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Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm




Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners


QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Da Nang People’s Committee agreed in principle on a project to build a luxurious eco-tourist village, named Lang Van.


The project, that will be invested in by Vinpearl Joint Stock Company, is a tourist complex, including hotels, villas, games and entertainment sections, a golf course, a sports arena, cable cars, a tourist wharf and other public facilities.


The investor pledged that they will concentrate their assets and efforts to finish the first phase in five years as the project is licensed by the authorities.


The tourist village to be built is located on the foot of the Hai Van passage in Lien Trieu District, Da Nang.


It will stretch along a beautiful sea strait that overlooks Da Nang Bay and connect with neighbouring localities with both roads and railways.


The investors unveiled that they will exploit the mountain and sea to develop eco-tourism there.


Da Nang City has long wanted to develop the area into a high-class resort for international-only tourist.


Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen      

Source: QDND

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.

Mong Phu gate with banian tree and river wharf.

A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.

 

Village well

Old Laterite wall

A 200-year old house in Mong Phu Hamlet



Source: SGGP

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am




Trip to Duong Lam ancient village


QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.


A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

“New life” in Son Dong craft village

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm




“New life” in Son Dong craft village


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)


Son Dong craft village in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, is Vietnam’s largest craft village making wood statues of Buddha and objects of worship.


The village has set many national records for the quantity and quality of its wooden products and the number of people involved in the profession.

Arriving in the village in early July, the first impression for tourists is the strange but interesting sound of people busing carving the wood. In every nook and cranny of the village, the workers are concentrating on different kinds of statues. Each worker has his own task; some saw the timber while others carve the wood and paint the statues.


After painstakingly painting a horizontal lacquered board, Nguyen Viet Da, an 85 year-old artisan in the village, tells visitors about his village‘s profession. According to Da, the imitation antique statues are often made from three different types of timber brought in from the central highlands, Hai Phong or even imported from Cambodia. Only jackfruit wood can be used to carve the reproduction antique Buddha statues, as it is soft, durable and easy to carve.


From the raw timber, the skillful workers easily carve statues of Amitabha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and the God of Prosperity, or create horizontal lacquered boards with parallel sentences.


The workers must go through dozens of steps before finishing a product including selecting the wood, carving it, then painting it. This highly skilled work requires great patience and concentration.


“These wooden objects are for worship, therefore the maker must have a good heart and mind,” said Da.






Wood carving has existed in the village for more than 300 years and during some periods it seemed that the villagers could not maintain their handicraft. However, some of them secretly preserved their traditions and passed them on to the younger generations. Nguyen Duc Dau (1896-1988) is respected by the whole village for his outstanding skill. In 1986, he opened training courses for the villagers and worked with the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Art to provide them with the necessary scientific knowledge and techniques for their work. Thanks to these courses, the traditional craft has been well preserved and today many villagers are owners of a traditional woodworking shop.


Sharing his point of view, Nguyen Viet Loi, another popular artisan in the village said the statutes can only be perfect if the workers put all their concentration into the work. This is why the statues made in Son Dong village are quite easily distinguished from others.


Sustainably preserving and developing the craft village and tourism is a concern of all the workers in Son Dong workers. To achieve that, the village has made considerable changes. Along with wooden statues, the villagers are now making objects that contain traditional and spiritual elements of the Vietnamese culture.


The familiar image of the areca nut, betel leaf, calabash and luffa can now be seen in many of the village’s unique products. Moreover, the statues of Buddha and fairies are now being made colourful and small enough to fit in a man’s hand.


Entering the shop of Nguyen Chi Thanh, is one of the trailblazers in making new products, and when visitors enter his shop they feel that they are in a mini museum displaying carefully designed wooden statues.


Thanh said that these new products have been very popular and preferred by the international markets. Foreign visitors are willing to pay high prices for these products, which helps generate work for most of the villagers.


However, the villagers still want their products to reach domestic customers and for their village to become more popular and attract more domestic tourists.


