Ho Chi Minh City

New species of flying frog discovered in Vietnam

Helen’s Flying Frog perched on a branch in Nui Ong Nature Reserve in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan Province. Photo: Reuters

An Australian researcher who discovered a new species of flying frog near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and named it after her mother said on Tuesday it was a rare find so close to such a big city.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 3:51pm

Vietnam detains dissident lawyer and blogger

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung this week restated the government’s commitment to crack down on online dissent. Photo: Reuters

A prominent dissident lawyer was detained on Thursday by Vietnamese police while dropping off his daughter at school, his brother said.

Le Quoc Quan, who blogs on a range of sensitive topics including civil rights, political pluralism and religious freedom, was taken away by police in Hanoi on Thursday morning, his brother Le Quoc Quyet said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Vietnam jails three bloggers for ‘anti-state propaganda’

Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan, whose mother self-immolated outside a government office to protest the treatment of her daughter. Photo: AFP

A court in southern Vietnam on Monday jailed three bloggers for “anti-state propaganda”, including one whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama.

High-profile blogger Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and policewoman-turned-dissident Ta Phong Tan was given 10 years after a trial lasting just a few hours.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Leaner, meaner operator shows sustained growth

A bright future is forecast for NagaWorld in Phnom Penh.

Integrated gaming and entertainment hotel complex operator Naga Corp saw healthy growth of 14 per cent in its net profit for the six months ending on June 30, 2012. The company says it is satisfied with the results as all segments of the business experienced growth.

20 Aug 2012 - 4:51am

Dodging vietnam's economic woes

Lee Wang-chung, general director of a Taiwanese family-owned motor vehicle parts plant in Vietnam, has weathered one thing after another since the fast-growing economy started to crack in 2007.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Floating ideas

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

COAST clears

Vietnam's luxury property market is presenting good potential for growth in the mid- to long-term, but the immediate outlook remains challenging, with relatively high finance costs and more supply than demand.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cities turn to railways

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing a boom in urban railway construction as planners bid to relieve congestion in crowded cities, said R. Gopal, vice-president of Frost & Sullivan, an international consultancy.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The underground war

Dear Travel Guru,

My family has decided to take a holiday in Vietnam. I don't really see what we can do there, except go to the beach - which was exactly what we did last year in Thailand. I love the beach, but this time I want to do something a little more interesting and adventurous.

Adventure Seeker

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Park Hyatt Saigon

What is it?

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Dinh Q. Le

Exhibition of the Vietnamese multimedia artist's South China Sea Pishkun 3D animation video which references events around the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, and new photos (including South China Sea Pishkun, Still #3, above). Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo. Inquiries: 2810 0065. Ends Aug 15

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

A tale of two cities

After a lengthy period in the doldrums, the residential property market in Vietnam is gradually picking up, boosted by new government regulations and a slew of developments in key cities and premier tourist resorts.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Top flight

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Crew quizzed as 6.4kg gold stash found on Vietnam Airlines flight

Vietnamese authorities discovered almost 6.4kg of gold bars stashed in the cockpit of a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi last week - and no one would admit owning them.

Police found the gold in the co-pilot's seat on flight VN791 which arrived at 3pm from Hong Kong on February 11.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Ho Chi Minh City markets

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and still fondly thought of as Saigon by its inhabitants, has been a market-place for hundreds of years. Traders would travel down the Saigon River or from the coast at Vung Tau. Modern visitors continue to enjoy the bartering tradition of this amazing city and its markets.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

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