Viet Nam's most important festival of the year, Tet (Lunar New Year), will be celebrated in a fortnight. Among many activities organised for the festival nationwide are trade fairs, like the Spring 2014 Trade Fair that will be held at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Ha Noi between January 18 and 28. The trade fairs aim to display Vietnamese specialties and highlight traditional Tet traditional customs for the enjoyment of both domestic and international visitors. However, it has been noticed that few foreigners visit the trade fairs held across the country. As an expat living in Viet Nam, please share with us your thoughts about the trade fairs. Have you visited them? If you have, what are your impressions? If not, why not? Do you think the fairs serve well their stated aims of introducing Vietnamese specialties and traditional Tet traditional customs? Do you think such events are a good way to introduce Viet Nam to international visitors? Please reply by email to: … [Read more...] about As an expat living in Viet Nam, please share with us your thoughts about the trade fairs. Have you visited them?
Religious harmony: A new pagoda in a densely populated Catholic community in Nam Dinh Province. Two churches can be seen in the background. — VNS Photo Truong Vi After Viet Nam's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed that the country had made spectacular progress protecting and promoting human rights in the course of its development. Viet Nam was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the 2014-16 tenure, on November 12 with 184 approval votes out of 193, the highest among 14 countries elected to the 47-member council this time. On this occasion, and to mark International Day for Human Rights (December 10), Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is a member of the Party Central Committee, wrote an article on the country's achievements in protecting and promoting human rights, as well as on its contributions to international cooperation in this field. The Deputy … [Read more...] about Viet Nam celebrates human rights progress
Mythological animals that star in ancient tales and art play a vital role in religious beliefs and perspectives on life. Minh Thu reports. Ancient people believed that sacred animals were the embodiment of natural phenomena, mysterious forces, or supernatural power that could influence human life and the universe. In fact, those animals were created by people and used as cultural symbols, with the aim being to present their beliefs, religions and perspectives on life. These objects were described in mythology, legend and presented on statues, paintings, worshipped objects and architectural constructions. Along with history, they have become part of Vietnamese culture, as they express the talent of craftsmen. National identity Vietnamese sacred animals could be created by Vietnamese people or adopted from foreign countries, which reflect the spiritual life of people, as well as their cultures. Each animal presents its notion of cultural identity and its characteristics from historical … [Read more...] about Sacred animals tell history of Viet Nam
Visa exemptions to take effect Foreign tourist numbers start to recover Visas waived for Vietnamese expatriates Tourists say visa waiver too short Call to extend visa-free status for W. Europe Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Viet Nam cuts visa fees. What do you think about that? Visa fees for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese will be lowered by half in an effort to encourage visitors amid recent revenue struggles. Starting November 23, 2015 the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will go down from $95 to $50. For tourists who enter Viet Nam and continue travelling to Laos and Cambodia, then come back to Viet Nam to return to their home countries within a month, the visa fee is $5 instead of $45 as currently charged. Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists … [Read more...] about Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam?
Foreign tourists take a cyclo tour in the central city of Hue. More than 833,000 foreign visitors entered Viet Nam in February, a 20 per cent increase from 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet HA NOI (Biz Hub) — More than 833,000 foreign visitors entered Viet Nam in February, a 3.5 per cent increase from the previous month and 20 per cent surge year-on-year. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the latest addition has brought the number of foreign arrivals to the country in the first two months up to approximately 1.64 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 16 per cent. Foreign arrivals by air reached about 1.33 million, up 14.2 per cent year-on-year while arrivals by road saw a yearly rise of 31.3 per cent to 288,000. However, arrivals by sea declined 22 per cent to number 24,200. During the reviewed period, the number of holidaymakers from Asian countries increased 20.3 per cent to over 1.1 million. Several nations saw the strong growth of tourists to … [Read more...] about Foreign visitors to Viet Nam increase by 3.5% in February