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Thousands of blobs of oil appear at My Khe beach

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

Staff in a environment company clean up the blobs of oil in My Khe beach. (Photo:SGGP)


Tourists at Da Nang beaches on January 2 discovered thousands of blobs of oil, which have been washed up along a one-kilometre length of My Khe beach.


According to Phan Minh Hai, deputy head of Son Tra Eco Tourist Sea Board, the oil started to appear on Sunday, but no one is sure where it has come from.


The Management of the Son Tra Eco Tourist Sea and Da Nang beaches has asked the provincial Department of Natural and Resources to collect samples for testing.


Hai said that it was possible that the oil came from passing ships, and had been blown inshore, by the prevailing northeasterly winds.


The board has asked an environmental company to clean up the mess.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to host Asian Beach Games in 2016

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Beach conservation effort succeeds

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Beach conservation effort succeeds


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Co Chien Islet’s Ngang Beach in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tra Vinh has been recognised for its successes in restoring local biodiversity and ecosystems.


A recent report in Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper highlighted the success of afforestation work and other projects to ensure Co Chien adapts to climate change.


Experts from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) working on the group’s Greater Mekong Programme said about 36 kinds of aquatic species have been restored at Ngang Beach, situated in Hai Thu Hamlet, Long Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province.


Ngang Beach is located at the mouth of the Co Chien River, a branch of the Mekong, which empties into the southern East Sea.


Do Minh Tien, Party committee secretary of Long Hoa Commune, said local residents have benefited from the introduction of more sustainable ways to earn a living.


“Living standards of people at Ngang Beach have improved thanks to efforts to preserve local forests,” said Tien.


The ecosystem has also benefited.


“Aquatic species such as vop (a kind of clam), thoi loi fish, ca ngat (gray eel catfish) and bong sao fish (boleophthalmus boddarti) were almost driven to extinction during the past ten years, but recently their numbers have recovered strongly,” Tien said.


Hectares of forests were planted on Ngang Beach this year, part of efforts to help mitigate the impact of climate change.


“10ha of the total 170ha plantation were zoned as a bio-diversity reserve,” Tien said.


Huynh Quoc Vu, head of management board of Tien Thanh Co-operative, said local people have been taught more sustainable farming methods.


“Locals realised the importance of the forests to their lives, so they no longer over-exploit the natural resources here,” said Vu.


Tien Thanh Co-operative was established in 2004 and now has 400 members.


Since its establishment, the co-operative has made a profit each year. Profits are shared among members based on their holdings.


“In 2009, the co-operative gained VND8 billion (US$404,000) from clam farming. After deducting expenses, the dividend was VND650,000 ($33) each,” Vu said.


Buffer zone


The co-operative has expanded the area of clam cultivation to 150ha for this crop, aiming for a dividend of VND700,000 ($35.5) for each clam farmer, said Vu.


Tran Van Quy, who was one of the first farmers in the area to take part in afforestation projects, says the work has helped mitigate the impacts of storms and other extreme weather.


“Ten years ago, landslides were a terrible risk here, especially during the monsoon,” said Quy.


“But thanks to the support of the Government, there is now a buffer zone of forest running along coastal land.”


His family has planted and protected 20ha of cypress forest.


“We have the right to exploit this natural resource. However, we have to obey certain rules to preserve the ecosystem, so we are not allowed to use electric traps to catch fish and we avoid catching young or baby fish.”


Quy said crabs have become particularly abundant in the area.


Fifty-year-old farmer Nguyen Huu Chi, who manages 5ha of newly planted forest, said planting trees has lured back a wide range of wildlife.


“This includes rising numbers of crab, catfish, shrimp, tra fish and goby fish,” he said.


“I will plant an additional 3.3ha of trees this year where I can breed goby fish. I earned VND30 million ($1,500) in the last harvest while the expenditure was less than VND10 million ($500).”


