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Strolling in wonderland of ethnic minority people

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Strolling in wonderland of ethnic minority people

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

In the words of the local Thai ethnic people, Pu Luong means the “highest peak”. Its loftiest zenith towering 1,700m above the valleys of Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts, in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, about 250km south of Hanoi.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is close to several other favoured tourism attractions, including Cuc Phuong National Park in the neighbouring province of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau tourist area in Hoa Binh. The close location combined with lush wildlife make Pu Luong an ideal destination.

Thai and Muong ethnic people in the hamlets surrounding Pu Luong lead lives steeped in tradition and customs, and they remain largely uninfluenced by modern means.

Their cultural observances are celebrated in every season of every year and the natural setting inspires musical performances particular to the area.

When travellers come to visit Pu Luong, they don’t expect high standard accommodation, but certainly can expect the famous hospitality of Thai and Muong people and homestays in ethnic village.

From the moment you arrive in Pu Luong, you are treated as a guest of honour, and a jar of local rice wine will be on hand to celebrate. A few drams of rice wine are sure to enhance the collective spirit, and are an important observance for local people.

Kho Muong Village nestles in a scenic valley, and greets its visitors with views of stilt houses. Drawn on the valley with brisk strokes, springs gush from the earth, and rice paddies puddle at the foot of mountains, shrouded in cloud.

A brisk walk leads to Hang Doi, the Bat Cave. Just one of many caves that riddle Pu Luong, Bat Cave is a roost for several of the 24 species of bats that live in the area.

Several thousand individuals roost here, filling its nooks and crannies, the bats giving a deliciously mysterious and eerie character. Pu Luong is a universe of experiences and sights, with the cool waterfalls of Hin Village, the spectacular views from Son Ba Muoi Village, and the water wheels of Cong and Co Lung villages.

Visiting a Thai village, you should sample the local delicacies and drink, as these aspects run deep in local culture. Com lam (sticky rice, steamed in a bamboo tube) has long been a staple in the area, and makes for a satisfying meal.

Simply put the rice into a hollow bamboo or reed tube heat over a fire. Rotate the tube to cook evenly, and the rice will soon be ready to eat. Simply crack the tube open, and peel it like a banana. Proper, well-mannered and dextrous, Thai girls know how to prepare a delicious meal in a flash.

Every evening the Thai people will welcome you to join their party. The local wild tree symbolises a longing for spring. So when the tree begins to bud and fruit fills the garden, it’s time to celebrate the abundance of food once again. The flower folk dance is particular to the Thai of Pu Luong. They dance to thank heaven and earth for the seasonal return of their prosperity.

When invited to dance, it is hard to refuse the offer to jump into the traditional bamboo pole dance. There as you make friends, and learn the dance, you may get more than your ankles caught. Long-lasting memories are forged for guests, as they are welcomed into the fold with open arms.

Local villages lie hidden in the clouds, where people live simply, unaffected but excited and fond of meeting strangers. These rustic folk are enthusiastic and genuinely wish to please their guests. They are happy to receive you and hope you will come again.

There are a bevy of interesting things to see in Pu Luong, and its future tourism potential is easy to see.

Promotion of tourism and raising living standards in the community are synonymous with increased efforts to protect the forest. In order to continue attracting visitors, the forest itself must be as protected as a priceless resource.

In 1999, the Government set aside Pu Luong as a nature reserve, thereby preserving and protecting the lush forests and traditional way of life in the area.

Experts discovered that this unique limestone area is one of the last resorts for some very rare animals like the dotted leopard, muntjac, Asian black bear and serow. The area is also famous for its butterflies and orchids.

Pu Luong was picked for preservation as it lays claim to a rich ecosystem, in which a multitude of plant and animal species thrive among LimestoneMountains. More than 1,000 plant species thrive in Pu Luong, in a lush floral cascade, and providing refuge for 39 endangered plant species.

The best time for a visit is between October and November or between February and March when the paddy fields ripen.

Source: VNA/ Photo: ninhbinhtourist

Source: QDND

More air routes to US

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

More air routes to US

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

United Airlines in Vietnam have opened up more air routes from HCMCity to more major cities in the US, transiting at Narita airport in Tokyo, Japan.

United Airlines have entered into a joint venture with Vietnam Airlines and All Nippon Airways from Japan.

After arriving in Japan from HCM City, passengers will transfer to United Airlines aircraft for the final leg of their journey to other US cities such as Seattle, Washington DC and Chicago.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

Hotels in Khanh Hoa Province, home of the world-renowned Nha Trang Bay, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent to attract tourists.

The province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Tuesday the discounts are aimed at enabling the tourism sector to achieve its target of attracting 1.76 million visitors and earning VND1.75 trillion (US$92.2 million) this year.

