The train line linking Hanoi and Da Nang (Photo posted on CNTraveller)

The list was made by British journalist and travel writer Monisha Rajesh based on her book ‘Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure’.

According to the author, starting in Hanoi, the Reunification Express runs the length of the country right down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, of which the finest segment is the first half of the journey to Da Nang.

Threading deep into the capital city, the train offers voyeuristic views into the backs of houses as families unwind for the night, before emerging into glorious sunshine the following morning, she wrote.

Climbing for miles through the jungle, banana leaves flapping against the windows, the train comes within inches of villagers’ walls and gardens, so close that passengers can make eye contact and wave.

At the final stretch, the train curls around the clifftops overlooking the sea where a finger of golden sand runs along the edge of the water in Lang Co Bay, before finally pulling into Da Nang Station.

Other train journeys in Asia are also named in the list, including Tokyo to Osaka, Japan, by Tokaido Shinkansen; Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia to Beijing, by the Trans-Mongolian Express; Bangkok to Nam Tok by Thailand’s Death Railway; Xining to Lhasa, China, by Qinghai-Tibet Railway; and Mumbai to Madgaon, India, by the Mondovi Express.

MoU signed to boost supporting industry in Bac Ninh

On September 21, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the People’s Committee of Bac Ninh province, and Samsung Electronics Vietnam, to support Vietnamese businesses operating in the northern province.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.

The signing ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

Currently, Bac Ninh attracts nearly 1,600 FDI projects with a total registered capital of USD19.8 billion, of which projects from the Republic of Korea account for more than 60% and Samsung Company alone makes up nearly 50%, with USD9.3 billion. 

Under the MoU, the program will be carried out from 2020 to 2025, and include two main parts: a business improvement consultation sub-programme and another to develop a network of suppliers.

It aims to annually raise the contribution of Vietnamese businesses operating in Bac Ninh within the industrial production value created by Samsung until 2025. 

Samsung will assist Vietnamese businesses in Bac Ninh to improve competitive capacity through ameliorating production and managing quality. 

For the sub-program to develop a network of suppliers, domestic businesses in Bac Ninh are given priority to supply products and services in which the province has strengths, such as: food, agricultural products, medical services, supporting industrial products and transport, if they meet Samsung’s requirements for suppliers.

The signing of the program creates a premise for Samsung to share its experience with supporting industry enterprises in the northern locality, and helps them ensure competitiveness in production and reach the international market. 

In his speech at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung hopes that Samsung Group will show its responsibility and assistance to Vietnam in developing and building numerous supporting businesses, increasing the value of products, and raising the proportion of local input in production. Therefore, Vietnam will become one of the biggest suppliers in Samsung’s production chain.

On the sideline, an agreement on providing technical assistance for potential suppliers in Bac Ninh was also signed. 

Government leader agrees to resume air route to Thailand

Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed to re-open the flight route to Thailand, according to a conclusion of the Standing Committee of the Government’s meeting on preventing and fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Government leader also assigned the Ministry of Transport to direct increasing the frequency of international commercial flights to welcome experts, investors, highly skilled workers and relatives immigrating to the country and receive Vietnamese citizens.

The ministry will report to Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh and Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam to decide specific flight schedules.

“Each flight must have a plan to prevent the pandemic from spreading to the community, and take initiative in prevention and control measures,” the PM asked.

The Ministry of Public Security was asked to coordinate with the Ministry of Transport to be responsible for directing the rapid release of immigrants at airport border gates, and preventing crowds from gathering for a long time when picking up people entering the country.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for providing Realtime PCR testing to localities and directing testing at quarantine sites.

He urged the quick settlement of procedures to welcome experts, investors, and highly skilled workers to enter Vietnam, reporting to Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh for consideration and decision.

The Prime Minister asked to continue to prepare and well manage centralized isolation, accommodation establishments, and fully implement epidemic prevention; preventing cross-contamination and spread of diseases to the community./.