Banh gio – A Traditional Food from Hanoi

Foreigners visit the former imperial capital city of Hue (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam will introduce and promote tourist destinations in three Australian cities – Perth, Sydney and Melbourne – as part of the 2017 National Tourism Promotion Programme, from August 12 to 19. The initiative is an opportunity to promote the country’s landscapes, people and culture and draw more tourists to Vietnam from Australia, as well as a chance for businesses from both nations to explore co-operation activities and expand their market. Speaking at a conference on tourism promotion on August 3, Hoang Nhan Chinh, head of secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board, said that in the future, the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, and the Tourism Advisory Board would co-ordinate and set up tourism booths at leading global trade shows, such as WTA London in the UK and ITB Berlin in Germany. In 2016, Hanoi spent 2 million USD on CNN (Cable News Network) promoting tourism and investment in the country. This April, CNN telecast a 30-minute programme showcasing some of the capital’s stunning landscapes and its popular spots, including the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, the bustling Old Quarter, as well as some of its signature cuisine. Vietnam aims to welcome 13-15 million foreign tourists this year. Currently, the country’s annual budget on tourism promotion is 2 million USD. To compare, Thailand spends 60 million USD and receives over 30 million international…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Vietnam will introduce and promote Vietnamese tourist destinations in three Australian cities – Perth, Sydney and Melbourne – as part of the 2017 National Tourism Promotion Programme, from August 12 to 19. The initiative is an opportunity to promote the country’s landscapes, people and culture and attract more tourists to Vietnam from Australia, as well as providing a chance for businesses from both nations to explore co-operation activities and expand their market. Speaking at a conference on tourism promotion on August 3, Hoang Nhan Chinh, head of secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board, said that in the future, the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, and the Tourism Advisory Board will co-ordinate and set up tourism booths at leading global trade shows, such as the WTA London in the UK and ITB Berlin in Germany. In 2016, Hanoi spent US$2 million on CNN (Cable News Network) promoting tourism and investment in the country. This April, CNN telecast a 30-minute programme showcasing some of the capital’s stunning landscapes and its most popular spots, including the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, the bustling Old Quarter, as well as some of its signature cuisine. Vietnam aims to welcome 13-15 million foreign tourists this year. Currently, the country’s annual budget for tourism promotion is US$2 million. In comparison, Thailand spends US$60 million and receives over 30 million international tourists every year. ... [read more]

Participants celebrate after the finish line at ​Da Nang International Marathon Race last year. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Da Nang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers said that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get a chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Da Nang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Da Nang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on August 5, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and…... [read more]

HCMC has long been a convergence point for people from different parts of the country who want to move to the country’s economic hub to earn a living and settle down.  Those people living far from their birthplace often remember not only their families, relatives and countryside landscapes but also hometown specialties. And Ba Hoa Market in HCMC has long been known as a second home for the community of people from Quang Nam, commonly known as Quang people, as the market sells all sorts of specialties from the central region. Founded in 1967 by Mrs. Hoa, a native of the North moving to the South since 1954, the market currently has more than 20 stalls selling only specialties of the Quang region like banh u (small pyramidal glutinous rice cake), banh ro (glutinous rice cake filled with green beans), banh trang nuong (grilled rice paper cake), ginger jam, peanut candy, black sugar, dried potatoes and fig fruits. These specialties have for decades been attached to unforgettable memories of Quang people living away from home.   The market was renamed Ward 11 Market but local residents always call it Ba Hoa market as a way to express their gratitude to the founder of the market. Tourists who have a chance to pass by the market at the end of Tran Mai Ninh Street in Tan Binh District might be able to hear the familiar accents of the Quang people and savor authentic flavors of Quang dishes such as mi quang (Quang…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Singer Bui Bich Phuong has completed a music project called “Viet Nam – Viet Nam” that praises the beauty of the country and its culture. Traditional culture: Singer Bui Bich Phuong’s Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me) features images of Vietnamese landscapes and culture. — Still photo taken from video “My team and I want to introduce our country’s landscape and culture to young Vietnamese, especially those overseas,” said the 27-year-old. The project includes three music videos with songs that contain melodies that combine traditional Vietnamese music and pop and dance music. One video, titled Noi Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me), was released four days ago, earning more than 370,000 views on YouTube. The song was composed by Pham Thanh Ha, who is popular for songs influenced by traditional music. “I know the song’s title looks weird and does not highlight my project, but its melody is great. It’s a harmony between the [ethnic minority] Red Dao’s music and pop music,” Phuong said.   The video is about a love between a Kinh woman and a Red Dao man, and a Red Dao traditional wedding. Directed by Khuong Vu, the video captures landscapes at the Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. Phuong said that her team loved the music, costumes and traditions of the Red Dao. “I want to make impressive…... [read more]

