Parents struggle with school fees
Many Vietnamese parents struggle to cover the so-called "voluntary contribution" to class and school of their children as a new school year starts.
Petite Tran Mai H gave up her stable job and high income as a planning architect to return to the countryside and live as a local farmer some years ago.
At a conference on changes in Ha Noi over the last century, poet Vi Thuy Linh upset many in the audience when she said migrants from other parts of the nation had diminished the city's traditional elegance.
The quarter-life crisis is perhaps more difficult to come to terms with in the busy world of today. But then again, 20-somethings now have more opportunities available to them than ever before.
When it comes to litter, we all need to care more
My fourth-grade son recently struck me dumb when he said "Mum, I hate living here!" for a single reason: "Lots of adults litter on the outdoor playground downstairs."
When I recently attended a first month birthday party for my friend's son, I felt as if I had entered a wedding venue due to the imposing appearance of the house.
Rather than words of encouragement, they became a tool for intimidation when a Western man shouted at a Vietnamese girl riding her bike on a street in the Old Quarter, where motorbikes are banned from travelling between 7pm and 11pm on weekends.
Kindness should come from the heart
A story shared by Huyen, a young woman who took the Ha Noi-Vinh train last week, went viral online. Opinion was divided over whether she should have offered her bed to a senior when asked to do so.
How many hours a day will my children spend reading books? This is a question I always ask myself because I'm afraid that my children, and many others in big cities, might grow up without developing the habit of reading books as part of their everyday lives.
Boring school ceremony speeches to be cut back
More than 15 million students at all levels throughout the country are relieved at a decision by the Ministry of Education and Training to clamp down on boring speeches at ceremonies on the first school day.
New exam complicates university enrolment
For the first time, Viet Nam last month merged two national exams into one, thus obviating the need to sit separately for graduating the high-school students and then appear again in an exam to enrol in a university or college.


Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi

For more than 20 years, Dang Thi Nhan, 67, has been waking up about 30 minutes earlier each day to bake cakes or prepare tea for two retired doctors in a clinic near her house in Ha Noi's Giap Bat Ward.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Water resources, eroding land need saving Water resources, eroding land need saving

Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.