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Explore Vientiane Guesthouses on *******teakdoor**** Lao Forum Vientiane is the capital city of Laos situated across the river Mekong from Nong Khai in Thailand, in this video we show the following guesthouses in Vientiane with room rates from $5 per night. Phornthip Guest House, 72 Inpeng Road, Vientiane. Telephone: (856 21) 217239 Mali Lamphu (malinamp[at]laotel**** - Tel: + 856 21 215093) The Saylomyen guesthouse, Saylom Road. Syri 2 Guesthouse, 63/6-7 Setthathirat Road, Vientiane, Phone, 021 241345. Phornthip Guest House, 72 Inpeng Road, Vientiane. Telephone: (856 21) 217239 Phetmanyxay Hotel, 186/1 Mahosot Road, Ban Sisaket, Unit 11, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Tel; (856-21)263 351 Mobile; (856-20)555 5622 Sihom Guesthouse 27/1 Sihom Road B Sihom, M. Chanthaboury, Vientiane, Lao Tel; 856- 21 219081 mobile 856- 20 5619710 To learn more about Guesthouses and hotels in Vientiane check out *******teakdoor****
17 Sep 2009
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Explore Vientiane Guesthouses on *******teakdoor**** Lao Forum Vientiane is the capital city of Laos situated across the river Mekong from Nong Khai in Thailand, in this video we show the following guesthouses in Vientiane with room rates from $5 per night. Phornthip Guest House, 72 Inpeng Road, Vientiane. Telephone: (856 21) 217239 Mali Lamphu (malinamp[at]laotel**** - Tel: + 856 21 215093) The Saylomyen guesthouse, Saylom Road. Syri 2 Guesthouse, 63/6-7 Setthathirat Road, Vientiane, Phone, 021 241345. Phornthip Guest House, 72 Inpeng Road, Vientiane. Telephone: (856 21) 217239 Phetmanyxay Hotel, 186/1 Mahosot Road, Ban Sisaket, Unit 11, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Tel; (856-21)263 351 Mobile; (856-20)555 5622 Sihom Guesthouse 27/1 Sihom Road B Sihom, M. Chanthaboury, Vientiane, Lao Tel; 856- 21 219081 mobile 856- 20 5619710 To learn more about Guesthouses and hotels in Vientiane check out *******teakdoor****
17 Sep 2009
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Scottish whisky distillery developed new technology to reduce emissions with algae, Greater Mekong Basin at risk to climate change, and Typhoon Parma fueled by climate change.
8 Oct 2009
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DVD Available at: *******www.longtailnet****/2277 Explore the world’s most fascinating ecosystems - from the Darwin’s Galapagos Islands, to Siberia, to the Snares Islands of the Southern Ocean to the Mekong River Delta. See these richly diverse natural habitats and the animals that they hide.
12 Dec 2009
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Explore Thailand and Lao with *******teakdoor**** The Asia Travel Forum. From Chiang kong in Thailand on the edge of the Mekong river you can get a boat across to Huay Xai in Laos, from there you can get a flight to Vientiane or travel by road. Learn more about Lao and Thailand at *******teakdoor****
4 Jan 2010
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Sunway Hotel is a 4-star international chain hotel, comprising of 138 spacious guest rooms and suites as well as 10 meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 250 guests. Surrounded by lush greenery amidst colonial buildings, the hotel is a walking distance to Mekong river front, major shopping, ministries, embassies, banks and tourist attractions such as the re-known “Wat Phnom Pagoda” and it is only 20 minutes drive from Phnom Penh International Airport.
