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Education Ministry wants English to be Vietnam's second language

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Building a roadmap to have English as the second language in Vietnam is one of the nine tasks the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has set on the threshold of the 2016-2017 academic year.


Education Ministry criticized about plan to offer many foreign languages at school

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The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has been told that it will put a heavy burden on students by including multiple foreign languages in the curriculum at general schools.


Foreign languages in schools under debate

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Soon after the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) proposed that Chinese and Russian be taught as first foreign languages from next year, a controversial discussion followed.


9 món ăn dành cho dân Sài Gòn ngày mưa

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Bánh tráng nướng, bánh xèo tôm nhảy hay vài hột vịt bắc thảo bọc trong chả cá chiên sẽ giúp bạn cảm thấy dễ chịu hơn khi bị kẹt mưa ở Sài Gòn.

5 món ngon trứ danh Phú Yên ở Sài Gòn

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Bánh canh hẹ, cơm gà hay bánh hỏi lòng heo là những món ăn xứ hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh được người Sài Gòn yêu thích.

Bánh hỏi lòng heo
Có nhiều loại ăn kèm bánh hỏi nhưng lòng heo mới là sự kết hợp tạo nên đặc trưng cho ẩm thực Phú Yên. Bánh hỏi được làm từ bột gạo, sợi nhỏ mảnh mai, kèm đĩa lòng và thêm rau sống tươi xanh, chén mắm pha gia vị vừa phải sẽ tạo nên hương vị đậm đà đặc biệt. Khi ăn, cách phổ biến nhất là cuốn bánh tráng với bánh hỏi, lòng và rau sống. Thực khách có thể ăn kèm một bát cháo trắng thơm ngon. Bánh hỏi được bán ở quán Con Gà Mái đường Nguyễn Văn Đậu, giá 90.000 đồng cho hai người ăn. Ảnh: CGM.

Những tên làng kỳ lạ nhất VN

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Có những tên làng rất nho nhã, nhưng cũng có những tên mới nghe người đang buồn cũng phải phì cười. Lại có những tên làng mà nói đến, đàn ông thì hả hê, đàn bà che mặt xấu hổ, tạm gọi là những tên làng kỳ dị

Chuyện làng Trinh Tiết

Trên đường vãn cảnh Chùa Hương, ngang qua xã Đại Hưng, huyện Mỹ Đức (Hà Nội), sẽ dễ dàng bắt gặp một cái cổng làng sơn vàng, mái cong. Cổng được xây dựng khá công phu và hoành tráng, trên cổng đắp hàng chữ to mang tên “Làng văn hóa Trinh Tiết”.

“Phượt” miền Tây

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Về Sa Đéc dạo phố đêm bên dòng Sa Giang thơ mộng, cùng thưởng thức lẩu cá bông lau; rồi đi Xẻo Quýt trải nghiệm thực tế các loại hình du lịch mùa nước nổi; đến Trà Sư khám phá rừng tràm vào buổi sớm mai; và dừng chân tại Tri Tôn để vui cùng lễ hội đua bò...
Đó là lịch trình đầy thú vị được các “lead phượt” (người tổ chức) mời gọi “xế - ôm” (bạn đồng hành) vào dịp cuối tuần để thoả sức khám phá những vùng đất mới, tìm hiểu về văn hoá bản địa và nghỉ ngơi thư giãn, cũng như trang bị những kỹ năng sống cần thiết.

10 ideal places for travel alone in Vietnam

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Traveling alone is the pleasures and interests of many people. It gives travelersexperiences that group traveling cannot.

1- Dalat
The resort city with the lovely scenery is an ideal place for those who love traveling alone. In Dalat visitors can admire the lyrical scene here with lots of flowers, the tree-lined streets, quiet roads in the early morning.

360 tourists book adventure tour of Son Doong Cave

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As many as 360 domestic and foreign tourists have registered for a tour to explore Son Doong, the largest natural cave in the world, in the central province of Quang Binh in 2017.

