Hue restores 100-year-old house for tourism

Last update 11:49 | 22/09/2017

The authorities in Hue City have started to restore an old wooden house for tourism.

The garden house of Doan Kim Khanh on 145 Van Xuan Street, Kim Long Ward, was built in the 20th century.

It is highly regarded for cultural values with the old wooden beams. Some details have been changed in order to meet the modern lives.

After over 100 years and lack of funding, the house has shown signs of deterioration. Continue reading “Hue restores 100-year-old house for tourism”


Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water


A resident of a house boat yawns as he swings on a hammock on the vessel in a canal off the Song Hau river at the floating Cai Rang market in Can Tho, a small city in the Mekong Delta AFP/Roberto SCHMIDT

CAN THO: Fixing weighing scales used to be good business on Vietnam’s floating Cai Rang market, but the last repairman on the river now makes just a few dollars a month as modernity pushes traders to land.

Surrounded by dusty old scales on his cluttered houseboat, Nguyen Van Ut said vendors are giving up their boats for better lives on terra firma where supermarkets draw the traders who once thronged the waterway. Continue reading “Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water”

The house where VN Declaration of Independence was written

Last update 17:38 | 02/09/2017

The house at No.48 Hang Ngang Street was where President Ho Chi Minh wrote the Declaration of Independence by the end of August, 1945 which gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

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The house has two entrances: No.48 Hang Ngang Street and No.35 Hang Can street. Continue reading “The house where VN Declaration of Independence was written”

Journey through the Largest Cave in the World: Son Doong – National Geographic

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Ninh Binh develops tourism towards ecosystem protection

Last update 10:07 | 12/06/2017

Established in 2010, Van Long Natural Reserve covers 2,730 ha. Three quarters of the reserve are mountains and rocks, with the remainder wetland. 

The area boasts a diverse bio system with a large amount of rare fauna and floral species recognised in the Red Book. Hoa Lu – Van Long Specialised Forest Managing Board, which takes charge of the reserve, has 30 local collaborators engaged in forest protection.

Van Long Wetland Natural Reserve includes seven communes with a population of 50,000. After being opened, the local people are involved in conservation work.

Through training classes, locals and boat rowers are taught how to develop tourism in connection with protecting the environment.

Ninh Binh’s efforts in forest and biodiversity protection are on a sound track, towards sustainable tourism in which people live harmoniously with nature.


Trụ trì uống rượu Tây, nhắm tiết canh! – 4 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Khi người làng buồn lòng vì nhà sư…
  • Kỳ 2: “Nó bảo làm đơn kiện tôi, tôi có sợ gì đâu!”
  • Kỳ 3: “Kỳ phùng địch thủ” của sư Thích Thanh Mão
    Kỳ 4: Lý luận kiểu “hàng tôm hàng cá” của sư trụ trì “ngày nào cũng say“


Kỳ 1: Khi người làng buồn lòng vì nhà sư…

– 275 NHÓM PHÓNG VIÊN 12:37 PM, 27/11/2015

Chùa Phú Thị, xã Mễ Sở, huyện Văn Giang, tỉnh Hưng Yên, nơi nhà sư Thích Thanh Mão trụ trì từ năm 1999-2000 đến nay

Với lòng tôn kính Đức Phật, tôn kính  cửa chùa trang nghiêm, thanh tịnh, chúng tôi đi nhẹ, nói khẽ, dạo qua một số ngôi chùa nổi tiếng ở miền Bắc, tiếp xúc với các vị tu hành thời mới. Bất ngờ thay, không ít chuyện buồn ngoài sức tưởng tượng đã hiện ra. Có khi tận mắt chứng kiến, có khi nghe chính sư trụ trì tiết lộ, có khi nghe bà con kêu cầu bức xúc, có khi chính quyền cơ sở thẳng thắn kiến nghị buồn rầu. 

Continue reading “Trụ trì uống rượu Tây, nhắm tiết canh! – 4 kỳ”

Bai Tu Long National Park becomes ASEAN’s 38th heritage park

Last update 17:40 | 19/05/2017

Bai Tu Long National Park in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been named the 38th ASEAN Heritage Park.

