Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day

A ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi on the morning of October 10.

A wide range of activities will be held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954 – 2014), according to an announcement made by Hanoi municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The event will honour outstanding organisations and individuals in realising the patriotic emulation movement and the ‘Good People and Good Deeds’ movement, as well as Hanoi’s outstanding citizens of 2014.

The highlight of this year’s activities is a fifteen-minute firework shows at 30

Fireworks displays planned for Lunar New Year

The capital city of Hanoi's People's Committee has decided to stage five high-range fireworks displays, alongside 25 smaller ones, across the city on the Lunar New Year's Eve.

[caption id="attachment_4609" align="aligncenter" width="1980"] High range firework shows will be starting from 9pm, 10 October at Returned Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake)[/caption]

Major areas earmarked for festivities include Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park in Hai Ba Trung District, Lac Long Quan Garden in Tay Ho District, Van Quan Lake in Ha Dong District and My Dinh National Stadium in Nam Tu Lien District.

The committee also approved a proposal

Vietnam’s Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat listed among Asia’s worst airports

In a move that faced fierce objection from Vietnamese aviation officials, the survey site The Guide to Sleeping in Airports has listed Vietnam’s two biggest international airports as one of the worst in Asia.
Ranked fifth on the list, Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport was frequently described by the survey's respondents as being hot, chaotic and not especially clean.

“In spite of its tropical location, air conditioning seems to perpetually be a problem - and the constant crowds exacerbate overheating,” the site concluded, adding that sweaty travelers are further frustrated by the poor signage and limited flight information displayed

Northern, central Vietnam melt and wilt in extreme heat

Northern Vietnam is going through the hottest summer since 2009 while the central region is drying up in the worst heat ever, according to experts who blame the scorcher on El Nino and climate change.
The temperature hit 41.5 degrees Celsius, or 106.7 degrees Fahrenheit, in some central provinces, local media reported. The heat in Ha Tinh Province even melted a newly fixed road. Some travelers had their tires and shoes caught in the sticky asphalt Friday afternoon. The temperature in Hanoi surged to 40 degrees during the day.

9-day 2015 Lunar New Year holiday: Things you should know

It has just been officially announced by the Vietnamese Government that the 2015 Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday will begin on February 15 and end on February 23. State employees will have to work on Saturday (February 14) to compensate for the extra day off (Monday, February 16).

Previously in November 2014, Ministry of Labor submitted two options for the Tet holiday - 7 days or 9 days - to Vietnam Prime Minister N.T.Dung.

Hanoi’s antique market sells mementos of yesteryear

Since June 2013, a small alley in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district transforms into an antique market once a week, where people gather to buy and sell antiques and reminisce on the old days.

Official: Vietnam to waive visas for five European countries in July

Vietnamese Prime Minister signed Wednesday a directive to waive visa requirements for citizens of five European countries, starting July 1.
The visa-free travel policy will be applicable to German, French, British, Italian, and Spanish visitors, with an allowed 15-day stay for each entry, according to the document.
Vietnam will waive visas for the five countries for one year from the directive’s effective date.