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Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:35 am




Indonesian President on his way to Vietnam


QĐND – Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make a State visit to Vietnam on October 27 as the Islamic nation will take over the ASEAN chairmanship from Vietnam in 2011.


The two countries first established diplomatic relations in December 1955 and constantly developed them when Vietnam’s first President Ho Chi Minh and President Suharto of Indonesia were both in power.


Two years later in 1957, the Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association was formed to promote relations between the peoples of both countries.


Bilateral relations witnessed a turning point when President Suharto visited Vietnam in November 1990. Ever since then, both countries have signed 23 treaties and agreements in various fields. The joint statement on the framework of friendship and comprehensive cooperation entering the 21st century and the agreement on the continental shelf were milestones in the two countries relationship.


Two-way trade reached 2.3 billion USD in 2009 and 1.86 billion USD in the first eight months of this year. Vietnam’s major exports included rice, crude oil and agricultural products while its imports were mainly fertiliser, machinery, fabrics, paper and confectionary.


Indonesia is Vietnam’s sixth biggest ASEAN investor and 30th out of the 89 foreign investors in Vietnam, with a total of 24 projects capitalised at 201 million USD.


Indonesian investments focus on oil and gas, coal, wood processing and textiles.


Indonesia has also provided scholarships for Vietnamese students in fields such as education, culture and languages.


Indonesia has given its full support to Vietnam in its role as chair of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Association-31 as well as the country’s taking part in G20 summit in its capacity as ASEAN President.


The forthcoming State visit is aimed at boosting friendship, cooperation and mutual support in regional and international forums.


Source: VNA/VOV


Source: QDND

Mekong Delta looks for way to reveal its hidden charms

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Vietnamese and native cultures are strong points of the Mekong Delta tourism that have attracted a great number of visitors per year. However, the delta region hasn’t got a prominent role on the national tourism map yet.

          Foreign tourists visit Mekong Delta region

The Mekong Delta is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religion region with innumerable festivals all year round.

Festivals, floating markets, specialties, Dan ca tai tu Nam bo (Southern amateur music), exuberant orchards, immense rice fields and many islets along the Hau Rivers are appealing tourist attractions of the land.

In addition, the flood season is also a character of the South. During this time, fields are submerged in water. Farmers temporarily set aside their farm work and turn to catching fish to make a living.

Tours to the Mekong Delta on this occasion have appealed many overseas Vietnamese, said deputy director of Ben Thanh Tourist Company Nguyen Minh Quyen.

Cultural and Sport Festival in the flood season in An Giang Province has been recently a flourishing season of the tourism industry, he added.

However, the local authorities have been only interested in exploiting the natural resources, not trying to create new tourist services and products. They have also indeliberately lost advantages of the region.

Visitors pluck dien dien flowers on river in the flood season.

As an example, Nga Bay (seven-way intersection) hundred-year-old floating market in Hau Giang Province was closed because it caused traffic jams and pollution. Meanwhile the floating market’s beauty inspired the French captain of the famous Calypso ship, Jacques Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) to made a documentary film in 1992 that was broadcast on more than 100 TV channels throughout the world.

In fact, legends, traditional festivals, habits and customs, daily activities of people in the area are special tourist products.

In related news, documents on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) are being compiled for submission to UNESCO to be recognized as a world intangible cultural heritage.

The local authorities of Mekong Delta provinces have to cooperate with cultural experts to preserve and develop their traditional cultural values to create tourist characters.

They should also concentrate in training more tourism staff, promote and diversify tourism products.

Source: SGGP

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

India seizes tiger bones on way to China

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Indian customs officers seized the third shipment of tiger bones and other animal parts, worth 230,000 dollars and destined for use in traditional medicine in China.


A customs official said the officers found tiger bones, skulls, and 125 kilogrammes of scales from pangolins, rare scaly mammals that are distant relatives of the anteater and a protected species in India.


“The animal products were estimated at about 10.66 million rupees if sold on the international black market,” customs superintendent S. Das told AFP.


Customs officials, acting on a tip-off, had also seized two other shipments at the international airport in the eastern city of Guwahati on Wednesday and Thursday.


In total, the raids netted contraband worth about 660,000 dollars.

A tiger rests in its enclosure at the Zoological Park in New Delhi on April 14, 2010

On average, poachers kill 30 tigers every year in Indian reserves, with demand driven by China where pelts, claws and bones are prized in traditional medicine.


In 2008, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up a national wildlife crime prevention bureau, drawing experts from the police, environmental agencies and customs in a bid to break up the poaching network.


Tiger hunting is illegal worldwide and the trade in tiger parts is banned under a treaty binding 167 countries, including India.


There are estimated 1,400 tigers living in the wild in India, according to conservation group WWF.


In August of 2009, an Indian delegation in Beijing asked China for full co-operation for controlling cross-border trafficking of tiger parts and to send a clearer message to smugglers, but no official agreement was reached

Source: SGGP

Int’l travel expo on the way back to city

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

Vietnam’s largest tourism event, the International Travel Expo, returns to HCMC for the sixth time and will highlight District 7’s Exhibition Convention Center. The event is schedule to run from September 30 to October 2.

A small advertisement for the HCMC ITE 2010 (Photo: IIR)The 3-day event to be held in a new location, should be a perfect marketplace for international exhibitors to capitalize on the emerging outbound tourism market of Vietnam, creating an opportunity for domestic participants to secure orders from global and regional bulk buyers, as well as a one-stop information center for outbound tourists.   

In addition, the show promises to become trustworthy source for international buyers of tourism products, featuring the “Three countries one destination of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam” or the 3-CODE campaign.

One of the event organizers, the IIR Exhibitions Pte Ltd, revealed that the 2010 ITE is the biggest tourism fair so far with its upgraded quality and increasing numbers of the participants. About 236 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions plan to attend the event, up 27% from 2009, 37% higher than last year.

Last year’s fair attracted 14,242 visitors (4,939 trade and 9,303 pubic visitors) and event organizers expect at least 16,000 local visitors this time.

In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be three other events designed to benefit all those involved in the tourism industry. These concurrent events include ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum, the 2010 Tourism Alliance Awards, and ITE HCMC 2010 Golf Tournament.

ITE HCMC 2010 will be open only to trade visitors and buyers for the first day and a half. The exhibition opens to the public on the afternoon of Oct 1.

The ITE HCMC 2010 is an annual activity of the local tourism industry, organized by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company (VINEXAD) and IIR Exhibitions Pte Ltd.

The event also received much support from Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, HCMC People’s Committee, Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, and Laos’ National Tourism Administration.

Source: SGGP

Seminar paves way for exports to APEC, Africa

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




Seminar paves way for exports to APEC, Africa


QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

A workshop on opportunities for exports to APEC and African markets via e-commerce was held in Hanoi on May 28 by the Alibaba.com group in collaboration with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the OSB company.


Brian Wong, senior director of global sales of Alibaba.com said Vietnam’s small-and medium-sized enterprises should use e-commerce to promote their export capacity.

The country is capable of exporting high-quality products and e-commerce is a good way for companies to expand their customer and supplier networks, improving their competitiveness in the global trade environment, he added.

David Tan, senior manager of global sales of Alibaba.com, stressed the opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to tap APEC and African markets, saying they can find data on top buyers in each category or each region, particularly APEC and Africa, on Alibaba.com.

The number of Vietnamese joining the membership of Alibaba.com rose 38 percent over the past year.

Alibaba.com has provided the Gold Supplier service pack to domestic businesses and set up office in Ho Chi Minh City in cooperation with the OSB company, helping improve customer service.

The number of members of Alibaba.com worldwide had by March 2010 reached 12.5 million.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vovinam finds way to SEA Games

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:16 am




Vovinam finds way to SEA Games


QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Following an agreement by chairman of Vietnam ’s Olympic Committee and the World Vovinam Federation (WVVF) Nguyen Danh Thai, general secretary of WVVF Vo Danh Hai visited Jakarta to discuss the introduction of Vovinam with the hosts of the 26 th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.


On May 28, Thai and Vietnamese sport delegation also arrived in Jakarta to discuss the upcoming games.


Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial art practised with and without weapons.


It is based on the principle of between hard and soft and includes training of the body as well as of the mind. It uses the forces and reactions of the opponent and at present, it is developing worldwide.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Election recount under way in Baghdad

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

BAGHDAD (AFP) – A controversial recount that could alter who becomes Iraq’s prime minister began Monday in Baghdad, the latest in a series of pivotal steps threatening the vote’s credibility.


The war-torn country’s March 7 parliamentary poll has yet to produce a government and the outcome remains shrouded in doubt due to the recount and an imminent ruling on whether several winning candidates should be disqualified.

Iraqi electoral employees recount ballots cast during the recent parliamentary election at the Al-Rasheed hotel in Baghdad.AFP photo

The United States is increasingly concerned that an initially credible election could unravel because of a political stalemate, a lack of democratic transparency and the potential disenfranchisement of a large number of voters.


The recount follows a successful appeal by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who alleged that he had lost votes because of violations at polling centres in Baghdad during the March 7 ballot.


No sooner was it under way than allegations of “ballot stuffing” were raised by a leading member of Maliki’s State of Law Alliance, who hit out at how the recount was being conducted, and lodged an appeal to stop it.


Baghdad was by far the biggest prize in the election almost two months ago, with 70 seats on offer in a new 325-seat parliament.


“We will count 600 boxes today,” Qassim al-Abbudi, an official with the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), told reporters at the Rasheed hotel in the Iraqi capital where the recount is taking place.


Officials from the United Nations, European Union, the Arab League, and the US embassy in Baghdad are monitoring the process.


Former premier Iyad Allawi’s secular Iraqiya coalition won the election, defeating Maliki by 91 votes to 89, according to results still to be ratified by the Supreme Court.


Both need 163 seats to form a majority government but coalition talks with smaller parties appear to have stalled.


Maliki won the vote in Baghdad — taking 26 seats compared to Allawi’s 24 — in what was the second national election in Iraq since the 2003 US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein.


But the recount could lead to a wider winning margin for the premier in the capital, allowing him to eventually overturn his two-seat defeat nationally.


Hussein al-Shahristani, Iraq’s oil minister, and a close Maliki ally, however, hit out at IHEC’s handling of the recount, insisting that voter lists be reconciled with the number of ballot papers sitting in 11,000 boxes.


“We presented a new complaint to the judicial assembly,” said Shahristani, a member of Maliki’s alliance.


“It shows that IHEC insists not to express the desire of voters, and we asked to compare the lists of voters names with voting papers in the boxes.


“So we demand the process stops or changes are made so that it works correctly.”


At a briefing on Sunday, Ambassador Gary Grappo, head of the political section at the US Embassy in Baghdad, said he did not expect significant changes to the election result, following the Baghdad recount.


“We would hope and expect that the recount will take place in as transparent and credible fashion as the elections did on March 7,” he said.


The recount coincides with a ruling expected this week on whether nine election-winning candidates will be disqualified.


The candidates are variously accused of links to Saddam’s outlawed Baath party and military units during his reign.


Grappo said the role of the Justice and Accountability Committee (JAC) that compiled the list of candidates who could be stopped from taking up seats remained opaque.


“From our perspective we see the votes cast by individual citizens as sacrosanct, and now we see we have an organisation of questionable legitimacy trying to alter votes cast by citizens,” he said.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on April 27 urged Iraqi leaders to resolve their rows and form a new government quickly.

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Source: SGGP

Hanoian pho makes its way south

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:23 am




Hanoian pho makes its way south


QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Hanoians who live in Ho Chi Minh City will no longer have to travel all the way back to the northern capital to sample their hometown’s signature dish of pho (beef noodle dish), as one of the city’s popular brands is already here.


The name “Pho Thin,” a beef noodle soup restaurant, is no stranger to the six million Hanoian residents who are known for their selective choices when it comes to food.


“Pho Thin” was named after Bui Tri Thin, a chef known for his special versions of pho which are made in the simple Hanoian style; bringing out the original flavor and texture of the beef and noodles.


“The broth must be clear, the noodle must be chewy and the beef fillet must be soft,” Bui Thanh Mai, one of Thin’s children, said about her father’s creations. “Just use a little spice; only use non-roasted fresh ginger and cow bone stock.”


She told Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper one of the important steps when making the dish was to create the mouth-watering smell of pho to attract passers-by to the restaurants.


Five of Thin’s nine children have followed his footsteps in opening four more pho restaurants in the capital to continue introducing their father’s exquisite dishes to the locals.


About two months ago, Mai opened the family’s sixth eatery, but this time, it is in the southern hub.


Mai’s decision to open down south was not just a business decision. She was also motivated to resurrect her late father’s restaurant in the city.


“My father opened an eatery on the Cach Mang Thang 8 Street in HCMC in 1979,” Mai said. “Lots of people came to try out his ‘pho Thin.’”


Mai said the cuisine styles and the ingredients to make pho in the two regions are different.


They use different stocks and recipes, Mai said.


The typical pho in HCMC often has a richer taste coming from the cinnamon, cardamom, roasted onion, pig bones and other ingredients which may not suit the taste of those who have gotten used to the simple taste of beef noodle soup in the north.


“Also, northerners are willing to eat at small venues and they wouldn’t mind if the restaurant has ran out of herbs to go with pho,” Mai said. “But southerners only like spacious venues with good service and they often order different types of vegetable and herbs.”


Mai also named her eatery “Pho Nho” (Small street) as a reminiscence to the small, narrow streets in the capital city and turned the whole venue into a little Hanoi with pictures and wall paintings of the city’s renowned Old Quarter.


Visitors to the restaurant, at 170, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, can enjoy a wide variety of pho served with ceramic utensils made from the 500-year-old Bat Trang pottery village in northern Vietnam.


Source: vietnamnewsonline


Source: QDND