … [Read more...]

Hau Giang calls for investment in agriculture

Authorities from the province of Hau Giang in the Mekong Delta have issued a policy to encourage enterprises to invest in agriculture during 2015-2020. This policy will be implemented in a bid to promote sustainable development, to improve the output, quality and value of agricultural products. Accordingly, the locality calls for investment in agricultural development projects in the districts of Long My, Vi Thuy, Chau Thanh, Phung Hiep, Chau Thanh A, Nga Bay Town and Vi Thanh city. Organisations, firms and households that invest in livestock breeding , medicinal herb farming and infrastructure development for processing and preserving agro-forestry-aquaculture products, will receive investment incentives and support from the local authorities. Additionally, investors will also be assisted in training to improve human resources, expanding the market, and applying and transferring technologies. Local authorities have also focused on simplifying administrative procedures in … [Read more...]

Hidden perils posed by markets located beneath bridges in Vietnam

Markets, mostly spontaneous ones, which sit beneath bridges where vehicles speed down slopes, create worrying accident hazards. Local architect Le Cong Si shared his concerns about the issue with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. He cited a fatal traffic accident which occurred earlier this month on the slope of Ba Si Bridge, which spans National Highway 53 in Cang Long District in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. The accident, which involved two long-distance coaches, killed four on the spot. Another victim died in hospital later. According to a preliminary police investigation, the two drivers were trying to overtake each other, resulting in the tragic accident. One of the two drivers claimed in his testimony that he spotted a person crossing beneath the bridge, causing him to apply the brakes abruptly. His sudden braking forced the driver of the ensuing coach to veer left to avoid running into the rear of the bus in front, which caused him to crash into the motorbikes … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman spends 10 years educating kids on health, environmental protection for free

A woman in southern Vietnam has spent 10 years of her life teaching kids about health, environmental protection, and other social skills to protect themselves. It was a Sunday when more than 30 children aged from 6 to 14 excitedly flocked to the class of Nguyen Thi Le Huyen, also called Mrs. Hai, where they were taught basic knowledge of nutrition and disease prevention. In the classroom located in Ba Ngan A Hamlet, Dai Thanh Commune, Nga Bay Town, Hau Giang Province, the 65-year-old teacher asked her students to review their previous lesson on HIV prevention before starting the new lesson on dengue fever. "Dengue is dangerous because there is no vaccine against or antidote to it," Mrs. Hai told the students, emphasizing that children who are infected with this illness could lose their lives. "It is better to prevent it than cure it." She then taught the children the development cycle of mosquitos as well as how to kill them and their larvae in the hope that the kids could … [Read more...]

Vietnam decides to spend over $1.6mn restoring century-old floating market

More than US$1.6 million has been earmarked for a project to restore a century-old floating market in the Mekong Delta with a view to leveraging the region’s waterway ecological tourism potential. Work started on Friday on the revamp of the Nga Bay Floating Market in Nga Bay Town of Hau Giang Province. The project, worth over VND35 billion ($1.63 million), including more than VND22 billion ($1.03 million) from the central government’s coffers and the remainder from the provincial budget, is implemented on a land plot and water area spanning over 3,100 square meters. It is aimed at re-enacting more peddling scenes of the river market and its bustling milieu, and harnessing the area’s green tourism potential. The project will also see the construction of a wharf, which is capable of harboring 10 tourist boats of around 200 passengers each during one market session. Implemented until 2017, the project also incorporates the building of other components likes … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 17

Let us start your Sunday by skimming these news items on Tuoi Tre News. Politics -- On Saturday, Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan witnessed a joint patrol by the two countries’ border soldiers which took place in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai. The activity is part of the second Vietnam-China border amity exchange program. -- Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Le Hai Binh on Saturday voiced the country’s fierce objection to a fishing ban recently imposed by China on part of the East Vietnam Sea, and dismissed the ban as invalid. Society -- The Co Chien Bridge, which links the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh, was opened to traffic during a ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The bridge, which measures 1,599 meters in length, was constructed for 21 months under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and cost VND2.3 trillion … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta needs huge investment to restore floating markets