The Son Doong Expedition Tour 2017 has been sold on the website of Oxalis Adventure Tours - the sole operator - at a cost of 3,000 USD per person. The five-day and four-night tour is available for a maximum of ten people during January-August.

Ban Gioc waterfall - A landmark at the national frontier

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The Ban Gioc waterfall on Quay Son River in the northeastern province of Cao Bang province is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls for its grandeur and charm.

Stretching the international border between Vietnam and China, it has been a natural demarcation between the two for long. The waterfall is also listed among the largest along a national border.
Located in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, the waterfall is fed by Quay Son River rising from China. The river flows into Vietnam and reaches Dam Thuy commune at Ban Gioc village. Here, the flow divides into several branches and lowers its flow to create Ban Gioc waterfall.

The current life of Vietnam's 'wild man'

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Three years after being “rescued” and brought back to his home village, the so-called “wild man” Ho Van Lang in Tay Tra District of the central province of Quang Ngai still remembers his old life and has decided to build a tent in the jungle to live alone. 

After the tragic death of his mother and two sons when US bombs hit his house, Ho Van Thanh, a soldier, panicked and held his one-year-old son Ho Van Lang and ran into the jungle. He lived in the forest for 40 years until August 7, 2013.

When they were rescued, Thanh was 81 and Lang was 41. They were living in a 2sq.m thatch hut on an ancient tree on the peak of A Pon mountain.

Mr. Ho Van Tri, Thanh’s son, said that according to his relatives, in 1972 his father, a soldier, was stationed near his home. One day, Thanh heard the bombing so he quickly ran home. But his home was in rubble and his mother and two older sons had died.

"Facing a great loss, my father panicked. He held my brother Loan, over one year old at that time, t…

Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village

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Lying on the banks of Red River, Kim Lan pottery village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi has a more than 1,000 year-history of making of ceramics.

Hoi An plans to dismantle iconic 400 year-old bridge

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Some say the Chua Cau Bridge simply won't be the same if it is dismantled for restoration work.

International and Vietnamese experts are debating over restoration work on the 400-year-old Chua Cau Bridge in the central ancient town of Hoi An.

In order to restore the bridge properly, most experts at a recent conference think it should be dismantled, said Nguyen Chi Trung, a senior conservation official in Hoi An.

The solution has received mixed reactions. Historian Vo Ha has warned that dismantling the bridge will make people feel "it's not the same", while architect Le Thanh Vinh said it should be implemented only as a last resort with careful planning by conservation experts.

Da Lat- The city of dreams

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Da Lat is a popular tourist destination in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The resort city is located 1,500 metres above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in Lam Dong Province. 

Endowed with all-year-round temperate weather, romantic pine tree forests, awe-inspiring flower fields, and French boulevards and villas from the colonial period, Da Lat has long been touted as the City of Love and Eternal Spring.

Cloud hunting in Ta Xua Mountain

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Ta Xua, the 10th highest mountain in Vietnam, is best known for its “sea of clouds” blanketing the valley below.

Hundreds of people snatch money on Saigon street

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On August 17, hundreds of young people and children in HCM City carried baskets  to catch small change thrown by families and companies after worshipping wandering souls on Ram Thang Bay (15th day of the 7th lunar month – the day for wandering souls).


The beauty of paddy fields in harvest season

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Visiting Vietnam's countryside in summer time, tourists will see beautiful scenery of paddy fields in the harvest season.

Gorgeous landscapes in Central Highlands

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Here are some great images taken by amateur photographer Manh Hung of the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and other landscapes of the Central Highlands region.

Cu Lao Cau Island, heaven on earth

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Located in Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan province, about 9 km away from the shore, Cu Lao Cau Island is a most popular destination for travel lovers thanks to its smooth sloping sandy beach, blue seawater, and endless hills and mountains.

Ninh Binh's beauty through cinematographic works

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Ninh Binh province, with its romantic and imposing scenery has become an ideal destination for domestic and foreign film makers.



Natural 'check-in' spots around Hoi An

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Those who know Hoi An only miss the fun around it.
The central province of Quang Nam is one of the brightest dots on the tourism map of Vietnam thanks to its magnet Hoi An Ancient Town. But having a star doesn’t mean the rest of the cast is made up of extras.

Cu Lao Cham
The pearl of Quang Nam floats 18 kilometers to the east of Cua Dai Beach in the town of Hoi An. Rarely does a trip to the ancient lack a day or two spared to pay homage to Cu Lao Cham. ‘Cu lao’ means island in Vietnamese, and in the case of Cu Lao Cham, it's several small islands. The place boasts long beaches lying serenely by the crystal clear waters and coral reefs just two meters underwater that render diving for sightseeing here all the rage.

Vietnam's most beautiful lakes

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Immerse yourself in stunning bodies of water from north to south.
These must-see lakes have become ideal tourist destinations for those who wish to escape their hectic lives and immerse themselves in nature.

Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan
Ba Be lake, which means ‘Three Lakes’ in English, is located in the northern province of Bac Kan, about 240 kilometers northwest of the capital Hanoi. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, Vietnam’s largest natural freshwater lake stretches about eight kilometers north to south and reaches depths of 35 meters. It takes visitors at least two days to explore the lake, not to mention the nearby caves and a spectacular waterfall further upstream.

Vietnam's resort town asks visitors to have a little respect

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The move comes after a recent crackdown on illegal Chinese tour guides.

The popular resort town of Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa has issued a code of conduct warning tourists against spreading false information that could taint its image.

According to the code, which took effect on August 17, visitors to Nha Trang are asked not to violate laws or provide false information about the city's history.

Saigon of the 1960s: The tale of Lambros

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The Italian three-wheeler was not just a means of public transportation in Saigon in the old days.

Before buses and taxis took over the streets, Saigon of the 1960s was dominated by three-wheeled Lambro cabs, locally known as ‘xe lam’.

East meets West at Vietnamese Emperor's tomb

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On the outskirts of the imperial city of Hue lies a tomb unlike any other from the Nguyen Dynasty.
With an eye on the afterlife, resting places are of the utmost importance to Vietnamese people, and past monarchs with a nearly unlimited supply of money didn't hold back on their journeys to the underworld. "Life is temporary, death is permanent," was the reason many decided to build splendid and sophisticated tombs. Rulers of the past put a ridiculously huge amount of effort into creating a tomb befitting of their position. Feng Shui was employed to find the best rsting place, while money and thousands of hours of labor were poured in to remind the next generations of how important out rulers were, leaving a lasting legacy.


My Son Holy Land, site of the Champa culture

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Champa culture had great influences on Vietnam’s cultural values of significance. The former capital of the Champa Kingdom from 4th to 15th century was My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. 

This is a large complex of religious monuments originally consisting of more than 70 structures but only the vestiges of 25 remain today. The builders of My Son were the nobility of the Champa Kingdom who derived their cultural and spiritual influences almost exclusively from India.

Journey to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark

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Ha Giang mountainous province allures visitors with paths winding across mountains, pristine landscape and traditional life of the indigenous people.


Vietnam seeks ways to earn more from tourists

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Vietnam should learn from the tourism industry of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or China, says Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue. 

How do these countries persuade tourists to spend their last penny while foreign tourists do not return to Vietnam, Hue asked at a recent conference discussinga draft plan on tourism development to 2020.
According to the plan, by 2020 tourism would become a key economic industry of Vietnam. The industry will be able to compete with other countries and become a developed industry in the next 10 years.

Ky Co - Vietnam's Maldives

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Ky Co beach is located on the foot of Phuong Mai Mountain in Nhon Ly peninsula of Quy Nhon city. The beach has poetic and magnificent beauty with clear blue water. It is dubbed as Maldives in Vietnam.


Ha Long Bay among Top 3 places to visit in Southeast Asia

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Ha Long Bay has been ranked third in a list of the 29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia by Touropia, an international travel website featuring the most amazing sights around the world divided into various “Best of” lists.

“Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story with its thousands of limestone karst islands of different shapes and sizes,” the website explained.
“Some of the islands contain lakes while some are hollow, with a colorful fairyland of grottoes inside.”

Quang Ninh province, home of Ha Long Bay, has recently provided three new experiences for tourists.

In June it opened a cable car line 2.2 km in length, from Bai Chay Beach to Ba Deo Mountain.
The cable car has two cabins and can transport about 2,000 people an hour.

It was certified by Guinness World Records as the largest in the world, with one cabin holding up to 230 people, and for having the world’s highest pillar, at 188.88 meters above the ground.


Tours to new cave in Quang Binh now open

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Cave tours to the recently-discovered Tu Lan Cave system, 70 kilometers from the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province, have now been connected to tours to the Tien 1 and Tien 2 Cave systems, discovered in 2014 and 2016, respectively.


There are now eleven destinations to visit during tours to Tu Lan Cave, eight in Tan Hoa commune, Minh Hoa district, including Chuot, Hung Ton, Ken, Kim, Song, Uoi, Bi Mat, and Tu Lan Caves, and three in Cao Quang commune, Tuyen Hoa district, including Tien 1 and Tien 2 Caves and Mooc Lake.

Hoang Su Phi terraced fields in rainy season

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The fairy scene of the terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi is a worthy gift for tourists who overcome a long road full of obstacles.



Diep Son islands - the most attractive beach in 2016 summer

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Diep Son islands, located in the Van Phong Bay in the south central province of Khanh Hoa is well-known for its white-sand beach, crystal-clear water and the winding path connecting two islets.


Đi về phía Cửa Lò - Cửa Hội

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Không gần, nhưng cũng không quá xa, Cửa Lò - Cửa Hội (Nghệ An) với những điểm đến mới còn thanh bình và hoang sơ sẽ là một lựa chọn khá tốt cho những ai muốn tìm nơi đổi gió mùa hè với chi phí hợp lý.


Nằm cách Hà Nội xấp xỉ 300km theo đường ôtô và chỉ xa hơn độ vài chục cây số nếu bạn chọn cách vào Vinh bằng tàu hỏa với giá vé từ 200.000 đồng cho ghế ngồi cứng đến hơn 400.000 đồng cho toa giường nằm mềm.

Qua mặt tử thần trong chuyến đi cực bắc

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Lạc đường, cháy rừng đuổi phía sau lưng, đá tai mèo nhọn hoắt phía trước, cào chảy máu tay, nhưng đoàn 5 người vẫn quyết tâm tìm tới tận điểm xa nhất về phía bắc của Việt Nam. 


Cao nguyên đá Hà Giang vốn xa xôi hiểm trở nhưng lại có sức hút lớn với những người ưa thích phiêu lưu mạo hiểm. Nằm cách xa cột cờ Lũng Cú và cả mốc 428 (mốc biên giới xa nhất về phía bắc của Việt Nam) là điểm cực bắc, nơi mà nhiều dân phượt đều muốn được một lần đặt chân tới.

Ốc núi Mai Châu - món quà ngày hè

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Những ai từng đến Mai Châu hay các vùng nhiều người Thái sinh sống, hẳn đã một lần nghe đến món ốc núi hấp chấm mắm gừng.

< Ốc núi là một nét đặc biệt của Mai Châu.

Từ lâu, huyện vùng cao Mai Châu của tỉnh Hòa Bình đã trở thành một điểm sáng của du lịch cộng đồng miền Bắc, nơi du khách được sống trọn vẹn những ngày nghỉ giữa làng bản của đồng bào Thái. Ở các bản Lác, bản Pom Coọng, bản Văn, bản Bước của Mai Châu, đừng quên trải nghiệm những món ăn đã trở thành kinh điển trong văn hóa ẩm thực của dân tộc này.