Looking for a frienship and possibly more in tuyen quang
Ethos organised a fantastic tour round this little known area of the far North of Vietnam for me. Starting at Bac Ha with it's near unique Buffalo market and the general market with the women in their colourful mostly hand made clothes. With Phil and Hoa as my guides we travelled in a big loop which included a relaxing boat trip onTuyen Quang lake, homestays with wonderful people and often lunch with some of the local ethnic groups for example the red Dao , the money Dao, the Tay and the Nung. There is the opportunity to kayak on Tuyen Quang lake surrounded by waterfalls and the Karst mountains ever bit as stunning as Halong bay , more so as you will probably be the only tourists for miles. Good food, good company, stunning scenery and most important a guide to inform you of the history of the area and the ethnic groups and their customs. I will be going back again.
TOUR ROUND THE HA GIANG / TUYEN GUANG... - Ethos - Spirit of the Community
Refworld | Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Vietnam
The most recent National Assembly elections, held in , were neither free nor fair, despite limited competition among CPV-vetted candidates. Authorities maintained effective control over the security forces. The most significant human rights problems in the country were severe government restrictions of citizens' political rights, particularly their right to change their government through free and fair elections; limits on citizens' civil liberties, including freedom of assembly and expression; and inadequate protection of citizens' due process rights, including protection against arbitrary detention. On January 1, the president signed and promulgated significant amendments to the constitution, including a dedicated chapter on human rights, but the government had yet to enact implementing laws to realize concrete gains associated with this chapter. Specific human rights abuses included arbitrary and unlawful deprivation of life; police attacks and corporal punishment; arbitrary arrest and detention for political activities; continued police mistreatment of suspects during arrest and detention, including the use of lethal force and austere prison conditions; and denial of the right to a fair and expeditious trial.