“I am considering a price frame for our products so that they will be appropriate for each particular market and also trying to fill a niche in the home market,” said Thanh.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

Watching fighting cocks in Tho Ha village

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:39 am




Watching fighting cocks in Tho Ha village


QĐND – Friday, June 11, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

Locating by the bank of Cau River, Tho Ha village has been famous for its pottery trademark as well as cock fighting with the most expensive fighting cocks in Vietnam.


Tho Ha village belongs to Van Ha commune, Viet Yen district, Bac Giang province.


Selecting fighting cocks from the eggs


Going through Tho Ha village on the narrow traditional red brick lanes, passing time-worn houses covered by traditional bricks, one can see fighting cocks everywhere. Each household has between five and seven fighting cocks.


“Many families improved their living standard thanks to fighting cocks,” said Nguyen Cong Loi, a villager.


“Each fighting cock is worth from 6 to 8 million VND and some can be sold for up to 60 to 70 million VND. The amount of money that they could not dream about before,” he added “That’s why a three-year-old boy in this village can bring his fighting cock to fight.”


Visiting Tho Ha, especially at weekend, it is normal to see crowds of people gathering under the shade of banyan trees, trying to gain a good position to see the “direct kicks” or “side kicks” of the fighting cocks who are showing their “martial arts”.


People in the village love cock fights as people in the world love football. They said that, they can live without fridges or motorbikes but cannot live without fighting cocks, which is their great happiness.


It is not easy to own a good fighting cock. Villager Chi said that one of the first conditions to have a good fighting cock is that it must be from a good breed. After that, the appearance and body of the cock is also important.



Tho Ha fighting cocks are selected from the eggs till they hatch and weigh about 6 to 7 grams. After being well-selected, the cocks will be trained to fight one or two bouts (each bout last about 15 to 20 minutes) to choose those that have good strikes. Through trainings, the cocks will better their competence and endurance.


One of the indispensable practices in training fighting cocks is giving them daily herbal massages. Two to three times a day, the owners boil bamboo and green tea leaves, turmeric (curcuma longa), and a plant of the ginger family, which they put them in a piece of cloth to massage the cocks. By doing so, the cocks’ skin will be thickened and stronger, preventing from being hurt in the fight. As a result, the hands of those who raise fight cocks are yellow.


After the herbal treatment period, the cocks will be trained and looked after in a special diet. Their main food is rice and snails. In this time, the owners also let the cocks fight for a while then put them in separate cases to make them furious when then can see their opponents in another case but cannot do anything. This period lasts from 15 to 20 days. After that, the cocks will be put in the fighting training where they can practice and improve their special strikes.


A fighting cock that is listed in the professional fighting list must pass the qualified fighting round in the hamlets, village and commune respectively. Therefore, the owners of the winning cocks are respected as masters of martial arts.


A fighting cock priced at USD 3,500


The first cock fightings took place between villages and communes in the district. As the rumours spread, those who love cock fightings in adjacent provinces brought their cocks to Tho Ha to fight.


Whatever they are doing, hearing about a guest brings his cock to Tho Ha to fight, and the villagers will stop to welcome the guest and his fighting cock. Fierce fights and cheers then seem to make the village explode.


It is said that, in the 1960s, Trinh Xuan Lac’s father had a very good fighting cock in Vietnam. Its fame brought it to Laos and Cambodia to fight as well. The fighting cock was given a nickname of “monster cock”, which won every fight within two bouts. The head, shoulder and crescent were like a monster and its skin was as hard as steel. With its “direct chest kick”, it knocked down a Thai fighting cock in a day-long fight in Vietnam in 1964.


“Enjoying the victory for a long time without opponent, my father’s fighting cock died of old age,” said Mr. Lac in a sad voice.


Tho Ha’s fighting cocks are famous for their “endless fights”, endurance and beautiful fighting arts. Therefore, customers like to buy those from senior people in the village as they have experiences in training fighting cocks.


