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Vietnamese folk music blog attracts many visitors

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

A blog of don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music) by Professor Tran Quang Hai has attracted a large number of visitors with over 330 articles, since its establishment in August.

              Professor Tran Quang Hai (Photo:Sggp)

The blog gives Vietnamese music lovers, fundamentals of don ca tai tu, cai luong (a traditional southern folk opera). Highlight information is that the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has asked the National Music Institute to build a file about southern music for submission to UNESCO. This is in order to gain recognition that this type of music is an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

The internet site also presents more than 100 photos and video clips of various activities about folk music.

Born in 1944, Professor Tran Quang Hai is a talented and renowned musician. His family has a history of musical talents over five generations. His father is Professor Tran Van Khe, the great master of traditional Vietnamese music.

He has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Saigon before moving to France in 1961. While in France, he studied the theory and the practical application of Oriental music with his father.

He can play more than 15 different types of musical instruments, most are from Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia and Europe.

Professor Tran Quang Hai is also interested in musical research. He has improved the technique of spoon playing and of the Jewish harp. In 1970, he found a technique in overtone singing and is considered an expert in this field.  He has written numerous articles on Vietnamese and Asian music and composed hundreds of popular songs.

Professor Tran Quang Hai has received many prestigious international music awards.

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Promoting and preserving Southern amateur music

Source: SGGP

Hanoi attracts 1.2 million foreign visitors in 2010

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

Hanoi attracts 1.2 million foreign visitors in 2010

QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The number of foreign visitors to Hanoi in 2010 is estimated at 1.2 million, up 18.42 percent against 2009, while the number of domestic tourists to the city is expected to increase by 15.22 percent to 10.6 million.

The figure was given at a revision conference by the Hanoi Municipal Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 23.

In the National Tourism Year, Hanoi has launched various campaigns to improve the quality of tourism products such as the “Hanoians welcoming visitors” and “Green tourism year”. The city also held the Thang Long-Hanoi international tourism and cuisine festivals and a contest for outstanding tourist guides.

However, there remain shortcomings to the city’s tourism sector. Hanoi has not yet taken full advantaged of its potential, especially in cultural tourism and the cooperation between related agencies is still very weak.

To meet the target set for tourism development in 2011, Hanoi should focus more attention on managing tourist activities; promoting advertisement, both domestically and overseas; and improving staff training and tourism inspection, said Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the city’s Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCMC’s international food festival attracts 24 countries worldwide

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Over 24 countries around the world will take part in an international food festival to be held in the end of the year, announced the City’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism on Tuesday.

The international food festival featuring hundreds of dishes of more than 20 countries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from December 26 to January 2, 2011. (Photo: KK)The fifth “Taste of the world” festival 2010 will include 60 display booths, which will feature special dishes from around the world. In addition, it will offer a 10-50 percent discount at a certain time of the day (deemed the golden time) which is from 7pm to 9pm on December 31.

On this special night, celebrating the New Year’s Eve, a music performance will be held. 

The event also consists of a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes from around the world; a display of Vietnamese; a new world record for a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and much more.

The opening ceremony will start with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel.

Furthermore, a ceremony welcoming the third million visitors to come the city on December 12 will be held. The tourism sector expects to receive around 3.1 million international tourists this year.

In addition, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism will cooperate with the Department of Trade and Industry to organize the “Special promotion month” program offering 5-10 percent discount for visitors from December 15 to January 15, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Growing local market attracts furniture exporters

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Furniture makers found the way to foreign markets this year too rough with many obstacles including high interest rates and increasing material prices, so they switch to the local market, which has a growing demand.

An employee designs a chair at a wood factory in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo:

“Most of furniture exporters borrow money from banks as furniture business requires large sources of capital,” said general director Huynh Quang Thanh of the furniture maker Hiep Long.

Higher interest rates and increasing material prices have raised his firm’s input costs. As a result, he’s considering raising the prices, which weakened local exporters’ competitiveness on the global market, Thanh said.

Despite the central bank’s efforts to curb inflation and stabilize foreign exchange rate, interest rates continued to rise, putting more pressures on local businesses.

Commercial banks are now offering deposit interest rates of 12-13 percent, up from 11 percent earlier this month according to a number of lenders’ websites. Borrowers can now expect to pay 16-18 percent interest on loans.

