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Another island in Vietnam comes out of the shadows

Phu Quoc is renowned for its pristine beaches.

The Hon Xuong Island offers the same beauty as Maldives without the 5-star expense. The Evening Standard, a U.K based newspaper, has named Hon Xuong island in southern Vietnam among seven cheaper options that are on par, beauty-wise, with the renowned Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives. Hon Xuong Island …

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Ha Long turns fishing village into tourist site

Ha Long city, home to the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site Ha Long Bay, has recently launched a new tourism product, introducing a model combining sustainable aquaculture and responsible tourism on Ha Long Bay. This is a contract signing ceremony for the use of floating houses and water surface for 13 …

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The spirit of Vietnam: Nem rán and nem cuốn

Fried fun: Nem rán (spring rolls) cooking in oil.

In Vietnamese cuisine, nem rán (fried spring rolls) and nem cuốn tôm thịt (fresh shrimp and pork rolls) are among the most popular and tasty of the hundreds of local dishes that residents and foreigners alike enjoy. Nem rán (or chả giò as it is known in the South) is …

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Japanese culture highlighted at festival in Hanoi

Japanese culture will be in the spotlight at the Japan Day – Fullmoon Festival, which will take place on September 23 in the Manor Central Park urban area in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai district. The event, organised to mark 45 years of diplomatic relation between Vietnam and Japan (September 21, 1973), …

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Hue struggles to move residents from citadel walls

An ongoing project to reinforce a section of the citadel wall, which is under threat from illegal housing as well as the ravages of time.

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is having a headache removing illegal residents from the citadel’s walls located in its municipal city of Hue. The problem stems from a lack of land sources for resettlement as well as budget to compensate relocated residents. A report by local authorities said the …

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Construction work on North-South Expressway to begin

A view of the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway. The eastern section of the North-South Expressway will start next year creating more good condition for vehicles to travel.

Construction work on eastern section of the North-South Expressway will start next year, and is scheduled to finish by 2021, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) announced yesterday. The expressway will be 654km in length and has total investment of VND118.7 trillion (US$5.1 billion). The expressway will run through 13 provinces …

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Wood industry: Sustainable development

Despite the constantly strong growth posted by the wood industry over the past few years, wood enterprises are aiming for a higher target: sustainable development, environmental protection and greater export turnover through higher added value. Vietnam’s wood processing industry has maintained a high growth rate over the years, said Nguyen …

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ODA and the trap of preferential loans

Vietnam has been using ODA for 25 years

Vietnam, which has been using ODA (official development assistance) capital for 25 years, has looked at the situation realistically and found the problems of ODA. Economists began giving warnings about the ‘ODA trap’ many years ago. And most recently, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) released a report showing …

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