28 Oct 2010
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Aurora Travel organize any tailor made private tours in Indochina and Thailand. We are committed to delivering with the utmost care high quality customized tours and travel arrangements to our valued clientele. Your passion for a unique and memorable experience is realized by our team of high performing and high achieving guides, who are eager to share with you what it is all really about Indochina and Thailand. Because we have nurtured close relationships with our travel partners, we have earned their trust and confidence, and are thus able to leverage our position with them to negotiate the best contract rates, we select from a wide range of Vietnam accommodations and make that range available to you, with sufficient details to assist you in choosing the best hotels and rooms for your stay in Vietnam.Treasure of Mekong river tour, Indochina tour, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, tour vietnam, tour cambodia, indochina travel, vacation, siem reap, angkor, Mekong Delta.Travel agency in south east asia.Options for private & group tours, vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand. Luxury Vietnam hotels & accommodation with map: Hanoi, Ho chi minh, hue, hoi an, da nang, nha trang, da lat
21 Jan 2011
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*******PerrysAquaticsCentreLincoln**** My brother filmed these catfish being hand fed in the center of Bangkok in Thailand. The Chao Phraya River runs through the center of the Thai capital and is a busy waterway. Close to Wat Worachanyawas and Central Pier he reached the river and walked down a little pier that jutted out into the water and it was unusually busy. Everyone there it seemed had bought a large bowl of fish food and where casting it out into the river. He looked down and there they were... hundreds upon hundreds of Chao Phraya Catfish or Pla Tepa as they are know locally and Pangasius sanitwongse in the Latin. The Chao Phraya Catfish is a freshwater fish that can grow up to 100cm in length and is a member of the shark catfish family. It's a native species of the mighty Mekong River and the Chao Phraya River and is white to grey in colour with black tips on it's elongated fins. To read more visit our blog at: *******PerrysAquaticsCentreLincoln****
19 Feb 2011
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*******SupremeMasterTV**** – Lijiang: A Tranquil Paradise of China - P1/2 (In Chinese). Episode: 1747, Air Date: 27 June 2011. Today’s A Journey through Aesthetic Realms will be presented in Chinese, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Greetings, blessed viewers, and welcome to A Journey through Aesthetic Realms on Supreme Master Television. In 1933, British author James Hilton published a best-selling novel titled “Lost Horizon.” The book portrays a peaceful paradise in a little-known territory of eastern Tibetan mountains called “Shangri-La,” where people enjoy a carefree life and incredible longevity. The manuscript was believed to be inspired by the travel logs of botanist Joseph Rock, who stayed in Lijiang in Yunnan Province of China to study the unusual flora of the area. Today, in part one of a two-part series, please join us for a journey to this amazing utopia and experience its ethereal beauty. Lijiang is nestled in the northwestern mountains of Yunnan where the Tibetan Highlands transition into the lower-lying Yungui Plateau. The high level of geotectonic activities of the region has over the years sculpted a rugged terrain with alternating high mountains and deep valleys. Three major rivers of Asia pass through this area. They are Changjiang (Yangtze River), Mekong River, and Salween River. The Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site that features awe-inspiring sceneries and tremendous biodiversity. Flowing in from the northwestern mountains, Changjiang, the world’s third longest river, takes a sharp V-turn, then heads towards the northeast. The turn is also called “the First Bend of Changjiang.” According to folklore, Salween, Mekong, and Yangtze were three traveling sisters. When they reached the Lijiang area, Salween and Mekong decided to go south, while Yangtze preferred to head towards where the sun rises. Therefore, she made a resolute turn and never saw her sisters again. Today the three sisters are the life-giving rivers of Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Âu Lạc (Vietnam), and China. A few kilometers on her solo journey heading northeast, Changjiang meets the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the roaring Yangtze gushes through 15 kilometers of a narrow path between the southerly Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the northerly Baha Snow Mountain, both measured at over 5,000 meters in height. With snow peaks, verdant forests, and steep valley, Tiger Leaping Gorge is among the world’s deepest gorges. Folk story has it that a tiger jumped across the gap to escape peril; hence the place got its name. With the shortest distance between the craggy banks at 25 meters and a flow rate of 70,000 cubic meters per second, the rapids at Tiger Leaping Gorge are among the fastest on the planet. Further north on the other side of the Baha Snow Mountain is another amazing spectacle of nature – the White Water Terrace. Here white sandstones form multiple levels of perfectly flat platforms with raised vertical edges. Crystal-clear water fills each level of the terrace, reflecting the entrancing blue sky. These unique features are of a geological formation called travertine, which occurs at fault lines where mineral-rich water oozes out from geothermal springs. Under special underground conditions, the originally alkaline water is supersaturated with carbon dioxide. Upon emergence, carbon dioxide is released from the water, resulting in reduced acidity and decreased solubility of carbonate minerals. Over time, calcium carbonate precipitants from the water form flat sedimentary terraces. Standing next to the spectacular structures, one can’t help but be in tremendous awe of nature’s greatness. Equally magnificent are the many rice terraces, which can be readily seen from the road. The local people have harvested from these extensive, perfectly engineered paddies for over a thousand years. During the sowing season, viewed from a high mount on a sunny day, each patch of rice terrace is like a piece of glittering mirror flawlessly fitted into a mosaic of nature’s painting. Between the Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang city is the renowned Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, to which many folk songs sing praises. Its snowcap is actually a glacier whose melting water feeds the fairytale city of 1.2 million inhabitants. Lijiang has at least 800 years of history. In early Yuan Dynasty, it was developed into a flourishing meeting point for caravans that traveled between China and Tibet and India. The trading route that passes Lijiang, is called the Old Tea Horse Road. It originated from the Pu’er region of Yunnan, which is world-famous for its Pu’er tea. For about five centuries during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Lijiang was under the governance of the Mu family, a local commander of the Naxi ethnicity. The Mu Mansion located at the southwestern corner of the Old Town of Lijiang is a well-preserved traditional garden that combines the best architectural elements of Tang, Song, and Ming Dynasties with the Naxi tradition of intricate running waterways and exotic floras. The main buildings include the Meeting Hall, the Ten Thousand Scroll Hall, the Inner Meeting Hall, the Building of Light, and Building of Sound, San Qing Hall, and a worship hall. The layout of Lijiang Old Town is distinct from other traditional Chinese-style cities in that it does not have a city wall. Behind this, there is an interesting story of the Mu family. The Chinese character of “Mu,” when placed inside a frame, gives rise to the character “predicament.” For this reason, the governors from the Mu family, decided not to build a city wall in order to have an auspicious geomancy. The Old Town of Lijiang is also called “Dayan.” For centuries, it has been a regional political, cultural, and educational center. The continuing prosperity of the city can be seen from its well-maintained layout and immaculate architecture. Standing on a higher vantage point in the city, one gets a wonderful view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Another eye-pleasing feature is the neatly tiled roofs which decorate the entire urban area. The city is accessible only by foot. Meandering streets are cobbled with local bluestones and lined with traditional buildings and interesting craft shops. The center of the Old Town is called the Sifang