Let’s face it. Most travelers in the world are budget conscious. We make plans well in advance to be able to truly relax on beautiful beaches. So here’s the good news. In its third annual Beach Price Index that breaks down the daily expenses of a beach holiday at 327 beautiful beaches in 90 countries and territories around the world, Vietnam has the top three places. Yes, you got it right. Three of the top cheapest beaches in the world are in Vietnam, not surprising, given the nation’s 3,000km long coastline. Tourists sunbathe at Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong Cua Dai Beach near the famous ancient town of Hoi An came in first on the cheapest list at a daily cost of $15.65, followed by Nha Trang’s City Beach ($16.85), and Long Beach on the southern island of Phu Quoc ($18.67). The rankings, released earlier this month, took into account the price of six popular beach purchases including sunscreen, water, beer, ice-cream, lunch and … [Read more...] about For a cheap, peach of a beach, Vietnam’s the place
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It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
CapitaLand: Safety is the top priority Chen Lian Pang, CEO CapitaLand Vietnam Editor’s Note: The project to build D’Edge towers in Thao Dien Ward in District 2 got off ground last year. During its construction of the basement, several houses surrounding the construction site have been impacted. Chen Lian Pang, CEO of CapitaLand Vietnam as the project owner, speaks about the problem and solutions to address it. Question: It is said that D’Edge construction site is eroding the foundations of neighboring houses. What is your opinion about the problem? Chen Lian Pang, CEO CapitaLand Vietnam: Human safety is our priority and we are working closely with local authorities and independent experts to solve the problem. This is a big concern as the matter may ruin our future and investment plan Vietnam. Currently, based on contractual terms between CapitaLand Thanh Nien as the developer and Tuan Le Company as the main contractor, the developer has handed over the … [Read more...] about CapitaLand: Safety is the top priority
VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-one tons of coffee in Dak Nong province made of battery powder have been seized as ‘dirty coffee’. However, no one can define what ‘clean coffee’ means. According to Nguyen Viet Vinh, secretary general of the Vietnam Cocoa and Coffee Association (Vicofa), one of the hottest issues now is the absence of national standards for roasted coffee. As a result, roasters add non-coffee elements into real coffee and sell their products as ‘genuine coffee’. “The lack of national standards for roasted coffee places difficulties on agencies to control coffee quality in the market, while ‘mixed’ coffee is labeled as genuine coffee,” he commented. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set up two standards related to coffee processing. These include national standards for coffee processing units and national standards for coffee beans. In principle, coffee roasters must declare … [Read more...] about What is the standard for ‘safe roasted coffee’?
Hà Nội is... Hà Nội is a lot of things and we took to the streets to find out what makes this great city tick. Is it the people? The atmosphere, the style, the passion, or is it something as simple as the food? With a population of more than 7.5 million, Hà Nội is a melting pot of all things great about Asia. So Việt Nam News decided to showcase our capital and tell the world exactly what Hà Nội is. Our dedicated team spent the last week capturing the sights, sounds, colours and characters of Hà Nội to bring you our very special production. Producer Paul Kennedy said: "To be honest jobs like this are pretty simple when you have a great team working with you and so much beauty and charm to record. "It's a simple case of pressing red button on the camera and letting Hà Nội do all the work. "It's alive. The city seems to run at 200 kilometres per hour yet there's an incredible calmness and serenity … [Read more...] about This is Hà Nội