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Vietnam among Rough Guide's 20 most beautiful countries

Vietnam has been listed as one of top 20 most beautiful countries in the world by Rough Guide.

The terrace fields in Sapa (Photo: City Pass Guide)

Based on the votes of readers from all over the world on its social media channel, the UK travel site provided the list for travelers to consider when booking their next holiday.

From the impressive rock formations of Ha Long Bay off the northern coast to the terraced rice fields of mountainous Sapa on the Chinese border, Vietnam has a wealth of easily accessible natural beauty, the site wrote.

Its cities are alluring too, whether you prefer the modern skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh City or the appealing contrast in Hanoi between the old and the new as the country has rebounded with vigor in the 40 or so years since the end of the American War.

Rough Guide also appreciated that direct flights now arrive from cities worldwide, roads are being upgraded, new hotels are springing up, and Vietnam’s raucous entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, bringi…

Vietnam to use smart apps, drones for forest protection

Forest rangers and forest owners would be able to use their mobile devices and ‘go on patrol’ with smart applications.

The smart apps will help them quickly discover foreign fires and illegal logging sites.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam has 14.38 million hectares of forests with coverage level of 41 percent.

In some localities, management agencies have installed systems to automatically collect information from forests, and update information about status and weather conditions so as to give exact predictions about forest fires. The information can be automatically sent to forest owners and agencies.

The system can also automatically create firefighting solutions for every forest area in the most effective way.

However, because of the low living standards and hard life, it is difficult for forest protectors to access high technologies. The application of technology in forest protection and development can be deployed in only some local…

Vietnamese rice makes name in world market

In 2018, Vietnam’s total rice exports reached 6.15 million tonnes, with export turnover of 3.15 billion USD. The industry saw a 5.7% increase in volume and 19.6% increase in value compared to 2017.



Loc Troi 28 is a short term rice variety and the final product between the hybrid of Loc Troi 1 and Basmati rice variety of India. High-yielding, fragrant and nutritious compared to other varieties, Loc Troi 28 was well received at an international rice convention held in China.

Vietnamese rice producers now focus on production value, not just increasing volume. Furthermore, Vietnam has become a member of the global sustainable rice production programme, and for the first time in years, Vietnam rice price is higher than Thailand’s.

In recent years, Vietnam’s rice industry has paid more attention to promotional activities. The launch of Vietnam’s national rice logo has reiterated the efforts to bring more rice to the world market.

However, in the context of global warming and unpredictable w…

Vietnam could face tra fish oversupply

Vietnam’s tra fish export sector was probably the most improved industry this year, but rampant production could lead to excess supplies and price drops, according to Viet Dragon Securities Company (VDSC).


Vietnam's tra fish farmers could face oversupply problems this year due to rampant production.(Photo: VNA)


Many farmers have rushed to breed tra fish after prices increased steadily from the beginning of 2017 due to fingerling and raw materials shortages.

The situation may lead to oversupply of raw materials when farms step into the harvest season. The selling price of raw fish for factories could be reduced, the company said.

Farms could suffer great losses and stop breeding tra for the next season, meaning they would lack raw materials for the next crop, VDSC warned.

However, according to the firm, if the US-China trade war continues, Vietnam could increase its market share in the US, replacing Chinese tilapia that currently accounts for 40 percent of all fish imports to the US…