‘Snail coaches’ clog Hanoi before Tet

As Tet approaches, people in Hanoi set out to the streets to buy the things they need to celebrate Tet or back to their home towns on the festival.Trying to avoid the traffic is becoming extremely difficult. It can be disheartening if all you want are a few tomatoes or a branch of peach blossoms. Almost every road and intersection has become choked with traffic.Traffic in the capital: Vehicles stopped up at Giang Vo street Slow moving at La Thanh street Buses become obstacles Tied up at Nguyen Luong Bang street Sidewalks become roads Two way street, no way through…... [read more]

After forecasting goods supply and demand of the Tet market, the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade provided guidelines for businesses to prepare to meet demand. Accordingly, as of January 15, production and trading companies had accomplished their production plans to serve the Tet market.Retailers increased the volume of goods for sale by 15-20 percent over ordinary days to meet the increased demand. Leading supermarkets got their staff members to assess actual supply and demand to well satisfy buyers and avoid a backlog of goods.The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade got together with Son La Province as its counterpart…... [read more]

This was announced by Deputy Director of the Municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Toan Khang in Hanoi on December 20.The beneficiaries include those who have rendered great services to the revolution, Agent Orange victims and pensioners and each gift is worth VND500,000, VND300,000 and VND200,000, respectively.... [read more]

While almost all streets in Hanoi are empty on Tet, roads adjacent to large pagodas and temples in the capital remain extremely overloaded. Local authorities try to regulate traffic  It has been a long-running tradition for people to crowd into pagodas and temples on important days of the lunar month. Tet, being the most important, the traffic around these sites has increased. So as to ensure order, local authorities have arranged forces to regulate the traffic. Still their efforts do not seem to have helped much. Near the Tay Ho Palace, vehicles lined up for almost two kilometres, all the…... [read more]

In interviews granted to Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporters, foreigners have expressed a wide diversity of feelings and impressions about Tet, though they all shared the joy with Vietnamese people.For them, Tet has become a special attraction, offering an opportunity for the country to show its true colours and traditions to the international community.Mark from Australia is an English teacher in Hanoi. Last year, he celebrated his second Lunar New Year in Vietnam.He said that on the lead up to Tet people flocked to the streets to buy the usual necessities for the year’s biggest days.“Pre Tet its busy…... [read more]

In addition to an exciting experience, foreign visitors to Vietnam this time of year will gain a better understanding of the country’s traditions and culture by experiencing the Vietnamese people's preparations for the upcoming lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations.    For many foreigners, the traditional Vietnamese Tet has become a special tourism attraction, offering a good opportunity for the country to introduce its true colours and traditions to the international community. VOV is providing an online forum for international guests in Vietnam to share their experiences and feelings about the festive season in the S-shaped country. Steve Groff, an editor…... [read more]

Vietnam Air operates more flights for TetBy Mong Binh - The Saigon Times DailyThe airline said in a statement obtained by the Daily that it would add 136 flights on the main routes between HCMC and Hanoi and between HCMC Vietnam Airlines detailed its plan to conduct four more flights a day on the north-south HCMC-Hanoi route, or a supply of 19,500 seats from now to February 28 and an additional two flights a day between HCMC and the central coastal city of Danang, or 9,300 seats in all for this period.With the extra flights, the number of seats available…... [read more]

The Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival is a special opportunity for foreigners living, working or just travelling in Vietnam to get a better understanding of the country’s rich cultural history and traditions. In interviews with VOV, foreigners have expressed a wide diversity of feelings and impressions about Tet, though they all shared the joy with Vietnamese people. For them, Tet has become a special attraction, offering an opportunity for the country to show its true colours and traditions to the international community. Mark from Australia is an English teacher in Hanoi. Last year, he celebrated his second Lunar New Year…... [read more]

Hanoi has banned vehicles travelling along many local streets to ease traffic jams in the lead-up to Tet. Vehicles banned from travelling along many local streets to ease traffic jams in the lead-up to Tet The Hanoi Department of Transport will enforce a ban of motorised transport vehicles weighing more than 1.25 tonnes between January 15 and February 16 during rush hours. Taxis will also be banned from certain routes at certain times. Hoang Van Tai, Director of Van Dien Fused Magnesium Phosphate Fertilizer Joint Stock Company, said this is the time to start the main crop of farmers, therefore,…... [read more]

Vietnam welcomed the lunar New Year (Tet) holiday in a jubilant atmosphere. A considerable number of Tet activities were organised in the two largest cities, Hanoi and HCM City.Hanoi had Flower Street, the Thang Long Ancient Citadel festival, and Spring festival around Hoan Kiem Lake. HCM City held the Spring Flower festival, set up Nguyen Hue Flower Street, and Streets of Light on Le Loi and Dong Khoi roads. These programmes drew dozens of thousands of visitors.The great celebrations of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi capital are approaching quickly, but, it was clearly revealed during Tet, Hanoi still hasn't…... [read more]