Source: VNS/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Miss Vietnam not selected to Beach Beauty event

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Kieu Khanh, Vietnamese contestant at the Miss World Pageant 2010, was not selected to compete for this year’s Beach Beauty title, which will be held at Mandarin Oriental.

Kieu Khanh-Vietnamese contestant at the Miss World Pageant 2010.

Forty out of 115 contestants have been selected. The winner of this competition will automatically advance to the Top 16 Semi Finals.


Last year, Huong Giang is the first Miss Vietnam to ever place among the top 12 finalists of Miss World Beach Beauty competition, which took place at Zimbali Resort Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.


The Beach Beauty event first started in 2003, where the Miss World Organization wanted to have preliminary or “fast track events” to allow delegates to get into the Top 20 (2003), Top 15 (2004, 2005, 2008), Top 17 (2006) or Top 16 (2007).

Source: SGGP

National beach volleyball tournament starts

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm




National beach volleyball tournament starts


QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The four-day National Beach Volleyball Tournament, part of the 4th National Sports Games 2010, was held on August 12th at the My Khe Beach in Danang City by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the Vietnam Volleyball Federation, and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


8 men’s and 7 women’s professional teams from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the Army, Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Danang were drawn into 4 groups to play a round robin, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals and the finals.


According to the organising panel, this is the third time the event was introduced at the National Sports Games.


Already teams from Khanh Hoa, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City are tipped as the favorites.


Source: Tin The Thao/ Photo: VNA


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

The beach is that way

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm




The beach is that way


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

The central province of Quang Binh is home to some of Vietnam’s most enchanting coastal areas with a string of beautiful beaches that could also help reverse the province’s economic fortunes.


With the pace of development comes a price. Popular beach destinations become too crowded, too built up, too much of a hassle. For those who like to flop around on a quiet beach and forget about the world, the most popular ‘holiday’ beaches become contradictions. Who can feel relaxed on a public holiday if you’re surrounded by thousands of screaming kids and perpetually hassled by vendors? Inevitably, you move on. You seek new horizons far from the madding crowds.


For now, my tip is Quang Binh province in the ‘north’ of Central Vietnam. South of Ha Tinh and bordering Laos, this is one of the country’s poorest provinces. The average annual per capita income is one of the lowest in Vietnam. But the province’s tourism industry might be the main key to boosting the local economy. The UNESCO heritage site of Phong Nha- Ke Bang cave has flown the flag so far.


Now the province is looking to the white sandy beaches with a great deal of justifiable expectation. The bewitching sight of Nhat Le would certainly convince any developer that this is a stretch of coast worth banking on. But for now, I am also delighted to bask in the peace and tranquility that remains on offer before the bulldozers and master builders roll in. It’s a breathtaking spot and in my humblest opinion one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Inspired by the prospect of discovering more unknown beaches, I recently decided to explore more of the coast by motorbike. And there is plenty to discover.


In Quang Trach district, I came across Quang Phu beach, which is popular with locals but yet to be tapped by the tourism moguls. It’s only five or 10 minutes drive from Nhat Le beach and utterly pristine. The water is refreshingly clear. As you swim around, you can see scallops beneath your feet. It’s a wonderful spot to spend a morning or afternoon lolling around in the sunshine, happily contemplating life.


Further along the coast, you will find Hai Ninh beach and fishing village. The views around are wonderful with imposing mountains to the west and a deep blue sea to the east. After arriving in the late afternoon, I decided to stay until sunset – yes, I’m an old romantic at heart.


The next morning I headed for Dong Hoi market to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The fishermen, traders and customers convene over the catch of the day. The market might be the only hectic spot you will come across on the coastline.


There are already some resorts taking advantage of Quang Binh’s stunning shores and sweeping sea views. The Sun Spa Resort is leading the pack. Set on a picturesque peninsular the resort boasts 234 international standard rooms. The overall design is wonderfully harmonious and tranquil with fern-trunk thatching, private tropical gardens overlooking the ocean, private swimming pools and spacious, elegantly designed rooms.


