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Floating restaurant sinks with over 200 people

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

The floating restaurant shown submerged in water after the incident

A two storey floating restaurant, My Khanh, in district Phong Dien of Can Tho City sank on January 8 with approximately 220 people atop.

More than 200 people were celebrating a new year party on the first floor of this floating restaurant whilst 10 restaurant staff prepared food on the ground floor.

As the floating restaurant began to sink panic rose amongst the people on the first floor who tried to find ways to go ashore.

However, waiters and other staff members on the ground floor escaped death as they could get away easily.

It took about 15 minutes for the floating restaurant’s ground floor to totally sink into the river. One is still not certain if anyone from the first floor survived. The case is under investigation.

According to the police, the restaurant had just recently been built and was awaiting a license. With a length of over 20 meters and width of 10 meters it was supposed to carry a capacity of around 200 people.

Source: SGGP

Floating bridge crossing the Duong River repaired

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Floating bridge crossing the Duong River repaired

QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – Braving heavy rain, officers and soldiers of Unit H49, under the High Command of Military Engineering, repaired successfully the floating bridge cross the Duong River on July 22nd after 10 hours of heavy work.

The bridge was seriously damaged by a 550 tonne cargo ship early in the morning and as a result traffic flow was stopped.

Immediately after being informed of the accident, a group from the engineering unit was sent to fix the problem despite heavy rain and swift-flowing water.

“We have prepared for such accidents in advance so the unit could complete the tasks very soon, and the bridge was opened to traffic in the afternoon” said Major-General Pham Quang Xuan, Commander of the Military Engineering High Command.

The temporary floating bridge was built on June 10th cross Duong River to reduce the load of Duong Bridge, which is under restoration.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Floating around

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:26 am

Floating around

QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

For several generations, these markets have kept afloat rural livelihoods, a way of life, and a distinct culture.

Floating markets are great tourist draws.

Found only in Southeast Asia, the sight of boats as shops and food stops, the colors of the boats and the produce, ranging from flowers to fruits and vegetables to everything else found in on-land markets, never fail to impress.

However, if you were to tarry a while, the markets have interesting stories to tell, stories of those whose families have been clothed and fed for generations by them, of those who have met their life partners there, and those who cannot imagine their lives without it.

When the first rays of the sun spread their light, thousands of boats of different sizes have already converged along the Tien and Hau rivers in locations that have remained the same for centuries, whether it is Cai Be (TienGiangProvince), Tra On (VinhLongProvince), Phong Dien (Can Tho City) or Thoi Binh (Ca Mau Province).

Not only have the boats gathered, but the markets are already in full swing at dawn. The scene of sellers skillfully throwing and catching goods from one boat to another with the skill of jugglers is one that stands out, but there are many other chaotic scenes where the underlying method is not immediately apparent.

Unlike shops and stalls in ordinary markets, sellers cannot cry out their wares since it is impossible to be heard amidst the noise of running boat engines. So samples of goods are hung on bamboo poles that can be easily seen from afar.

Floating markets draw people from everywhere, and a boats initials, like registration plates, identify where it is from. A boat marked “TG” is one that comes from TienGiangProvince, for instance.

Among the big boats are small ones darting in and out selling cooked food and drinks to market-goers and visitors. These swimming canteens skillfully draw alongside boats ordering food and drinks, but there are also occasions when the big boats make a food stop by the side of smaller ones.

One would expect that a floating market is no place for a service industry, but these days, they also offer several “modern” services like installing ringtones and wallpaper for cell phones and cell phone repairs.

Repositories of culture

Floating markets are also living museums of the southern traditional culture that has been fostered by the Mekong Deltas interlacing waterway systems.

The floating market has helped Van raise her three children and send them to school

With the advent of several new road networks and bridges over many rivers, as well as the setting up of supermarkets on the mainland, the indispensability of floating markets has been dented somewhat, but the waterways still offer the only route to several rural remote areas in the region.

But many locals still prefer floating markets which have been a part of their daily lives and livelihoods for generations.

Lam, a merchant from HauGiangProvince who drives his boat to Can Tho Citys Cai Rang Floating Market, one of the biggest in the south, says: “My whole clan lives as vendors on floating markets. We own more than ten boats.”

They have an advantage in working together because they can easily exchange information about prices and demand and supply in market, Lam adds.

Di Ba, as she is called by everyone at the Cai Rang Floating Market, is probably the most famous name among food sellers here. For more than thirty years, the woman whose real name is Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van, has taken her small boat to the market, serving bun (noodle) to the locals.

Her family was very poor, Di Ba says. “Like other poor people, my husband and I have to go “down” the river for a living since we dont have any job or land.”

However, this 60-year-old woman has not only raised her three children well, but also given them a complete education that has changed their lives.

Her children dont want their mother to continue selling noodles at the floating market at her age, but Di Ba cannot quit. “I am so attached to the market that I feel uncomfortable if I am separated from it.”

Source: thanhniennews

Source: QDND

Floating hotel offers fun-filled stay on Mekong river

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:41 am

Known in the Mekong Delta as the “father” of the floating hotel concept, travel operator Dang Dung has created a truly unique tourist accommodation for guests wanting to immerse themselves in southern culture.

Though the interior design was not majestic, the floating hotel had a warm and cozy feel

Many years ago, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang was the most famous in the country for its large quantity and diversity of floating fish farms.

The breeding practice caught on and soon a section of the Chau Doc river flowing through An Giang’s Chau Doc Town was dubbed the “Kingdom of fish farms.” Numerous residents bred enormous amounts of catfish in the area on floating wooden rafts.
The fish farms were short-lived, however, and many locals ended up selling their floating wooden rafts at cheap prices.

It was then that Dung saw an opportunity to create something new out of the farms, and wondered if he could rebuild one of them into a floating hotel on the river.

Before building it, Dung first did his homework, surveying the opinions of foreign tourists’ about the idea. He received positive feedback and many said they would be very interested in staying in such a hotel.

Foreign tourists enjoy going by boat on Mekong river, spending time in the heart of the Mekong Delta while learning about the southern culture.

With the encouraging responses, Dung set about carrying out his vision.

At first, the entrepreneur met with difficulty in the construction of the lodging, as he could not find an architect with experience in designing such a project. The main challenge was how to keep the small hotel floating at a stable level with varying amounts of guests onboard. 
Dung and his workers spent several months constructing the 23-room hotel, among which 15 were fitted with air-conditioners. Though the interior design was not majestic, it had a warm and cozy feel.

After building the hotel, Dung bought another fish farm on which to build a two-storey restaurant that can accommodate 250 guests and serve delicious dishes from the Mekong.

Today, the Delta Floating Hotel and Restaurant accommodates many tourists year-round who say they enjoy spending time in the heart of the Mekong Delta while learning about the southern culture.
The hotel also offers river tours including a Chau Doc-Tinh Bien trip, in which tourists travel by boat while taking in the local scenery before arriving at Tinh Bien Border Gate where they can buy duty-free goods.

Another tour from Chau Doc to Chau Phong takes tourists to watch locals weaving brocade in Cham ethnic minority villages. The trip also includes a tour around the tram forest and Chau Doc villages. 


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