Chef sticks to tradition as he innovates
French chef Didier Corlou will prepare a 6-course dinner next Friday as part of the sixth Les Aromes Festival, the country's most prestigious culinary event. Corlou, a Master Chef from France and a former chef with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi, chose to settle down in the Vietnamese capital, where he creates new tastes by mixing French and Vietnamese ingredients. He speaks with Vuong Bach Lien about his life in Viet Nam and his love for Vietnamese food.
In the fast-paced showbiz world, singer Uyen Trang stands out for her refusal to follow superficial trends. Gia Binh and An Vu report.
Caving in: cable car a threat to longest grotto
Quang Binh People's Committee has agreed to let the Sun Group build a cable car within Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Viet Nam News Sunday interviews Howard Limbert, a member of the British Royal Cave Society, who has spent the past 25 years studying the lime karsts of the province and played a pivotal part in discovering the world's longest cave, Son Doong.
Cao Thi Thanh Huyen was the first Vietnamese student to attend the European Forum Alpbach, the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School and, most recently, the Clinton Global Initiative University. She discusses her work and future plans with Thu Trang.
Building characters for a living language
Award-winning researcher Tran Quang Duc has begun teaching Han-Nom (ancient Vietnamese script) as a way to understand Vietnamese history and culture. Phuong Linh finds out why the class has become surprisingly popular.
Researcher looks at Ha Noi's iron ‘eyelids'
More than 15 years of research culminated in this comprehensive book on the capital's iron works, which includes background on window bars, iron fences and balcony designs. Ha Nguyen reports.
Lam Van Bang, honoured as one of 10 outstanding citizens of Ha Noi this year for founding the Museum of Revolutionary Fighters Imprisoned by Their Enemies , tells Thu Trang that each of its exhibits has its own ‘unforgettable story' that will help younger generations understand better the Vietnamese revolutionary tradition.
Korean expert helps hearing-impaired
Dr Choi Young-suk, a South Korean expert on children with disabilities, retired in 2010 to spend her time educating hearing-impaired children in Viet Nam's Lam Dong Province. The former DaeGu University professor spoke to Thu Huong Le about her work in Viet Nam's Central Highlands province.
Pop sensation Tia Hai Chau talks with Thu Trang about her singing career, musical choices and new contract with Universal. Tia Hai Chau won in The Winner Is Viet Nam 2013 contest at the age of 21.
Hundreds of festivities and celebrations are held every year in Viet Nam, but few people understand the significance and details of these festivals. Nguyen Thao speaks to Professor Nguyen Van Huy, director of the Viet Nam Heritage Association's Centre for Research of Heritage, about this issue.
Famed Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln Constant, who has staged a number of ballet performances in HCM City, has high regard for the talent of Vietnamese ballet dancers. After watching dancers deliver splendid performances in Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, she talked with Thu Trang about the future of ballet in Viet Nam and expressed hopes that it would continue to thrive.

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Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist

The assistance that Singaporeans gave a Vietnamese tourist who was scammed when he bought an iPhone 6 in Singapore has earned much attention and applause from Vietnamese newspapers and netizens.

Old apartments remain in state of disrepair Old apartments remain in state of disrepair

There are more than 1,500 old apartment buildings at risk of collapse across Viet Nam, but in the last decade, only five per cent were rebuilt.

Province backs cable car to cave 2    Province backs cable car to cave

Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have given the go ahead for a highly controversial cable car system connecting various sites in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to the world's biggest cave, Son Doong.

Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films

Saigon Outcast will hold two free Thursday outdoor film screenings this month.

Tax not the solution to online gaming issue 1    Tax not the solution to online gaming issue

A 10 per cent tax on the online gaming industry recently proposed by the Ministry of Finance aims to address the connection between the increase in gaming addiction and game-related crimes among youngsters by charging them more to fuel their addiction.