In the recent years, revenues from selling fighting cocks have become the main income of many families in the village. Customers who buy the cocks come from the North, Central and South of Vietnam. Many of them are even from China, Laos and Cambodia. These foreign customers first brought their fighting cocks to Tho Ha to fight and then tried to buy the cocks that knocked down theirs.


“From 1996, my family sold each fighting cock at the price of six to seven million VND,” said Hung, an owner of fighting cocks.


“In recent years, good fighting cocks have been sold at the price of 15 to 20 million VND,” he added.


However, the cock that holds the price record is the “black fighting cock” owned by Mr. Hoan in Hamlet 3. It was paid USD 3,500 when it won in a fight with a cock owned by a person from Hanoi. The “black fighting cock” has never lost in a fight.


Source: Lao Dong


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Mui Ne’s Russian Village

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:24 am

On a 4 to 5-kilometer stretch of road in Phan Thiet City’s Ham Tien Ward, a “Russian village” has emerged amid the cluster of resorts.  There, the signboards advertising services and restaurant’s menus are written in Russian as well as Vietnamese.


The number of Russian visitors to the central coastal province of Binh Thuan has surged rapidly, with 48,200 Russians visiting there in the first four months of this year, accounting for 37.6 percent of foreign tourists to the province. 

Russian tourists in Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City.

Shelter from the storm
 
Nguyen Dai Lam, an owner of the Tigon Spa on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street – the only through street in Ham Tien, said he has had the price list for the services he offers translated into Russian.  He has also pasted an advertisement in Russian on the spa’s glass door. 
 
“Russian tourists are very willing to spend money. We only need to serve well and they will come to us during the whole tourism season without bargaining. However, we inconvenience them by using English,” Mr. Lam said.
 
Most of restaurants, shops and services on this tourist street have menus, signboards and price lists in three languages: Vietnamese, English and Russian, he added.
 
Ham Tien suddenly started receiving more Russian tourists a few years ago, when tourist agencies offered services used only English to advertise their tours to beach and sun lovers around the world.  
 
Then the Russians started arriving in droves and Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street became a Russian village in next to no time.
 
Danila Pechenin, a guide at the Windy Sun paragliding camp in Ham Tien, came from Moscow, Russia.
 
Danila said, “Two years ago, I visited Mui Ne in September and after that I decided to stay here to work.”
 
Danila is only one of many Russians choosing Ham Tien to live and start their careers. Danila chose the Russian village because of “the warm sunshine, no winter, no long wind season, and warm hearts of people there.”
 
Russians usually flock to Mui Ne from September to March to enjoy warm sunshine and play water sports as a way to escape winter.
 
They are famous within the haven of resorts for usually staying of no less than seven days per stay. Many families and tourist groups even stay for a month, to enjoy windsurfing and paragliding.
 
Many owners of fine arts shop on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street said Russian buyers are willing to spend more money than most.
 
A jewelry shop owner said, “Russian shoppers like jewelry with bright colored stones and pearls. They bought a lot and rarely bargained.”
 
Staying for extended periods, indulging in luxurious services and recklessly spending in general have made Russians most welcome within Mui Ne’s heavenly array of resorts.
 
Bring Russia closer
 
In late 2009, the Tam Nhin Xa Company published the Muine.ru newspaper, circulating 3,000 copies per monthly edition, to promote Mui Ne’s tourism options.
 
The newspaper, which is one of the official publications given free to tourists, is in Russian and has 30 pages.
 
Thien Phuoc, one of the newspaper’s founders, said, “We are trying to bring the newspaper to tourist companies in Ho Chi Minh City and Russia, if there is a surplus of copies, we will offer them free right at international airports and tourist destinations.”
 
Russian people don’t only arrive in Mui Ne to hide from harsh winters and seek thrills in water sports, but also live normal lives amongst local residents.
 
