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Hanoi grows lush with lavender in March
With the fullest blooms occurring from March to May, here are some of purple fields that travellers can easily visit while they’re in Hanoi.
Many of the lavender farms also sell homemade products such as essential oils and natural cosmetics, so we hope travellers don’t forget to take a fragrant souvenir home.
The scent of lavender, an ancient herb known for both its calming and stimulating properties, oozes from every nook and cranny of this 1,500-square metre farm near Hanoi.
When in full bloom, the photo ops in the lavender fields are incredible.
World Bank revises down Vietnam’s GDP forecast again
Drought continues to place negative impacts on the economy. In its latest report, the World Bank has revised down its estimate for Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) for this year to 6 percent from the previous 6.2 percent, Achim Fock, Acting Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam said in a statement released Tuesday. The slower growth is attributed to the impacts of a severe drought on agricultural production and falling industrial growth. “We expect GDP growth of 6 percent this… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
US tries to end spat threatening Mosul battle
Washington (AFP) - US officials are scrambling to end a dispute between Ankara and Baghdad that threatens to derail a carefully developed plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.Officials fear a war of words between Turkey and Iraq's central government could jeopardize a fragile pact that would keep rival sectarian and ethnic militias out of the northern Iraqi city's center."There is a lot of tension and the public rhetoric has gotten a bit out of hand," a senior administration… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Weakened Angela Merkel embarks on tough election campaign
Essen (Germany) (AFP) - Angela Merkel's conservatives gave her an 11-minute standing ovation after handing her another term as party chief but also issued a warning in re-electing her with the worst score since she became German chancellor.With the mixed verdict Tuesday from her party rank and file on her bid for a fourth term, Merkel embarks on her toughest election campaign weakened by her liberal refugee policy that has polarised Europe's biggest economy.While 89.5 percent is hardly a score… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam among top investors in Cambodia
Viet Nam continued to be among the top five investors in Cambodia as of December 2016, with US$2.85 billion registered capital invested in 183 projects. Viet Nam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company, or Vinamilk, will spend almost US$11 million to buy its Cambodian partner’s entire stake in Angkor Dairy Product Company Limited (Angkormilk) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Viet Nam is also Cambodia’s third largest partner, with bilateral trade reaching $3 billion until the end of last year. The two… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
2017 wood & wooden product exports tipped to reach $8 billion
Export turnover of wood and wooden products in Vietnam is expected to reach $8 billion this year. Mr. Huynh Van Hanh, Vice President of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA), believes export turnover will increase given the development of wood processing enterprises in recent times.Proof of potential is the example of the Thinh Viet Manufacturing Co., which saw no growth in 2016 but has taken significant orders in the first two months of the new year.“The decline in demand in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...