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The tangled matrix that is Mekong Delta’s first heritage tree

The tangled matrix that is Mekong Delta’s first heritage tree

The banyan is part of the mulberry family. The roots of the tree drop from its trunk and branches. Ba Ho, 64, an employee at the relic, said: “The exact number of roots has not been determined but it is for sure more than 1,000. Because of its myriad roots, the tree absorbs enough water and nutrients to sustain itself.” Four groups of people take turns to tend the tree and clean the area. Source link

Vietnam’s social mores make it more difficult to fight domestic violence

Vietnam’s social mores make it more difficult to fight domestic violence

Last month, there was an outpouring of outrage as two very similar video clips went viral.  Shown within days of each other, both clips were taken from security cameras installed at home to monitor housekeepers. It turned out that housekeepers weren’t the ones who had to be monitored, but the men of the house, grossly abusing the power vested in them by a Confucian, patriarchal society at the expense of the women, who are devalued and subjected to permanent subordination…

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Four Vietnam photos among 50 shortlisted for AGORA award

Four Vietnam photos among 50 shortlisted for AGORA award

By Long Nguyen  &nbspSeptember 20, 2019 | 08:27 am GMT+7 Four of the 50 photos selected from thousands of submissions for the AGORA Awards final round were taken in different parts of Vietnam. The four photos, which capture daily life and landscapes in the country in an amazing manner, include “Incensing Work”, taken by Khanh Phan in a rural Hanoi district where incense sticks are made; and “When the Buffaloes Return”, taken by Hoang Quoc Vinh in the central highlands…

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More Vietnam-Jakarta direct flights will boost bilateral tourism: Indonesia

More Vietnam-Jakarta direct flights will boost bilateral tourism: Indonesia

Ibnu Hadi, Indonesian ambassador to Vietnam, said strengthening connectivity would be an ‘important factor’ in increasing the number of visitors from Vietnam to Indonesia and vice versa. Indonesian news agency Antara quoted him as saying Indonesia was encouraging the opening of more direct air routes connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s two biggest metropolises, with Jakarta. In addition, there should be charter flights from Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, to the central coastal city of Da…

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Vietnamese lensman’s shot wins first prize in international Nature Conservancy contest

Vietnamese lensman’s shot wins first prize in international Nature Conservancy contest

‘Dance in the sea’ captures a fisherman in a coracle catching seafood with large green nets near Hon Yen Islet in Phu Yen Province. The photo was selected from over 121,000 entries from 152 countries submitted for an annual contest organized by global environmental non-profit organisation The Nature Conservancy, based in the U.S. Hon Yen has been attracting travelers with its pristine beauty and carpets of coral reefs rising up during low tide. The islet is around 15 kilometers to…

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Vietnamese students in Japan stretched to breaking point

Vietnamese students in Japan stretched to breaking point

It was 2 a.m. when Nghia finally left the bar next to the highway where he worked part-time. Standing next to the roadside and watching the trucks rush by, Nghia wished he was brave enough to take just one more step and end his life. It was not the first time the 23-year-old Hanoi native had contemplated suicide. Le Trong Nghia had arrived in Fukuoka, southern Japan, in 2015, to study a self-funded degree in economics. Everything was fine until…

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Hole-in-the-wall home to aged Saigon couple for 20 years

Hole-in-the-wall home to aged Saigon couple for 20 years

Sitting inside the house, Tam slides past his wife to get outside, cane in his hand: “I’m going to buy some iced water.” Ngung is not as active as her husband. She rarely goes out and spends most of her time sitting at home: “If I need to buy anything, I will ask my daughter Lai. My husband is stronger than I am, he can use his cane and walk around.” Pham Thi Xuan Trang, vice chairman of Ward 9,…

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Vietnam Airlines to fly non-stop to Bali, Phuket

Vietnam Airlines to fly non-stop to Bali, Phuket

Catering to growing travel demand of holiday-goers to Southeast Asia’s beach holiday destinations, the national flag carrier will eventually operate the HCMC-Bali route with seven flights a week. Each flight will take around four hours. However, during the initial phase from October 27 to late March next year, the airline will have five flights a week due to operational restrictions at Bali’s Denpasar Airport, the carrier said in a release Wednesday. The new service will be the airline’s second route…

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National park night trips harassing wildlife, public say

National park night trips harassing wildlife, public say

Located in the southern province of Dong Nai around 150 kilometers north of HCMC, Cat Tien National Park, recognized as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO, has become a major tourism destination. But a relatively new form of tourism in the park, night excursions, has gained in popularity. The one-hour trip, costing VND150,000 ($6.5) per person, allows visitors to sit on an open-top truck. Spotlights are used to observe the animals come out to feed at night. The 71,000-hectare national…

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