A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
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Your Say (28-08-2009) Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN? Viet Nam News asked its readers about the Ministry of Transport’s proposal to allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right-hand side in Viet Nam. Last week we asked readers for their opinions about the Ministry of Transport’s proposal that would allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right while they visit and stay in Viet Nam. Anucha Kwantientong, Thailand, Bangkok I like travelling to other countries in my own car. Many countries allow cars with the steering wheel on the right to use their roads. When I go to these countries, I practise for a short time in order to get used to their traffic signals and laws. I have never had any trouble driving in foreign countries. Fortunately, the procedures for taking my car to other countries are not complicated. All I need is to do is show a valid copy of my driving licence and car registration. It would be really … [Read more...] about Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN?
Foreign investment in real estate drops (21-09-2009) HA NOI — Real estate development lured US$1.86 billion in foreign investment in the first eight months of this year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency (FIA). The figure, consisting of investment of $1.69 billion in new projects and an additional $171 million in existing projects, was $24 million less overall than in the same period last year due to the global economic downturn, said FIA director Phan Huu Thang. With property development heavily dependent on financing, he said, with many projects requiring investors to borrow up to 70 per cent of the costs, the credit crisis this year put the brakes on a number of projects that had already received investment licenses, said Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam. Early last month, Japan’s Riveria Group, investor in a Ha Noi hotel project with a total budget of $500 million scheduled to break ground in 2010, … [Read more...] about Foreign investment in real estate drops
Related News Unidentified foreign woman in serious accident near Hanoi's railway station By Kim Thuy  June 26, 2016 | 12:42 pm GMT+7 At about 2 a.m. on June 26, a foreign woman driving a motorbike on Tran Nhat Duat Street near Hanoi's Long Bien Railway Station fell in the street and was knocked unconscious, eyewitness Bui Tuan Dat told VnExpress. Police of Dong Xuan Ward in Hoan Kiem District on Sunday confirmed the accident by phone, without providing further details. The woman's motorbike is a Yamaha's Nouvo with a number registered in the nearby Bac Ninh Province. The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries and blood all over her body. Another eyewitness said she was swaying before crashing in the street. Locals gathered around the woman but were afraid to move her for fear of damaging her spine. The motorbike the foreign woman was driving. Photo by Bui Tuan Dat. Locals waited with her until an ambulance and the police arrived. Some … [Read more...] about Unidentified foreign woman in serious accident near Hanoi’s railway station
Ben Thanh market (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - The southern largest hub of Ho Chi Minh City hopes to receive 7.5 million international visitors next year, a year-on-year increase of 25 percent. The number of domestic arrivals is expected to rise by a more modest 15 percent to 29 million, said Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of the city’s Department of Tourism. The tourism sector would focus on efforts to develop cultural and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) tourism, he told a press meeting on December 28. It plans to diversify its products and organise a series of tourism events through the year to attract visitors, he said. It will devise marketing strategies and organise promotional activities broad to attract potential international tourists. The marketing and promotional activities will focus on markets such as Thailand, India, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the US, which have recorded strong growth this year. It will also address … [Read more...] about HCM City eyes 7.5 million foreign visitors in 2018