Hanoi hotel top of world’s most worthy accommodations for a summer trip

Monday, 15/05/2023 15:32
Online travel booking agency Agoda has revealed its list of the top most 11 worthy accommodations for a summer trip, including Smarana Hanoi Heritage Hotel, reported the Voice of Vietnam.
 Smarana Hanoi Heritage Hotel (Photo: Internet)

According to the list, Agoda’s experts and users rated the hotel in Hanoi as 9.2 out of 10 points.

"It surely stands out with vibrant colors, lively plants and charming French balconies," says the agency.

Located in Cau Giay district, Smarana Hanoi Heritage Hotel is inspired by the art, culture, and beauty of Hang Trong folk paintings. From the hand-crafted furniture to the bespoke amenities, with the site bringing guests a unique experience of Hanoi’s culture and art to create unforgettable memories.

Rounding off the list of Agoda’s top 11 most worthy accommodations are Shipping Container Hotel in Singapore, Feel Good Bangkok Hostel in Thailand, KLoe Hotel in Malaysia, Nightcap at Belgian Beer Café in Australia, Seda Residences Makati in the Philippines, Casa Severina in India, and Desa Hay Canggu in Indonesia.

Base salary for civil servants, public employees rises to 1.8 million VND from July 1

The Government has issued a decree regulating the base salary for civil servants, public employees, and members of the armed forces, stipulating that it will increase from 1.49 million VND (63.5 USD) to 1.8 million VND per month from July 1, 2023, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) 

The decree will become effective from July 1.

The basic wage will be a basis for calculating salaries of employees in the State-run sector by multiplying it with their corresponding coefficient. As a result, new graduates entering the State sector will get a salary of Level 1 with a coefficient of 2.34, equivalent to a monthly wage of 3.48 million VND at present.

This is the second base salary hike since July 1, 2019, after a three-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The wage hike is considered an urgent issue in Vietnam, as nearly 40,000 civil servants quitted their jobs in the public sector, primarily in education and healthcare, from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.

Two Vietnamese representatives to attend Cannes festival's film market

The French Embassy in Vietnam is set to assist two Vietnamese representatives to participate in Marché du film de Cannes, one of the largest film markets in the world which will run during the Cannes Film Festival from May 16 to May 24, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Two Vietnamese representatives will attend the Cannes Film Festival's film market. (Photo courtesy of Marché du film de Cannes) 

Vo Thi Phuong Linh of QDICOM Agency and Nguyen Tuan Linh of CJ HK Entertainment Co. Ltd have duly been selected to join the event.

QDICOM Agency have carried out a series of social media campaigns for several films, including “Ròm” which is a 2019 Vietnamese film on the topic of crime and violence and “Tiệc trăng máu” (Blood Moon Party) which was the first Vietnamese movie to gross VND155 billion in just four weeks after its release in 2020.

CJ HK Entertainment Co. Ltd is the publisher of “Nhà bà nữ” (The House of No Man) which grossed VND421.2 billion after 23 days in cinemas this year, thereby becoming the highest-grossing Vietnamese film of all time.

The Marché du Film de Cannes is one of the largest film markets in the world. First established back in 1959, the occasion is held annually in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival.

The main purpose of the market is to bring together various players from the audiovisual industry in order to make connections and discuss business opportunities, such as collaborations, co-productions, financing, and distribution.

Over 12,500 film industry professionals head to Cannes annually to present and discover almost 4,000 films and projects in development at 33 screening venues.

Fast track to Cannes Market is a programme launched by the French Embassy in Vietnam which sends Vietnamese representatives to attend Marché du film de Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. The event aims to support Vietnamese cinema as it connects with the world.

Hung Yen enters early-ripening hybrid litchi harvesting season

Phu Cu district in the northern province of Hung Yen, the “capital” of early-ripening hybrid litchi, is finalising preparations to ensure the smooth selling of the tropical fruit as it is entering harvesting season in two weeks, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) 

Phu Cu is home to 1,100 hectares of litchi, including 850 hectares of early-ripening hybrid litchi, mostly in Tam Da, Minh Tien and Tien Tien communes.

The district has three litchi regions that have been certified to meet requirements to export to Japan, the Republic of Korea and Europe.

Vu Xuan Quy, Vice Chairman of the district People’s Committee said that the harvesting season of the local early-ripening hybrid litchi often falls in late May, 2-3 weeks earlier than other kinds of litchi. This year, the district expects an output of 12,000-15,000 tonnes.

According to local farmers, Phu Cu early-ripening hybrid litchi has special and outstanding delicious taste, becoming a specialty that is loved by consumers.

Local cooperatives, businesses sign agreements on litchi selling (Photo: VNA) 

Nguyen Kha Phuc, Chairman of the district People’s Committee said that the locality has create favourable conditions for local farmers and traders to sell and buy early-ripening hybrid litchi products.

It has focused on directing and guiding local farmers to grow litchi towards VietGAP standards, while registering the four-star OCOP (One Commune-One Product) title for the product, he said.

Nguyen Van Tho, Director of the Hung Yen Department of Industry and Trade said that the department is preparing for a series of trade promotion events starting with the Hung Yen litchi market at Ecopark in Van Giang district.

Tho asked relevant agencies to review information of distributors and traders that have signed contracts with local farmers and introduce this year’s products to them.

The official pledged to continue supporting local farmers in seeking new distributors and markets to promote litchi consumption.

Tho also advised the farmers to ensure stable quality of their products and keep close contacts with buyers, thus ensuring stable selling activities./.

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