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The title awarding ceremony was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the local People’s Committee in Ha Long city on May 19, coinciding with a ceremony to mark International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) and International Migratory Bird Day (May 10). Continue reading “Bai Tu Long National Park becomes ASEAN’s 38th heritage park”

Vietnam’s Cat Ba archipelago faces threats from mammoth tourism project

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/14/2017 16:01 GMT + 7

A model of the megaresort upon completion in Cat Ba Archipelago off the northern city of Hai Phong
The construction of a megaresort has been initiated in a popular archipelago off the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong, mounting pressure on the local environment recognized as the world’s biosphere reserve.

The Cat Ba ecotourism resort and entertainment complex in the namesake archipelago, developed by Vietnamese conglomerate Sun Group, was kick-started on Saturday, with total investment estimated at US$3 billion.

The project began with the construction of a seaport and station of an over-the-sea cable car system, 21km long, connecting Cat Hai and Cat Ba Towns.

The third terminal of the cable car is expected to be located near the administrative center of the Cat Ba National Park on the main island.

Aside from the transportation system, the project will also include three golf courses, an amusement park, and several components to leverage the tourism potential of local areas such as Qua Vang Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Viet Hai Village, and Cat Ong Island.

A clam farm, previously owned by residents in Cat Ba Archipelago, has been backfilled for the construction of the massive resort. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Le Khac Nam, vice-chairman of the Hai Phong People’s Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that local authorities and Sun Group had carried out multiple surveys and pooled feedback before laying out a plan for the project.

The building of the cable car as well as other constructions will only take place in the outer areas and along the coast, Nam said, claiming that it would not affect the Cat Ba biosphere reserve, which has always been strictly protected.

The resort complex plays a very essential role in developing tourism on Cat Ba, the official elaborated.

“Upon completion, the project will surely transform Cat Ba into a world-class tourist destination,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hoang Van Thap, director of the Cat Ba National Park, affirmed that he had not been asked to give any advice on the construction.

Thap added he had not been aware that some structures would be built within the park, where many rare animal and plant species are being protected.

A map showing the ecotourism project in Cat Ba Archipelago. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Developing tourism in the area requires careful consideration by competent agencies to ensure that the wildlife habitat will not be subject to any damage, Thap asserted.

Local conservationists are concerned that the Cat Ba langur species, the most endangered species in Vietnam being protected at the national park, would face multiple threats.

As of April, only 56 langurs had been recorded on Cat Ba.

According to Tran Thanh Liem, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Dong Bai Commune, Cat Hai District, among the 720 hectares of land needed to implement the project, 500 hectares is located in Dong Bai.

Two out of three villages in the commune have been relocated in order for the construction to take place, Liem said.

Hội thề không tham nhũng là di sản quốc gia

09/05/2017 19:33 GMT+7

TTO – Lễ hội Minh thệ (hội thề không tham nhũng) tại Hải Phòng là một trong 12 di sản văn hoá phi vật thể quốc gia vừa được công nhận.

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Hội thề không tham nhũng tại Hải Phòng – Ảnh: Tiến Thắng

Lễ hội Minh thệ diễn ra từ ngày 14 đến hết ngày 16 tháng Giêng âm lịch hàng năm. Tương truyền, từ giữa thế kỷ 16, vợ của Thái Thượng hoàng Mạc Đăng Dung là Thái hoàng Thái hậu Vũ Thị Ngọc Toản đã đến ấp Lan Niểu (thôn Hoà Liễu, xã Thuận Thiên, huyện Kiến Thụy, thành phố Hải Phòng ngày nay) tự bỏ tiền và vận động hoàng thân quốc thích, quan lại triều Mạc cả thảy 35 vị góp tiền của để tu tạo lại ngôi chùa cổ. Continue reading “Hội thề không tham nhũng là di sản quốc gia”

VN struggles to preserve biodiversity


Update: May, 06/2017 – 09:00

The tropical margrove forest in Cà Mau Cape National Park. The World Environment Organisation recognised the national park as a Ramsar site of the world—the fifth in Việt Nam—in 2012. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hiếu

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Preserving biodiversity in Việt Nam was the main topic of discussion at a workshop yesterday in Hà Nội.

Nguyễn Quốc Dựng, from the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development emphasised the need for a strategic framework and action plan for the Core Environment Program (CEP)’s phase 3 (2018-2022), building a legal framework for biodiversity corridors in Việt Nam.

