Obama’s Vietnam noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy - News on 23 September 2016


1) Obama’s Vietnam noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy

Four months after U.S. President Barack Obama plonked down on a plastic stool at Bun Cha Huong Lien for a bowl of Hanoi's signature pork noodles, the restaurant is cashing in on customers eager to taste what all the fuss is about.

Previously a mainstay among a mostly local customer base, hungry foreigners are now coming in droves to the restaurant dubbed "Obama bun cha" for the Hanoi lunch staple: grilled pork patty and bacon in a sweet broth with rice noodles.

"People come here because they are curious about why Obama chose my restaurant," said owner Nguyen Thi Lien, who has been running the eatery for 23 years.

Eager to tap the star power of her recent VIP diner, Lien has introduced a $4 "Combo Obama" lunch special of noodles, a side of deep fried spring rolls and a Hanoi beer -- but swears she has kept her prices the same. "So many have come and we cannot serve…

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2) EU-funded project helps promote responsible tourism in Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta localities of An Giang, Can Tho and Kien Giang were given 21 sets of technical documents by representatives from the EU-funded project “Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Progamme” (EU-ESRT) at a conference in Can Tho city on September 22.

The localities have been supported by the EU-ESRT project since October 2014 to develop responsible tourism, focusing on managing destinations in the Mekong Delta region, developing tourism products, training human resources for tourism and building marketing plans.

The localities have worked to promote their tourism products through fairs, and built a map of tourism sites and a code of conduct for responsible tourism in the region.

Since 2013, the EU-ESRT project has assisted Vietnam in promoting the delivery of environmentally and socially responsible tourism, building an effective tourism cooperation network between the State and the private sector…

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3) Cát Bà Island’s youth clean up beaches

 Up to 500 youth of Cát Hải Island District in the northern port city of Hải Phòng participated in a coastal cleanup campaign on Cát Bà Island yesterday morning. The cleanup campaign attracted youth, mainly secondary and high school students, officers from the armed forces and those working at local administrative units.

The campaign is part of the Red River Delta Adaptation and Youth (READY) programme, a joint project conducted by the Asian Management and Development Institute, the non-profit Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development and the Centre for Environment and Community Research.

Addressing the event's launch ceremony, Hoàng Trung Cường, vice chairman of Cát Hải District's People's Committee, said "The percentage of solid waste collected in the two towns of Cát Hải and Cát Bà has reached 90 per cent of total dumped waste and in other communes has been 75 to 80 per cent." "However, solid waste treatment remains unsuitable…

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4) Land puppetry at Ha Noi Opera House: Impression and feeling

A land puppetry performance entilted “rhythm of the homeland” was organized by the Viet Nam Puppetry Theatre on September 21. The program brought the audience an attractive night at the Ha Noi Opera House.

The program belonged to a performing plan of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in a program of the high quality art at Ha Noi Opera Theatre. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien and Deputy Minister Vuong Duy Bien attended the program.

With a theme of “ryhmn of the homeland”, the program is based on folk songs, portraiting a daily life of Vietnamese peasants. By some traditional materials, the art brought the audience a special style of stage and bring many feelings for the audiences. Each part reflect a colorful and interesting picture in 4 seasons: spring-summer-autumn-winter…

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