Congestion hits Saigon and Hanoi again as migrants go home for National Day

NDO - A number of activities have been held across the country, as well as abroad to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). On September 1, the Party Central Committee’s Office (PCCO) held a ceremony to mark the 72 years of Vietnam’s August Revolution and National Day, during which delegates affirmed the significant meaning of the Party’s right revolutionary path and Uncle Ho’s attachment of national independence with socialism. On the occasion, the Party Committee of the PCCO presented the insignia of 45 years of Party membership to Le Hong Anh, former Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat; and the insignia of 30 years of Party membership to Tran Quoc Vuong, Politburo member, permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat and head of the Central Inspection Committee. The same day, the Party Committee of the southern city organised activities to mark 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19) and the National Day. The event saw the presence of Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh. On this occasion, Deputy PM Binh awarded the title of Hero of the People’s Armed Forces to the civilian medicine unit under the Military Zone 9 whilst the municipal Party Committee presented the insignia of Party membership to a number of party members in the city. The Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia held a ceremony on September 1 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day. The…... [read more]

Every early autumn, the whole nation celebrates historic days. Ba Đình Square in downtown Hà Nội is a must-visit destination for all Hanoians and the Vietnamese people as a whole, as it hosted a ceremony on September 2nd, 1945 to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. National pride: Representatives of people from all walks if life march in procession to celebrate the 70th National Day in September 2016 at Ba Đình Square. VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng Reporters from Vietnam News Agency captured some of the nation’s historic moments. Glorious crowds: A mass meeting gathers thousands of patriots at the square in front of Hà Nội Opera House to launch a revolution to gain power held by the Việt Minh Front on August 17, 1945. VNA/VNS Photo Iconic building: Hanoians take the Tonkin Palace in August 1945 back from the French regime. VNA/VNS Photo Birth of a nation: President Hồ Chí Minh reads the Declaration of Independence on behalf of the provisional government to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. VNA/VNS Photo Historic moment: A scene from the meeting on September 2nd, 1945 at Ba Đình Square to announce the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam. VNA/VNS Photo Source VNA ... [read more]

Sounthone Sayachac, who chairs the commission praised the tremendous achievements the Vietnamese people have recorded over the last 72 years under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. She highlighted those attainments as a great encouragement for the Lao people during their national development and protection while expressing her delight at the consistent support that the two Parties, States and peoples have given to each other over the past years. She also hailed the assistance the Vietnamese Party, State and people have given to their Lao counterparts. Amid unpredictable global developments, hostile forces will unceasingly seek ways to sabotage the two countries’ relations. Therefore, Vietnam and Laos should join hands to reinforce their ties, she noted. At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung thanked the LPRP commission chairwoman for her sentiment towards Vietnam and voiced his hope that the LPRP and relevant agencies will continue working closely with his embassy to successfully hold celebrations of the Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017. He also thanked the Lao Party, State and people for supporting Vietnam over the past years, saying he hopes the two nations will further augment coordination to build a strong ASEAN Community and promote peace and stability in the region and the world.... [read more]

Saigontourist ready for Vietnam National Day celebration Bich Van Grand Hotel Saigon will offer a BQ buffet at its Rooftop Grand Lounge on the 20th floor - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAIGONTOURIST A number of hotels, restaurants and tourist sites of Saigontourist in HCMC are preparing special food and entertainment programs in celebration of Vietnam’s National Day, September 2. Dam Sen Cultural Park, 3 Hoa Binh Street, District 11, HCMC, Tel: 08.39632483, Email: [email protected] Local and foreign tourists are highly recommended to drop by Dam Sen Park in District 11 to admire a 15-minute fireworks display from 9 p.m. on September 2.  Before the fireworks show, visitors can watch an impressive dragon dance performance combined with artistic lighting by Hang Anh Duong lion dance troupe. In addition, there will be a unique kite flying performance from September 2-4. Those wearing Vietnamese flag-themed T-shirts will be entitled to a ticket discount of 50% during the period.  Saigon Ship Restaurant, 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4, HCMC, tel: (08) 3823 0393, email: [email protected] The Saigon Ship Restaurant could be a perfect place for those wishing to find peaceful moments and spacious space for family celebration on holiday. The restaurant will serve diners with a menu of more than 50 tasty Vietnamese dishes accompanied with outstanding music performances at VND250,000 an adult and VND130,000 a child. Grand Hotel Saigon, 08 Dong Khoi Street District 1, HCMC, Tel: 08.39155555 Grand Hotel Saigon will offer a BBQ buffet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at…... [read more]

