News in brief: February 28, 2017

The National Committee for Traffic Safety has presented 4,000 motorcycle helmets specially designed for married women of the Thai ethnic group who have the practice of pulling their hair into a bun on top of their heads, which makes it impossible for them to wear conventional helmets.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has purchased five bicycles and encouraged its staff who live within a short distance from its office to cycle to work instead of using motorbikes or cars, following a city-wide call for civil servants to walk to work to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution.

News in brief: February 25, 2017

The 2017 Bauhinia Flower Festival will be held in the northern province of Dien Bien from March 11 to 14, featuring assorted activities including an exhibition of traditional cultures of ethnic groups in the locality, a folk song and dance festival, a book exhibition, folk games and sporting events.

Hanoi strives to welcome 23.61 million visitors in 2017, an increase of 8% year-on-year, including 4.3 million foreigners. This was set under a People’s Committee–approved plan to develop the city’s tourism sector in 2017, which also aims to earn VND 66.6 trillion from tourism this year.

News in brief: February 23, 2017

Hanoi’s old book fair will take place over three days from February 24-26 at the Temple of Literature, where book lovers can find titles covering a wide range of topics as well as learn about Vietnamese cultural figures, doctors’ steles and the imperial examination system.

Two steel-hulled fishing vessels, each worth more than VND15 billion (US$660,000) built by the Vietnam Fishery Mechanical Shipbuilding Company have been transferred to two fishermen in the central province of Ha Tinh, assisting them to catch seafood in fishing grounds far from the coast and facilitating them to remain out at sea for a longer period of time.

News in brief: February 21, 2017

Around 20 trees and 10,000 flowers branches of Japanese cherry blossoms, along with several flowers from Vietnam and Hanoi, will be presented at the Hanoi’s Ly Thai To Flower Garden from March 10-12. The event is one of a number of Japanese cultural exchange activities held in Hanoi, featuring seminars, investment promotion activities and tourism and cultural exchanges between the capital city with Japan, in addition to photo exhibitions, martial arts performances and tea ceremonies.

An old book festival is scheduled to take place at Van (Literature) Lake, the Temple of Literature, 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi from February 23-25, offering various genres of books covering almost fields. Visitors to the festival also have a change to buy old books at the same price of VND10,000-20,000 offered by the Hanoi Old Book Association. An exhibition on the Temple of Literature and cultural figures related to the relic site will also be held.

Jujitsu Hanoi team has won one gold and one bronze medals at the ongoing 2017 Thailand Jujitsu Open Champs. Le Trong Hoang brought home gold in men’s 69kg class, while Le Dinh Tien won a bronze in the men’s 62kg category.

Low-cost carrier VietJet Air has announced a new promotion for domestic flights from March 15 to December 31 with ticket fares ranging from VND5,000 only. Accordingly, from 12pm-2pm each day from February 22-24, VietJet will sell 1 million cheap tickets via its website at and and its Facebook page at

Ha Long–Quang Ninh Tourism Week 2017 will officially open in late April to help promote the northern province of Quang Ninh’s Ha Long City and its strengths in tourism, culture and trade. The week will feature nine key cultural and sporting programmes, plus eighteen responding events stretching from mid-March to mid-May in many locales across Quang Ninh.

Margrethe Maersk, a Triple-E container ship which is the world’s biggest, docked at Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) on February 20. With the arrival of Margrethe Maersk, CMIT, located downstream Cai Mep River of the southern province of Ba Ria–Vung Tau, is the first port in Vietnam and the nineteenth in the world to be able to handle an 18,300-TEU Triple-E vessel. Margrethe Maersk, built by Danish container shipping company Maersk Line, is 399.2m long and 59m wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 194,000.

Tay Ninh Province has approved in principle the development of a fruit and vegetable processing factory in the locale expected to cost about US$22 million. Financed by Lavifood JSC, the factory will cover 150,000m2 in Go Dau District. Construction will commence in March and completion is slated for October.

News in brief: February 20, 2016

A music night will be held on February 26 at Quan Ngua Stadium in Hanoi to pay tribute to well-known Vietnamese rock star Tran Lap, the lead vocalist and musician of ‘Buc Tuong’ (The Wall) band, on the occasion of his first death anniversary. Lap passed away at home on March 17, 2016.

The total revenue from sales and services of the Vietnam National Petroleum Group – Petrolimex reached over VND123 trillion, including nearly VND118 trillion from sales and over VND4.4 trillion from providing services. Total capital of the corporation was more than VND54.238 trillion at the end of 2016.

News in brief: February 18, 2017

The joint working group of the Ministries of Industry and Trade and Finance has decided to increase the prices of petrol and oil as of 3pm February 18, raising the price of RON92 petrol by VND504 per litre to VND18,098 per litre. The price of E5 bio-fuel also went up by VND496 per litre to VND17,818 per litre. At the same time, the prices of diesel increased by VND283 per litre to VND14,305 per litre, kerosene rose by VND238 per litre to VND12,758 per litre and fuel oil advanced by VND117 per litre to VND11,323 per litre.

The northern province of Thai Binh and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have jointly kicked off the AgResults project on sustainable rice production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam. The project is only being deployed in Thai Binh until 2021, aiming to create a platform for testing and scaling up technologies and innovative approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice production, contributing to increasing productivity and incomes for local farmers.

The southern province of Tien Giang and the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) have signed a cooperation agreement on the deployment to turn Tien Giang’s My Tho City into a smart city by 2020. Under the framework of the cooperation, VNPT will help Tien Giang develop an overall framework for urban architecture that includes architectural smart technology and ICT frameworks for My Tho.

The movie Cha cong con (Father and Son) by director Luong Dinh Dung has been selected to be presented at the 15th Boston International Film Festival in the US from April 13-17. It will compete with many other foreign films from among 3,281 submitted to win prizes in 17 categories.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has officially opened its specialised website (microsite) providing information on its 4-star service at, bringing opportunities for customers to enjoy direct flights with outstanding service by VNA.