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...]

Art & Entertainment News 13/1

YAN launches new channel for women and families Multimedia corporation YAN Group launched Channel B, a new channel for women and families, last weekend after two months of trial operation on the cable system of HTVC. Viewers of Channel B can get useful information such as beauty tips, delicious cooking recipes, and health care information for themselves and family. The channel also features film programs, everlasting love songs and famous pieces of literature, poetry and movies in the past, as well as talk shows, and humorous sitcoms for women and families with the theme of daily life stories. Especially, the program called What I haven’t said discusses the relationship between children and parents, where they can have direct dialogue to understand each other better and look directly into contradictions in family life. Vietnam Cultural Week shines in Rome Vietnam Cultural Week in Rome, Italy kicked off on January 12 with an exhibition on the distinguished traditional values … [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...]

Hue City: Environmentally Sustainable Tourism in Focus

Hue City was voted as an environmentally sustainable city in ASEAN at the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) that was held in Thailand in June 2014. Accordingly, each ASEAN member country nominated one city that meets the criteria of the AWGESC. Hue City along with nine other cities in ASEAN were selected, meeting full criteria of the award. Since then, Hue City has maintained its environmental sustainability in accordance with the criteria of ASEAN. Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of People's Committee of Thua Thien-Hue, said that since the relics of Hue were recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage, Thua Thien-Hue has made many efforts in the preservation and promotion of the heritage values and sustainable development to attract visitors. The award will encourage the city to improve its environment and tourism to attract tourists to the City. It can be seen that Hue is a natural green destination with attractive landscapes such … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/11

Heavy Tiger shows girl power in rock Rock 'n' roll band Heavy Tiger from Sweden promises to stir up a concert tonight at Cargo Bar in HCMC's District 4 at 8 p.m. Consisting of guitarist/singer Maja Linn, drummer Astrid Carsbring and bassist Sara Frendin, the band was formed in 2010 when the girls turned 17. Heavy Tiger has staged performances all over Scandinavia and in the UK. Their original songs and performances are inspired by KISS, Thin Lizzy and The Clash. Local rock band WhiteNoiz will also share the stage with Heavy Tiger. Tickets are priced from VND100,000 per person (for valid student ID card) to VND200,000 per person. Cargo Bar is located at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4, HCMC. Pop star My Tam stages free concerts Pop singer My Tam will launch a free "Heartbeat" live concert for students at Military Zone 7 Stadium in HCMC's Phu Nhuan District on Sunday and another at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi on November 23. Between 20,000 and 30,000 people are expected to … [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...]

Fishing village widows eternally tied to the sea

Tran Thi Thanh repairs her fishing vessel. When her husband died, she had no choice but to go out to sea, like many of the women in Chau Thuan Bien fishing village who have lost their husbands. - VNS Photo Huu Cuong by Huu Cuong QUANG NGAI (VNS) - For women in the small village of Chau Thuan Bien, the sea is like a double-edged sword. It provides their livelihood, but takes away many of their husbands. The village of 475 people is located in Binh Chau Commune, Quang Ngai Province, about 42km from Quang Ngai city. It was recently in the spotlight when an ancient ship containing valuable artefacts was discovered nearby. Most residents have to rely on fishing because the area, covered mostly in white sand, has insufficient freshwater for raising cattle or planting crops. Fishermen cannot afford large vessels, so they use small boats and must venture far offshore to find fishing areas. This makes them more vulnerable to adverse weather conditions. In one of the hamlets in this … [Read more...]

Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade

When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening. He never did. When he reported for work at a house on the outskirts of Teknaf, a man there gave him a drink of water. Soon, his eyelids sagged and his head started spinning. When he awoke, it was dark. He had lost all sense of time. Two Bangladeshi men then forced him and seven others onto a small boat and bound them. "My hands were tied. My eyes were blindfolded," said Miae, 20. The boat sailed through the night until it reached a larger ship moored far offshore. Miae was thrown into its dark, crowded hold by armed guards. He and his fellow captives survived on scraps of food and dirty water, some of them for weeks. The ship eventually sailed toward Thailand where, as Reuters reported last year, human-trafficking gangs hold thousands of boat people in brutal jungle camps until relatives pay ransoms to … [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...]

Social News 30/9

Ministry brings attention to cracks in Vietnam's longest highway The Ministry of Construction has requested that the Ministry of Transport and the investor of the newly-opened 245-km Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway investigate the causes for cracks on the route, the longest of its kind in Vietnam. According to the Ministry of Construction, the State Agency for Construction Quality Investigation has visited the site for investigation. The ministry has also asked that the Ministry of Transport instruct the investor, Vietnam Expressway Corporation, to find out and divulge the causes these cracks and work out the quickest solution. The investor will be responsible for frequent checks on the road to detect any problems that could pose a threat to safety. The Ministry of Construction has also urged authorities of Hanoi and the other provinces the highway runs through Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai, where the highway cooperate with the investor. On September 24, management … [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...]

Who is the second-ranked dollar billionaire in Vietnam?

VietNamNet Bridge - After Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, the following names are said to be the most outstanding candidates for the second dollar billionaire of Vietnam. relate news First Vietnamese billionaire on Forbes listVietnamese-American billionaire among 1,000 richest people in the worldSpecial heirs in Vietnam300 billionaires group as Vietnamese super-rich On September 17, Wealth-X and UBS (Swiss Bank) released the report "Billionaire Census 2014". In particular, Vietnam has two billionaires with total assets of approximately $3 billion. One of the two names is confirmed to be Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Vingroup chairman, who was included in the list of Forbes billionaires for two consecutive years, with assets estimated at $1.6 billion (announced in March 2014). The other name is still a secret. The following faces are said to be the brightest candidates to become the second dollar billionaire of Vietnam. Mr. Ha Van Tham - Chair of Ocean Group Tham is one of the top 10 richest people … [Read more...]

Social News 17/9

Vietnam joins global efforts to control containers The Prime Minister on September 15 approved Vietnam's participation in the Global Container Control Programme (CCP) which is sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through a non-refundable aid. Launched in 2004, the CCP has a global reach and aims to fortify the structures and processes that allow for the application of sustainable laws for States and selected ports to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers for drug trafficking and transnational organized crime activities. The 2.7-million-USD program will be realized in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines from 2014 onward. According to the UNODC, about 90 percent of all trade is conducted via sea containers with more than 500 million are being shipped yearly in the trade supply chain, and less than 2 percent of this amount is inspected. The incredible volume of containers travelling around the world make them important … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/9

Ex-Miss Vietnam wins 1st Elite Model Look Dang Thi Le Hang, 21, the 2012 Miss Vietnam, has won the first Elite Model Look. In the final last Saturday the freelance model walked away with a cash award and prizes worth a total of VND600 million (US$27,270), and will represent Viet Nam at the international Elite Model Look contest to be held in Paris in November. Pham Thi Kim Thi finished second and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh was third. The jury comprised Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, the general director of Elite Vietnam, global fashion professional Henri Hubert, and model Ha Anh. The contest featured a regional and a national round before the finals. The 20 contestants who made it to the final underwent a 10-day training course. Elite Model Look (known as Look of the Year from 1983 to 1995) is held in around 70 countries to discover and launch female models in the international fashion marketplace. Each year it attracts some 350,000 participants, with selections being held in more than 800 … [Read more...]

Social News 23/8

Fourth Russian-made submarine begins sea trials The fourth Russian built Kilo-class submarine began its factory-level sea trials on the Baltic Sea on August 21, according to Russian media sources. This is the fourth Project 636 submarine Russia has designed and constructed for Vietnam under a contract signed in 2009 during a Moscow visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Pursuant to the contract, Russia has agreed to build six submarines, dubbed as Black Holes in the Ocean by NATO. The first two vessels, HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, have previously been handed over to Vietnam. The first submarine, dubbed HQ-182 Hanoi successfully made its maiden voyage on January 8, 2014. The second vessel named HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City docked at Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay on March 19, 2014. Russian experts are continuing to train the Vietnamese crew on the third submarine named HQ 184-Haiphong. Outgoing Brazilian ambassador receives friendship insignia The Vietnam Union of Friendship … [Read more...]