Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi and Hoi An have been named among eight Eid Al Fitr holiday ideas to get you packing, according to a list released by Gulf News, a daily English language newspaper published from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Eid Al Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. For travelers who look to step back into the pages of history, Gulf News picked the culturally rich Hanoi and Hoi An as the ideal Eid getaway. Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is a great city bursting with a cultural cocktail of Chinese, French and Southeast Asian influences. “From the chaos of the Old Quarter to the Dong Xuan Market, it’s a city to get lost in,” Gulf News wrote. GM_EN_PC_ARTICLE_Native_ads Hanoi is also the starting point for the Ha Long Bay tour. If time permits, do book yourself into a cruise aboard a Vietnamese junk. However, the adjacent Bai Tu Long Bay cruise is now … [Read more...] about Hanoi, Hoi An among Eid Al Fitr holiday ideas to get you packing
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Pagoda Bridge, built by Japanese traders in the 17th century and appearing on VND20,000 (nearly $1) currency bills as a national relic, has a pier built of bricks and mortar while the rest is made of wood. Many of the connectors between the roof support and the column have rotted, and some beams that support the tiled roof have cracked and warped. There are many cracks in the abutment section and chunks of mortar have peeled off. The bridge and a pagoda at one of its ends are separated by a few centimeters and here the roof is leaking, and rainwater has affected the wooden structure of the building. Nguyen Chi Trung, director of Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation, said two of the bridge’s beams almost collapsed recently, and the center has reinforced them with wooden abutments. "This is just a temporary solution to save this relic from collapsing. As for solutions to renovate the structure, they need approval from higher authorities." In 2016 town … [Read more...] about Hoi An yet to decide how to save degraded 400-year-old bridge
A man in the southern province of Bạc Liệu has been sentenced to six months in prison for falsifying single status certificates to separately marry two women when he has not even divorced from his first wife. Nguyễn Văn Thịnh, born in 1976, married his first wife in 2001 and they had two children. The couple got separated in 2009. In 2011, Thịnh met and fell in love with a woman named N.T.P.T, born in 1988, and wanted to marry her. Thịnh sought help from a contact who was able to provide false documents in the neighbouring province of Đồng Tháp, and paid him VNĐ2 million (US$86) for a fake single status certificate. Using the fake certificate, Thịnh married T and they had one son together. However, Thịnh’s second wife discovered the truth about his first wife and decided to divorce him. In late 2015, he tried using the same trick but the price for a fake certificate had … [Read more...] about How to get single, the hard way?
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Benefit sharing is the best and most cost-effective way to protect forests and the livelihoods of forest-dependant people, but many localities are struggling to reach consensus on how to implement this solution. The information was revealed at workshop entitled ‘Sharing benefits from forests with local communities - challenges and solutions’ held in Hà Nội on Wednesday, organised by Vietnam Forest Owners’ Association (VFOA), Việt Nam National University of Forestry (VNUF) and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Research and Development. Speaking at the workshop, Hứa Đức Nhị, chairman of VFOA, said benefit sharing in forest management with local communities have been piloted in Viet Nam’s forest and seafood sector. But there were many obstacles in the implementation, including a lack of guidance. Nguyễn Vũ Linh, deputy director of Bạch Mã National Park said … [Read more...] about Saving the forests offers opportunities to grow
How to braise tasty fish andpork without wood-burning stoveThe final product has eye-catching caramel color, distinctive fragrance and tender chunks of meat and flavorful fish is. Braised fish or pork is such a staple in every family meal that the dishes become a Vietnamese signature. Some people would diversify the dish by adding extra tastes such as tamarind, tofu or pineapple, but the most memorable version, one that can arouse nostalgia, is always the fish/pork braised in a clay pot on a wood-burning stove, topped with some black pepper. Braised gobyIngredients: 500 grams of goby, green onion, shallot, black pepper, chili, sugar, salt, fish sauce.Preparation:Clean the fish and strain. In the countryside, people usually put the fish in a bamboo basket and rub it with banana leaves or bamboo leaves to remove its slime. But in case you cannot find those leaves, use a knife to scrape the fish and then clean it with salt.Put the macrobiotic pot on the stove and make the caramel … [Read more...] about How to braise tasty fish and pork without wood-burning stove