Viet Nam News by Võ Thị Dung If you want to try some new and unusual accommodations while travelling, spending a night at a hostel made from discarded containers might the choice for you. Why Not Hostel is the first lodging facility of this kind in the central province of Quảng Bình, home to the world-famous natural heritage site Phong Nha Kẻ Bàng Cave. With unique design and decorations as well as an environmentally friendly atmosphere, the hostel has become a favourite choice of accommodation that has attracted an increasing number of visitors to this beautiful coastal province. While other hotels and hostels are built with concrete, the whole structure of Why Not Hostel, located in the centre of Đồng Hới City, is made of recycled old containers and other discarded materials. However, these recycled building materials still create comfortable and impressive accommodations, offering the visitors new and interesting experiences. … [Read more...] about Why not sleep in a container?
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C.P. Vietnam Corporation (CPV) is a member company of C.P. Group, Thailand, investigated in Việt Nam in 1993. It’s business is fully integrated in livestock and aquaculture spanning the entire food production value chain.—Photo CP GroupViet Nam News BANGKOK — Thailand is being left behind when it should be learning from the success story to its east. Việt Nam has attracted a growing number of big Thai corporations to invest in its huge domestic market of 96 million people, a new trend that should be closely watched by Thai economic planners. While Việt Nam’s GDP is half the size of Thailand’s – US$223 billion to $455 billion in 2017 – its economy has for years been growing at a much faster rate, averaging 6-7 per cent per annum. Given fresh economic and business opportunities beyond our borders, major Thai conglomerates including CP, ThaiBev, Central, Boon Rawd, PTT and SCG have lined up to invest hundreds of … [Read more...] about Why Việt Nam is such a magnet for baht
The Vietnamese passport has been ranked 88 out of 104 economies, gaining two positions from last year in a ranking that sees more doors opening worldwide. People holding a Vietnamese passport have free access to 49 countries, compared to 45 last year, the Henley Passport Index 2018 showed. In Southeast Asia, a Vietnamese passport has the same clout as a Cambodian one, and is only more powerful than Laos and Myanmar. The region’s biggest economy Indonesia climbed 10 spots from last year, making one of the biggest improvements in the global ranking to claim 69th position. Passport rankings of countries in Southeast Asia. Graphics by Henley & Partners A Henley press statement said countries in Southeast Asia have remained stable while Africa has suffered the most dramatic decline in travel freedom, with African countries accounting for 19 of the 27 biggest fallers over the past decade. People from the poor and conflict-torn Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and … [Read more...] about Vietnamese passport makes minor gain, still among world’s least powerful
Hoi An to launch German-funded solar power system The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - A solar power system will be put into operation at An Hoi Sculpture Garden in Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam on February 9 after two years of construction, news website Vietnamplus reports. The launch takes place on the occasion of the fifth twinning anniversary between Hoi An and Germany’s Wernigerode City. The project has been developed at a cost of more than VND3.5 billion (124,000 euros), of which 90% was funded by the German government. The system comprises solar panels installed in Song Hoai Square, which are capable of generating 51KWh to serve leisure activities like street arts, folk games, traditional music classes, decorative lanterns, lighting system for Chua Cau, cultural festivals and others. Redundant electricity will be stored in an automatic battery system and could be used for lighting up heritage sites at night or on bad-weather days. Nguyen Van Son, vice chairman … [Read more...] about Hoi An to launch German-funded solar power system
Benjamin Holst shared Facebook photos of him enjoying beers and Saigon nightlife with money obtained through begging. Infamous beggar Benjamin Holst, who has been traveling the world and partying with money made from begging, appears to have returned to Ho Chi Minh City, if photos posted on Facebook are anything to go by. Images of Holst have been circulating on social media over the past week showing him begging for money on the city's streets. Holst has been dubbed a “professional beggar” for repeatedly using his leg, which is permanently swollen due to a condition called macrodystrophia lipomatosa, to gain sympathy from tourists and locals around the world. “I post these photos and I hope someone can help him return home and receive treatment,” said a user who shared photos of Holst on Hoang Sa Street in District 3. But treatment might not be Holst's goal, who since last week has been posting photos on his Facebook page sitting in restaurants around … [Read more...] about Notorious German beggar is back in Saigon