HCM City set to clear canals


Update: May, 25/2017 – 06:00

Heavy flood on Phan Huy Ích Street, Gò Vấp District after a heavy rain on May 20. VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Anh
HCM CITY The HCM City People’s Committee has asked district authorities to work with agencies to crack down on illegal encroachment on rivers, canals and the drainage system in an aim to prevent flooding.

Lê Văn Khoa, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that illegal encroachment on rivers and canals was one of the main causes of serious flooding. Tiếp tục đọc

Dong Dinh Museum – Memory garden in Da Nang

Last update 10:33 | 04/05/2017

Nestled on Son Tra Peninsula, Dong Dinh Museum is an ideal place for nature lovers. It is a peaceful place to see wonderful art and valuable antiques.

The museum is also a venue where nostalgic visitors can indulge in a garden of memory, which features recreations of garden houses and villages typical of the central region.

The museum opened to the public in 2011 and has become one of Da Nang’s tourist attractions.

Its owner, artist Doan Huy Giao, has spent more than 30 years collecting artefacts from across the country and another 10 years building his privately-owned museum, which is the first of its kind in the central region.

The Dong Dinh Museum – a Memory Garden is also a place where ecologic forests are conserved, the space of art-culture is promoted and traditional values are maintained.


Visit Mang Mu in pour water season

Last update 16:23 | 23/05/2017

Lying on a high mountain, Mang Mu is considered an ideal place to contemplate the panorama of Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai province, especially in the pour water or rice harvest season.

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Mang Mu comprises two hamlets of Mang Mu A and Mang Mu B in Mo De village, Mu Cang Chai district.mang mu in pour water season hinh 2
They are the poorest in Mu Cang Chai district. The only path leading to the hamlets is very twisty and muddy. Tiếp tục đọc

HCM City pushes for use of eco-friendly bags

eco-freindlyLast update 17:32 | 23/05/2017

HCM City has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to strengthen promotion of eco-friendly plastic bag usage, to limit the impact of nylon bags on the environment.

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All supermarkets in HCM City have committed to using eco-friendly bags. Retailers and traders in traditional markets are being encouraged to commit to using eco-friendly plastic bags instead of nylon bags. 

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Hon Kho – wonderful peaceful island getaway spot

Last update 14:29 | 21/03/2017

Hon Kho is one of the Cham Islands (Cù lao Chàm), a cluster of islets located near the city of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province.

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The Cham Islands are recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.


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The Cham Islands collectively are comprised of eight separate islets that have a combined population of 3,000.

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The island of Hon Kho is an historical and cultural relic treasure chest.

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Architecture structures of the Viet and Cham peoples here date back hundreds of years.

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The island is attractive to visitors thanks to year-round cool weather and its diverse flora and fauna.

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The coral reefs in the marine area of the island have received world acclaim and are listed in the World Red Book of Endangered Species.

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Many visitors come here to relax, go snorkelling, discover the life of local people and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the island.

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To keep the environment green and clean, the local inhabitants of Hon Kho have gotten together to protect the island.

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They know that if they don’t protect the island it will ruin not only the coral reefs but their livelihoods.

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Therefore, leaders of the island of Hon Khosay they are determined to protect the environment.

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Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 1: Chuyện về ông ‘thần rừng’

MTG – Đăng lúc: 02.05.2017 11:26

Hệ sinh thái tại Sơn Trà đang bị xâm hại khiến cộng đồng xã hội hết sức bức xúc. Ảnh loài Voọc chà vá chân nâu quý hiếm tại Sơn Trà – Ảnh: Lê Tuấn

   “Nếu có sự kết hợp hài hòa nhất giữa tự nhiên và xã hội thì sự kết hợp đó chính là Hoàng Đình Bá” (giáo sư Trần Quốc Vượng). Và khi nhắc đến Sơn Trà, không thể không nhắc đến ông thần rừng này.

Lần đầu tiên tôi đặt chân đến Sơn Trà là vào năm 1978, lúc tôi đang là bộ đội, khi chiến tranh biên giới Tây Nam nổ ra và cả nước đang chuẩn bị chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược ở biên giới phía Bắc. Toàn đại đội của tôi được lệnh vào Sơn Trà bằng tàu quân sự qua đường biển, nói là để “truy quét tàn quân địch” nhưng thực chất có lẽ là tham gia làm tiền trạm cho cấp trên kiểm soát một vị trí chiến lược nhằm chuẩn bị bố trí phòng thủ nếu chiến tranh diễn ra trên toàn quốc. Tiếp tục đọc

Painted manhole covers in Saigon hoped to increase environmental awareness

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A painted manhole covers in Saigon

Around 30 manhole covers in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City have been turned from cement and metal eyesores to exquisite paintings by a group of young people hoping to raise awareness of the city’s battle against litter.

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Old, hideous manhole covers on Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Tan Da, and Trieu Quang Phuc Streets have become relics of the past, replaced by scenes of fish ponds and nature’s beauty.

The project was initiated by Youth Union members from the district’s Ward 10, with fine art students from Saigon University serving as the primary artists for the campaign.

“We have ask private businesses and individual donors to sponsor the paintings,” said  Nguyen Ngoc Uyen Phuong, deputy secretary of the ward Youth Union,

“If we are able to raise more funds, we can expand the program to other streets in District 5.”

It is not uncommon for manhole covers to double as dumpsters in districts throughout the city.

“Since the covers were changed to art, people have stopped littering on them,” Nguyen Phuong Hoa, a 54-year-old street vendor on Tan Da, said.

“It is also relaxing to look at the paintings while I sell here every day.”

Architect Ngo Viet Nam Son said artwork and its contribution to the urban landscape should be respected.

