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Foreign diplomats wish Vietnamese people peace, love, health and prosperity in Year of the Cat

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year and bilateral relations with Vietnam, foreign diplomats to Vietnam have given best wishes to the Vietnamese people in the Year of the Cat 2023.

In their special pre-recorded videos for Tien Phong News, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Kees van Baar, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski, and Malaysia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wong Chia Chiann wish Vietnamese people good health, good luck, peace, love and prosperity in the new year.

The new year message of Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Kees van Baar. Video: Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi
The new year message of Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski. Video: Australian Embassy in Hanoi
The new year message of Malaysia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh Wong Chia Chiann. Video: Thanh Tuan

Embracing the Tet spirit, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew and his staff have made banh chung, a traditional Vietnamese rice cake which is made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork, for the first time.

For Vietnamese people, making banh chung is a way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland.

Tet, short for Tet Nguyen Dan, is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture.

Tet marks the first day of the Lunar New Year and the week-long holiday when Vietnamese people clean their houses to give it a fresh look, visit their relatives and friends, give lucky money to children and elderly people and have a big feast.

Tet is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. 

This year, the Tet holiday officially starts from January 20 and ends on January 26. However, many people take longer holidays and the spirit of Tet lasts about a month.

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year and bilateral relations with Vietnam, foreign diplomats to Vietnam have given best wishes to the Vietnamese people in the Year of the Cat 2023.

In their special pre-recorded videos for Tien Phong News, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Kees van Baar, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski, and Malaysia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Wong Chia Chiann wish Vietnamese people good health, good luck, peace, love and prosperity in the new year.

The new year message of Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Kees van Baar. Video: Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi
The new year message of Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski. Video: Australian Embassy in Hanoi
The new year message of Malaysia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh Wong Chia Chiann. Video: Thanh Tuan

Embracing the Tet spirit, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew and his staff have made banh chung, a traditional Vietnamese rice cake which is made from glutinous rice, mung beans and pork, for the first time.

For Vietnamese people, making banh chung is a way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland.

Tet, short for Tet Nguyen Dan, is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture.

Tet marks the first day of the Lunar New Year and the week-long holiday when Vietnamese people clean their houses to give it a fresh look, visit their relatives and friends, give lucky money to children and elderly people and have a big feast.

Tet is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. 

This year, the Tet holiday officially starts from January 20 and ends on January 26. However, many people take longer holidays and the spirit of Tet lasts about a month.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230122/foreign-diplomats-wish-vietnamese-people-peace-love-health-and-prosperity-in-year-of-the-cat/71087.html

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3 hospitalized after allegedly eating lethal horseshoe crab in south-central Vietnam

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230206/3-hospitalized-after-allegedly-eating-lethal-horseshoe-crab-in-southcentral-vietnam/71344.html

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Ho Chi Minh City mull over leasing part of roadways, sidewalks

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/ho-chi-minh-city-mull-over-leasing-part-of-roadways-sidewalks/71337.html

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Vietnam’s Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, Ha Long Bay among world’s most brilliant places: Condé Nast Traveler

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/vietnams-mu-cang-chai-rice-terraces-ha-long-bay-among-worlds-most-brilliant-places-conde-nast-traveler/71312.html

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