Giêng Island Church is a centre of Christianity in the southwestern region. - VNS Photo Hoàng Linh By Hoàng Linh Situated on the border of Việt Nam and Cambodia, An Giang is most famous for Châu Đốc City, which is home to one of the busiest markets in the country. Not many travellers have set foot in Chợ Mới District, 50km from Châu Đốc, though the district is well worth discovering. Take National Highway 91 from the city, leaving the beautiful Tịnh Biên and Tri Tôn Districts behind after exploring their sacred temples and beautiful lakes. Simple lifestyle and tasty cuisine Visitors are recommended to visit Ông Chưởng Island where they can see the lifestyle of a river region. First and foremost, remember to ask locals how to get there rather than tracking it on the map. Most Chợ Mới locals make a living from fishing and its starting to … [Read more...] about Old vestiges in Chợ Mới
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On the occasion, as tributes poured in from all parts of the political spectrum, one newspaper carried an article headlined: "Why George Fernandes once said 'would like to be reborn as a Vietnamese'." The exact quote is: "If there is a rebirth, I would like to be reborn as a Vietnamese;" such was his admiration for the people of this country. He had made the statement following his visit to Vietnam as the Defense Minister of India. I had the opportunity to meet him then. His humility and absolute openness in talking to people was striking and very rare, because it was authentic, not a practiced politician’s smooth talk that I have come across frequently. When I asked him about specifics of the agreement reached in his talks with Vietnamese authorities, he quickly asked the very senior bureaucrat with him to make a copy and give it to me. I could see that the bureaucrat was not happy at all with this request, but he had no choice. This readiness to share information also set him … [Read more...] about An Indian leader who wanted to ‘be reborn as a Vietnamese’
The 200-year-old sưa tree at Phụ Chính Pagoda in Hà Nội is starting to show its age. — Photo dantri.com.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Residents of Phụ Chính Village in Hòa Chính Commune, Chương Mỹ District want to sell a 200-year-old sưa (dalbergia tonkinensis) tree which was once valued at VNĐ100 billion (US$4.28 million). According to the commune People’s Committee, local authorities asked for approval from the district and the Hà Nội People’s Committee to auction off the tree. It is located at Phụ Chính Pagoda. One potential buyer previously offered VNĐ100 billion for the tree, but villagers refused to sell. Then, in 2010, one of two major branches broke off and was sold for VNĐ20.5 billion. Residents and local authorities took measures to protect the tree from unlicensed loggers who wanted to steal its wood. But over the last few years it has … [Read more...] about Residents want to sell 200-year-old sưa tree
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
The main reason for the government’s reluctance to push forward with the reform of the 'ho khau' system is that policymakers are worried about the burden that new migrants will place on social services funded by the cities, according to joint research carried out by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the World Bank. Researchers said the Vietnamese government should make it quicker and easier for those who want to change their place of residence to their new urban homes. The government should also give migrants the same access to job opportunities in the public sector and simplify public services such as registration of motorcycles. The report, drawing on data from the 2015 Household Registration Survey and qualitative research, says at least 5.6 million migrants in the five surveyed provinces were not registered in their new homes, including 36 percent of the population in Ho Chi Minh City and 18 percent in Hanoi. About 70 percent of them work in the private sector, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s migrant workers denied basic services by red tape