Geography of Vietnam

Old street, new chic

In the shadows of every gleaming new office high-rise, there's a haphazard maze of narrow streets lined with quirky houses where balconies drip with bougainvillea. Life in Hanoi is still lived on these streets.

Thursday, 26 July, 2012, 12:00am

Panetta crosses symbolic threshold in Vietnam visit

As US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta yesterday crossed the symbolic threshold of visiting Vietnam's strategic Cam Ranh Bay, attention was already shifting to just how deep their historic military ties may become.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asia to be base for 60pc of U.S. fleet

Most of America's warships will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday.

He revealed about 60 per cent of the US naval fleet would be assigned to the region, as he spelled out the meaning of the Pentagon's 'pivot' towards Asia.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. tipped to push talks on Cam Ranh

To understand the drivers - and the limitations - of the evolving and historic Vietnam-US military relationship, the strategic port of Cam Ranh Bay is a good place to start.

The Washington-Hanoi relationship is coming under even closer scrutiny this weekend as regional security chiefs and analysts meet in Singapore for the informal Shangri-La Dialogue.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Xi reaffirms intent for deal on isles to maintain peace

Vice-President Xi Jinping's itinerary during his three-day visit this week to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, underscored Beijing's determination to improve bilateral ties amid maritime territorial disputes.

However, Beijing also took care to avoid a domestic backlash from those accusing it of sidelining China's national interests.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hanoi coming to the fore

On January 1, 2009, Vietnam opened the door allowing foreigners to buy condominiums for the first time, subject to certain conditions. The result was more like a floodgate effect, as cashed-up investors realised how far their money could go in a new market with low entry prices.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

US navy returns to Cam Ranh Bay

Some 38 years since they left and 16 years since a US admiral travelled to Hanoi to declare 'I'm always on the lookout for a good port', the US navy has finally returned to Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam moves to shore up border defences after PLA 'drill' in Guangxi

Vietnam is moving to shore up its border defences against China amid reports this week of military exercises by the PLA in the neighbouring province of Guangxi .

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Floating ideas

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Suite dreams for drama queens

An ever-growing fleet of luxury cars, hip boutique openings and celebrity visits are rapidly transforming Vietnam into the next luxury travel destination. If you want to sleep in Kristin Scott Thomas' bed, for example, go to the Hotel de l'Opera, Hanoi's new luxury boutique hotel, and ask for room 606.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

south china sea row

Reading comprehension

1 Which of the following is not a reason for the South China Sea to be strategically important to many countries?

a. It is a scenic spot with huge potential for tourism development.

b. It is the second-busiest sea lane for shipping in the world.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam visions

Given the Vietnam Media Corporation's self-proclaimed standing as 'the exclusive distributor representing most of the biggest state-owned film studios', it's hardly a surprise that the company's latest promotional brochure boasts a bit of propaganda.

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam is mainland's only rival for cargo

Vietnam poses the only serious regional competition to the mainland when it comes to changing cargo patterns through shifts in foreign direct investment, according to shipping experts.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

US ship repair in Vietnam confirms ties

A US naval supply ship has completed extensive repairs near Vietnam's coveted Cam Ranh Bay - a fresh sign of quiet co-operation between the two former enemies that analysts believe sends a strategic signal to China as it grows more assertive in its claims to the South China Sea.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

H One's executive chef serves Vietnamese noodles to the masses

Instead of cooking in the pricey kitchens of H One or Harlan's for bankers and tycoons, chef Nelson Chui was in New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, serving Vietnamese noodles to the masses on Monday night. No, he hasn't been demoted or exiled.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am