Thanh added that local furniture makers were also anxious about prices of material for production, which kept rising so far this year. “Rubber wood price jumped sharply to VND5.4 million (US$270) per cubic meter from VND3.4 million per cubic meter as China is strongly buying Vietnam’s raw wood, which has low export taxes,” he said. 

“The Ho Chi Minh City Handicraft and Wood Industry Association asked relevant units to raise the raw wood taxes, but they haven’t replied,” said Ngo Hong Thu, deputy general director of the Truong Thanh Furniture Corporation.

Demand for Vietnam’s furniture in the Euro market is slumping this year because of the economic recession. Thu said Truong Thanh’s sales in Euro declined to 35 percent from 55 percent this year. Many local exporters expect the amount of orders from European customers will drop further in 2011.

Growing local market
“Vietnam’s furniture products hit store sheaves in 120 countries around the world with a turnover of $3 billion per annum. Sales of imported furniture products meanwhile make 80 percent of importers’ revenue,” said Vo Quang Ha, general director of the furniture maker Tan Vinh Cuu.

“Therefore, some furniture makers including us switch our sales to the local market. We earned more than 300 orders at the Vietbuild and Vifa furniture exhibitions at Ho Chi Minh City this year,” Ha said.

Furniture maker 4P director Nguyen Van Luat said his firm rebound to the local market as the furniture demand at offices was increasing sharply this year. “The competitiveness at foreign markets is pretty high now as exporters have to verify wood origins and submit many kinds of certificates,” Luat said.

Duong Quoc Nam, director of Hoang Nam Joint Stock Company, said the firm’s sales from the local market grew 20 percent annually since 2008.

Source: SGGP

HCM City attracts more international sea visitors

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Charity auction attracts Miss Earth candidates

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Picturesque lake attracts day trippers from Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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

Cham Island attracts tourists but room for improvement exists

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), in Hoi An town of the central province of Quang Nam, received recognition as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO one year ago, is regarded as a biological tourist heaven, attracting large numbers of visitors.

Cu Lao Cham is well-known for its wildness, seafood and hospitality  (Photo: Sggp)

The archipelago, with eight big and small islands covers an area of 15 square kilometers.

According to scientists, Cu Lao Cham is home to over 947 species, of which 170 are sea organisms, 50 are fish, and many other species classified as endangered by Vietnam’s Red Book.

The area is also home to 135 species of coral, including six that are new to Vietnamese seas.

“Travelers are very interested in visiting Cu Lao Cham because of its wilderness, seafood and hospitality. Visitors can also explore hidden beauty underwater with thousands of splendid coral with scuba diving tours,” said Nguyen Son Thuy, Director of Hoi An Travel.

However, so far, the Cham Island has no hotels. Visitors have to spend the night in residents’ houses or camp in tents on the beach.

“The local authorities are very careful about developing the island in such a way that does not affect the nature. The biggest problem in development strategy and calling investors to the island is energy resource. Electricity is provided from small diesel generators that pollutes the air and water,” said Mr. Le Van Giang, Chairman of Hoi An People’s Committee.

The local government is cooperating with scientists of the Vietnam Energy Institute to find solutions to create clear energy resources from the sun, bio-fuel and others with a cost of more than VND300 billion (US$15 million).

A lack of transportation is another problem.  New forms of transport are needed to link the island to the mainland. Currently, the only method of transportation are high-speed boats and wood fishing vessels, which can not be used during rainy season.

The government should provide a long-term plan with strong investment to develop the UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve in a way that is environmentally friendly.

Source: SGGP

Reenactment of ‘Southward March’ attracts thousands

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:38 am

The story of the Vietnamese settlement of the southland was retold with grandeur and spectacle in “Hanh Trinh Mo Coi”, a performance of drama, song and dance that took over the Hue Festival on June 10.


A scene during the performance (Photo:Vietnamnet)

In the two-hour program, 1,000 performers impressionistically recreated the Vietnamese incorporation of what is now south Vietnam beginning in the 10th century. Thousands of locals from Hue as well as many foreign and local tourists attended the event.

It told the story of the Southward March of the Vietnamese people and the reclamation and liberation of the southern region and national reunification on April 30, 1975.

The show took up the festival’s largest 450-meter, five-storey stage.

Source: SGGP