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Two Vietnamese pickpockets arrested in Thailand

Tourists are seen at Terminal 21 shopping mall in Thailand's Bangkok capital

Thai police have detained Two Vietnamese pickpockets said to be preying on foreign tourists at Bangkok’s crowded shopping malls. Le Phuoc Thanh, 38, and Nguyen Van Ty, 36, were apprehended on Friday after being caught pilfering a wallet from a German tourist at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, a 20-minute drive …

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When in Vietnam, drive as the Vietnamese do

Motorbike drivers in Ho Chi Minh City.

An expat shares some philosophical reflections and practical tips on the free-for-all that is Vietnamese traffic. In any country, driving culture and etiquette, or a lack thereof, is a window into that society. Vietnam is no exception. Here’s my take on being an active participant-observer of transportation in Vietnam on …

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Vietnam has gotten rid of elephantiasis: WHO

Elephantiasis often leads to permanent disfigurement and disability, causing people to suffer from stigma, depression and anxiety.

The WHO has named Vietnam among countries that have successfully eliminated elephantiasis as a public health problem. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien received a certificate for the elimination from the World Health Organization in Manila on Monday. “Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) used to be endemic in several parts of Vietnam, …

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Another cold spell to hit northern region

Another cold snap is forecasted in the northern region from October 9. According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorology Forecasting, Hanoi would see rains on the evening of October 9 and the temperature would fall to the lowest level of 20-22 degrees centigrade. This weather would also affect the northern …

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Prehistoric vestiges unearthed in Vietnam

Archeologists discover dozens of well-polished axes at Pu Chua Cave.

Archeologists believe they have uncovered evidence that caves in northern Vietnam were home to prehistoric people 4,000 years ago. Relics dating back to that time were found in three caves located in Chiem Hoa District, Tuyen Quang Province. Trinh Nang Chung of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology led the excavations …

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Malaysia arrests 31 Vietnamese women for working illegally

Many Vietnamese workers have been caught overstaying to work illegally in neighboring countries in recent years.

Immigration officers in Malaysia have detained 31 Vietnamese women for working illegally in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. A high-end entertainment center in Cheras, a district southeast of the capital city, was raided Saturday morning by police acted on “tip-offs” that many foreigners were working illegally. The Saturday raid, …

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In HCMC, public disdains buses despite huge subsidies

Public buses are stuck in traffic in Ho Chi Minh City.

HCMC annually spends tens of millions of U.S. dollars on bus fare subsidies, but faces a seemingly irreversible fall in passenger numbers. Le Ngoc Thuy Trang, deputy director of the city’s Department of Finance, said the number of passengers in the first half of this year was only 96 million, …

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HCMC International Marathon links up with charity

Runners at a marathon in Saigon 2017.

The 2018 HCMC International Marathon to be run on December 2 will be linked with a charitable cause. The race will start from Saigon Zoo, make its way past various landmarks before finishing at the Thu Thiem Urban Area in District 2. Participants can choose from three different distances: 42 …

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