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Over the years, apart from safeguarding the country’s land border, border guards in Phieng Pan border post, Mai Son district, the northern mountainous province of Son La, have been helping the locals improve their livelihood.

Phieng Pan Border post is located in the commune of the same name in Mai Son district, which is known for its remote location and locals’ fogy customs, such as keeping cattle inside accommodation and bizarre burial services. Border guards have spent time persuading them to give up unsound customs.

Besides, border guards have also instructed locals to deploy agricultural business models, including growing passion fruits along hillsides. The passion fruits’ growing area has now covered 3.5 hectares, bringing locals sustainable income.

Not only do border guards instruct locals with cultivation methodologies, but they also work with local government and enterprises to find them frequent buyers.

Apart from socio-economic development, other aspects like education and culture are also among border guards’ priorities to improve locals’ living standard.

Thanks to the border guards’ assistance, life of residents in Phieng Pan commune, Mai Son district, Son La province, has been greatly improved./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/en-video/border-guards-assist-locals-in-daily-life-624514.html

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Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

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Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Ha Long International Cruise Port in the northern province’s Ha Long Town, home to UNESCO-recognized world heritage site Ha Long Bay, is Vietnam’s first cruise port for tourism only.

Construction, in the form of public-private partnership (PPP), finished in late 2018 with an investment of VND1 trillion ($43 million) by Sun Group, a leading Vietnamese real estate developer.

The cruise port includes a bridge 785 m long and 11.5 m wide across Cua Luc Bay that connects to the mainland. Another bridge for arrival is 524 m long, with two ships carrying 8,400 passengers able to dock here simultaneously. The station of the port covers an area of 4,500 sqm with three floors totaling 13,500 sqm.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Before Covid-19 hit, the port, a great boost to Ha Long’s tourism, welcomed many luxurious cruises bringing thousands of international guests to the bay.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Van Don International Airport, over 50 km from Ha Long Bay, is the first private airport in Vietnam.

It was built in 2015 in Van Don District at a cost of VND7.46 trillion ($323 million) by Sun Group in the form of build-operate-transfer (BOT).

The 325 ha airport is designed to welcome 2.5 million passengers a year. Its parking system is set to include seven bays for airplanes by 2030 from the minimum four in 2020.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

The runway of Van Don Airport is equipped with the ILS Cat II navigation system, which guides aircraft to land easily even in adverse weather.

In February 2020, Van Don Airport was selected by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam to specialize in welcoming passengers from Covid-19 pandemic zones. So far, it has received dozens of flights transporting thousands of people from Covid-19 hotspots like Indonesia, South Korea, China, Japan, the U.K., Germany and France.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

The VND12 trillion ($519 million) Ha Long – Van Don Expressway, developed by Bien Cuong BOT Company in the form of BOT, started operation in December 2018.

The 60 km long expressway connects with Ha Long – Hai Phong Expressway and intersects with the main road to Van Don Airport, with designated speed of 100 kph.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Thanks to the expressway, it takes only about two hours to drive from the capital to Van Don Economic Zone, instead of the previous over five hours.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

The VND13.6 trillion ($588 million) Ha Long – Hai Phong Expressway is 25 km long, 25 m wide, with four lanes and a maximum speed of 100 kph.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

In September 2018, Ha Long – Hai Phong Expressway started operation. It has shortened the distance from Ha Long to Hanoi from 180 km to 130 km and from Ha Long to Hai Phong to only 25 km from the prior 75 km.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Bach Dang Bridge is designed to thrice resemble the letter H representing Hanoi, Hai Phong and Ha Long. The bridge has a length of 3.5 km and a reinforced structure that can resist level 8 earthquakes.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

Cua Luc 1 Bridge started construction in April 2020, with a total investment of VND2.11 trillion, from the provincial budget. The project is expected to begin operation by the end of 2021.

Cua Luc 1 Bridge has a length of 4,265 m. It intersects with the road connecting Cai Lan – Viet Hung Industrial Park to Ha Long – Van Don Expressway. The end point connects with Highway 279 at Le Loi Commune, Ha Long Town.

The main section of the bridge is designed with steel arches filled with concrete and divided into six lanes, 33.1 m wide and a designated speed of 60 kph.

Modern construction integral to Quang Ninh facelift

After Hoanh Bo District merged with Ha Long Town in early 2020, Quang Ninh Province prioritized investment in Cua Luc 1 Bridge to better connect both areas.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/places/modern-construction-integral-to-quang-ninh-facelift-4198124.html

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​New HCMC-Vung Tau ferry service to be launched next month

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​New HCMC-Vung Tau ferry service to be launched next month

A vessel that will be used for the Can Gio – Vung Tau route. Photo courtesy of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport.


After several delays, a new ferry service connecting HCMC’s coastal district Can Gio to resort town Vung Tau will enter operation next month.

Bui Hoa An, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, said workers are racing against time to finish construction of wharfs in Can Gio and Vung Tau ahead of the December start date. “Project delays had occurred due to the bidding process,” An said.

The ferry service had originally been scheduled for launch in April. It was then rescheduled to debut on September 2 to meet growing travel demand during the National Day holiday but continued to be delayed until October due to the country’s second coronavirus outbreak.

The second Covid-19 outbreak began on July 25 after Vietnam had gone over three months without recording a single domestic infection. The country has now gone 86 days without community transmissions

This is the first ferry service in HCMC, expected to reduce travel time between Can Gio, a low, palm-fringed island district on the outskirts of the city and Vung Tau to 30 minutes. Now, travel between the two localities by road takes around three and a half hours.

Can Gio is well known for its fresh seafood and eco-tourist sites that attract many visitors on short trips. It is also home to Can Gio Mangrove Forest, a world-class biological reserve recognized by UNESCO in 2000. Vung Tau in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is a famous local beach town.

A floating house amidst a mangrove forest in Can Gio District, HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

A floating house nestles amid a mangrove forest in Can Gio District, HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

Operated by Quoc Chanh One Member Ltd., a waterway transport company, two vessels 45 m long and 10 m wide will transport up to 350 people, 20 cars, 100 motorbikes and goods. Each day, there will be about 24 trips, with each 60 minutes apart.

The vessels will depart Tac Thuat Wharf in Can Thanh Town in Can Gio District for Vung Tau Wharf near the headquarters of Vung Tau Maritime Port in Ward 1 of Vung Tau.

The ferry route is expected to create more motivation for the development of tourism and waterways and contribute to reducing road traffic pressure.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/new-hcmc-vung-tau-ferry-service-to-be-launched-next-month-4198452.html

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Som Rong Pagoda: the pearl of Soc Trang

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The Patum Wongsa Som Rong Pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is one of the most beautiful and largest Khmer pagodas in the region.

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The Patum Wongsa Som Rong Pagoda in Soc Trang. Photo: VNA

The Patum Wongsa Som Rong Pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is one of the most beautiful and largest Khmer pagodas in the region.

Ethnic Khmer pagoda Som Rong, famous for a giant reclining Buddha statue, looks even more magnificent when the sun goes down.

It is located at 367 Ton Duc Thang street in Soc Trang town. The pagoda dates back to around 1785 and was originally built using bamboo, wood and simple leaf roofing.

It is the work of the Khmer ethnic community that resides in the Mekong Delta.

The main hall is used for worship with its roof decorated with details depicting the goddess Keynor and Krud, a bird god. On both sides of the entrance are statues of qilin, a mythical chimerical creature known in East Asian cultures.

Its architecture combines both traditional Khmer culture and modernity with a unique colour scheme, creating a charming highlight.

The highlight of the temple is its reclining Buddha statue that is 63m long, 22.5m high and weighs 490 tonnes. It is currently one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in Vietnam. It can be seen from hundreds of metres away./.VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/som-rong-pagoda-the-pearl-of-soc-trang-693244.html

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