The northern province of Quang Ninh has been attracting more cruise ships in recent years following tourism promotion efforts by local authorities.
Ha Long received 95 vessels with more than 57,000 tourists in the first four months of the year, according to the province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Nhan Dan (THE PEOPLE)
Hau Giang to get hi-tech agriculture zone
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a 5,200-ha hi-tech agriculture zone in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang.
Quality rice, freshwater aquatic species, livestock, mushrooms, and fruits will be farmed here in addition to agricultural research and transfer of technologies.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM (VIET NAM ECONOMIC TIMES)
Drought parches central region
Prolonged heat and drought have caused a severe shortage of water in the central region, and authorities warn that without rain soon the damage to the rice crop will increase daily.
Farmers planted more than 100,000ha of the summer-autumn rice crop and are now struggling to find water for irrigation since most reservoirs and ponds have dried up.
Binh Dinh is the hardest hit province with more than 6,000ha of rice crop facing a severe water shortage, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (LIBERATED SAI GON)