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Mekong Delta cities and provinces are calling for large-scale investments to restore a number of floating markets such as Cai Be in Tien Giang province, Cai Rang in Can Tho city, Nga Bay in Hau Giang province, and Nga Nam in Soc Trang province. Floating markets are a special feature of the delta, offering visitors the chance to see dozens of boats selling agricultural products and flowers. However, only a few of the markets have retained their unique characteristics due to the development of road transport decreasing the number of trade boats. The number of trade boats operating at the Cai Rang market, for example, has halved from its original 500 varieties, and the Nga Bay floating market was moved 10 kilometres away to Ba Nga to ensure marine transport safety, but affected trade activities between sellers and customers. Most of the markets are busy only at the end of the lunar year or the arrival of spring due to high demand for farm produce. … [Read more...]

Hau Giang plants king orange trees

The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has begun growing seedless king oranges on a pilot basis in Chau Thanh District. Farmers have received support to grow 4,000 seedless king orange trees from the province's Agriculture Extension Centre and the Chau Thanh District Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau. All of the seedlings are expected to be planted by the end of July. The seedlings were multiplied from first-line seedless king-orange trees created by the Southern Fruit Research Institute. Seedless king oranges are not new to the country, as they have been grown in a few other provinces. Nguyen Van Truong, deputy head of the bureau, said the district looked forward to exporting the seedless oranges. Over the past few years, farmers in Hau Giang have earned high profits up to 700 million VND (33,300 USD) to 1 billion VND (47,600 USD) per ha a year from growing seeded king oranges. In Phung Hiep District's Hoa My Commune, for instance, all 19 farming households in … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Nga Bay town recognized as 3rd class urban area

(VOVworld) – A ceremony was held in Hau Giang province on Friday to celebrate the recognition of Nga Bay town as a 3rd class urban area. President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh attended the event. Mr. Nhan said: "I hope that the Party committee, administration, and people of Hau Giang and Nga Bay will continue to enhance the strength of the political system and people to make Nga Bay more developed. Nga Bay urban area should develop toward modernization while preserving its cultural traditions." The recognition of Nga Bay as an urban area will boost the pace of urbanization in the southwestern region as part of Vietnam’s strategy to develop a network of urban areas until 2025 with a vision to 2050. … [Read more...]

Tet gifts presented to the poor in Mekong Delta

State officials on January 30 presented gifts to the poor in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Hau Giang as the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) is just less than one month away. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Ben Tre officials gave 4,800 gift packages to low-income people. The presents, worth over 2 billion VND (95,200 USD), were donated by businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In nearby Hau Giang province, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to poor families and Agent Orane/Dioxin victims in Dai Thanh commune, Nga Bay township. In addition to the State’s supports, the poor and AO/Dioxin victims in Hau Giang also received more than 66,000 gifts contributed by the public. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh the same day delivered 100 Tet packages to impoverished households and policy beneficiary families in Hoa An commune, Hau Giang’s Phung Hiep district. During their visits, the … [Read more...]

Top 5 attractive floating markets in Vietnam

(VOV) -The Vietnam Record Centre (Vietking) has announced top 5 floating markets in the western region of the country that attract a huge number of domestic and foreign visitors. Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang province) Phung Hiep floating market, also called Nga Bay, is the most unique market of this type in the Mekong Delta. In the market, buyers and sellers bargain noisily on boats which are filled with seafood, agricultural products, housewares, and even snakes, turtles, squirrels, and lizards. There are foods and drinks on small boats twist and turn to serve hungry sellers and buyers. Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho province) Cai Rang floating market, about 6km from Can Tho City, is the most famous and biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, which starts around 05:00 and runs until mid-day. From early morning, the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants, and foods. Sellers hang a sample of the goods on sale on … [Read more...]

Travel Highlights 7/11

Hau Giang to revive famous market Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. The provincial People's Committee has approved a project to revive the floating market for tourism purposes, which will include a 55.6-metre-long tourism boat wharf, road and other infrastructure. The project, which will cost about VND35 billion (US$1.7 million), will be implemented from 2015 to 2019. Ha Tinh opens tourist … [Read more...]

Hau Giang to revive famous market

Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. The provincial People's Committee has approved a project to revive the floating market for tourism purposes, which will include a 55.6-metre-long tourism boat wharf, road and other infrastructure. The project, which will cost about VND35 billion (US$1.7 million), will be implemented from 2015 to 2019. - VNS … [Read more...]