The five-star Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in Nha Trang is offering discounts of 10 to 50 percent between May 1 and December 31.

The Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa also has a promotion offering free stays for guests staying three days and longer between May 1 and September 30.

Other three- to five-star hotels like the Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, Liberty Hotel, Hai Yen Hotel, and Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa Nha Trang are offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent.

Khanh Hoa has more than 400 hotels, resorts, and guest houses, almost all of them in Nha Trang, which is home to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.

It has 20 hotels rated three-star and above with a total of 2,450 rooms.

The city has attracted around 500,000 visitors this year, with the tourism industry earning VND500 billion (US$26.5 million).

Source: vietnewsonline

Source: QDND

National Beach Volleyball tourney underway

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

National Beach Volleyball tourney underway

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The 2010 National Beach Volleyball Tournament No1 began on May 13 in the central province of Quang Ngai to acknowledge the 120th birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh and the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Volleyball Federation and Quang Ngai’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to compete for PV Gas Cup (PetroVietnam Low Pressure Gas Distribution Company).

Tanking part in the two-day event are 70 athletes from 22 men’s and women’s teams across the country including Quang Nam, the Fourth Army Corps, Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Tan Binh, Tanimex, Hong Bang University (Ho Chi Minh City) and the host, Quang Ngai province.

The teams were divided into four groups and the best two in each group will compete in the quarterfinals, with the winners going on to the semi-finals and the final.

The National Beach Volleyball Tournaments Numbers 2 and 3 will be held in the coastal provinced of Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau by the end of this year.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Best footballers of the year announced

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Best footballers of the year announced

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

This year’s Golden Ball for best male and female footballers of the year will go to Hanoi ACB Club’s halfback Pham Thanh Luong, and Doan Thi Kim Chi, a member of the Vietnamese women’s football team, organizers said.

This year’s Golden Ball football awards will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on May 17.

This is the fourth time that Chi has won Golden Ball award. She also took this title in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, the organizer of the annual voting for the awards since 1995, sent 138 ballots to sport journalists, football experts, and coaches around the country.

The gala night will give football fans a chance to meet well-known football players such as Le Huynh Duc, Le Cong Vinh, Luu Ngoc Mai and others and enjoy performances by famous singers like Dam Vinh Hung, Phuong Thanh, Thu Minh, Ha Anh Tuan, Hoang Bach, Pham Huy Du and more.

Among the awards’ biggest winners in the past, Le Huynh Duc, who is now SHB Da Nang’s head coach, won the Golden Ball award in 1995, 1997, 2002 and Silver Ball prize in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Le Cong Vinh of Hanoi T&T, currently Vietnam’s top footballer, won the top title in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and a Silver Ball in 2005.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Hanoi seeks funds to build houses for workers

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hanoi seeks funds to build houses for workers

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will need about 12 trillion VND (666 million USD) between now and 2020 to build houses for workers.

The number of workers in the city is estimated to increase by 600,000 by 2015, of whom 480,000 will need accommodations. The figures will increase to 800,000 and 640,000 by 2020, respectively.

To meet those demands, the city authorities have asked relevant agencies to create favourable conditions for construction firms to build houses for workers and coordinate with management boards of industrial parks and export processing zones in Hanoi to examine the quality of housing projects.

At present, Hanoi is home to 17 industrial parks and hi-tech zones. Of them, eight industrial parks are operating with about 30,000 workers. However, enterprises operating in those parks are meeting difficulties in housing for their workers, thus affecting their production and business.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hai Phong’s non-tariff and industrial zone under construction

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hai Phong’s non-tariff and industrial zone under construction

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The northern port city of Hai Phong held a ground-breaking ceremony for its VND2.5 trillion Nam Dinh Vu non-tariff and industrial zone on May 13.

The project will cover a site of more than 1,300ha, divided into three areas including a non-tariff zone, a seaport and an industrial zone.

The non tariff-zone industrial zone will include supermarkets, duty free shops, bonded warehouses and areas for production, processing, recycling, a container depot and temporary import and re-export area.

It is expected to attract investors involved in green and environmentally friendly technology projects.

Its seaport will have 10 quays for container ships and a petrol and gas terminal capable of handling nearly 20 million tonnes a year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Fierce competition in the 2010 Vietnam Robocon

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Fierce competition in the 2010 Vietnam Robocon

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The teams compete in the 1/32 round in the 2010 Vietnam Robocon tournament on May 13 received enthusiastic applause from their supporters.

There was tough competition in 12 matches between 24 teams in group E and F. It came down to the last minute of the competition to find out who had their place in the 1/16 round. Some teams even had to depend on the sub-score to decide the two top teams of each group.