Vo Thi Minh Hue, a psychological expert, believes the beautiful manhole covers, as well as walls featuring colorful murals, will encourage more walking amongst local residents.

“Residents will also feel the need to keep the street clean,” she said.

However, some are concerned that the paintings will do more harm than good.

“Many Vietnamese like to stop and watch anything unusual they see on the street.  These people will cause traffic jams if they’re distracted by these exquisite manhole covers,” one Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reader said.

Another reader believes that it is more important to have clean sewages and safe manholes than beautiful covers.

Below are some pictures of the new artwork.

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British man found hanged on tourist boat in northern Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/23/2017 10:42 GMT + 7

A 19-year old British man was found hanged on a tourist boat in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong on Sunday night.

Leaders of the local People’s Committee confirmed the tourist’s death on Monday night, saying the 19-year-old had hung himself on a Cong Nghia tourist boat during a trip around the Cat Ba archipelago, located in Cat Hai District, Hai Phong.

Preliminary information revealed that the ship had departed from the northern province of Quang Ninh, and was carrying 16 foreign tourists including a group of three close friends from the United Kingdom. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 2: Y cẩm dạ hành

MTG – 04/05/2017 – 11:11 AM

“Hồn Tổ Quốc nằm trong rừng xanh thẳm/Rừng điêu tàn là Tổ Quốc điêu linh”. Đó là câu thơ mà Hoàng Đình Bá có lần đọc tôi nghe, tôi không nhớ là thơ của ai. Đối với ông Bá, rừng là Tổ Quốc. Sơn Trà là Tổ Quốc.

Voọc chà vá chân nâu ở bán đảo Sơn Trà. Ảnh: Nguyễn Trường Sinh

Trận lụt núi lở đá trôi năm Thìn 1964 gây tang thương cho Quảng Nam, khiến 6000 người chết. “Núi lở đá trôi” không phải là hình tượng ví von mà là sự thật, núi đã lở từng mảng, đá đã trôi từng tảng lớn. Sau trận lụt lịch sử này, ông Võ Chí Công (Năm Công) khi ra Hà Nội đã báo cáo với Trung Ương và nhân dân miền Bắc. Sự kiện đó đã tác động sâu sắc đến giới khoa học. Tiếp tục đọc

Saigon underground market

Last update 10:53 | 22/05/2017

In District 1, away from all the upscale restaurants and swanky bars of the financial and entertainment districts is the first underground market of Saigon, where authentic Vietnamese food is crafted and enjoyed daily.

in photos: saigon underground market hinh 1Sense Market is located at the centre of District 1, B Park 23/9 and below Sen Hong Stage. The market opened January 7.

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The entry road to the Sense Market is lush with green vegetation bordering it.  It is just a short 10-minute walk to the popular Ben Thanh Market. Tiếp tục đọc

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). Tiếp tục đọc

Hà Nội reports first death from dengue fever


Update: May, 22/2017 – 11:30

Health officials spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes. One person has been confirmed dead from dengue fever in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội Health Department has announced the first death from dengue fever since the beginning of this year.The Central Tropical Diseases Hospital on Sunday confirmed that a 19-year-old student who rented a house in Đống Đa District’s Trung Liệt Ward died of dengue.

In Hà Nội, the number of patients with dengue fever has shown a tendency of increasing since early this month, with 27 cases recorded in the last two weeks. Tiếp tục đọc

HCM City keen to develop dental tourism

Vietnam News Update: May, 22/2017 – 09:00

A doctor at HCM City’s Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology treats a patient. Photo Sơn Hà

By Sơn Hà

HCM CITY— With a pool of highly-skilled practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities and affordable costs, HCM City is rapidly emerging as a dental care tourism destination.

A full range of dental services is available, including cleaning, teeth whitening, dental implants, bone reconstruction orthodontics, ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges.

Dương Quốc Chí, 58, an overseas Vietnamese from Italy, combines a quick vacation in HCM City with a visit to a dentist.

“Dental care in Việt Nam costs about a third of the price compared to Italy,” he said. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 5: ‘Lợi ích nhóm’ lũng đoạn quy hoạch?

Đăng bởi: MTG Đăng lúc: 11.05.2017 00:13

 Việc cấp đất giao rừng xé nát Sơn Trà và ý định hợp pháp hóa việc xé nát đó của lãnh đạo chính quyền Đà Nẵng thời kỳ trước đây đang để lại rất nhiều vấn đề vô cùng nan giải.

Sơn Trà ký sự-Kỳ 1: Chuyện về ông ‘thần rừng’

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 2: Y cẩm dạ hành

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 3: Mấu chốt của những vấn đề ‘nóng’ trên bán đảo Sơn Trà

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 4: Luận về Chà vá chân nâu và chùa Linh Ứng

Việc vi phạm pháp luật về đất đai ở bán đảo Sơn Trà diễn ra từ lâu. Thời chưa tách tỉnh, việc phá rừng diễn ra lén lút, trách nhiệm của chính quyền là không tổ chức quản lý chặt chẽ và không xử lý nghiêm minh các đối tượng vi phạm. Từ sau khi Đà Nẵng trở thành thành phố trực thuộc Trung ương, tình trạng vi phạm trở nên nghiêm trọng với sự can dự của chính quyền thành phố. Từ năm 2000 đến cách đây khoảng 4-5 năm, lãnh đạo chính quyền thành phố Đà Nẵng đã tùy tiện giao đất giao rừng trái pháp luật, rồi tìm cách hợp pháp hóa tình trạng phi pháp đó, khiến cho ban lãnh đạo chính quyền hiện tại cực kỳ lúng túng trong việc xử lý những vấn đề ở Sơn Trà, thực chất là phải giải quyết hậu quả của những nhiệm kỳ trước. Tiếp tục đọc