Five famous old markets in Vietnam

Together with beautiful landscapes, Vietnam has been famous for old markets, such as Dong Xuan, Dong Ba and Ben Thanh, which reflect the fine cultural features of Vietnamese people. Visiting these markets, tourists can buy things they need and learn about the country's typical cultural features through handicraft products and traditional dishes. Here are five oldest markets in different localities of Vietnam. 1. Dong Xuan market in Hanoi Located in Dong Xuan ward, Dong Xuan market, selling household commodities, shoes, cloths and clothes, is one of the biggest and oldest markets in Hanoi and has closely attached to the ups and downs of the thousand-year old city. The market also attracts Vietnamese and international visitors by Hanoi's traditional dishes, such as Bun rieu cua (served with tomato broth, topped with crab paste and noodle), Bun cha (grilled pork and noodle) and various kinds of sweetened porridge. 2. Dong Ba market in Hue City Built in 1899 on poetic Huong … [Read more...]

Social News 7/10

Vietnam Buddhist Association established in Japan On October 5, Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha (VBS) Executive Council announced a decision on the establishment of the 19-member Vietnam Buddhist Association in Japan for the 2013-2018 term headed by Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri. Addressing the decision presentation ceremony, Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri pledged her association's best efforts to reinforce solidarity among the Vietnamese community living in Japan, help teach Vietnamese language for children who were born and grew up in Japan, thus making them remember their roots and get a better understanding about national cultural traditions. The Association will help Vietnamese students living in difficult circumstance in Japan as well as Buddhist followers' dharma study and facilitate their participation in social activities as contributions to the VBS's Buddhist affairs, she said. At the ceremony, four ashrams in four Japanese cities- … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta localities boost new-style rural area building efforts

The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang aims to have an additional six communes meet the 19 requirements of the national new-style rural area building programme by late 2014. The six expected communes meet 15-18 out of the criteria, but do not fulfill the requirements on the environment, per capita average income, and cultural and educational facilities. It is estimated that the locality will need more than 150 billion VND (7.05 million USD) to implement measures to fulfill the remaining criteria. Local authorities have allocated 30 billion VND. Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Cong Chanh said over the last three years the locality mobilised more than 21.5 trillion VND (1.01 billion USD) to construct and upgrade transport infrastructure, irrigation and water supply systems, cultural and educational services, medical facilities and production support for local residents. So far, only three communes meet all 19 criteria of the programme, including Dai Thanh (Nga … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Making Effort to Turn Tourism into Important Economic Sector

Along with optimistic socioeconomic development achievements, the tourism industry of Hau Giang province has witnessed a strong rise in tourist arrivals and played an important part in local economic development. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Pham Thanh Nhu, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hau Giang province, on this issue. Thanh Tam reports. Hau Giang is part of Mekong Delta tourism region with the highest number of tourist arrivals. While utilising abundant tourism potential, how has the tourism industry focused on diversifying tourism forms? Hau Giang has based on its local strengths and resources to diversify tourism forms, including the embankments of Xa No Canal (considered the longest river embankments in Vietnam). Beside completed projects like Viet Uc - Hau Giang Ecological Resort and Spring Forestry and Agriculture Centre, Hau Giang is now calling for investment capital for eight tourism projects, including Lung Ngoc Hoang … [Read more...]

Tapping Hau Giang Tourism Potential

In recent years, Hau Giang Tourism Promotion Information Centre has constantly strengthened investment promotion, broadcasting the image of Hau Giang tourism, contributing to tap tourism potential and making tourism a key economic sector of the province. Hau Giang has many untapped tourism potentials. According to experts, with a dense network of rivers, fertile soil, and fruit orchards, beautiful natural landscapes and historical relics, Hau Giang has advantageous conditions for distinctive tourism development. Develop potential tourism forms According to Mr Nguyen Van Hoang, Director of Hau Giang Tourism Promotion Information Centre, the province has great potential for development of tourism forms, in which ecotourism is considered a specific one. In Hau Giang, visitors can experience the ecology of tropical fruit orchards and fauna and flora in the Tay Do Ecopark, Phu Huu eco-tourism Park; or explore the Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve, a well-known low-lying area with unique … [Read more...]