Sun Spa Resort is the perfect gateway to discover the World Natural Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang Reserve – though the resort is a natural wonder in its own right, set amidst a spacious 29 hectares of landscaped garden alongside the pristine white sands of Bao Ninh beach.


Further up the coast, there may be more to come. Development plans have been made for Da Nhay beach, another wonderful spot, 40km north of Dong Hoi. In Vietnamese ‘da nhay’ means ‘the rocks that jump’. As you might guess by that name, this is a rugged, rocky spot but there are also sandy coves for bathing on.


You can find more modest accommodation than the Sun Spa Resort with rooms available in family-run hotels for VND150,000 to VND200,00. Either way searching the coast for quiet spots to have a dip in the sea is a wonderful way to spend a couple of days (rather than being dragged around by a tour guide). Everywhere in Quang Binh people are hospitable, helpful and happy to share the incredible natural scenery with people from out of town. I guess they want the word to spread. 


Source: Timeout/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

The beach is that way

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm




The beach is that way


QĐND – Saturday, July 03, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

The central province of Quang Binh is home to some of Vietnam’s most enchanting coastal areas with a string of beautiful beaches that could also help reverse the province’s economic fortunes.


With the pace of development comes a price. Popular beach destinations become too crowded, too built up, too much of a hassle. For those who like to flop around on a quiet beach and forget about the world, the most popular ‘holiday’ beaches become contradictions. Who can feel relaxed on a public holiday if you’re surrounded by thousands of screaming kids and perpetually hassled by vendors? Inevitably, you move on. You seek new horizons far from the madding crowds.


For now, my tip is Quang Binh province in the ‘north’ of Central Vietnam. South of Ha Tinh and bordering Laos, this is one of the country’s poorest provinces. The average annual per capita income is one of the lowest in Vietnam. But the province’s tourism industry might be the main key to boosting the local economy. The UNESCO heritage site of Phong Nha- Ke Bang cave has flown the flag so far.


Now the province is looking to the white sandy beaches with a great deal of justifiable expectation. The bewitching sight of Nhat Le would certainly convince any developer that this is a stretch of coast worth banking on. But for now, I am also delighted to bask in the peace and tranquility that remains on offer before the bulldozers and master builders roll in. It’s a breathtaking spot and in my humblest opinion one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Inspired by the prospect of discovering more unknown beaches, I recently decided to explore more of the coast by motorbike. And there is plenty to discover.


In Quang Trach district, I came across Quang Phu beach, which is popular with locals but yet to be tapped by the tourism moguls. It’s only five or 10 minutes drive from Nhat Le beach and utterly pristine. The water is refreshingly clear. As you swim around, you can see scallops beneath your feet. It’s a wonderful spot to spend a morning or afternoon lolling around in the sunshine, happily contemplating life.


Further along the coast, you will find Hai Ninh beach and fishing village. The views around are wonderful with imposing mountains to the west and a deep blue sea to the east. After arriving in the late afternoon, I decided to stay until sunset – yes, I’m an old romantic at heart.


The next morning I headed for Dong Hoi market to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. The fishermen, traders and customers convene over the catch of the day. The market might be the only hectic spot you will come across on the coastline.


There are already some resorts taking advantage of Quang Binh’s stunning shores and sweeping sea views. The Sun Spa Resort is leading the pack. Set on a picturesque peninsular the resort boasts 234 international standard rooms. The overall design is wonderfully harmonious and tranquil with fern-trunk thatching, private tropical gardens overlooking the ocean, private swimming pools and spacious, elegantly designed rooms.


Sun Spa Resort is the perfect gateway to discover the World Natural Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang Reserve – though the resort is a natural wonder in its own right, set amidst a spacious 29 hectares of landscaped garden alongside the pristine white sands of Bao Ninh beach.


