Viet Nam News Thích Nữ Quảng Phát is a woman who has given her life completely to serve her religion. Such women are called nuns. She chose not to marry and have a family, especially after seeing a couple who were her neighbours fighting all the time. As a nun, she has started a library at a pagoda where children comes and read books. Lê Hương chats with her about her passion. Inner Sanctum: Please tell me about your faith and Buddhism. I was inspired by my parents, who are Buddhists, at a very young age. When I was four, my dad took me to a pagoda in the southern city of Vũng Tàu to learn Buddhist teachings. Though my homeland is in the central province of Quảng Trị, when I was one year old, my family moved to Vũng Tàu. There have been many incidents that made me decide to lead a nun’s life. But I strongly remember a ceremony I witnessed when I was young. People flocked to a local pagoda … [Read more...] about Nun gets children reading
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In the past few years, the island commune has developed community tourism models, making contributions to socio-economic development for Ha Tien district. In December 2017, the Kien Giang People’s Committee recognised the archipelago as a local tourism site. Tourists coming to Ha Tien district are always curious of Hai Tac archipelago, a famed place in the southwest sea of the country. According to local historic documents, in 17th century, Mac Thien Tich, a leader of the region, many times ordered his troops to fight against local pirates, who lived in the area. The archipelago name Hai Tac originated from that time. “Besides its mysterious name, Tien Hai island commune has great potential for developing tourism thanks to its primitive landscapes, fresh and cool atmosphere,” said Tang Hong Phuoc, Deputy Director of Ha Tien town’s Centre for Trade and Tourism Promotion. In order to utilise the tourism potential, in 2014 the local authorities implemented a … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s pirate island develops community tourism
Viet Nam News by Thiên Hương Tiên Hải is the only island commune in Hà Tiên District, southern province of Kiên Giang. The commune also has another name: Hải Tặc (Pirates) Archipelago. It boasts 16 islands and total area of 283ha. In the past few years, the island commune has developed community tourism models, making contributions to socio-economic development for Hà Tiên District. Golden sands: A pristine beach on the archipelago. — Photo foody.vn In December 2017, the Kiên Giang People’s Committee recognised the archipelago as a local tourism site. Tourists coming to Hà Tiên District are always curious of Hải Tặc archipelago, a famed place in the southwest sea of the country. According to local historic documents, in 17th century, Mạc Thiên Tích, a leader of the region, many times ordered his troops to fight against local pirates, who lived in the … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s pirate island develops community tourism
Viet Nam News By Trần Mai Hưởng Nothing conjures up a perfect spring afternoon more than a beautiful field of canola flowers shining as bright as the sunshine above. Spring in Mộc Châu is just about as good as it gets. Just ask anyone of the many tourists who visit each year from all over the country. Photo opportunities are aplenty, high mountains, bright blue skies and of course, the sunshine bringing everything to life. Some may want to pinch themselves just to make sure they are not still dreaming. One regular stop off point for those enjoying the scenery is the Mộc Sương tea hills. Endless rows of plants are raised in heart shapes and dotted on the hills in the centre of a prairie. A sight guaranteed to take your breath away. But it’s what’s alongside that has the visitors reaching for their camera phones. Here you’ll find the rapeseed flowers in full bloom. Many of those taking obligatory selfies are in the … [Read more...] about Spring in Mộc Châu is about as good as it gets
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?