Street. It is an open square with four major avenues extending to the four directions. Typical houses have engraved doors and windows, as well as a garden with local vegetations. Among the landmark structures are the Dabao Palace, Dading Pavilion, Glazed Hall, Five Phoenix Chamber, and the House of Eternity. The most unique features of the city are the waterways running by the side of every street, with intermittent swaying willows. These ancient aqueducts measure several meters wide and supply water to each household of the city. The water mainly comes from one source – the Black Dragon Pool of the Jade Spring Park. The park was built in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. A popular scenery which appears on many postcards of Lijiang is the view of the Black Dragon Pool reflecting the snowcap of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Moonshine Building, and the Five-Arch Bridge. The extensive network of canals makes it necessary to have a large number of bridges to connect the streets. The 350 bridges of Lijiang have various elegant designs and create a cityscape with an inspirational exquisiteness. The town is sometimes known as the “Suzhou in the Highland” and the “Oriental Venice.” The water supply system of this historical city was engineered with a carefully thought-out plan that enables scientific utilization of water. To avoid cross-contamination, every public well of the city has three openings: one for consumption, one for cleaning fruits and vegetables, and one for washing clothes. Every night, a floodgate at a central high point of the town is opened to release water to flush all the streets, so that in the morning, citizens and tourists wake up and enjoy a clean and fresh environment during the day. Water is also used to power watermills. Besides the large antique wooden waterwheel at the center of the city, some family-run small watermills are practically built and still used to grind grains. If the nature and architecture of Lijiang are a feast for the eyes, then the simple, happy, and contented way of life will leave one with a lasting memory. In 1997, the Old Town of Lijiang was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being an “exceptional ancient town set in a dramatic landscape which represents the harmonious fusion of different cultural traditions to produce an urban landscape of outstanding quality.” Please join us tomorrow for part two of the two-part series on wondrous Lijiang, when we will meet the charming inhabitants of this idyllic “lost horizon” and hear their special messages to humanity. Happy viewers, thank you for your gentle company with us on today’s A Journey through Aesthetic Realms. Up next on Supreme Master Television is Vegetarianism: The Noble Way of Living, after Noteworthy News. May you find heavenly qualities in all aspects of your life.
8 Sep 2011
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Título original: Equitable à tout prix Director: Hubert Dubois País: Francia Año: 2009 Producción: Cineteve Duración: 52 minutos Sinopsis: El comercio justo o solidario surgió en 1980, durante mucho tiempo permaneció confinado en las tiendas asociativas y en las ventas caritativas. El acto de compra era militante, manifestaba la expresión de la solidaridad entre los consumidores del norte y los pequeños productores del Sur. En estas tiendas podían encontrarse objetos de artesanía procedentes de los Andes, del Mekong o de África. Y también algunos productos alimentarios. ¡Pero no se podía hacer la compra para la cena! En 1998 algunas asociaciones del movimiento anti-globalización lanzaron una campaña. Mandaron miles de tarjetas postales a los dueños de la gran distribución. La idea era forzar las puertas de los templos del consumo moderno. Monoprix y Auchan fueron los primeros que respondieron favorablemente y los primeros en tener los productos. Les siguieron otros grupos como Leclerc, Carrefour e Intermarché. Los productos 'justos' se fueron instalando en los pasillos de las grandes superficies, y ahora no sólo los vemos en algún estante, sino que hay secciones enteras dedicadas a ellos. Los consumidores pagan un poco más caro para que el pequeño productor gane un poco más. La pregunta es: ¿Cuál es la contribución financiera del gran distribuidor?, ¿realmente la venta de estos productos beneficia a los agricultores pobres para quienes se supone que van los beneficios obtenidos?