More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Danang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers told Vietnam News that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Danang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Danang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Danang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on Saturday, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and walkers over 50’, will also join the race to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give a voice to older runners and walkers. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang,…... [read more]

The list is a reformatted and republished version of the original article published in 2011.  Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT Governor said, “We’re thankful for all the votes – a testament to the already solid reputation of the Amazing Thai Taste, which is part of our foodie tourism initiative to motivate tourists and foodies to embark on a culinary journey to taste signature Thai dishes in renowned venues across Thailand as the way to explore Thainess through food.” The latest CNN Travel World’s 50 Best Foods list was compiled based on the votes of 35,000 readers via a Facebook poll. The seven Thai dishes in the list are Tom Yum Kung in fourth place, Pad Thai (fifth), Som Tam Papaya Salad (sixth), Massaman Curry (10th), Green Curry (19th), Chicken Fried Rice (24th) and Mu Nam Tok or spicy minced pork salad (36th). According to CNN Travel writer, Tim Cheung, the original World’s 50 Best Foods article, which was released in 2011 “stimulate some impassioned debate about the conspicuous lack of French dishes and the merits of ketchup over mayonnaise” and so the online publication “threw it open to a vote on a Facebook poll.” Mr. Yuthasak said, “With seven Thai dishes voted into this influential list shows how Thai Cuisine is increasingly perceived as a world-class culinary experience and Thailand a great destination for foodie tourism. TAT plays a large role in promoting Thai Cuisine through several initiatives, including…... [read more]

The race’s organisers told Vietnam News that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Danang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Danang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Danang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on Saturday, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and walkers over 50’, will also join the race to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give a voice to older runners and walkers. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang, and we see it as our mission to contribute to a healthier and more active sporting community and to the…... [read more]

The High Quality Vietnamese Product Business Association, for the first time, will lead a business delegation that will participate in the 2017 ASEAN-India Expo and Forum to be held in Bangkok from August 2-5. — VNS Photo The High Quality Vietnamese Product Business Association will lead a business delegation that will participate in the 2017 ASEAN-India Expo and Forum to be held in August in Bangkok. Organised by the Thai Ministry of Commerce, the event is meant to strengthen the strategic partnership between ASEAN and India and enhance trade, investment and tourism connectivity between them. The event will have nearly 160 booths. The Vietnam Pavilion will promote the country’s image as well as specific cultural, culinary and tourism features, and introduce Vietnamese products with geographical indication status, national cuisine programmes, organic products, and porcelain. The national pavilion will also showcase 44 producers who make products that qualify as “high-quality Vietnamese goods - integration standards”. There will also be individual booths set up by 10 leading Vietnamese firms -- in sectors like dairy, cocoa, processed foods, and foods by Vinamilk, Vinamit, Co May, Bích Chi, and Vietnam Cacao and in others like ceramics, stationery, footwear, plastic, electric lights by Minh Long, Thien Long, Dien Quang, Qui Phuc, and Biti’s. Four Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces – An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho and Dong Thap, collectively known as ABCD Mekong -- will introduce their specialities like coconut masks, dried lotus seeds, and…... [read more]

NDO – The 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientianne, themed ‘Forever green and forever sustainable friendship between Vietnam and Laos’, officially opened in the Lao capital on July 29. The event was attended by Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang; Lao Politburo member, Secretary of Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khouphaythoune; and Vietnamese Ambassador in Laos Nguyen Ba Hung. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang emphasised that Ho Chi Minh City always pay special attention to enhancing the relationship with Laos in general and Vientiane in particular. Regular visits made by leaders of the two cities and the cooperation projects have been successfully implemented, contributing to the prosperous development and fine relations between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane, he added. At the ceremony, Mayor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khouphaythoune affirmed that the ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane’ programme will significantly contribute to tightening the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam, particularly the two cities. After the opening ceremony, the delegates visited an exhibition entitled ‘Forever green and forever sustainable friendship between Vietnam and Laos’. On display are photos featuring the support and cooperation activities for socio-economic development between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane as well as highlighting Ho Chi Minh City’s achievements in the cause of building and developing the southern city. The exhibition…... [read more]




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