Further up the coast, there may be more to come. Development plans have been made for Da Nhay beach, another wonderful spot, 40km north of Dong Hoi. In Vietnamese ‘da nhay’ means ‘the rocks that jump’. As you might guess by that name, this is a rugged, rocky spot but there are also sandy coves for bathing on.


You can find more modest accommodation than the Sun Spa Resort with rooms available in family-run hotels for VND150,000 to VND200,00. Either way searching the coast for quiet spots to have a dip in the sea is a wonderful way to spend a couple of days (rather than being dragged around by a tour guide). Everywhere in Quang Binh people are hospitable, helpful and happy to share the incredible natural scenery with people from out of town. I guess they want the word to spread. 


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

The hidden charms of a beach at the foot of the mountains

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm




The hidden charms of a beach at the foot of the mountains


QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)


Thousands of people flock to a cool beach in Quy Nhon City during the summer.

Quy Hoa beach is situated between two low mountain ranges that merge with the blue sea, offering stunning vistas and mild weather that combines sunshine with the cool breezes blowing out of the forests from the mountains.


To reach it, one has to ride down the road going from Quy Nhon to the neighbouring province of Phu Yen, make a turn on the first downhill road on the left and follow it.


The beach is closed off and there is a gate. The whole place has been developed into a complex. The entrance costs for the complex is VND5,000 plus another VND2,000 for motorbikes. At the entrance of the beach is a park with statues of world celebrities who dedicated their lives to fighting leprosy.


“The beach is a favourite place for me and my friends to go during a free afternoon or on the weekends,” said Phan Thao Ngan, 21, who lives near the Quy Nhon central beach, where there is a wide square for people to sit and drink from coconuts, or walk.


Ngan and her friends said they prefer this beach to others in the city because it is peaceful and has a romantic view. “We often spend hours chatting, seeing lovely waves under the sunlight, and we return home refreshed,” one of her friends said.


“This beach is fantastic because people of all walks of life can enjoy it,” Ngan said.


The park, which is separated from the sand by a low embankment, is shaded by willow trees and has tables and chairs and a long bench in the shape of a guitar.


Inside are statues of scientists like Louis Pasteur, Albert Calmette and Alexandre Yersin. The only Vietnamese scientist here is Prof Dang Duc Trach, the country’s leading micro-biologist.


“Every time my grandson visits, he tells me he was able to learn from the celebrities, which makes him want to do something with his life,” said Le Manh Trung, a resident in the village for leprosy patients.


Trung said this complex often attracts philanthropist, charity organisations and students.


“Domestic and international donators join hands with the State to ensure our food and welfare. This wheelchair is from a foreign Protestant,” he said, as he drove his wheelchair by the beach.


“Charity organisations conduct regular trips here to investigate our needs to find people who can use donations.


“Students have been led to visit the statue, learn hygienic practices and raise awareness about leprosy,” Trung said.


But the 70-year-old man said he is most excited during weekends and national holidays, when thousands of local people, visitors from other provinces and foreigners flock to the beach. “I always feel happy and a little proud of where I live,” Trung smiled.


Trung’s residence is part of the complex that is home to 600 residents with leprosy. All of the buildings, rehabilitation zones, beaches and other zones harmonise with nature and provide a nice view. Visiting the site is like going on a pilgrimage, where you can see couples with leprosy live as happy families. People here lean on each other in order to overcome misfortunes.


The site is a good destination for lovers of poet Han Mac Tu, who died at the complex due to complications from leprosy.


People can indulge in their poetic inspirations while reading Mac Tu lines on stones or wood plates that are on display.


Under the sunset, visitors are able to say goodbye to the complex after being completely refreshed due to their encounter with humanity under the watchful eyes of the statue of Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen, who devoted his life to studying and fighting leprosy.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam to compete in 10 events at 2nd Asian Beach Games

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

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