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Travel agencies gear up for Tet holidays

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Travel agencies gear up for Tet holidays

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

Travel agencies nationwide have prepared tours for overseas Vietnamese, who are expected to return home at the end of this year for the Lunar New Year Festival.

Mr. Tran The Dung, Deputy Director of the Young Generation Travel Agency, revealed that this month saw a 50% increase in the number of tourists to Da Nang, Hue, Hai Phong and Hanoi compared to last month’s figure.

Other travel agencies share similar increases as they all launched special tours and attractive promotions on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

At present, travel agencies are focusing on tailoring new promotion programs and tours with the focus on overseas Vietnamese people during the Tet holidays.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Yang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa is famed for its pristine beauty, expansive forests, and glassy waterfalls – in fact the superlatives go on and on.

Duong Le Na, an overseas Vietnamese from the US and her friends recently decided to travel to the site. When they arrived at Yang Bay she was beside herself with joy.

“On the stone steps of the gentle slope we started our journey to Yang Bay waterfall. The fresh air the cool water, I’m in ecstasy,” she wrote in an e-mail to a friend. ‘

“The quite beatitude is broken by the roaring of the waterfall. The waterfall feeds into several small lakes below, of which the deepest is 16m. My friends and I immediately drived into the water to enjoy the coolness. We are all in agreement that this is the most beautiful place on earth,” Na wrote.

Yang Bay means “heaven’s waterfall” in the language of the Gia Rai people, one of the 53 ethnic groups in Vietnam .

The river begins at a spring some 2km higher up in the mountains. It plunges down several waterfalls into a one-metre deep crystal clear pool.

The two other major waterfalls in the area are Yang Khang and Hocho. After a refreshing dip, visitors can relax in a natural hot spring.

Yang Bay waterfall is also famed for the “lithophone” that has been erected – iron wires fastened to the cliff that play as the water passes over it.

Gia Rai residents are proud of their musical ability and are only too happy to entertain visitors. They play traditional instruments such as the chapi, t’rung, tacung flute, taleploi clarinet and the dan da (stone instrument).

Situated in Khanh Vinh District’s Khanh Phu Commune, Yang Bay waterfall forms part of the 57ha Yang Bay Tourism Park .

Locals put on a variety of activities to entertain tourists, such as pig racing and crossbow shooting. There is also a 4,500sq. m bear farm. Visitors can also feed crocodiles.

Na’s friend Ken Jones was particularly taken by the crocodile farm. “Feeding the crocodiles was fun but terrifying,” he said.

Na meanwhile fell in love with the orchid gardens.

“I have lived far from my homeland for more than 30 years. I can’t believe how beautiful and pristine this place is,” she said.

After the orchid gardens Na and her friends listened to locals playing the dan da and t’rung, which consists of five to seven pieces of bamboo of varying length that are tied together with two parallel cords. It can be rolled up. When played it is hung from a metal frame. The musician strikes the bamboo with two to four rods. The sound of the t’rung is reminiscent of running water.

“At the end of the evening, we relaxed by a campfire and sampled local culinary delicacies such as grilled crocodile and steamed bamboo filled with minced pork. Ostrich is another popular local dish,” said Na.

To get to Yang Bay from Nha Trang City you must pass through Dien Khanh town and several villages.

Yang Bay reserve occupies 570ha and is famed for its virgin forest. It is known as Gia Rai in the local language.

Entrance tickets cost 30,000 VND for adults and 15,000 VND for children. English speaking tour guides cost 100,000 VND per hour, while Vietnamese language guided cost 50,000 VND per hour, said tourism official Hoang Van Khanh, who works for Khotoco Co.

The 800m tree-lined path to the centre is a festooned with flowers and creepers. The foot weary can catch an electric bus for 10,000 VND.

For those wanting to take a dip in Yang Khang Waterfall, swimming costumes can be hired for 60,000 VND to 70,000 VND. Floats cost 5,000 VND.

Just under a kilometre away is the Hocho Waterfall.

Yang Bay welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

“We plan to invest billions of dong in Yang Bay . We want to build a mud bath and a high-end resort,” Khanh said with a smile surveying the beautiful countryside. “Then more people will be able to enjoy the nature and the loveliness of the reserve.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Conde Nast Traveler, a renowned luxury travel magazine, has placed five Vietnamese hotels and resorts atop its list of Readers’ Choice Awards.

Vietnamese resorts that made the top 20 list for best resorts in Asia included, Life Heritage Resort-Hoi An, The Nam Hai, and Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole-Hanoi and the Park Hyatt-Saigon, each won top spots in the survey of the 100 top hotels in Asia.

While readers lodged three Vietnam resorts onto the list, they also sung the praises of five resorts from Bali and five resorts from Thailand.

“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new general manager at The Nam Hai. “So, for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is indeed remarkable.”

The Readers’ Choice Awards polled 25,916 responses from readers who rated resorts and hotels across these five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Resort ratings were also based on activities/facilities.

According to Conde Nast, only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award.

None of Vietnam’s islands made the Readers’ Choice Awards. Bali and Phuket were among the top three island destinations in Asia, which makes Vietnam’s resort standings all the more impressive.

