A view of Tràng An ecotourism complex in Ninh Bình Province. — Photo baodautu.vn Thu Vân My family usually stay at the same hotel when we visit Đà Nẵng. The reason is very simple: my daughter loves the fact the receptionist always offers her candy whenever we stay there. Even though I’m not very happy about my kid eating candy, I have to admit what keeps us coming back is more about the people. Then I came across this figure, 70 per cent of foreign tourists who visit Việt Nam (or even more, according to some various sources), don’t return to the country for a second visit. For a country praised for its endlessly charming beaches and a universally loved cuisine and friendly people, the return rate is quite low compared to neighbouring Thailand’s 50 per cent. That got me thinking. In early 2017, the Politburo released a resolution to make tourism one a spearhead economic sector, aiming at … [Read more...] about Tourism is more about the people
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The Hanoitimes - "Nuoc mam" (fish sauce) is not only traditional specialty, but also symbolizes Vietnamese culture that must be protected in any way. Phu Quoc Fish Sauce receives EU recognition Phu Quoc fish sauce wins Vietnam's first origin recognition from EU Public indignation has stirred up after the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a draft national standard set on production of nuoc mam (fish sauce) that is believed to trouble traditional fish sauce making craft and imply advocating industrial sauce with nuoc mam flavor. Nuoc mam - fish sauce. Illustrative photo The draft kit named TCVN-12607:2019 has a series of standards and requirements which are controversial, as follows: Veterinary tests: Nguyen Quoc Hung, deputy director of Hanh Phuc Food Processing Company, told VnExpress that the requirement is unreasonable and costly as veterinary tests are mostly required for meat while nuoc mam is totally made from … [Read more...] about What reasons behind policy making against Vietnam traditional fish sauce?
MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi- Multimedia Concert “Streaks” Mar 16, 8 pm, Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem district “Streaks” approaches the topic of the role and image of women in five compositions by Luong Hue Trinh, a 34-year-old female multimedia composer and electroacoustic music performer from Hai Duong province. Each piece is based on a different approach. From precise and detailed standard notation to the flexibility of graphic scores as well as pieces between through-composed- and improvisation. Elements of traditional music are interpolated to blend with electronic sounds, combined with photographs, videos and texts to narrate these intricate relations filled with loneliness and torment. Hanoi-Special Concert with Piano Soloist Nguyen The Vinh Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district A Special Concert with the participation of conductor: Honna Tetsuji, piano soloist … [Read more...] about What’s on March 11-17 (Daily updated)
Consumers in Vietnam love snacks and although competition is getting fiercer, the snack business is expected to keep going strong in the coming years, according to experts in the field. Loan, owner of a grocery store in Go Vap District of Ho Chi Minh City, said among all confectionery her store is offering, snacks are the best-sellers. “Not only kids but youths under 30 are fans of snacks. Sometimes I can sell 200 packs of snacks in just two days,” she said. Hoa, a confectionery wholesaler in the city's District 3, said she earns tens of thousands dollars from snacks every year. “For the past three years, my dealers have reported revenue growth of 10-15 percent each year,” she added. What Loan and Hoa described match the data released by Germany's Statista Market Research Co and Nielsen Vietnam, a global performance management company. Statista said revenue from the snack business in Vietnam hit $354 million last year, up 8.5 percent against 2016. The company … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, love for snacks is going strong
Dying for a cup of coffee? You will feel right at home at Bangkok's new "death awareness" cafe, a macabre, Buddhist spin on the themed-cafe craze where customers are urged to confront their own mortality - and live better lives as a result. With drinks called "death" and "painful" on the menu and a skeleton splayed out on a couch in the corner, the meet-your-maker theme is alive and well at this open-air lunch spot in the Thai capital. But the centrepiece of the "Kid Mai (Think New) Death Cafe" experience is a decorated white coffin where customers are encouraged to lay down for a few minutes to contemplate their final moments - and secure a discount on a drink. "I feel like I am in a funeral," 28-year-old Duanghatai Boonmoh said with a laugh as she sipped a chocolate "death smoothie" on a recent Saturday afternoon. She and other curious customers took turns climbing into the wooden box as friends sealed the lid. "The first thing that came to my mind was, what if no one opens it?" … [Read more...] about Bite the dust at Bangkok’s ‘death awareness’ cafe