Tran Thi Tuoi, a masseuse at the Phuong Spa in the Russian village, said, “Our boss is a Russian, who pools capital with a Vietnamese to open the spa.”
 
“The spa is very crowded with Russian customers because the boss is a Russian, and especially, he can speak Vietnamese a little bit so that he can instruct us, Vietnamese staff, to do what Russian customers request,” she said.
 
Many shops and services in the village are run by Russians in conjunctions with Vietnamese people.
 
Ham Tien people have also started to exploit opportunities in the village, writing signboards in Russian and young people learning Russian pidgin from Russian tourists which helps them better serve Russian visitors.
 
 
Many restaurants and bars are decorated with matroska dolls and pictures of famous buildings from Moscow’s Red Square, with Russian songs playing in the background.

Dima, a Russian, introduces that night’s music performance at Déjà vu restaurant in Mui Ne to a countryman.

The number of Russian tourists soaring
 
Nguyen Van Khoa, chairman of Binh Thuan Tourism Association, said the number of Russian visitors to the province has been increasing by 20-30 percent per year.
 
According to the Binh Thuan Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the province received 57,000 Russian visitors in 2009, accounting for 25.7 percent of the province’s total visitors. The figures were 48,200 and 37.6 percent in the first four months of 2010.
 
Hoang Thi Phong Thu, chairwoman of Lanta Anh Duong Travel Company’s management board – one of the companies focusing on Russian tourists, said most of Russians arrive in Vietnam via direct charter flights from their homeland.
 
She said her company serviced, on average, one charter group every 11 days in 2009. However, the company has received two groups a week since early this year.
 
Some Russian tourists come with their families, some with their friends, and many have returned to Binh Thuan after their first visits, she added.
 
Tourist agencies said Russian people previously traveled to Thailand and other regional countries as their warm weather holiday destination. Recently, many have traveled to Binh Thuan Province thanks to Russia-Vietnam direct flights and the province’s tourist advertisements. 
 
While it has been forecasted that the number of Russian travelers to Mui Ne will continue to soar, at present, there is a shortage of skilled labor who can speak Russian.
 
Tourist companies and resorts are seeking to employ people who have worked or studied in Russia and Russian people working in Vietnam.
 
They have also had their information, notices, websites and advertisement leaflets written in Russian to welcome Russian tourists.

Source: SGGP

Sen Village Festival opens

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm




Sen Village Festival opens


QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

The event is one of the State level activities to mark the 120th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birth.


The festival will officially open in the evening of May 15 in Nghe An – Uncle Ho’s birthplace. It will attract performers from Nghe An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa, Tuyen Quang, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Soc Trang which will join a Sen Village singing contest, perform in Vinh City and other districts in Nghe An and hold exchanges with students.


Around 1,000 artists, and students will attend a concert at the opening ceremony highlighting the major landmarks of Uncle Ho’s life and career, his great contribution to the national independence and his deep love for his homeland, as well as the Nghe An people’s love for Uncle Ho. Radio the Voice of Vietnam will broadcast the concert live on VOV1 at 8pm.


On the occasion, Nghe An province has also held a wide range of activities to mark Uncle Ho’s birthday, such as offering incense and flowers at President Ho Chi Minh’s memorial house, a meeting, a youth camp, the opening of an air route between Vinh and Hanoi and a film week on Uncle Ho.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Lao-Vietnamese-Thai cultural village built in Laos

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The ground-breaking ceremony for building a Lao-Vietnamese-Thai cultural village has been held in Laos ’ central province of Borikhamsay.


Eight border provinces of the three countries along Road 8B, namely Bolikhamsay and Khammouane provinces of Laos, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces of Vietnam and Noong Khai, Xacon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom provinces of Thailand, will build their traditional houses, clubs, parks and exhibitions halls in the 197ha village.


The village, which is being built under the agreement reached between the three countries in 2006, will depict the three countries’ housing architectures.

Source: SGGP