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New tourist boats used in Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am




New tourist boats used in Phong Nha Ke Bang


QĐND – Monday, December 13, 2010, 21:11 (GMT+7)

The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh has put into operation two new kinds of boats to provide tourist services for tourists.


The new boats, part of a project to develop tourism in the sub-Delta River region, will help protect the environment and provide safety for tourists on a tourism route on the Son River.


According to Mr. Le The Luc, the project’s Director, the new boats will help local people develop and protect heritages well.


In the near future, more new boats will be provided to local people to replace old boats, which were not suitable for carrying tourists.


Source: TT


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Miss Earth tours in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Nha Trang hosts International Half Marathon Races 2010

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm




Nha Trang hosts International Half Marathon Races 2010


QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 20:1 (GMT+7)

The second international half marathon competition was held in Nha Trang city on October 24 as part of “Japan Culture Days in Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa”.


More than 230 athletes from Vietnam, Japan and other countries around the world took part in the event and competed in the women’s and men’s 5km, 10km and 21km events. A delegation from Khanh Hoa province took the lead in all the events.


This year’s competition strengthened fine relations between Vietnam and Japan and offered a good opportunity to promote Nha Thang –Khanh Hoa to international friends.


The event was co-organised by the Japanese General Consulate in HCM City and the central province of Khanh Hoa.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Japan Film Week in Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

A week of Japanese films delivering a better appreciation of contemporary Japanese culture to Vietnamese audiences will take place in Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal city of Nha Trang in October.

                     Poster of the Japanese film week

Eight films (Vietnamese voice-over, English subtitle) including “Happy Flight”, “Rashomon”, “Tony Takitani”, “Kamikaze Girls”, “Sansho the Bailiff”, “5 centimetres per second” catoon, “Yunagi City, Sakura Country” and “Memories of Tomorrow” will be screened free at BHD Star Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City from October 8 to14 and a cinema at 10 Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Nha Trang from October 22-24.


With the support of the Japanese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and the Japan Foundation, the film show aims to open communication and the exchange of ideas between Japan and Vietnam.


Tickets are available at the Consulate General of Japan at 13 – 17, Nguyen Hue Street, District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City and 10 Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Nha Trang.

Source: SGGP

German NGO wants to stop funding for Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

KwF, a non-governmental organization from Germany, has said it wants to stop funding KwF pledged for the Phong Nha-Ke Bang nature conversation project because the project’s management board has infringed its commitments.

A view of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

The project was begun in October 2008 with aid from Germany worth EUR12.63 million.
 
On behalf of the German Government, KfW Entwicklungsbank and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation provides technical and financial assistance to the central province of Quang Binh, where Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is situated, and the Phong Nha Ke Bang park administration.
 
The poject, which would be implemented until 2016, is aimed to maintain the biological diversity in Quang Binh area, support the development of buffer zone, protect natural resources in the park, and reduce poverty for as many as possible of the 56,000 residents living there.
 
After nearly two years of implementation, many works of the project have become stagnant or yet to be developed.
 
Under the project, 4,250 hectares of forest have to be developed and over 11,000 hectares of existing forest have to be protected, of which total 600 hectares have to be developed and protected in 2010, but until now no tree has been planted.
 
KfW gave the management board over EUR350,000 for planting forest in July 2009, so far the board has disbursed only EUR114,000, but no tree has been grown.
 
The NGO has asked the board many times to provide records showing its disbursement in 2009, but the board has parried it.
 
On June 14, 2010, KfW sent a note to the province People’s Committee and Department of Planning and Investment, and the management board to ask the board to give it back the remaining EUR200,000 which has yet to be disbursed.
 
In the note, the bank said the province and the board have violated agreements signed between the province and the bank.
 
It said the board has not reacted effectively to clearance and burning of natural forest in the buffer zone, and taken the initiative in management of the project.
 
The bank also said that it doesn’t approve the board’s plans on activities and budget for 2010.
 
According to a survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong, seedlings cultivating farms in the province don’t meet required standards so about 30-50 percent of seedlings have died, but the board has failed to help farmers.
 
Under the project, farmers who join the project must be trained in cultivation, but many farmers said the training was very perfunctory and they couldn’t learn any things from it.

Source: SGGP

Remembering old Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am




Remembering old Nha Trang


QĐND – Friday, September 10, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The central coastal city of Nha Trang has long been famed for its beautiful palm-fringed beach, breath-taking vistas and succulent seafood. But if you’re bored with lazy days by the beach, Nha Trang Xua (Old Nha Trang) is the place for you.


It’s hard to believe the resort, which occupies 2ha in Thong Thai Village at the foot of Giang Huong Mountain , is just 3km from the chaotic city centre.


The resort has 11 bungalows nestling in a field of rice. The air is scented with the sweet smell of lotus flowers, and a gentle breeze wafts your cares away.


The resort is owned by Truong Dinh Ngoc Yen, a Nha Trang-born woman, who loves peace and quiet.


“I used to spend a lot of time living with my grandma in the village when I was a child,” she says.


“Later, I went to university in Nha Trang, before opening a business in the bustling city. However, I always longed for the peaceful atmosphere that I remembered from my childhood.


“I love seeing small birds pecking at food on the ground. I have always dreamt of building a small secluded garden like my mum’s. My childhood is full of fond memories.”


She followed her dreams and bought a small plot of land which she turned into a picturesque garden.


Visiting friends urged her to open the garden to the public, so she established Nha Trang Xua in 2009.


In the beginning it was just a small garden and a food court. But even then, about 200 people would visit daily – three times that number on the weekends.


To create a local atmosphere, Yen has bought plants native to the area to her garden. There are also vegetables, fruit trees and herbs.


“The resort reminds me a lot of my grandparents’ house in Vinh Phuong Village 30 years ago,” says local resident Huynh Phuong.


“Every corner of the resort is a reflection of different parts of Nha Trang in days gone by. The wet yin-yang roofed house in the middle of the garden, the pond, the mossy brick path.”


Yen has relocated houses dating back 100 to 300 years to the resort, which now comprises 11 houses; a food court capable of accommodating 250 diners; a food centre for package tourists and formal functions, which has a capacity of 700 guests; and a seven-room hotel.


The restaurants offers more than 100 traditional local dishes, which are served authentically.


“The resort is unique, local but professionally run,” says Bui Minh Thang, director of Phuong Thang Tourism Company. “Nha Trang lacks places like this. It gives visitors an incite into local culture.”


However, Thang says the owner should advertise the place better to foreign visitors and provide better car-parking facilities.


But these shortcomings do not put off Beth Keyser from Australia .


“I like the small cosy and nature-friendly atmosphere of the resort,” she says. “I have stayed in similar places in Thailand , but here, I feel like I’m experiencing Vietnamese life as it was in the early 19th century. All the furniture inside the old house is authentic.”


Yen says she wants visitors to feel like they are in a time warp.


“I want visitors to see a different world, to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and return to the old peaceful days when people had time for one another. I want people to hear birds singing in the morning, smell the scent of flowers and discover themselves, something that can only happen in a place of quietness and harmony,” she says.


Lovely as the resort is, Yen is not happy – she has expansionist plans.


“I want to relocate more old houses so that I can host wedding parties. I love to imagine a wedding procession proceeding down the path in a field of mature rice,” she sighs.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

German NGO wants to stop funding for Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

KwF, a non-governmental organization from Germany, has said it wants to stop funding KwF pledged for the Phong Nha-Ke Bang nature conversation project because the project’s management board has infringed its commitments.

A view of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

The project was begun in October 2008 with aid from Germany worth EUR12.63 million.
 
On behalf of the German Government, KfW Entwicklungsbank and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation provides technical and financial assistance to the central province of Quang Binh, where Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is situated, and the Phong Nha Ke Bang park administration.
 
The poject, which would be implemented until 2016, is aimed to maintain the biological diversity in Quang Binh area, support the development of buffer zone, protect natural resources in the park, and reduce poverty for as many as possible of the 56,000 residents living there.
 
After nearly two years of implementation, many works of the project have become stagnant or yet to be developed.
 
Under the project, 4,250 hectares of forest have to be developed and over 11,000 hectares of existing forest have to be protected, of which total 600 hectares have to be developed and protected in 2010, but until now no tree has been planted.
 
KfW gave the management board over EUR350,000 for planting forest in July 2009, so far the board has disbursed only EUR114,000, but no tree has been grown.
 
The NGO has asked the board many times to provide records showing its disbursement in 2009, but the board has parried it.
 
On June 14, 2010, KfW sent a note to the province People’s Committee and Department of Planning and Investment, and the management board to ask the board to give it back the remaining EUR200,000 which has yet to be disbursed.
 
In the note, the bank said the province and the board have violated agreements signed between the province and the bank.
 
It said the board has not reacted effectively to clearance and burning of natural forest in the buffer zone, and taken the initiative in management of the project.
 
The bank also said that it doesn’t approve the board’s plans on activities and budget for 2010.
 
According to a survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong, seedlings cultivating farms in the province don’t meet required standards so about 30-50 percent of seedlings have died, but the board has failed to help farmers.
 
Under the project, farmers who join the project must be trained in cultivation, but many farmers said the training was very perfunctory and they couldn’t learn any things from it.

Source: SGGP

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm




Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (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 has said 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: tuoitrenews.vn

Source: QDND

US military supports HIV/AIDS program in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

A new HIV/AIDS program opened in Nha Trang on June 2 as part of a cooperation program between the militaries of the United States and Vietnam.


Located at Hospital 87 in the central province of Khanh Hoa, the Blood Safety Center receives technical and financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong (4, L) and Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson (2,R) cut the ribbon to open the program (Photo: QDND)

The center will provide safe blood products and voluntary counseling and testing services to both civilian and military populations from Khanh Hoa and neighboring provinces.


Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson, U.S. Navy Surgeon General from the Pacific Command, and Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong, Director of the Military Medicine Department, Vietnam Ministry of Defense, cut the ribbon to open the program.


“PEPFAR currently supports five Blood Safety centers throughout our country’s military medical system. Together we collect and produce tens of thousands of safe blood units, and we’ve been able to provide a better overall quality of care,” said Lieutenant General Chu Tien Cuong at the ceremony.


Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson said blood donation was “the gift of life.”


“There is nothing more honorable than giving of one’s self to improve the health and well-being of someone else,” he said.


He said the collaborative efforts between the U.S Department of Defense and the Vietnam Military Medical Department had been highly successful so far.


“Together we can feel gratified that we have made the Vietnam military HIV/AIDS program a model program that other programs in the Pacific area can emulate.”


Since 2004, the United States has provided over $400 million for comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support programs across Vietnam through PEPFAR.

Source: SGGP

Jestar Pacific resumes flights between Hanoi and Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm