Viet Nam News by Ollie Arci For most expats, moving to a new country is a daunting experience. Transposing one’s life to a new location is difficult enough, but the added hurdles of language barriers and cultural contrasts can make the move a lot harder. In addition to democratising the internet, social media has made expat life a lot easier. Facebook, in particular, has allowed the creation of a virtual town square, where neophytes and veterans of a particular town or city can gather and share information and tips on how best to navigate your new home. There are no stupid questions, and, even if there were, someone has probably asked them before. Among the plethora of groups are those dedicated to finding jobs or apartments, marketplaces for sellers and conferences of self-confessed gastronomes, alongside other, more general, venues for chat. Some of these enjoy the participation of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of users. Social media, for many people, is now a … [Read more...] about Time to treat avatars with respect?
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Spiritual offering: A man burns votive papers at the Hương (Perfume) Pagoda on the outskirts of Hà Nội. VNS Photo Trương Vị Viet Nam News An ancient tradition or a money making ploy? The practice of burning paper has been with us for generations. But in recent years what was once just fake cash and the odd gift has developed into something much more. Paul Kennedy reports. Take a walk down Hàng Mã Street in Hà Nội’s Old Quarter and you’ll discover many items on sale made from paper to ‘pass over’ to your departed loved ones. Everything from cell phones to shoes, designer handbags to iPads and even washing machines, cars, houses, servants and mistresses. If it exists in the real world, chances are, there’s a fake version for you to burn. The paper items may be a lot cheaper than the real ones, but for families, many on low incomes, they are quite literally throwing millions of … [Read more...] about Burning offerings a hot topic
Bored of beach holidays and bike rides? Launch yourself into one of the top 5 adventure travel activities in Vietnam. Discover the five outdoor adventure travel activites in Vietnam from take a leap of faith on a bungee jump in Nha Trang to enjoy the Zipline in Quang Binh province, and more. Bungee Jump Bungee jump is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot-air-balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes from the free-falling and the rebound. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the kinetic energy is dissipated. You can take a leap of faith on a bungee jump in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province. Zipline A zipline is a device that … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s top 5 adventure travel experiences
(VEN) - The EU is a reliable partner supporting Vietnam’s integration into the global economy, and European companies have contributed to Vietnam’s market-oriented reforms. Vietnam Economic News’ Thu Huong and Lan Huong talked with Denis Brunetti, Co-Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Vietnam and Ericsson President in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. Could you share the achievements of European companies in the Vietnamese market over the last two decades? As Co-Chairman of EuroCham Vietnam, hundreds of European companies have contributed to the socioeconomic development of Vietnam over the past 30 years of foreign direct investment (FDI) engagement between Europe and Vietnam. Investment and trade has spanned the full range of industry sectors contributing to the amazing GDP growth trajectory over that period, including information and communications technology (ICT), manufacturing/production, agriculture, tourism, transport, … [Read more...] about European investment and the ICT industry transforming Vietnam
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
Michael Piro, director of Strategic Services Can you share with us your general opinion about the potential and prospects of condotel development in Vietnam? There is tremendous opportunity for condotel products in Vietnam. Condotels typically find themselves on resort properties, a holiday destination option that has become increasingly popular in Vietnam. If you look the country, it has a more than 3,000km of coast line, so naturally you are going to find a lot of beachfront hotel and hospitality developments. This is what makes Vietnam an attractive destination for condotel products. I think Vietnam has a lot to offer to both developers and buyers of this product, but I do have concerns about the speed in which it is progressing in—it is happening too quickly. The key driver for success and sustainability in this market is transparency. Developers need to be very open with buyers to make sure they are clear on both the risks associated and the rewards of these types of … [Read more...] about Condotel—the future of the real estate industry
Viet Nam News NINH BÌNH - It may be less than a hundred kilometres away from the capital city, but Ninh Bình seems a million miles from Hà Nội. With its unique rugged landscape and an air of calm, Ninh Bình may be a near neighbour to Hà Nội, but in reality they are polar opposites. Take a boat trip for example, a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. When you climb aboard the bamboo vessels your legs may give way like spaghetti. But once safe in your seat, with a life jacket wrapped around you, your journey begins. And this isn’t a journey into the Sào Khê River, it’s a journey into the unknown. Our captain doesn’t need satellite navigation, and never once checks google maps, she knows these waters like the back of her hand. Breathtaking landscapes, mountains to make your knees shake, and when it comes to the caves, you will need a 64Gb phone otherwise you just won’t have enough space to share … [Read more...] about Ninh Bình celebrates its 1050th birthday
He is not only a friend to the street dogs scattered all over the city. The homeless dogs who happen to live in his neighborhood often congregate at his front gate for their lunch and dinner. Exactly twenty-one of them. Ravi has named each and every one of those dogs. But before I continue, let me fill you in, chronologically, on Ravi’s back story. The first time I visited Ravikanth Shankar’s house was at the end of 1993. The year before, the Shankars had helped out a destitute Vietnamese student, giving her free room and board at their house for a month, and helping her navigate the entrance procedures for a university. That student, Diep, had received an Indian scholarship, including travel expenses. It was her first time abroad, and her first time traveling by air. But when she arrived at Bangalore, there had been no one from the university to meet her at the terminal: the semester had actually begun three weeks previously. She had been standing there, helpless and … [Read more...] about The Vegetarian Street Dogs
In the morning, the light can penetrable cave. The mouth of the cave is the place where tourist camp and sleeping over in the second night. There is a flow from the ceiling inside Pygmy cave. It is used as drinking, eating and subsistence water. The expedition tour is about 3 days and 2 nights will give you a wonderful chance to explore the Pygmy Cave.Accordingly, visitors to central Quang Binh Province will get a chance to visit three caves that were recently discovered in the territory of local Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The province People’s Committee has allowed a local company, Jungle Boss, to exploit the caves of Pygmy, Over and Dai A for tourism purposes. The caves are adjacent, with Pygmy 845m long, Dai A 1,616m long, and Over 3,244m long. There are part of the Vom cave system in the park’s ecological restoration zone.Dai A Cave, previously known as Tiger Cave, stretches 1,616 meters in length and reaches as deep as 46 meters from its opening, which measures … [Read more...] about Quang Binh Province to open expedition tours exploring the world’s fourth largest cave
Updated at Thursday, 04 Jan 2018, 11:05 The Hanoitimes - Follow the step of a reporter from Lonelyplanet, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City for six years, tourists can find another way to saw a Saigon not busy and bustling. The grand colonial-era facade of Ho Chi Minh City's central post office © James Pham / Lonely Planet. James Pham was born in Vietnam but grew up in the US. Now, he is the freelance journalist and love writing about tourism. James comes back to Ho Chi Minh City to explore this place by a special way, including the best way to discover Saigon cuisine cultural. According to James Pham, for cheap eats… if you don't want to eat from street food stalls, you can look for the words "Com Binh Dan", which means "rice for the common people". These small restaurants offer up hot, ready-made meals for less than US$1.50. They’re all over the city, often near universities and schools. All you have to do is point to the dish you want. Otherwise, many glitzy … [Read more...] about Foreign visitor to guide the best way to explore Ho Chi Minh City