Marine protected areas and mangroves in Việt Nam are smaller than in other nations so biodiversity corridors will help develop biodiversity.

“It is necessary to set up detailed projects for coastal provinces in the context of Việt Nam being affected by climate change,” Dựng said.

“Forests have been planted in the country to cope with climate change, with 42 projects in coastal provinces. [But]we have no national-scale project for the restoration of coastal forests and biodiversity preservation, although Việt Nam has high biodiversity,” he said.

“Restoring and preserving biodiversity is very difficult and costly here.”

Problems and disagreements between agencies on biodiversity preservation hamper the work, harming scientific research and environmental protection projects.

Phạm Hùng Cường, from the Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology, said developing ecosystems in remote areas owned by local people should be based on saving the native ecosystem.

“Biodiversity in traditional farming must be associated with natural landscape,” he said.

“Việt Nam should learn from developed countries like Japan to maintain and restore the traditional ecosystem.”

An expert from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said a shortage of financial resources for environmental protection, limited staff capacity, ineffective international co-operation and poor State management were issues they face when building legal documents on biodiversity corridors.

Sumit Pokhrel, deputy chairman of the Bangkok-based Environment Operation Centre, the unit responsible for co-ordinating the CEP in the region, detailed three main targets of CEP Strategic Framework and Action Plan : green growth and reducing carbon emissions, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management and biodiversity landscape and natural resources.

At the workshop, Pokhrel said a great challenge was building biodiversity in all six CEP nations.

CEP’s phase 3 will have four main tasks: facilitating regional collaboration and the management of natural resources; providing policy advice and technical support for member nations, supporting information management, and supplying financing and investment services.

Prof. Nguyễn Thế Chinh, director of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment said the Vietnamese Party and Government affirmed their commitment to addressing challenges of natural resources, the environment and climate change through promulgating many policies to ensure sustainable development.

The CEP, funded mainly by Asian Development Bank, has been implemented in the six nations of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (The GMS countries are Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Việt Nam), for ten years.– VNS

Vân Long Nature Reserve

Last update 14:36 | 02/03/2017

Around 80 kilometers from Hanoi, Van Long Nature Reserve in Gia Van Commune, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province is as beautiful as a painting.

The site is where tourists can come to find peace in a tranquil atmosphere. Although it was opened for tourism in 1998, Van Long is still as primitive as ever. It remains an attractive destination for local and foreign visitors.

Along with Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and Tam Coc-Bich Dong National Park in the province, Van Long Nature Reserve is considered an overland equivalent of Halong Bay with imposing cliffs and mountains and vast lakes which form a stunning scene. Continue reading “Vân Long Nature Reserve”

The lights go on at Huế’s Imperial Palace


Update: April, 22/2017 – 08:15
Duty: The royal guards’ patrol. — VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Sum
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN – HUẾ — The former Imperial Palace in Huế will be lit up every night thanks to a light system installed by the Huế Monuments Conservation Centre, the local government body that manages the monuments.

According to centre director Phan Thanh Hải, the lighting of the monument is part of a programme to welcome visitors to the former palace in the evening. Since it first opened to tourists in the 1990s, the UNESCO-recognised site has received visitors only in the daytime. During the night, the palace has remained closed.

Continue reading “The lights go on at Huế’s Imperial Palace”

Stunning beauty of Ninh Binh through flycam perspective


Spectacular views of Ninh Binh northern province where the blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” was filmed, have impressed tourists through flycam perspective.

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The Trang An Tourism Complex in Ninh Binh has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is home to limestone mountains 31 lakes connecting to each other through 48 caves.

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Hang động Núi lửa Krông Nô – Từ miền lãng quên đến công viên địa chất

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          Những lời rủ rê hấp dẫn về việc đột nhập vào hệ thống hang động núi lửa Chư B’luck ở huyện Krông Nô , tỉnh Đắk Nông tràn lan trên mạng đã làm “nóng chân” nhiều cánh phượt. Nhưng ít người biết bao mối hiểm nguy chực chờ trong hang động, và phải vài năm nữa, nơi này mới có thể rộn ràng đón khách, khi chính thức trở thành Công viên Địa chất Núi lửa Krông Nô.  

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Continue reading “Hang động Núi lửa Krông Nô – Từ miền lãng quên đến công viên địa chất”