The Hong Kong newspaper said "from stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, much of the region’s beauty has yet to be discovered" and Vietnam is recommended for those seeking "authentic travel experiences". It described Hue, the country's ancient imperial capital that witnessed the glories and collapse of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last feudal rulers of Vietnam, as a must-visit place for more historical activities. "Visitors can embark on tours to explore the old temples and pagodas that make up most of the city and explore central Vietnamese cuisine with a street food tour." To the north of Ho Chi Minh City is the mountain town of Da Lat where adventure lovers can indulge themselves with canyoneering, white water rafting and a high ropes course, it said. Da Lat, situated 1,500 meters above sea level in the Central Highlands, was a summer getaway for French officials who built villas to escape the heat and humidity of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam a top holiday draw in Southeast Asia: SCMP
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VietNamNet Bridge - Asked if Hanoi is one of the two most polluted cities in Southeast Asia, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Le Tuan Dinh said there was no convincing proof. Petrotimes.vn cited a report from IQAir AirVisual as showing that Hanoi ranked 12th among the 62 most polluted cities globally in 2018. Analyses found that besides influences from emission sources, the air quality also bears impact from meteorological conditions. The AQI is good in favorable weather conditions and bad during unfavorable weather. The most polluted spots in Hanoi are places with high traffic density. At Trung Yen 3 and Minh Khai monitoring stations, the number of days with good AQI is low, just accounting for 8.1 percent. RELATED NEWS Hanoi city’s air quality remains poor Red alarm on air quality: will Hanoi become another Beijing? Thanh Lich … [Read more...] about Is Hanoi the second most polluted city in Southeast Asia?
Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue is among the five must-go destinations in Southeast Asia listed by U.S. TV channel Discovery DCODE. Hue was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until the end of the feudal era in 1945. "It is home to the glories of Vietnam’s feudal past with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs that have made it a top tourist destination for years," says Discovery DCODE, which belongs to Discovery Channel. It’s best to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese dinner while cruising down the iconic Perfume River, Discovery DCODE recommends. "The chilly winter weather can also be a pleasant break from the usual sweltering Southeast Asian heat." In the first 11 months of this year more than four million tourists visited Thua Thien-Hue Province, up 19.7 percent from a year ago, including 1.73 million foreigners. Visitors from the Republic of Korea made up the largest group, accounting for a third of the total foreign visitors.-VNA … [Read more...] about Discovery names Hue among five must-visit places in Southeast Asia
An aerial shot of the ancient royal tomb of Tu Duc, the fourth king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Photo by Shutterstocks/Johhny Tran Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue is among the five must-go destinations in Southeast Asia listed by U.S. TV channel Discovery DCODE. Hue was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the country from 1802 until the end of the feudal era in 1945. Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hue proceeds at a leisurely pace unlike Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. "It is home to the glories of Vietnam’s feudal past with its Imperial Citadel and royal tombs that have made it a top tourist destination for years," says Discovery DCODE, which belongs to Discovery Channel. The Imperial Citadel at night. Photo by Shutterstocks/Khanh Nguyen It’s best to enjoy an authentic Vietnamese dinner while cruising down the iconic Perfume River, Discovery DCODE recommends. "The chilly winter weather can also be a pleasant break from the usual sweltering … [Read more...] about Discovery channel names Hue among five must-visit places in Southeast Asia
The resort town of Sa Pa has topped the list of six cool weather holiday destinations in Southeast Asia through the year selected by Channel News Asia, a Singaporean English language Asian cable television news agency. Located 350km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa town enjoys cool weather throughout the year – it rarely goes above 25 degrees Celsius and it never drops below 17 degrees Celsius even during the “hottest” periods between June and August. “Your best bet for a chilly holiday would be from November to February, with average high temperatures of between 17 and 11 degrees,” Channel News Asia wrote. … [Read more...] about Sapa named among SEA’s top cool weather holiday destinations
Channel News Asia’s annual list top 6 of the cool weather holiday destinations in Southeast Asia throughout the year. Sapa in Vietnam. Photo: Channel News Asia Sapa has gained the first position among the cool weather holiday destinations in Southeast Asia throughout the year, according to Channel News Asia, a Singaporean English language Asian cable television news agency. Located 350km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa town enjoys cool weather throughout the year – it rarely goes above 25 degrees Celsius and it never drops below 17 degrees Celsius even during the “hottest” periods between June and August. “Your best bet for a chilly holiday would be from November to February, with average high temperatures of between 17 and 11 degrees,” Channel News Asia wrote. Once there, you can enjoy trekking through the Hoang Lien National Park, and catching a glimpse of Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan, as well as views of terraced rice paddies. There … [Read more...] about Sapa named among Southeast Asia’s top cool weather holiday destinations
Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has been picked to accommodate a support center capable of making reliable forecasts of severe weather phenomena for countries in Southeast Asia. The Regional Forecast Support Center (RFSC) project is part of an initiative by the World Meteorological Organization to improve nations’ capabilities in mitigating damage caused by severe weather. The center in Hanoi is still in a trial stage, according to Tran Hong Thai, deputy general director of Vietnam’s General Department of Meteorology, which oversees the center’s operations. After the trial period, the center will come on full stream, when it receives support in the form of meteorological data provided by a network of similar centers around the world. Countries including the U.S., Japan and some European nations will send periodic reports of their weather readings to Hanoi, where the data will be analyzed to make reliable forecasts of upcoming severe weather phenomena in the region. The … [Read more...] about Hanoi selected headquarters for Southeast Asia forecast support center
VietNamNet Bridge – The climate in the valley of Muong Phang in the mountainous Dien Bien Province is no longer as it was over previous centuries. But the change has brought some benefits to local farmers.The valley, roughly 21 km to the northwest of Dien Bien Phu City, has gotten warmer over the last decade. The ethnic minority families who were born and grew up in the valley, in poverty, had relied mainly on a single summer-autumn rice season to make a living as the winter was too cold to plant anything. Now they have managed to double their incomes as the rising average temperatures in the coldest months allowed another rice harvest in winter and spring.This kind of climate change is, of course, not all good news. Alongside warmer temperatures, it has brought about more flash floods that bury the village under mud, unexpected drops in temperatures, hoar frost that freezes crops and heavier rains that flood the fields.It became harder for the locals, who had little idea about … [Read more...] about Weather project helps minority women battle climate change
Being a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has opened up opportunities for Vietnam to enhance cooperation with other member countries and get support and information from them. It has also helped the centre improve personnel capacity, forecasting technology and automatic weather stations, according to NCHMF deputy director-general Tran Hong Thai. One of the WMO’s Regional Forecast Support Centres has been based in Vietnam since 2014, paving the way for improved severe weather forecasting in Vietnam and Southeast Asia and preparing for the country’s greater international role in natural disaster prevention and mitigation. The centre has carried out a number of projects with the United National Development Programme, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other partners from Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Japan and China. The projects have aided Vietnam’s efforts to expand monitoring and information networks and … [Read more...] about Vietnam advances weather forecasting via int’l cooperation