BRT has become a hot topic on social media, newspaper and even during chit-chat at roadside tea shops in recent days. Praise was scarce, criticism was common and doubt was ubiquitous. Many even consider buses as the culprit of traffic jams. In contrast to public opinion, scientific studies tell a different story. A few days before BRT was piloted, Professor Shinichi Mochizuki from Japan, said during a presentation about pedestrian spaces around the world that on the same road, if private vehicles and public transport are combined, the efficiency of that road will be much higher than when only private vehicles are used. In addition, private vehicles occupy large parking spaces. That is why all advanced countries have developed public transport systems. But why are so many Vietnamese people doubtful about the operation of BRT buses? It is easy to notice that words of criticism or doubt are highly sentimental. However if we look at the traffic congestion situation in Hanoi in the past 10 … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – How to build public confidence in BRT?
Places safe to travel
Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Hai Phong port The cargo was found in a container shipped from Malaysia en route to China. The banned goods were hidden in sacks of sea shells. The cargo had been declared as sea shells. Tusks and tortoise-shell are banned goods in Viet Nam under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which came into effect in 1994. Typhoon Nari heading towards East Sea Typhoon Nari, with gale-force winds gusting up to 149kph near its eye, is moving into the East Sea and is forecast to strike central Vietnam in a couple of days. At 07.00am on October 11 Nari was positioned 320km East of the Philippines’ Luzon island, and was regaining strength. In the next 24 hours the typhoon is forecast to travel between west and north-west at a speed of 20kph. It will cause heavy rains and rough seas in the eastern part of the East Sea on October 12. A dry cold spell is weakening, bringing rain to northern and … [Read more...] about Tropical storm to hit East Sea
VietNamNet Bridge - Buses have long been a familiar means of transport of Hanoians. And many people do not know that each bus route is an interesting traveling route in the capital city. The bus with the two colors of red and yellow in Hanoi. Photo: Sonic3k In Hanoi, buses appeared in mid-2001. Immediately, this new means of transport was warmly welcomed by the people. Over time, the buses are no longer the vehicles to serve the needs of students and workers but also become a nice means of travel. On a bus forum, there are articles guiding people to travel to famous places by bus. The cost is quite cheap, with only VND6,000-VND40,000 ($0.3-3) for two way. Anyone can travel without worrying about expensive. Moreover, traveling by bus is to ensure safety as well as reducing anxiety about parking space for each person. However, to get a fun ride, you should note the following points: -Selecting travel time to avoid overcrowding and long wait. The appropriate time is from 5-6am, 8-11am … [Read more...] about Traveling by bus in Hanoi
In winter, Sapa welcomes guests with its cold weather temperature that can go down to one Celsius degree now and then Although tourists are accustomed to the chilling cold weather in Hanoi, they will find it hard to instantly adapt to the sensation frozen to the marrow in Sapa. It is not only cold and misty, but also so cloudy that no one can see everything just one meter ahead. All seem to be covered, even the highest stone church in the downtown area is hidden in the dense mist. So, tourists will feel difficult to find the way to go around. Sapa welcomes guests with clouds and coldness but no one wants to wrap themselves in blankets to enjoy the warmth at hotels or guesthouses. From the old to the young one, from locals to tourists, all rush to the streets and grope their way in the heavy fog. They want to experience the weather, forests and special landscapes that Mother Nature offered to Sapa. They want to exercise to warm up their bodies and try their strength before the … [Read more...] about A Frosty Sapa To Remember
By motorbike to the birthplace of Vietnamese Zen Summit bound: As the path up Yen Tu Mountain nears the summit, the going gets rougher, with visitors having to clamber over large stones. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan (15-06-2008) by Michael Libucha When life in Ha Noi becomes stifling, as it often does at this time of year, the weekend getaway is the best cure. And one famous mountain northeast of the capital allows you not only to get away from the city, but also to transcend city life itself. Vietnamese pilgrims who come to Yen Tu Mountain, 120km north-east of Ha Noi, have a saying: "Although you may practise Buddhism for 100 years, you cannot attain enlightenment without reaching the summit of Yen Tu." Their destination is Dong Pagoda on the summit of Yen Tu Mountain in coastal Quang Ninh Province. And as they say, getting there is half the fun. Renting a motorbike and hitting the highway is a great way to go, although buses are an easy option. But on a motorbike, … [Read more...] about By motorbike to the birthplace of Vietnamese Zen