10 Nov 2011
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*******SupremeMasterTV**** – Magnificent Sceneries of Âu Lạc (Vietnam): Đồng Văn Plateau & Hạ Long Bay (In Aulacese). Episode: 1797, Air Date: 16 August 2011. Today’s A Journey through Aesthetic Realms will be presented in Aulacese (Vietnamese), with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. With a graceful terrain of an S-shaped curve, situated in the subtropical climate region of Southeast Asia, Âu Lạc (Vietnam) is endowed by Nature with myriad scenic attractions extending from north to south. Situated alongside 3,400 kilometers of the East Sea, Âu Lạc has hundreds of beaches known for their beauty such as Nha Trang, Vũng Tàu, Sầm Sơn, Hà Tiên, Sơn Trà, and Phan Thiết. In 2005, Đà Nẵng Beach in Central Âu Lạc was selected as one of the six most enchanting beaches on Earth by Forbes Magazine. Near the southmost part of Âu Lạc, there are emerald water at Phú Quốc Beach, radiant golden sand at Long Beach, and sparkling white sand at Star Beach. Phú Quốc Beach was ranked first among the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the world by Australia’s ABC News in 2008. Rivers and mountains merge with the clouds, while pristine water reflecting mountain ranges. These have formed innumerable natural marvels such as Cát Bà Archipelago, with an intermixed ecosystem of sea and forest. In 2004, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Cát Bà Archipelago as a biosphere reserve of the world. Cúc Phương National Park is a natural reserve with a very rich system of fauna and flora. Together with Hạ Long Bay, Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park, an acclaimed site of marvelous and magnificent caves, form a perfect painting and were also recognized as World Natural Heritages. Besides the natural heritages, Âu Lạc has famous sites recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritages such as Hội An Ancient Town, Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary, and the Complex of Huế Monuments. An abundant river system also creates attractive natural sights on water surface. Northern Âu Lạc is known for the Sword Lake, a natural freshwater lake which looks like an emerald gem in the midst of the city, and Ba Bể Lake, one of the 100 largest freshwater lakes in the world, recognized as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Heritage Parks in 2004. Central Âu Lạc has the dreamy, gentle Perfume River, like a soft strand of silken fabric winding about weathered ancient mausoleums, palaces, citadels, and temples. In the South, the Mekong River with nine river mouths flowing into the sea, is a cherished image closely connected to the lush and prosperous alluvial delta. Wonderful masterpieces of nature have woven together to form the beautiful country of Âu Lạc. The Aulacese people are truly blessed to live on a land with many natural wonders benevolently granted by the Creator. Azure sky and sunshine begin the day Beautiful Âu Lạc has vast green fields Listen to the sound of the Pacific Ocean As the waves gently caress the land with love. Take joy in our peaceful country and in the cozy house at sunset. Day after day, morning and night We work hard to cultivate our fields Green paddies turn into golden rice O friends, loyal is our nation! Loyal are we to our land. We’re home now. What shall we do? Cultivate rice fields and orchards diligently. This afternoon, in the sky and cloud Behind the trees, egrets soar with joy Looking at our motherland, I feel such love An ardent love for this country. Azure sky and sunshine begin the day Beautiful Âu Lạc has vast green fields Listen to the sound of Pacific Ocean As the waves gently caresses the land with love. Take joy in our peaceful country and in the cozy house at sunset. Day after day, morning and night We work hard to cultivate our fields Green paddies turn into golden rice O friends, loyal is our nation! Loyal are we to our land. We’ve home now, what shall we do? Cultivate ricefields and orchards diligently. This afternoon, in the sky and cloud, Behind the trees, egrets soar with joy Looking at motherland, I feel such a love An ardent love for this country. O friends, loyal is our nation! Loyal are we to our land. O friends, loyal is our nation! Loyal are we to our land. You’ve just enjoyed the song “Loyal is Our Nation,” by composer Y Vân, with vocals and dance accompaniment by our vegan Association members. “Loyal is Our Nation” is a song of affection for the country of Âu Lạc, an ardent love closely connected to the beautiful nature and peaceful life. In today’s program, we invite you to visit two beautiful sites in northern Âu Lạc (Vietnam), recognized by UNESCO as world scenic spots – namely, Đồng Văn Plateau and Hạ Long Bay. Đồng Văn is in Hà Giang Province, a northernmost land of Âu Lạc. At the height of 1,400 meters above sea level, with cool climate and verdant plants, Đồng Văn Plateau contains mysteries and marvelous