Tour designed for IPU-132 international delegates

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VietNamNet Bridge - Nineteen tours designed for international delegates to attend the 132nd General Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) that will be held in Hanoi from March 28 to April 2 have been approved by the IPU-132 Organizing Committee. … [Read more...]

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8,000 patients in need of kidney transplants More than 8,000 patients in critical conditions nationwide are in need of kidney transplants while thousands of others are waiting for humanitarian organ donations. The information was unveiled at the ceremony to posthumously honor 403 organ donors and encourage people to register for donating organs co-held on March 21 by Cho Ray Hospital, People’s Hospital No. 115 and Children’s Hospital No. 2 in HCMC. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen … [Read more...]

Forest in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park in danger

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The Quang Binh Province’s Industry and Trade Department is designing an industrial project which would destroy dozens of hectares of forest in the core area of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. It has not consulted with any nature conservation organizations about the plan. … [Read more...]

Number of domestic visitors to Hanoi rises by 7.1% in Q1

As of March 15, Huong Pagoda festival welcomes approximately 673,000 passengers.

KTĐT - According to the Hanoi Statistics Office, as of March 15, Huong Pagoda festival welcomed approximately 673,000 tourists, including 1,400 international visitors. In March, Hanoi received 164,000 international tourists, down 0.5% against the previous month and decreased by 24.9% over the same period last year. Domestic visitors to Hanoi increased by 1.4% in the comparison to last month and up 10% over the same period. Hotel and travel revenue grew to 1.2% against last month and up 3.2% … [Read more...]

Why do small issues result in enormous damage to Vietnam tourism?

"One of my tour guides once had a dream in which he had to take tourists through a pile of garbage, and had to collect the rubbish strewing the rivers in the Mekong Delta," Phan Xuan Anh, chairman of Du Ngoan Viet Co., wrote in a piece sent to

"How can Vietnam possibly improve its image in the eyes of global tourists when even local tour guides are obsessed with its shortcomings, especially the polluted environment?" an industry insider wonders. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. … [Read more...]

Vietjet offers cheap HCM City – Chu Lai tickets

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VGP - To celebrate the launch of its new domestic route between Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Lai (in Quang Nam province), Vietjet Air is offering a special promotion with thousands of air tickets costing only VND 9,000 for local and international routes. The program is available from 12 pm to 2 pm from now until March 26. Similar promotions with VND9,000 tickets are also being applied on other routes, including Ho Chi Minh City - Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City - Dong Hoi, and Ha Noi - Quy Nhon. … [Read more...]

US photojournalist to launch photo exhibit to celebrate 25-yr bond with Vietnam

A photo taken  in 1990

A veteran American photojournalist is poised to launch an exhibit next month in Hanoi which will feature photos that she has taken of Vietnam’s landscapes and people over the past 25 years. Catherine Karnow, an American journalist/photographer who is known to many Vietnamese for her photos over the years, is getting ready for her upcoming exhibition, which is slated to run at the Art Vietnam Gallery from April 10 to May 8, local media reported. … [Read more...]

Indian girl’s love for disabled kids through paintings

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(VOV) -An exhibition entitled ‘Into Karishma's World’ of Indian girl Karishma Kannan is set to take place in at Sheraton Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on March 27 as a fund raiser for underprivileged children in HCM City. 24-year-old Kannan was born with the intellectually challenging condition, Down syndrome, and all her developmental milestones were delayed. Karishma and her family moved to Vietnam for her father's job in 2008. An accidental meeting with English teacher Cyndi … [Read more...]

8 Vietnamese jailed for staging 200 traffic accidents to rob foreigners

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Members of a gang targeting foreigners stand trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday. Photo credit: Dan Tri … [Read more...]

Wednesday March 25, 2015

People take a walk around Hoan Kiem lake in a rainy day

(VOVworld) - Have you looked at the weather forecast for Hanoi this week? It’s going to rain until next Thursday. B: Yes, I’ve checked the weather forecast for the next 10 days. It started with a downpour overnight and early this morning and will rain continuously for several days. Hopefully we’ll have sunshine again later next week. A: Normally we have spring drizzles at this time of the year. But this year it really pours. It may be the consequence of climate change, I … [Read more...]