Hanoi plans four-month cleanup operation to revive legendary lake International

By Doan Loan  &nbspMay 31, 2017 | 12:00 am GMT+7 The emerald waters that enchant locals and visitors are slowly fading as Hoan Kiem Lake suffocates. The state-owned Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Limited Company is assessing the environmental impacts of a project to clean up Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the capital. If […]

Money talks: Vietnam’s tourism boss envies cash-rich Asian neighbors International

Vietnam’s tourism minister has urged lawmakers to establish a new fund for promotional campaigns, saying the country needs to spend much more than its current annual budget of $2.5 million to impress tourists. The tourism fund would come under the revised Tourism Law which is being reviewed by around 500 lawmakers during a month-long session […]

Australian warship to pay five-day visit to central Vietnam International

The HMAS Ballarat of the Royal Australian Navy will be visiting Vietnam this weekend. The port call is expected to bolster military ties and cooperative relations. An Australian warship will be making a five-day visit to the central city of Da Nang in a bid to strengthen ties between Vietnam and Australia, according to an […]

Chinese passengers accuse Vietnam’s customs officers of soliciting bribes: report International

Police at Cam Ranh International Airport in central Vietnam are following up on allegations made by three Chinese passengers who claimed that customs officers at the airport had tried to extort money from them. The passengers said the incident took place while they were finishing procedures to board a flight back to China from Khanh […]

HCMC customs seize 1.2-ton roulette machine en route to Cambodia International

By Quoc Thang  &nbspMay 30, 2017 | 03:28 pm GMT+7 The shipping company lied on its import documents and failed to obtain a license to ship the gaming machine to Cambodia. Vietnamese customs officials thwarted an attempt to smuggle a 1.2-ton roulette machine that arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Monday on its […]

Hospital says sorry as Vietnam probes 7 deaths in ‘painful’ dialysis disaster International

Hoa Binh General Hospital has been put under criminal investigation after seven patients died while undergoing kidney dialysis on Monday. The Ministry of Public Security has sent officers to the hospital, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Hanoi, to assist in the investigation, which the health ministry called “the most serious medical incident in years.” […]

Saigon’s post office, wartime tunnels voted into top Asian landmarks International

Ho Chi Minh City once again proved itself a must-visit place in Asia as travelers named its network of wartime tunnels and a 130-year-old post office among the top 25 landmarks of the region. TripAdvisor travelers have also picked from the ancient Angkor temples, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Buddhist temples […]

Formosa steel plant in Vietnam restarts one year after toxic spill International

The Formosa steel factory is seen in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh Province. Photo by Reuters Taiwanese-owned Formosa paid $500 million for the pollution that devastated sea life and coastal economies. Formosa Plastics Group’s steel plant in Vietnam restarted on Monday after its operations were halted for causing one of the country’s worst environmental disasters, local […]

7 die while undergoing hemodialysis at northern Vietnam hospital International

Seven kidney patients died on Monday morning while undergoing hemodialysis at a hospital in the northern province of Hoa Binh. In total, 18 patients were rushed to the hospital’s emergency room suffering from suspected anaphylactic shock, and 12 remain in critical condition. The patients were receiving routine treatment for chronic kidney disease at Hoa Binh […]