Apr201501

Visitors from around the world come to marvel at the floating villages of Ha Long Bay.

While the delicate and beautiful ecosystem has been recognised with a world heritage listing, today this status is under increasing threat from human-induced climate change.

Fortunately, strategies are starting to be developed at a local and national level in an effort to limit the damage.

Grace Wilson reports.

This video originally appeared on Vietnam Today.

Apr201501

The Tet holiday in Vietnam is a joyous celebration to ring in the lunar new year and springtime with big family reunions and feasting.

However, it is also remembered for a very significant military engagement of the American-Vietnam War.

The Tet Offensive in 1968 was one of the nation’s largest military campaigns. Fought in hundreds of towns and villages, it left thousands in the South Vietnam capital of Saigon dead and hundreds of homes destroyed.

This series of surprise attacks by the Communist North Vietnamese forces happened during the Tet festivities and still shakes some residents of Saigon, or what is now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

Hannah Twiggs reports.

Apr201501

Throughout Hanoi residents flock to open air markets to buy food for their lunches and dinners. The Vietnamese don’t do weekly shopping, or even twice weekly shopping. The Vietnamese do daily shopping.

They buy their food fresh from the markets every day, making them an essential part of the country’s culture.

45 per cent of all produce sold in the markets are grown inside the city limits, making the Vietnamese world leaders in urban farming.

As Zinzan Clements reports, Australia could learn some valuable lessons from their Asian neighbours.

This video originally appeared on Vietnam Today.

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