Shopping malls lure tenants as street-front houses remain unoccupied
Retail spaces in HCMC’s shopping centers have mostly been filled in Q1 while street-front houses continue to stay empty, according to industry insiders.
Vietnam strives to use all-electric buses, taxis by 2050
Vietnam plans to convert 100 percent of its buses and taxis from petrol-powered to electric vehicles (EVs) within the next three decades to help with environmental protection.
Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line required to be completed by end of 2023
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has adjusted the expected completion date for its first metro line project to the end of this year, two years later than previously planned.
Hanoi people denounce new colors of old French villa
The new coating of an old French villa in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi has prompted a backlash from local people and experts in architecture and heritage preservation.
Hanoi relaunches sidewalk cleanup campaign
Hanoi authorities plan to re-establish “sidewalk order” this month by removing obstacles like billboards and sunshades that encroach on streets; resistance will be met with forced removal.
Vietnam Town project underway in Thailand’s Udon Thani province
A Vietnam Town is being developed in Udon Thani province, which is hosting the largest overseas Vietnamese community in Thailand, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Phan Chi Thanh during a visit.
400 streets in HCMC need to be renamed
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has nearly 400 streets that either carry the same names or have incorrect names that need to be revised, an expert said.
Poor air quality hits Hanoi on Monday
Hanoi suffered from poor air quality on Monday, while Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCMC) air quality was ranked as moderate.
HCMC proposes building parking lots on empty land
Ho Chi Minh City has asked the National Assembly to approve the construction of parking lots on empty land as the city currently lacks 900 ha (2,224 acres) of parking space.
Vietnam ranks among worst tourist hubs on bathroom wall of shame
Tropical country still struggling to shake travel blues amid visa rules, COVID
Area around HCMC’s iconic Turtle Lake becomes weekend pedestrian mall
The area surrounding HCMC’s Turtle Lake in District 3 has become a pedestrian mall on the weekends to create more public space in the city.
Hanoi to roll out public bicycle sharing service this Tet
A public bicycle sharing service will be tried out starting January 20 in six Hanoi districts, with rentals at VND5,000 (20 cents) for 30 minutes.
Thousands of homes to be removed from old Hue
Thousands of families living in the Hue Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be relocated.
Phu Quoc to raze 79 illegal villas
All 79 villas found to be built illegally on public lands in Phu Quoc Island off the southern Kien Giang Province are set to be demolished.
Walking in Vietnamese cities is very difficult
There is no walking culture in major Vietnamese cities like Hanoi or Saigon because there is no safe space for it, according to readers.
Saigon cathedral renovation extended by four years to 2027
Renovations to the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon will last until 2027 instead of 2023 as originally planned, the HCMC culture department said Thursday.
Wartime loudspeakers to make Hanoi comeback
Loudspeakers are set to return to all Hanoi wards and communes by 2025, eight years after they were removed for being noisy and redundant.
Getting into best high schools brings out worst in urbanization
The cut-throat competition to get into Vietnam’s high schools has revealed a dark side of urbanization that destroys the very notion of a level playing field.
Hanoi considers new opera house near West Lake
Hanoi plans to build a 13,000-square-meter performing arts center, capable of hosting around 3,500 seats, near the West Lake.
Hanoi suspends sale of 600 villas pending conservation review
Eleven days after announcing it, Hanoi has suspended the sale of 600 century-old villas, saying it would review measures to conserve them.
Vietnam builds master plan to cut air pollution
Vietnam will implement a plan to eliminate fossil-fuel vehicles, tighten emission control and add more green spaces to urban areas.
Hanoi Party chief orders suspension of old French-style building demolition
The leader of the Hanoi Party Committee has directed the suspension of the demolition of an old French-style edifice, most of which has been destroyed so far, to serve a project on building a modern commercial complex in Ba Dinh District.
Vietnam’s 5 biggest cities tasked with curbing motorbikes
The government has ordered HCMC, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Can Tho to work on a motorbike restriction plan after 2030.
Can Tho to open pedestrian street this month
Mekong Delta capital Can Tho will open a pedestrian street of one kilometer beside the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong.
HCMC plans to renovate iconic Ben Thanh Market
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have approved a renovation plan for Ben Thanh Market, a tourist attraction in the city.
Chinese-Vietnamese families refuse to vacate century old apartments in Saigon’s Chinatown
Many families who call Cho Lon neighborhood “home” are putting their foot down and refusing to move out of apartments that have been attached to their families for decades, despite the government’s relocation plan meant to send them to modern condo buildings.