South of Da Lat, quiet Bao Loc refreshes

Last update 09:00 | 17/03/2018

VietNamNet Bridge – Lam Dong Province’s most famous tourism destination by far is Da Lat City, known the world over since its days as a French colonial summer resort. But located 110km to the south of Da Lat is the town of Bao Loc, quieter and fresher than Da Lat with its own charm.

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Tea-rrific: A view of Tam Chau Tea Farm which offers relaxing and tranquil moments for visitors. Photo dambri.com.vn

The weather is cool in Bao Loc City all year round. The locality hosts many mountains, hills, lakes, waterfalls and streams. In recent years, tourists have begun to discover its charms, such as the Damb’ri Waterfalls, farming sites with green tea fields by a romantic lake, Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda and other popular sites for young travelers. Continue reading “South of Da Lat, quiet Bao Loc refreshes”

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Discover Khuoi Ky rock village in Cao Bang

Last update 16:03 | 14/03/2018

The rock village Khuoi Ky, located between Ban Gioc waterfall and Nguom Ngao cave in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province, is famous for its stilt houses built of rocks.

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Covering 10,000 square meters, the village consists of 14 rock houses on stilts. Continue reading “Discover Khuoi Ky rock village in Cao Bang”

Castaway at a southernmost archipelago

Last update 16:55 | 17/03/2018

Situated to the southeast of Phú Quốc Island, Nam Du Archipelago in the southern province of Kiên Giang consists of 21 islands and islets. The archipelago is often referred to as a miniature of Hạ Long Bay in the southern sea of Việt Nam, but unlike its tourist-clogged northern counterpart, it is a rather untouched destination.

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Fishing on the sea. — Photo diadiemanuong.com

In recent years, Nam Du has been mentioned as an intriguing, pristine destination for young travelers interested in discovering new places. Hòn Ngang, Hòn Mấu, Hai Bờ Đập and Bãi Cây Mến have become popular due to their natural beauty. Continue reading “Castaway at a southernmost archipelago”

VN struggling to protect water resources

Last update 23:44 | 17/03/2018

Viet Nam is struggling to find solutions, especially ‘green’ solutions to address challenges in water resources management with environmental damage, climate change and unsustainable water exploitation driving the water-related crisis.

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Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister, Trần Quý Kiên, gives a speech at the workshop on water resources management in Hà Nội on Friday. 

The statement was made at a workshop themed ‘Green solutions for water resources’ held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment yesterday in Hà Nội.

Deputy Minister Trần Quý Kiên said the negative impacts of climate change and unreasonable exploitation of water resources seriously affected water resources. Continue reading “VN struggling to protect water resources”

Quang Nam residents desperate for non-contaminated water

Last update 16:45 | 17/03/2018

Thousands of households in central Quang Nam Province have been thirsting for clean water for years as most of the wells are seriously contaminated with aluminum and few water supply works have been built to solve the problem.

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A resident’s filter tank central Quảng Nam Province’s Đại Minh Commune is full of dirt and smells due to alum contaminated water. – Photo baoquangnam.vn

Even when a water supply centre was built and put into operation, it only supplied a small number of households and provided an unstable water source.

In Đại Lộc District’s Đại Minh Commune, as many as 115 households have been living with seriously aluminum-contaminated water for years. Continue reading “Quang Nam residents desperate for non-contaminated water”

HCM City to pilot ’smart urban area’

Last update 16:44 | 17/03/2018

All districts will be expected to develop a “smart urban area” plan by 2020, Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, HCM City People’s Committee vice chairman and head of the smart city management board, said on Friday.

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HCM City plans to become a smart urban area by 2020.

The smart urban area project will be piloted in districts 1 and 12 and the Thủ Thiêm Urban Area in District 2. Continue reading “HCM City to pilot ’smart urban area’”

Modest level of research: weakness of Vietnam’s universities

Last update 10:08 | 15/03/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – Despite the sharp increase in the numbers of professors and associate professors, and lecturers with master degrees and doctorates, no Vietnamese university is included in international university rankings. 

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Students of Duy Tan University

The Science, Education and Environment Advisory Council, at a recent conference on post-graduate training and talent development, pointed out a number of problems in higher education and academic research.

While the number of research works is high, the quality is low and the results cannot be applied in real life. The number of internationally published articles remains modest, especially in social sciences. Continue reading “Modest level of research: weakness of Vietnam’s universities”

Authorities struggle to solve problem of delinquent owners of foreign-invested companies

Last update 13:00 | 17/03/2018
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VietNamNet Bridge – Local authorities are finding it difficult to prevent owners of foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) from fleeing the country, leaving unpaid salaries and debts. 


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The investor has run away, leaving unpaid debts

In Dong Nai province, KL Texwell Vina, the foreign owner of a foreign-invested enterprise, disappeared just days before Tet, leaving an unpaid debt of VND30 billion in social insurance premiums and wages. Nearly 2,000 Vietnamese workers of the company still have not received pay for January.

An analyst said that state management agencies don’t know how to deal with the cases. Continue reading “Authorities struggle to solve problem of delinquent owners of foreign-invested companies”

Cambodia ‘shocked’ by ‘disrespectful’ U.S. aid cut, says democracy intact

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia said on Wednesday it was saddened and shocked by a “disrespectful” U.S. decision to rein back aid programmes because of perceived democratic setbacks and defended its record on democracy.


Cambodia’s national flags are seen as labourers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID and military assistance programmes that support Cambodia’s military, taxation department and local authorities – all of which, it said, shared blame for recent instability.

Continue reading “Cambodia ‘shocked’ by ‘disrespectful’ U.S. aid cut, says democracy intact”

U.S. turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – With U.S.-Cambodian relations at a low and Chinese influence growing, Washington is trying a new way to win hearts and minds: sponsoring a well-known Cambodian musician to sing positive songs about America.


Singer Yorn Young poses for a picture before a news conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

“When there is tension, countries seek ways to ease it so arts and culture can help,” said 37-year-old Yorn Young, who launched his “Lovin’ USA” album in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. He was not worried if people thought it was propaganda, he added.

Continue reading “U.S. turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians”