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Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

Tay Ninh Province reveals the wild beauty of the South

QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Being a citizen of the North, I’ve always been curious about people, life and the countryside in the South, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I had the chance to visit one of the most popular tourism destinations in Tay Ninh Province – Dau Tieng Lake.

The lake, which is located in Phuoc Minh Commune, 20km from the provincial centre, covers 27,000ha and has a capacity of 1.5 billion cu.m, irrigating Tay Ninh Province as well as neighbouring localities. 

Dau Tieng Lake is famous firstly because it is the largest man-made irrigation reservoir in Viet Nam and secondly, given its remote location, for its breathtaking landscape of mountains and mysterious islets. The crystal-like lake provides clean water and a fresh, pure atmosphere that visitors can relax in.

Rising majestically out of the lake, Mount Cau dominates the landscape, covered in a thick primeval forest. Scattered across the lake are a number of islets and the green banks offer inviting camping and fishing spots.

Mt Cau is 198m high and boasts diverse flora and 1,600ha of protected forest. At the top of the mountain stands the Thai Son Pagoda, which attracts many pilgrims at full moon.

Next to the mountain buried deep in the rubber plantation is Cau Nom Lake, where the combination of the clean water and fresh air create a tranquil atmosphere.

In my opinion, the area around the two lakes is a great place for tourists who either want to relax after a hard days work, go camping with family and friends or try out water sports.

However, despite its beauty, a shortage of basic infrastructure such as hotels, restaurants and services mean this is a day trip at most (unless you decide to camp).

From Dau Tieng Lake, my friends and I walked for about 5km through the rubber plantation and reached Truc (small bamboo tree) Stream, which runs down from Mt Cau into Binh Duong Province’s Dau Tieng District. 

The name of the stream originates from its source further up the hill in a small bamboo forest, and my friends and I decided to try and find it.

The first thing I saw were huge flat rocks that nature had arranged into stairs leading to a shelter for a giant, according to a legend told by local residents.

Passing through the huge shelter was like walking through a stone maze, with millions of small stones arranged in all sorts of different shapes.

One friend had the bright idea of stopping there for a picnic lunch, so we made makeshift chairs and a table out of the rocks, and spent a leisurely couple of hours enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

The fresh air and cool atmosphere enhanced by the murmuring stream and twittering birds were like something out of a fairy tale.

Promenade: Dau Tieng Lake is one of Tay Ninh Province’s most well-known locations, although it needs more investment to improve facilities. (Photos: VNS)

Leaving the maze, we reached the giant’s stone bed which covers an area of about The ‘bed’ is covered with natural wrinkles that local residents say were made by the giant as he tossed and turned in his sleep.

A beautiful staired waterfall was awaiting us ahead, where visitors, including ourselves, did not miss the chance to take photos.

“I have been taking photos here for a long time but it wasn’t until 2003 that the area becoming a popular tourist destination for local residents and those from neighbouring Tay Ninh Province,” said Nguyen Van Den, a photographer.

Den said it was a beautiful setting and it was a shame that not many people from other cities and provinces knew about it. He added that only a small number of visitors were from HCM City and other localities although the number had increased recently.

Den said Truc Stream was a popular destination all year round but it was most beautiful during the sixth to tenth months of the lunar calendar. He said it was because the area had remained relatively untouched by humans that it retained its wild and natural beauty.

Den also showed us one of three small ponds around the stream where he said not many people could refuse the inviting waters on a hot summers day.

“Some of them even enjoy skinny dipping. It looks funny but it feels great to escape the hot weather in the cool water,” Den said and laughed.

Departing the stream at sunset, my friends promised they would return soon when it was a bit quieter, to enjoy a once in a lifetime naturalist experience.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

The first Job Fair in Ninh Binh to be opened

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

The first Job Fair in Ninh Binh to be opened

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

PANO- On December 19th, the Ninh Binh’s Department of Labor- Invalids and Social Affairs and the Province’s Centre for Job Introduction opened the first Job Fair 2010.

The fair provides over 11,000 job opportunities for job seekers and over 5,000 vocational training courses from more than 30 businesses in Ninh binh and other provinces. 17 businesses received applicants directly and 30 others received online applications.

The Ninh Binh Job Fair will open seven days a week and peak day is on 20th day of every month at the No. 11 on Le Hong Phong Street, Ninh Binh City and at the website

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

President visits flood sites in Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Quang Ninh seeks foreign investors

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Downpour-triggered landslide kills three people in Quang Ninh

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

At last three people were crushed to death under the wreckage as their homes were buffeted in a landslide after a heavy rain, lasting several hours, in the northern province of Quang Ninh August 17 night.

Pham Van Bay’s house is completely destroyed in a landslide caused by a torrential rain in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province on August 17 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

In Ha Long City, Pham Van Bay’s house was collapsed killing his wife and daughter while they were sleeping. Bay escaped the death as he was at the house’s another room at that time.

The same time, the torrential rain swept a section of a hill-located reservoir’s embankment to demolish another house in Cam Pha town, killing Luu Dinh Vy, 30, and seriously injured Hoang Nghia Hanh, 26, while they were in beds.

Both of them are from the central province of Nghe An and workers of Quang Hanh Coal Company.

Local authorities assisted each of mourning families VND5 million while those with injured people received VND3 million each.

Source: SGGP

Three dead in Quang Ninh coal mine collapse

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

The entrance of the cola mine which collapsed August 13 killing three workers and injured the other (Photo: Tien Phong Newspaper)

Three workers found dead and one alive after a coal mine, where they were working at a depth of over 100 meters under the ground, collapsed in Cam Pha town of the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 13 night.

At 2pm on August 14, rescue forces found and took the four trapped men out of the mine. Only Viet has fortunately escaped the death as a steel net covered his body, creating an empty space for him to breathe amid the huge heap of soil and stones.

The accident occurred at the coal mine of Mong Duong Coal Company. The four victims include deputy foreman Nguyen Thanh Binh, 38, and three workers Ngo Van Dau, 27, Nguyen Van Doan, 25, and Nguyen Van Viet, 22.

Source: SGGP

PM urges Tay Ninh to create competitive investment climate

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

PM urges Tay Ninh to create competitive investment climate

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Tay Ninh province to review its infrastructure works and mobilize all sources of investment, take better care of human resources, especially farmers, and boost public administration reforms to attract more investors.

Mr Dung made this request while working with authorities from the southern province on August 11 for the implementation of socio-economic plans in the 2006-2010 period and orientations for the next five years.

He said Tay Ninh has made many achievements in various fields and ensured better living conditions for the people but can do more to ensure sustainability of the local economy, orientations for agriculture, and phase out obsolete technologies that cause pollution.

The PM requested the province specify each of its future development targets, including seeking investors for its eight industrial zones, and the ongoing cement project, and to quickly introduce the pharmaceutical chemistry to hi-tech industrial parks.

Tay Ninh province needs to apply modern technology and expedite the application of new varieties in agriculture and aquaculture, said Mr Dung.

At the same time, he suggested that the local officials better deal with social issues, with a particular focus on forest plantation and protection and maintaining social order.

During the working session, PM Dung and some senior government officials in his delegation discussed provincial proposals to build a 55km expressway connecting HCM City and Moc Bai border gate, to expand National Highway 22B, its border routes and build roads between districts and communes.

Over the past five years, Tay Ninh has recorded an average annual GDP growth rate of 14 percent and raised its per capita income to US$1,390. The province’s industrial and service values rose by 16.8 percent and 21.5 percent respectively over the reviewed period and the rate of poor households fell to just 1.5 percent.

The province has set plans for the next five years to increase its GDP by over 14 percent annually and reach more than US$2,970 in per capita income. It also plans to make 100 percent of its business and production establishments meet environmental standards.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Quang Ninh to host tourist forum

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Quang Ninh to host tourist forum

QĐND – Monday, August 02, 2010, 23:23 (GMT+7)

The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh will have another chance to promote its abundant tourism potential when the East Asia Inter-regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) takes place in the province from September 13-17.

Founded in 1999 in Gangwon in the Republic of Korea with the memberships of nine East Asian countries, including the Republic of Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, and China, EATOF aims to promote cooperation and the development of tourism among member countries. Only one EATOF member province per country is admitted to the organisation on a permanent basis.

In 2006, Quang Ninh province became a new regular member and Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos subsequently joined EATOF in 2009.

It is expected some 200 representatives from 12 EATOF Permanent Secretariat meeting, as well as art performances presented by EATOF member countries, will be among the EATOF forum’s agenda.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Japan assists Ninh Binh with building primary schools

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Japan assists Ninh Binh with building primary schools

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The Japanese government will provide a non-refundable aid package worth US$200,000 for construction of two primary schools in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

A contract to this effect was signed in Hanoi on July 28.

Under the project, new classrooms will be built to replace the old, small ones which used to be farm storehouses in Yen Binh, Tam Diep town and Kim Chinh communes, Kim Son district.

At the signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mitsuo Sakaba said that the two projects will help improve primary education in the two communes.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

More tourists visit Ninh Binh

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

More tourists visit Ninh Binh

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

From the beginning of this year, Ninh Binh Province welcomed 2.6 million tourists, doubling the number of the same period last year.

Nearly 1 million travelers visited the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area while others came to Bai Dinh, Trang An and Van Long tourist sites, the Cuc Phuong National Park and the Phat Diem Stone Church. The number of foreign visitors reached 500,000; up by 20% compared to the figure from last year.

The province’s tourism sector earned more than VND 372 billion, completing the target of this year.

According to Nguyen Ngoc Luyen, Deputy Director of the Provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, the Province has attracted investment to upgrade infrastructures for local famous tourist sites, and has focused on upgrading tourism facilities, providing training to tourism personnel and preserving traditional cultural identities to attract more tourists.

Source: Vietnam+

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND