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Transport ministry approves pilot opening of Phu Quoc island to foreign visitors

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The Ministry of Transport has basically agreeing to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s draft pilot plan on welcoming international tourists to Phu Quoc island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

Transport ministry approves pilot opening of Phu Quoc island to foreign visitors hinh anh 1A group of foreigners at a resort on Phu Quoc island (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Ministry of Transport has basically agreeing to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s draft pilot plan on welcoming international tourists to Phu Quoc island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

However, the ministry noted the need to work out thorough measures of COVID-19 prevention and control to ensure safety for locals and prevent the spread of the virus from foreign visitors to the local community.

The ministry also proposed giving priority to vaccinating local residents in Phu Quoc against COVID-19, monitoring international tourists throughout the duration of their stay, and putting in place plans to prevent infections among service providers.

Currently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is collecting feedback on its draft pilot programme, which aims at opening the island to international visitors with vaccine passports for six months beginning in October.

Under the scheme, Phu Quoc is expected to welcome 2,000 to 3,000 visitors per month via charter flights in a limited number of locations during the first phase, which will last three months.

In the second phase, also lasting for three months, the island will host 5,000 to 10,000 visitors per month./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/transport-ministry-approves-pilot-opening-of-phu-quoc-island-to-foreign-visitors/204994.vnp

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Hong Kong eyes travel resumption with Phu Quoc Island

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Hong Kong eyes travel resumption with Phu Quoc Island

Resorts lie along Kem beach on Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Anh.


Hong Kong authorities have expressed their interest in piloting a travel bubble with Phu Quoc Island to help international tourism soon recover.

At a meeting with Vietnamese Consul General Pham Binh Dam in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Jason Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said the resort island of Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang is an ideal place to deploy the travel bubble if the two sides reach an agreement on isolation exemption and specific implementation mechanisms.

With no end in sight to the pandemic, border closures are causing businesses and economies to collapse while failing to keep countries absolutely safe, Dam said as quoted by World&Vietnam Report news site.

“Therefore, border reopening would be necessary but should be piloted on a small scale before being expanded.”

Dam said the Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong would closely coordinate with the council and relevant agencies of both sides to speed up the travel bubble pilot.

Wong said Vietnam is an increasingly attractive destination for people in Hong Kong. The council will work with the Vietnamese side to promote the tourism markets of both sides in the near future.

Phu Quoc, a famous tourist hotspot in Vietnam, is planning to trial a six-month vaccine passport program starting October, welcoming 40,000 foreign tourists to the island.

Some of Vietnam’s major tourism markets with high Covid-19 vaccine coverage that could be considered for international reopening include mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the U.S., Germany, Russia, the U.K. and France.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year, and allows in only certain categories of visitors with Covid-19 quarantine requirements.

Hong Kong currently lists Vietnam among high-risk Covid areas from which visitors need to undergo 21-day hotel quarantine on arrival.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/hong-kong-eyes-travel-resumption-with-phu-quoc-island-4336154.html

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“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)

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We also know that meat contains a number of important nutrients that are needed by our bodies for carrying out vital metabolic functions and provide us with energy and keep us healthy. Therefore, meat is one of the most popular food in our diets.

“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)
“Thit kho tau”is really gorgeous. (Photo: webnauan.vn)

Meat has various kinds and for “thit kho” (simmered meat) we also have a wide range of choices like pork, beef, chicken, duck. We can make a numerously delicious dishes from them, such as “thit kho tau” (meat simmered in a clay pot), “thit kho dua” (meat simmered with coconuts), “thit bo kho hat dua” (beef stewed with seeds of water-melon), “gio heo kho dua” (pork-pie braised with coconuts) or “ga kho chao”. Although there are a large number of dishes related to “thit kho”, the methods of cooking are similar. To be specified, the process of making “thit kho tau” will be introduced on the following.

First of all, we need to prepare ingredients: sugar, pepper, red chilli, a coconut, salt, garlic, onion, “keo dang” and lean pork. Pork is washed carefully and then cut into small square pieces, marinated with pepper, sugar and salt for two hours. While we boil a pot filled with coconut juice. After that, we put pork into boiled coconut juice, maintain low level of fire and ensure the level of coconut juice, if it dries, we pour a little water into the pot. When the meat change colour, we add “keo dang” to the pot. And we simmer the pot until sauce is thick and coats meat.

“Thit kho tau” is really gorgeous and can be served with various kinds of food but especially suitable for using with steamed rice.

In general, making “kho” dish is not difficult but requires our patience. Because no oil needs to be added with this cooking technique, food cooked in this method may be lower in fat compared with food prepared by other methods such as sautéing or frying. And unlike boiling, nutrients are not leached out into the water. The food is not only delicious but also good for our health. 

Source: Nhan Dan/vietnamonline

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/thit-kho-caramelised-pork-belly-762061.html

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Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines

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Travellers are set to have an opportunity to experience Vietnam’s beauty on trains with steam locomotives.

 

Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines hinh anh 1 A steam locomotive after being restored. (Photo: danangfantasticity.com):

HanoiTravellers are set to have an opportunity to experience Vietnam’s beauty on trains with steam locomotives.

The Ministry of Transport has approved in principle a project on the renovation and building of such tourist trains on the Hue-Da Nang route, a section of Hanoi- Ho Chi Minh railway route.  The Vietnam Railways Corporations (VNR) will collaborate with the Dong Duong Rail Tourist Service Co.Ltd in carrying out the project.

The Ministry of Transport asked the VNR to collaborate with the Indochina Rail Tourist Service Company Limited to allocate funds to invest in the items of the project, ensuring compliance with current standards and technical regulations.

In addition, the VNR should develop a train schedule to ensure the safety for the transportation of passengers and goods.

Units must pay a fee for using railway infrastructure from the project’s revenue as required.

Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines hinh anh 2 The interior of the steam locomotive. (Photo: danangfantasticity)


To effectively exploit the steam locomotive, transportation experts said it is necessary to build auxiliary works such as coal and water supply systems and they must be licensed by the competent authority.

A steam locomotive is a rail vehicle that provides the force to move itself and other vehicles utilising the expansion of steam. It is fuelled by burning combustible material  – usually coal and oil – to heat water in the locomotive’s boiler to the point when it becomes gaseous and its volume increases 1700 times. Functionally, it is a steam engine on wheels. Fuel and water supplies are usually carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in a tender coupled to it. 

This type of locomotive was widely used in the world from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century.

Vietnam’s railway sector gradually replaced steam locomotives with electric and diesel locomotives in the 1990s./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourists-to-have-more-experience-by-travelling-on-trains-with-steam-engines/205845.vnp

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