Similarly, Vietnam’s top cities failed to make the top-ten cut. Bangkok and Chiang Mai came in at number 1 and 2, while Bali’s Ubud ranked fifth.

Source: VIR


Source: QDND

Pham Van Mach attends world champs

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Pham Van Mach attends world champs

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Bodybuilder Pham Van Mach and his coach Huynh Anh have left for India to attend the 2010 World Bodybuilding Championships, scheduled to take place from October 30-31.

Mach hopes to preserve his championship title in this competition. 

He will then attend the second annual 2010 Asian Beach Games in December and hopes to win gold for Vietnam’s team.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

National Student Football tournament kicks off

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

National Student Football tournament kicks off

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

The final round of the National Student Football Tournament took place on October 28th at the Chi Lang Stadium in Da Nang City with the participation of 16 teams from universities nationwide.

These teams will play in a round-robin format in four groups to select the two best ones of each group for the semi-final. The final match will be played on November 7th.

Teams from the Hanoi Polytechnic University, the Da Nang University, the Ho Chi Minh City Sports and Physical Training Pedagogy University and the Thai Nguyen University are regarded as the strongest ones.

The ongoing event aims to motivate the sport activities of university and college students nationwide.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

More help arrives in central provinces

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

More help arrives in central provinces

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) on October 27 announced that VND35.745 billion has been raised so far for flood victims in central Vietnam.

Of the sum, VND8 billion came from mobile phone massages via the 1400 switchboard, VND17 billion from domestic organisations and individuals, and over VND10 billion from foreign friends. 

The VRC and other international organisations provided the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue with food and beverages worth of VND12 billion.  

It also donated 1,000 cattles worth VND7 billion to the flood victims in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. 

An Giang province allocated VND350 million from its budget to Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

Vietnamese entrepreneurs oversea sent VND1 billion to Nghe An and Ha Tinh. 

The Danone Corporation handed over 2 tonnes of milk, nearly 200,000 bottles of fresh water and medicines worth over VND1 billion to the VRC on October 28. 

Oxfam Vietnam has been running a 3-month project in 12 flooded communes in Ha Tinh, where US$350,000 will be distributed to 40,000 people.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nippon Foundation helps open a training course for people with hearing impairment

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Nippon Foundation helps open a training course for people with hearing impairment

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi College of Pedagogy today opened a class for people with hearing impairment.

This is the second class for people with hearing disability operated under the auspices of Nippon Foundation (Japan) since 1999, according to Ohno, Nippon Foundation’s Executive Director in a press brief on October 28th in Hanoi.

The previous class was opened in Dong Nai Province and since then 15 students with hearing impairment have graduated from university.

Director Ohno said that such a project had offered people with hearing impairment the access to secondary and tertiary education.

Along with these meaningful classes, Nippon Foundation has carried out other charitable activities in Vietnam such as building an Independent Living Center for disabled people and offering artificial limbs for 45,000 veterans and people with mobile disability.

Source: KTDT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Free healthcare for needy people

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Free healthcare for needy people

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

Nearly 4,000 needy people in 11 communes in 11 districts in Ho Chi Minh City have benefited from a healthcare program named “Warm heart – For a better health”, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Youth Union and the Hau Giang Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company.

In early October, 450 social beneficiaries in Tan Tao Ward, Binh Tan District were given free health check-up and medicines.

Doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City Friendship Hospital and the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital took part in the activities. On this occasion, they presented VND8 million to an 8 year-old old boy in the district who suffers from heart disease.

The total expense of the program has so far reached VND 600 million.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Manulife Vietnam offers scholarship for new students

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Manulife Vietnam offers scholarship for new students

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

On October 26th and 28th, the Life Insurance Company, Manulife Vietnam, offered scholarships worth of VND100 million to ten new students with excellent entrance exam results in 2010.

Founded in June 2009, the scholarship fund, “For your future”, initiated by Manulife Vietnam, has rewarded many outstanding students at high schools with excellent results at university entrance exams.

Addressing the event, Mr. Carl Gustini, General Director of Manulife Vietnam, said “Education is the foundation for a brilliant future, and the key to thousands of chances. The Fund has manifested our pledge in the development of your education cause”.

Source: NLD

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Conference discusses distance education

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Conference discusses distance education

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

The 24th Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) annual conference opened in Hanoi for the first time on October 27.

Attending the two-day event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga, representatives of 70 distance education universities from 45 AAOU member countries and territories, international organisations in Asia and members of the AAOU across the world.

At the ceremony, Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan spoke highly of the AAOU’s role in offering study opportunities for the people. He affirmed that open and distance education contributed to building a lifelong study-oriented society for everyone and had become an integral part of the national education system.

With the theme “Open distance learning towards building sustainable global learning communities”, the event will focus on ideology and philosophy, partnership and communication, methodology and technology, sustainability, access, equity and quality, opportunities and challenges.

About 200 reports discussed the building of a sustainable study community and its challenges, cooperation among colleges and universities in sharing materials and e-learning equipment, and government subsidies for distance education.

Source: VietNamNet/VOV


Source: QDND