The highlight of the night was an impressive performance from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology’s BKIT-BOMBY managing to build a pyramid six successive times. After a poor start against Red Star SD-PRO from the RedStarUniversity, BKIT-BOMBY easily defeated LH-VLC from LacHongUniversity with a win in the Pharaoh event.

The competition became fiercer as BKIT-BOMBY had to beat T.VIC from Hung Yen University of Education to book a place in the next round.

The team’s efforts paid off as they won another Pharaoh match. Vo Hai Thong, one of the team members said that they were was extremely happy with the stunning wins and will do their best to win the trophy.

The two teams that qualified for the 1/16 round in group E are CDT3 from Red Star University with 6 match points and 153 sub-scores and HY-Tan Thanh Dat with 6 match points and 121 sub-scores.

In group F BKIT-BOMBY and LH-VLC won their places in the next round.

The 2010 Robocon Vietnam on May 15 will continue with 16 matches in groups G and H.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Online games to be prohibited after 10pm, draft proposes

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Online games to be prohibited after 10pm, draft proposes

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese online gamers may not be allowed to play internet games after 10pm, according to contents of a new draft issued by The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on May 13.

A meeting, comprised of game providers and representatives of relevant agencies, was convened yesterday in Hanoi to discuss drafting regulations for the management of online gaming. 

In addition to the proposed time restrictions, the draft also mandates that online game shops must be at least 200m away from educational facilities.

Deputy Minister Do Quy Doan told the participants it needs to control online gaming, pointing to recent articles, which warn that the effects of online gaming may be responsible for recent waves of violence within the nation’s schools.

Luu Vu Hai, head of the Broadcasting, Television and Electronic Information Management Bureau, said the draft should strengthen the scrutiny of new online games before their founding companies are issued business certificates, as well as the monitoring of these games once they are launched into local markets.

Vietnam has 58 games online, 90% of which have been re-designed to appeal specifically to the tastes of Vietnamese gamers.  The popularity of online games in the country has soared over the past five years.

According to the Vietnam Software Association (Vinasa), the Vietnamese market potential for online gaming is still quite vast. While the country already has 12 million online gamers, statistics compiled by the VietnamInternetCenter shows the country has 22.2 million Internet users (as of October, 2009). 

Additionally, the country has an exceedingly young population and marketing of online games tends to target younger demographics. More than half of Vietnamese Internet users are gamers and it is estimated that the online gaming industry earned $130 million last year, accounting for 70 percent of the country’s earnings within the digital industries.

Vietnam is the single biggest market for computer games in all of Southeast Asia, with nearly 20 game distributors. Online gaming has greatly contributed to increase internet users and has helped to alleviate unemployment, as opportunities to work in internet shops have increased sharply.  Other countries have managed the issues of online gaming skillfully, while still managing to earn substantial profits.

Understanding both sides of the matter, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Posts and Telematics issued a law intended to restrict online gaming back in 2006. However, the law contained loopholes, making it difficult to enforce. 

Consequently, the relevant agencies set out to discuss the creation of new, stricter laws. The draft resulting from yesterday’s meeting will be submitted to the government for approval next month.

At the meeting, some participants said online gaming should be regulated like tobacco, alcohol and relevant agencies should be determined ban games with illicit themes, such as prostitution and gambling.

Representatives of the Communist Union proposed the implementation of written statements which would appear on computer screens, warning consumers of the potential harmful effects of online games much like the warnings issued packages of tobacco.

VinaGame and VTC Intecom, the two largest online gaming providers in the country, said the proposal was unfair to Vietnamese providers, as the government only seeks to control games provided by domestic businesses such as theirs.  Meanwhile gamers would still be allowed to play the games of foreign providers.  Also, while the government would control online gamers who go to internet shops, their counterparts who play at home would merely be supervised by relatives.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Living standards of ethnic people improved

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Living standards of ethnic people improved

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

PANO – Living standards of ethnic minority people in the central highlands province of Dac Lac have much improved with every passing year.

After the war, Dac Lac provincial authorities faced a lot of difficulties in stabilising living standards of local ethnic people.

Thanks to the Party and the State’s policies, the province has launched many programs to build infrastructure and create favourable conditions for ethnic people to develop their economy.

These ethnic people have been provided with accommodations, land to develop their farming and other essential facilities for their living.

During the last decade, the province invested more than VND10,000 billion to build and upgrade the infrastructure including road systems, irrigation works and public facilities. More schools and hospitals have been built for ethnic people and many of them have been trained and became members of local authorities. 

The number of poor households in the province has been decreased every year.

At present many programs are under way to help local ethnic people to develop their economy and improve their living standards.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND