Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fansipan-Sapa cable car to open in 2015

The world’s longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province’s Sapa Town to Fansipan peak, will open for passengers in 2015. It normally takes people one or two days to reach the peak of Fansipan mountain on foot. The three-rope cable car system, invested by SunGroup, will carry passengers from the

Nguyen dynasty’s documents receive UNESCO certificate

A ceremony was held in Hanoi on July 30 to receive a certificate recognising a collection of official administrative documents of the Nguyen Dynasty as documentary heritage of the Memory of the World Programme in Asia-Pacific by UNESCO. The collection is comprised of 85,000 documents bearing the seals of 11 Nguyen Kings (1802-1945), including royal

Exploring Thien Ha cave

Many have likened the experience of exploring Thien Ha cave in Ninh Binh Province to stepping into another world.   Those who visit Ninh Binh for its natural beauty would undoubtedly would profit from a trip to Thien Ha. The cave is the 200-metre-high Tuong Mountain, part of the mountain range that protected the old

Mui Ne among most beautiful beaches in Asia

Canadian Travellers, a Canadian travel guides magazine, has chosen Mui Ne as one of the top 11 most beautiful beaches in Asia. Mui Ne beach ranks second in the list, just trailing behind Ko Lipe – an island off the Andaman Coast, south of Thailand. According to the magazine, Mui Ne beach is just a

Cham minority villages woo tourists

An Phu District alone is home to five Cham villages, of which Cham Da Phuoc Village in Da Phuoc Commune, where the mosque is located, is famous as a tourist site. Traditional occupation: International tourists visit a Cham brocade weaving village in Chau Phu District. An Giang Province received 2.4 million visitors in the first

Young teacher collects wartime objects

A young teacher from Ha Nam Province has spent the last decade amassing a collection of more nearly 1,000 wartime objects.   Small “museum” of wartime objects Pham Van Diep, 29, is a physical education teacher at Hoang Dong Primary School. Even though he was born after the war, he has had a keen interest

Mekong River among top five river cruises in Asia

The UK daily Telegraph has cited the Mekong river cruise from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City as one of the top five river cruises in Asia. On its website, Telegraph said the Mekong cruises offer a window on time-honoured traditions and contrasting Far Eastern cultures. The Mekong River has been of vital

Researcher explores history of capital via wrought ironwork

Resulting from a combination of East meets West in the early 20th century, ornamental motifs on the wrought iron railings, balconies, gates and windows give Hanoi a truly elegant beauty.  Metallic charm: A balcony with iron railings in a French villa. Researcher Tran Hau Yen The says this rich iron heritage is Resulting from a

Images of Vietnamese bicycles

Bicycles were the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam in the 70’s and 80’s, but gave way to the motorised streets we see in the cities today. Over the past 15 years, bicycles have undergone a change in public perception. While, at one time they were looked upon as a great asset to any

19th century life and landscapes of Danang

A photo exhibition featuring life and landscapes of Danang during the 19th century recently opened in the central coast city. The exhibition, held at a venue with a view of the Furama resort in Ngu Hanh Son District, is a display of over 40 photographs. 19th century life in Danang Old market City park Cham