evidence of the history of habitat development on Earth hundreds of million years ago. Đồng Văn Plateau is called Stone Plateau because the terrain here is covered with various kinds of stones. Coming to Đồng Văn, we are able to admire a world of stone: stretches of stone mountains, vast stone fields, stone pyramids, stone gardens, stone forests, stone animals, stone plants… The entire plateau is covered with stones. A dreamlike river winds about, its banks vertical stone cliffs; cozy houses with lingering smoke at sunset are surrounded by countless small stones. Stones, stones, and stones. Life is magical. From crevices in stones or on tiny patches of land among the stones, plants are still growing lush. One may see a glimpse of a young man plowing in his field halfway up a stone mountain. With the geoheritage of international standard and rich cultural traditions, in 2010, Đồng Văn Plateau was recognized by UNESCO as a world geological park and as the first global geopark in Âu Lạc. Đồng Văn Plateau has very rich geoheritages such as those of tectonics and geomorphology, which have left a very vibrant natural museum illustrating changes of the Earth's crust. The geological process spanning hundreds of millions of years has created interesting landscapes: vertical cliffs, river stone steps, mysterious caves, and stone slopes, while cliffs and valleys have formed deep canyons. Palaeobiological heritage and palaeo-environmental heritage give us the image of the environment in the past and the Earth’s evolution about 540 million years ago: Brachiopod fossils at Ma Lé Commune near Lũng Cú have shown the presence of palaeobiological species at inshore shallow waters. Trilobite fossils at Lũng Cú have proven that the age of Long Mountain, Lũng Cú is about 500 million years. Fusulinid fossils which have been found behind Đồng Văn ancient market are stones created by the accumulation of lifeless fusulinids. Fusulinid fossils are very beautiful; they can be used to make valuable fine handicrafts. There are many other fossils in Đồng Văn Plateau as evidence of life hundreds of millions of years ago. That life has disappeared, according to scientists, due to global climate change which causes an unexpected change of habitat. This is a precious lesson for us to preserve life on our beautiful Earth today. Đồng Văn Stone Park contains not only stones but also shows the importance of biodiversity with its very rich fauna and flora. Du Già Nature Reserve is a wildlife-friendly environment with more than 50 animal and bird species, especially the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, a species that exists only here. More than 20 kilometers from Đồng Văn Town, Lũng Cú is a northernmost land of Âu Lạc. From Lũng Cú, we can contemplate the impressive beauty of mountain chains, the peace of mountain villages. There was a very fine legend about Lũng Cú’s origin. Once upon a time, a sacred dragon came to stay on the highest mountain of this land. The place where the dragon resided was Dragon Residence, later renamed as Lũng Cú. The dragon was very fond of the beautiful scenery, yet it had to return to Heaven because this place was very short of water. The dragon left its eyes, which created 2 sacred wells always full of clear water year-round. Local people use this water for daily activities. Mã Pì Lèng pass is difficult and perilous to access, but very rich in geological heritage. Tu Sản canyon is 700 to 800 meters deep, 1.7 kilometers long with vertical cliffs. Standing on the peak of Mã Pì Lèng, one feels as if the blue sky is reachable. On the other hand, looking down the abyss, one feels so tiny before the Creator’s mysterious and immense power. Mã Pì Lèng is a glorious sight named “The First Magnificent Scenery” of Đồng Văn Plateau. Đồng Văn Plateau also has very attractive areas such as “stone garden,” “stone forest,” and “stone beach.” The stone garden has interesting images. Stone tops have images of flowers, buds, and twigs in diversified shapes, as if an entire flower garden turned into stones. At the stone forest, every stone top or rock top looks like a coiling dragon or crouching tiger. The stone beach amazed people with layers of flagstones side by side like thousands of shiny black seals leaning against one another to rest on a peaceful beach. All these wonders of Đồng Văn Plateau have become more lively with its inhabitants of 17 ethnic minority groups such as Hmông, Giáy, Dao, Tày, Lô Lô, Cờ Lao, Pu Péo, and Cao Lan, each having its own cultural characteristics. Cultural interactions among the ethnic groups have created diversity in the park. The highland’s culture has come into being through the process of adapting to the environment. The customs and folk tunes of the ethnic groups have blended beautifully with the majestic scenery. The ancient town of Đồng Văn, founded in the late 19th century, is a trade center of the Stone Plateau. Antique houses have their unique architectural beauty. The bazaar is a gem of beauty in the Plateau’s culture. The bazaar is a place to exchange homemade items for necessities. It is also a place for friends to meet after harvest or to exchange heartfelt stories. Coming to the Plateau bazaar, one can view the bright colors of brocade in the costumes of ethnic young women, enjoy the folk music infused in the ambience of mountains, and feel the rhythm of life here. Gazing at the millions of stone tops side by side, quiet and pensive, one feels as if since time immemorial, this was the land of spiritual practitioners, with millions of people meditating on the vast plateau. Hạ Long Bay, a small bay in the Gulf of northern Âu Lạc, is a natural wonder amid the high sea. Looking down from above, Hạ Long Bay is thousands of stone islands in diversified shapes, rising and falling with the waves like a vast watercolor painting. According to scientists, a tectonic process lasting about 500 million years had created Hạ Long Bay with 1969 stone islands, both large and small. Among them, there is a dense archipelago comprised of 775 islands, called the Heart of the Bay. The Aulacese consider themselves progenies of the Dragon and the Fairy. Thus, legend has it that once upon a time, the Jade Emperor ordered Mother Dragon to descend upon Earth with her Young Dragons, to help people in Âu Lạc build their lives. Seeing this place being plagued often with violent storms, the dragons spat out numerous pearls which turned into thousands of stone islands at sea, acting like firm walls to stop big waves and strong winds. Since then, the land started to be calm with verdant plants, and humans started to live in peace and happiness. The place where Mother Dragon descended is now Hạ Long, where the Young Dragons descended is Bái Tử Long and where the dragons whisked their tails making the water very white is Bạch Long Vỹ. With such magnificent and unique beauty, Hạ Long Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage. Sailing amid Hạ Long Bay, one feels as if in a maze of a gigantic park, a legendary garden with myriad fossilized characters. Human Head Islet looks like a face gazing intently at the mainland. Incense Burner Islet is like a giant incense burner amid the vast sea. Rooster and Hen Islet resembles a cute couple of a rooster and hen. In addition, there are Turtle Islet, Horse Saddle Islet, and so on. Ngọc Vừng (Dazzling Pearl) Island is surrounded by many fine beaches. In olden days, this area had a lot of pearls which kept the entire airspace shining brightly, thus it is called Ngọc Vừng Island. Cát Nàng Island has a lovely crescent-shaped beach. Climbing the mountain and bathing at Cát Nàng Island are surely delightful activities. The cave system at Hạ Long Bay is also very rich and splendid. Cave of Amazement, one of the most beautiful caves in Hạ Long Bay, is so named because the cave’s beauty astounds people. Passing a small path, the cave suddenly opens wide. Stalactites from the cave’s roof look like groups of bright spotlights. The scene is like a theater company performing a fairy tale with many lively characters. Celestial Palace Cave is on Đầu Gỗ Island. The cave wall is high and vertical, on it many relievos are engraved with various unusual shapes. Through the Creator’s miraculous hand, tucked inside the mountain is a scenery just like an opulent palace. Virgin Cave is a very dreamlike small cave. Legend has it that there was a beautiful girl whose lover was a gentle young man. Due to poverty, she worked for hire for a landlord who forced her to be his wife. When she declined, he became angry and banished her to a desert island. On a rainy night, hungry, exhausted, and missing her love, the young woman turned into a stone. That same night, the young man rowed a boat to look for her in the sea. A storm broke his boat, and he was swept to the island. Standing on the island, he called her name until he, too, turned into stone. At Virgin Cave, there is a limestone statue of a young woman standing with hair streaming down, looking towards the mainland. Opposite that is the Male Grotto, with a limestone statue of a young man looking towards the Virgin Cave, as if it’s nature’s testament of a faithful love. Hạ Long Bay not only has forests, seas, beautiful islands and interesting caves but also maintains the values of an ancient culture. The Hạ Long Culture with its habits and customs has been formed since thousands of years through adapting to the oceanic living environment. During moonlit nights and calm sea, the mythical fossilized characters on Hạ Long Bay now and then appear, then disappear, as if in a world of legends from long ago. Thank you for your company on today’s program featuring some famous sites in northern Âu Lạc (Vietnam). Please stay tuned to Supreme Master Television. May Earth’s glorious beauty last forever through humans’ compassionate lifestyle. Up next is Vegetarianism: The Noble Way of Living, right after Noteworthy News. Farewell for now.
27 Nov 2011
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In 2011, the Tangore-SenGupta Foundation won first prize of $50,000 in the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge. The project, Sustainable Treatment of Contaminated Groundwater in Cambodia: Turning a Crisis into an Economic Enterprise, focuses on arsenic removal in ground-sourced drinking water in Cambodia. Many people living in the Mekong river floodplains in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos use water contaminated with arsenic at concentrations typically over 20 times the safe limit prescribed by the World Health Organization. The project involves an arsenic groundwater removal system using locally available chemical compounds and reusable sand filters. Ground water is pumped into an overhead tank, chemically stabilised, filtered using reusable arsenic-selective adsorbents, and converted into stable sludge/solids for safe long-term storage. Twelve community-level arsenic removal units are to be installed in remote villages and schools in Cambodia. The project, using locally available raw materials, will complement traditional methods of water collection and costs will be shared by users. Environmental sustainability is addressed through the careful containment and storage of the arsenic removed from the contaminated water to ensure it does not leach into the environment. Socio-economic sustainability will be addressed through the formation and functioning of community water councils to ensure efficient operation and upkeep of the units. The Tagore-SenGupta Foundation, based in Pennsylvania, will be partnering with Cambodian NGO, This Life Cambodia, and Lehigh University. ---- A video of the second prize winner PATH, who have developed a scalable school water treatment and education programme in Kenya, can be viewed here. More information on the Environmental Challenge can be found at *******www.reedelsevier****/corporateresponsibility/environmental-challenge. The 2013 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge is accepting applications until 15 April. Apply now!
11 Apr 2013
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"THAILAND TRAVEL MART PLUS AMAZING GATEWAY TO THE GREATER MEKONG SUBREGION (TTM+): THE BIGGEST TRAVEL BUSINESS TO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. With cooperation between the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai tourism industry, Thailand has the honor to be the host of the largest B2B event ‘Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion’ (TTM+). The event, first organized in 2001, has the uttermost objective to promote the tourism and service business in Thailand and its Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) counterparts. Small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) have also been supported on the international stage with their products on offer."
14 Jun 2013
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Best 50 Bars, Pubs & Clubs in Goa 1- Club M 2-Tease 3-Cape Town Café 4-Club Cubana 5- Tito’s 6- Cafe Mambo 7- Cavala 8- Down The Road 9- SinQ 10- LPK Waterfront 11- Butter Lounge 12- Curlies 13- AZ.U.R 14- Cafe Mojo Pub And Bistro 15- Cantare 16- Capiz Bar 17 -Hype 18- Kamaki 19 -Club Poison 20- Mekong Lounge & Diner 21- After Seven 22- Drift 23- Leopold Lounge Bar 24- Lobby Lounge 25- 9Bar 26 F-Beach Club 27- The Bay View Lounge 28- Nostradamus 29- The Sundowner 30- Seagulls 31- SFX 32- On The Rocks Bar 33- Aagor Poolside Bar 34- Tavern Bar 35- The UV Bar 36- Club Mirage 37- Pool Side Bar 38- Soma Beach Club 39 – Sunken Bar 40- Mad Hatter 41- North16 42- Lobby Bar 43- Alexus 44- Martini Bar 45- Chronicle 46- Bahama Mama 47- Salud Latino Bar 48- High Tide Bar 49- Karoke Club 50- Blue Monkey
16 May 2018
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