Weekly roundup: Fall from grace, tourism boom, visa-friendly destination, better life and more

December 9, 2017 | 04:19 pm GMT+7
Revisit the week with top stories compiled by VnExpress International's editors.
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Vietnam arrests once-rising political star for wrongdoings at state energy giant

Dinh La Thang faces the music for his mismanagement at PetroVietnam and is the latest political casualty of the anti-graft move.

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Australia, India among 6 new countries eligible for e-visa to Vietnam

Visitors from Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.A.E have also been added to the list.

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Is life better today than 50 years ago? Most Vietnamese say YES

Economic confidence helps Vietnam lead a divided survey on whether life has progressed over the past five decades.

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A peek inside the hermit kingdom: Dining at Pyongyang, a North Korean restaurant in Vietnam

We tuck into a seriously surreal meal, accompanied by captivating music, interrupted chats and strict surveillance.

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More than just a Kong set: Vietnamese province named among top places to go in 2018

Forget Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh is the place to visit next year.

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Vietnam puts brakes on controversial toll station in wake of public backlash

The decision sent jubilant drivers pouring onto National Highway 1 to celebrate what they perceive as a victory.

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Saigon stretches its legs with new walking streets plan in backpacker district

The public will have their say on the expansion of the city's already popular pedestrian area.

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Vietnam’s beloved Sa Pa might lose itself in tourism race: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said tourism development must not harm Sa Pa’s ‘green jungle or ethnic culture.’

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Vietnam on track to lure almost 13 million foreign visitors this year

The record all-time high of 10 million tourists has already been smashed.

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Vietnam tries to whip Communist Party into shape with tough new anti-dissent rule

Expulsion is the harshest penalty facing members who do not toe the Party line.

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Hanoi gets its first McDonald's as influx of western fast food chains continues

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6 destinations to emerge as tourism magnets in Vietnam in 2017

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