Bus fares up, train and air fares down for National DayLe Anh HCMC – On the occasion of National Day on September 2, fares will normally increase for almost all transport modes. In the coming holiday, however, train and air fares are coming down while coach fares are increasing. Coach fares for passengers departing from Mien Tay Coach Station in HCMC to the Mekong Delta will soar by a maximum of 40% versus normal days, said the station’s operator. The number of travelers from HCMC to the Mekong Delta provinces such as Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Can Tho is projected to inch up 4-6% in the coming holiday, and on September 2 alone, the number of passengers can reach 54,000 to 56,000 a day. Regarding railway services, fares will be reduced while more tickets offered. Saigon Railway will add 12 more trains from HCMC to Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Quy Nhon between August 31 and September 4 with about 9,400 extra seats. The company will continue offering discounts of 4% to 8% for groups of at least 10 passengers. On holidays, many people prefer traveling by planes due to shorter travel time and reasonable airfares. In addition, the airline will offer a discount of 15% on ticket prices of domestic flights to passengers booking on [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Four scooters riding around a cage is one of the thrilling acts audiences will witness during a unique international circus programme in Ha Noi. Spin me round: Circus performers in a gravity-defying stunt. — Photo courtesy of the Circus Federation The Viet Nam Circus Federation will co-ordinate with the Happy Dream Circus Company from Japan to present a daily show in Ha Noi except on Mondays until December 1. The troupe from Japan has gathered numerous talented artists from many countries around the world, including Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico and Ecuador. In one of the highlighted acts, performers will ride scooters around a cage. The drivers for this stunt are Bryan Zuniga, Aldo Romero, Dierce Reyes and De Paula Silva Josselio. The event is expected to enhance cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two peoples, contributing to tightening the co-operation between circus artists from Viet Nam and Japan, said Ta Duy Anh, director of the Viet Nam Circus Federation. Audiences will have a chance to enjoy adventurous, attractive and artistic performances that have been honoured at many international circus festivals. “It’s also an opportunity for Vietnamese circus actors to exchange and learn from international artists,” he said. “International circus festivals have been organised in Viet Nam five times but they have only been a week long,” said Anh. “Now, we signed a contract with the troupe from Japan so the international circus artists will perform in Viet Nam for many months to meet audience demand.” In…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – With the hope of narrowing the gap between the elderly and the young, high school student Le Manh Linh and his friends have found a new, profound way of connecting older people. A tofu pudding seller featured in the exhibition. The high school student, Le Manh Linh and his friends found a new, profound way to connect with the elderly. The young students, who shared the same vision, collaborated on an exhibition titled Vo Bac (Silver Lining), which showcases more than a hundred images featuring fifty senior citizens. Ten of the subjects are from Dien Hong Nursing Home and the rest are senior citizens that students met randomly on the street or had known before. The exhibition opened for the public at 45 Trang Tien Street last weekend, receiving more than 400 visitors. The idea came to Linh when he paid a visit to the centre for elderly and disadvantaged people, bringing along donated items like clothes, cushions and mats. Linh expected to see smiling faces when he handed out the items, but was dismayed that the reception wasn’t what he was expecting. “I was quite surprised realising that the elderly people at the centre were very indifferent and almost emotionless when we brought the donated items,” said Linh. When Linh spent some time talking with them, they began to open up. “They said to me that the initiative of giving donated items to people here is somehow ‘shallow’. What people in the centre, especially the elderly,…... [read more]

Celebration of Vietnam's National Day in Germany (Photo: VOV) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Germany held a ceremony in Berlin on August 31 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s August Revolution Day (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State always attach great importance to developing the strategic partnership with Germany. A similar event was held in Canada’s capital of Ottawa with the participation of over 200 people. Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Nguyen Duc Hoa said the relations between the two countries have been thriving since they established diplomatic ties in 1973. Currently, Vietnam is the biggest trade partner of Canada in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with two-way trade reaching nearly 5 billion USD, he noted. Nearly 7,000 Vietnamese students are pursuing education in Canada, which is expected to increase in the coming time, he said. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, declaring to the world the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Over the past 72 years, the country has gained significant achievements in various fields such as economics, trade, defense-security, external affairs, and international integration.-VNA... [read more]

Malaysian chef Sazli Nazim Bin Ismail prepares food for guests at the opening of the Malaysia Gastronomy Week at Sheraton Hanoi Hotel on ​September 30 (Photo courtesy by organsier) Hanoi (VNA) – Two talented Malaysian guest chefs from hotel Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur are in Hanoi to present their country’s diverse cuisine during the Malaysia Gastronomy Week. The event, organised by Sheraton Hanoi Hotel in collaboration with the Embassy of Malaysia in Hanoi, aims to celebrate Malaysia’s National Day (August 31). Malaysia has a gastronomic tradition that combines different cuisines, from its Asian neighbours such as China and India to Western countries like Portugal, the Netherlands and the UK. This unique blend has formed a fascinating Malaysian cuisine with distinctive and familiar flavours. During the gastronomy week, Hanoian gourmets will have a chance to enjoy Malaysian dishes prepared by Malaysian chefs Sazli Nazim Bin Ismail and Mohammad Wafit Bin Mahtar. With more than 20 years of working in hospitality, chef Ismail twice won the "Most Outstanding Chef" at the Culinary Malaysia awards in 2007, 2013. His colleague, chef Mahtar won the iChef 2017 Gold Medal for "Innovative Breakfast". Alongside tasty food, customers have enjoyed various performances from Malaysian artists on August 31 and September 1. The performances feature traditional dances, traditional instrumental performances and unique Teh Tarik blending art – also known as "Pulled Tea" by the Teh Tarik ambassador Norazlin Bin Mat Janus. The Gastronomy Week includes a buffet lunch and dinner…... [read more]

NDO – For many years, on the occasion of National Day (September 2), local people in Tam Duong district, in the mountainous northern province of Lai Chau, and neighbouring areas have immersed themselves in the indigenous cultural and artistic space imbued with the identities of the local ethnic minorities. National Day celebrations in Tam Duong have very much become a common festive day for the local people to meet, exchange and enjoy entertainment. Welcoming National Day this year, since late August there have been various cultural and entertainment activities in Tam Duong, with exhibitions introducing traditional cultural spaces, customs and folk games of the different ethnic groups, as well as traditional culinary competitions and Tam Duong Tea tasting. Among the activities in celebration of this year's National Day, the Tam Duong people and visitors have also had the chance to experience a community-based tourism model of Si Thau Chai hamlet in Ho Thau commune, in addition to joining a unique paragliding performance. “Banh day” (round glutinous rice cake) being made by the Mong ethnic community, a traditional activity to welcome National Day. Other ethnic groups also demonstrate their talent in making traditional dishes. Giay people play their traditional musical instruments in a cultural space imbued with their typical ethnic characteristics. National Day celebration offers an opportunity for people to meet, exchange and play traditional folk games. Dao men re-enact their unique, sacred fire-dancing ceremony. …... [read more]

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