Chinese arrivals fall further in Feb

Foreign tourists take photos at the flower street on Ham Nghi Boulevard in HCMC’s District 1 during the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet), which wrapped up last week. The number of international visitors to Vietnam last month fell 10.2% month-on-month - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG

Dao Loan The first two months of the year saw the number of tourists from the largest visitor-generating market for Vietnam declining 40.3% from a year ago, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). … [Read more...]

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The Saigon Times Daily A great number of traditional festivals can be found shortly after the celebration of the lunar new year, or Tet. They were originally designed to pay homage to ancestors but now undoubtedly they are where self-interestedness prevails. People no longer see those festivals as sacred as in the past. They go there for personal interest rather than self-sacrifice. They donate some small change but expect to get back something bigger or more valuable. However, those … [Read more...]

Former US diplomat says China aggressively pursuing hegemony over East Vietnam Sea

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David Brown, a former U.S. diplomat and a freelance writer on the East Vietnam Sea disputes, told Tuoi Tre News in an interview on Sunday that the U.S. has to regard China's aggressive pursuit of hegemony over the sea as "disruptive" and "potentially dangerous." BaiTu Nghia (Hughes Reef) in Vietnam’s Spratly archipelago has been identified for the first time by satellite imagery analysed by IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, based in Coulsdon, Surrey (England). … [Read more...]

Violence erupts as Vietnamese gather to honor legendary act of valor

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A member of Giong festival in Hanoi raises a cane to hit a man who tries to seize a piece of offering on parade on February 24, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Ha Long on land

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One of the most attractive tourism destinations in the Red River Delta, Ninh Binh now boasts Vietnam’s newest UNESCO’s World heritage site, the Trang An landscape complex. UNESCO has recognised Ninh Binh’s glorious Trang An landscape complex as Vietnam’s newest world heritage site, bringing the total number of world heritage sites in the country to eight. Situated in Ninh Binh province, the 10,000-plus hectare Trang An complex consists of the former capital at Hoa Lu, … [Read more...]

Unknown caves in central Vietnam

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Explorers from National Geographic Magazine discovered previously unknown caves while recording 360-degree images of Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, located in central Vietnam, in January. On the first day of their expedition, the explorers crossed a stream near the mountain’s foot to reach Doong Village and then went straight forward to En (Swallow) Cave – the first stop on their journey in Quang Binh Province. They were on a trip to implement the Son Doong 360 project, … [Read more...]

Grannies in southern Vietnam perform lion dances for over 30 years

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Over a dozen elderly women, including octogenarians, in a Mekong Delta province have incorporated their wartime toughness into their lion dance performances over the past three decades. Two lions shook their heads, wagged their tails, and danced to the boisterous drum beats before making a technically demanding maneuver. … [Read more...]

Northern Vietnamese province suggests building $122mn road linking expressway to Sa Pa

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Over $120 million may be earmarked for the construction of a road which would link the longest expressway in Vietnam to Sa Pa, a famous resort town in the northern region. According to a proposal put forward by the People’s Committee of Lao Cai Province, Provincial Highway 155 will be built under a project which costs a total of 2.6 trillion (US$122.1 million), the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism cited Dau Tu (Investment), a local newswire, as saying. … [Read more...]

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Japanese firm to design Hoang Sa Exhibition House … [Read more...]

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Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals … [Read more...]