Conditions are hardly ideal for Siri Budcharern Arun, one of just five athletes from the poor country travelling to Brazil. She will arrive as a rank outsider in the 50 meter freestyle, hailing from a Southeast Asian country which has few sporting heroes, and none known beyond its landlocked borders. It does not help that she is training in a 25m public pool, half the size of an Olympic pool, whose deck is strewn with empty beer bottles from parties the night before. "I am very proud," the 14-year-old told AFP, goggles in hand and catching her breath after a training session at the pool in the capital Vientiane. "We may not be a big country but I want the world to know that we do have swimmers," she added. She spoke as a government minder stood nearby, a sign of the authoritarian state's tight control on its citizens. Olympic glory is normally shared among athletes from wealthy countries or at least nations that nurture athletes with training, sports science and modern … [Read more...] about Kids, beer bottles and a public pool – how Laos swimmer, 14, trains for Rio
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BRT has become a hot topic on social media, newspaper and even during chit-chat at roadside tea shops in recent days. Praise was scarce, criticism was common and doubt was ubiquitous. Many even consider buses as the culprit of traffic jams. In contrast to public opinion, scientific studies tell a different story. A few days before BRT was piloted, Professor Shinichi Mochizuki from Japan, said during a presentation about pedestrian spaces around the world that on the same road, if private vehicles and public transport are combined, the efficiency of that road will be much higher than when only private vehicles are used. In addition, private vehicles occupy large parking spaces. That is why all advanced countries have developed public transport systems. But why are so many Vietnamese people doubtful about the operation of BRT buses? It is easy to notice that words of criticism or doubt are highly sentimental. However if we look at the traffic congestion situation in Hanoi in the past 10 … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – How to build public confidence in BRT?
Just one day after ‘Kong: Skull Island’ hit the screens, foreign travel firms launched tours to Vietnam, where many scenes were filmed.‘Kong: Skull Island’ director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who has been appointed Vietnam tourism ambassador, said the world still does not know how beautiful Vietnam is. And now is the time for them to take tours to Vietnam to see the wonderful landscapes. South China Morning Post reported that Exotic Voyages has introduced a new tour, which lasts 10 days, to travelers who want to visit locations in Vietnam appearing in Hollywood’s blockbuster film. The tour fee is $2.055 for the Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Ha Long – Quang Binh – HCMC itinerary. Meanwhile, Starlight has launched a 6-day tour named "Kong: Skull Island Vietnam" for travelers who want to enjoy the landscapes which have not appeared in films before. Cafebiz on March 11 said Saigontourist still had not taken any action to advertise the tours related to … [Read more...] about What will travel firms do to take advantage of ‘Skull Island’ opportunity?
Photographer Thai Phien has been awarded the most prestigious prize from the Viet Nam Artistic Photographers Association (VAPA) for his book Xuan Thi (Spring Time). This is the first book featuring nude photographs to win the VAPA Cup. Were you surprised when your book Spring Time was awarded VAPA’s top prize? It really surprised to me. The VAPA Cup is the highest prize to be awarded to the best photos and photography books of the year. All photographers have a dream to win this prize. Nude photos are not given much attention at all in national contests. It is difficult to have an exhibition of nude photos. This prize encourages me and all photographers, who are into nude art. The prize puts nude photos in the same realm as other photos. Photographers like me feel released, after being discriminated against for our subject choice. I will be more confident and will continue on my path to reach the true, the good and the beautiful. Why did you start taking nude photographs? I … [Read more...] about Photographer Thai Phien and Spring Time
The Mekong Delta seems to have a lot of things to do to prepare for the hosting of next year's Vietnam National Tourism Year with "Miet vuon song nuoc Cuu Long" ( Mekong waterways) programme. Can Tho and Mekong River Delta provinces are hectically preparing to welcome travellers under the 'Mekong waterways', the official destination for the 2008 National Tourism Year. The Deputy Chairman of Can Tho Province, Head of the Organisation Board for 'Mekong waterways' 2008 Pham Phuoc Nhu, said that this would be a big and significant event as it coincided with many other important events, the 5 th anniversary of young city Can Tho's establishment, and the opening of many works (Can Tho airport, Rach Mieu bridge). This is the first time a southern province hosts the Vietnam National Tourism Year. Expensiveness, pollution may trip travelers up Hoang Thi Binh, Deputy Director of the Ho Guom Tourism, Investment and Import-Export Company (Inserimex), related that she once travelled to the … [Read more...] about Can ‘Mekong waterways’ attract travellers?
Some practical advice on avoiding frustration at the International Fireworks Festival in Da Nang No one says the display at the International Fireworks Festival in Da Nang, soon to celebrate its fifth edition, is not spectacular. But that cannot be said of getting to enjoy them fully. Many people have reported that their great expectations were belied by the hassle of getting a vantage point from which to watch the displays. Experienced visitors say switching spots to have different views of the firework displays and not choosing hotels too close to the performances are among several things to keep in mind when attending the annual Da Nang International Fireworks Festival. This year, the festival will not be a competition as in the four previous editions, but a compilation of performances by the host team and previous winners - Canada (2008), China (2009), France (2010) and Italy (2011). The fireworks will explode over the Han River on April 29 and 30, the Vietnam Reunification … [Read more...] about Get the fireworks to work for you
If a handful of sand is examined closely, each separate grain reveals spectacular colours, shapes and textures. This seemingly lifeless material has a fascinating allure. Nguyen Khanh Chi reports. Creation: Thu (left) works at her shop in Po Nagar Towers while two Vietnamese from Hungary admire her painstaking workmanship and some of her art. Catching: Thu has passed on the hobby to all family members including her eldest daughter-in-law, Ngoc Anh. VNS Photos Khanh Chi On the top terrace of the Po Nagar Towers complex in Nha Trang City, two foreign tourists walk into a shop displaying glass-framed drawings. They examine the pictures for a while, amazed to discover that they are all made of sand, eventually picking two letters from the Han Chinese script including Tam (man's good heart) and Nhan (patience). Waiting for their pictures to be wrapped, both turn toward a nearby table where 70-year-old Tran Thi Thu is slowly pouring grey sand into a rectangular glass box. Strands … [Read more...] about Art works made of sand take dedication
In response to APEC Tourism Year 2006, the Vietnamese Tourism Industry has for the first time hosted the 29th Tourism Working Group in preparation for the 4th APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting due to take place in the ancient town of Hoi An from October 12-19. Ministers in charge of tourism from 21 APEC member economies, APEC secretariat, APEC observers, international travel organisations and the World Tourism Organisation are expected to join the event. Nhan Dan Onlines reporter interviewed Mr. Hoang Tuan Anh, permanent deputy director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism about the event. Could you please talk about main contents of the meeting? - The Meeting will focus on discussing current issues of APEC tourism such as ensuring security for tourists, policies for tourism development, measures for sustainable development of tourism, construction and development of tourism infrastructure and development of tourism products. Especially, the meeting will focus on … [Read more...] about APEC Tourism Ministers Meeting golden chance for Vietnam tourism
Youth Melody Program in April: Contemporary Dance "Touching the Past" Tue 29 Apr 2014, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the contemporary dance "Touching the Past" in Youth Melody Program in April, choreographed by two brothers Phuc Hai and Phuc Hung, with different perspectives and feelings about the war. Script & Choreography: Nguyen Phuc Hai, Nguyen Phuc Hung Music: Vu Viet Anh, Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, Philip Glass, Max Richter, Michael Nyman Performers: HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra Tickets Free tickets are being distributed at: - Student Support Center HCMC, 33 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Ben Nghe Ward - District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 08.38274709 - Ticket Office at Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), 7 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC., Viet Nam, Tel: 08 3823 7419, Ms. Huong: 0989874517. Singapore - Solo Exhibition "Journey of the Soul" by Tran Thanh Canh Exhibition: 12 - 30 Apr 2014 Di Legno 188-6 Tanjong Katong … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 15-30 (daily updated)
Phu An-Phu Xuan underground tunnels have been reinforced with concrete to ensure safety for visitors. VNS Photo Change of shape: The restoration of Mac Citadel has been criticised as destroying its old features. — VNS Photo Celebration time: People join the Hung Kings Festival in Phu Tho Province. It has been changed from a local to a national event. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung Trung Hieu and Nguyen Trang report. In recent years, authorities and the public have embraced the mission to conserve and restore degraded historic sites. However, for many different reasons, especially the lack of scientific methods for restoration, many pieces of architectural heritage have been distorted by these efforts. The Cham civilisation's Ba Tower Complex in Khanh Hoa Province which dates to the 8th century, was rescued from its ruinous state by a restoration project that some say distorted the original appearance of the relic. The restoration was performed by restorers from … [Read more...] about Heritage conservation a thorny issue entists scientists