Thanks to a rise in beef consumption — anyone for a bowl of pho bo? — the number of cows inhabiting Vietnam has diminished in recent years. In 2007, the country’s cowherd totaled nearly 7 million, but the figure has now dropped to below 5 million.
Vietnam consumes an average of 5.4 billion packs of instant noodles a year, standing only behind China, Indonesia, and India on the list of the world’s biggest instant noodle consuming countries, according to the Japan-based World Instant Noodles Association.
International tourists travelling to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia may be able to use a joint visa if a proposed plan is implemented.
According to Hoang Thi Diep, deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, relevant agencies have been asked to consider a plan to enable tourists to use only a single visa when visiting the three countries.
MTV Vietnam has announced that popular singer My Tam had won a local vote to represent Vietnam in the Best Worldwide Act category at the MTV European Music Awards (MTV EMA) 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Nov. 10.
Under a proposal by the Construction Ministry, all foreigners staying in Vietnam on a visa valid for more than three months will be able to buy houses in the country, and may hold house ownership for 50 to 70 years.
More than 100 international tourists have booked tours to the world’s largest cave in Vietnam’s north-central province of Quang Binh since it opened to tourism earlier this month, the tours’ sole operator said.
A father and son who lived in total isolation from society for 40 years in a remote jungle in the central region have been brought back to ‘normal’ life. In that time, they ate fruits, manioc and corn, and only wore loincloths made of tree barks. They even built a tree house.
Samples of rice vermicelli taken from four southern provinces and cities — including Ho Chi Minh City — have been found to contain Tinopal, a toxic substance that can cause cancer, the food safety agency reported.
Master Chuan was born for a purpose. That purpose is helping people via the powers at his disposal, be it energy work, self-help, hypnotherapy, psychic healing powers or even neuro-linguistic programming. Derek Milroy went under the Singaporean’s spell. Photos by Alexandre Garel