Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about whether Vietnamese parents should give their daughter a big dowry - money and/or valuable jewelry - as a token of parental love and also financial support as she leaves to set up her home elsewhere.

Viet Nam's special day to honour medical practitioners, Doctors' Day, is celebrated on February 27. Doctors and nurses at thousands of hospitals and medical centres nationwide are always out front trying to save lives, but they also occasionally come under strong criticism for backward practices and standards of cleanliness. Viet Nam News would like you to share your related experience.

What is a reasonable dowry that parents can give a daughter when she gets married?
Vietnamese parents, like those in many other Asian countries, have the tradition of giving their daughter some money and/or some jewellery on her big day – a voluntary dowry, so to speak.
Would you like to know if you're dying in 30 days?
A test to determine if elderly patients are likely to die within 30 days of being admitted to a hospital has been developed by doctors. The test is intended to help doctors give elderly patients the chance to go home and/or say goodbye to loved ones.
Is the new policy on small bill donations extreme?
In the Vietnamese tradition, people donate small bills to pagodas and temples after worship, and to wish for good luck. Note exchange services have even popped up around pagodas and temples, alongside traditional vendors with flowers, food and votive offerings.
What do you think about HCM City's proposal to require residents to have a parking slot before they buy a car?
Anyone who wants to buy a car needs to prove they have a place to park it under a new proposal by the HCM City Transport Department aimed at restricting the number of private vehicles.
Will new visa requirement affect your decision to visit Viet Nam?
According to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, tourists entering Viet Nam by waterway will have to pay $45 for a visa instead of the current $5 and will be required to submit a visa application.
Are women-only buses feasible and practical?
The plan to operate women-only buses on certain routes during peak hours on a trial basis to counter sexual harassment and theft has caused controversy after it was raised at a conference in Ha Noi.
Lakeside information centre risks ruining historic view
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers to share their thoughts about building an information and culture centre next to Ha Noi's Hoan Kiem Lake, which has sparked a storm of criticism from members of the public. Most readers do not agree with the idea. Here are some comments:
Would an information centre next to Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake improve tourists' experience of Ha Noi?
The plan to build a 13m-tall information and culture centre next to Hoan Kiem Lake, the most iconic landmark of Ha Noi, drew a lot of criticism from the Vietnamese public.
To strengthen traffic safety during Christmas, New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year), the National Traffic Safety Committee proposes establishing "selling safe alcohol" locations.

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Confiscated bikes set for charity sale Confiscated bikes set for charity sale

The National Traffic Safety Committee plans to sell motorbikes and bicycles driving on expressways that have been banned for their use.

Cycling race escort dies in accident Cycling race escort dies in accident

A member of a motorbike escort group for the Binh Duong Open International Women's Bike Race died yesterday after being hit by a motorbike tour group.

Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen

The five-star Furama Resort has released a 120-page cookbook titled A Journey Through Viet Nam's Cuisine, featuring recipes from the resort's culinary library.

HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels

A series of activities on climate change and energy have been launched by 350.org Viet Nam aimed at raising people's awareness about the threat of a carbon bubble.

Da Nang to teach archipelago history Da Nang to teach archipelago history

The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.