Nuits d'Angkor" 2005 Dance and Sacred, Tradition and Future
As last year, "Les Nuits d'Angkor" will be held on the
December 16, 17 and 18. Cambodian and French stars will light up
Angkor's sky. The French Cultural Centre (CCF) and the French Embassy
in Cambodia, together with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
and the APSARA Authority, will renew their common cultural initiative
at the sixth annual "Les Nuits d'Angkor" over three evenings.
The Cambodian Royal Ballet is internationally renowned as one of
UNESCO's designated "Oral and Intangible Heritage Masterpiece
of the Humanity". The Jean-Claude Gallotta Company (The Grenoble
National Choreography Centre) is also well known for its contribution
to modern and multicultural choreography.
United under the same sky and in front of the breathtaking temple
of Angkor Wat, the two companies will perform for your pleasure
Do not miss this fabulous event by booking your seats in advance.
find "world's best" cave
British explorers recently discovered a new cave in Phong Nha-Ke
Bang National Park, which they classified as the world's most magnificent
cave, park officials said.
The cave was found in the core zone of the park, which was recognised
as a world heritage site by UNESCO in July 2003. The cave has a
width of nearly 200m and a ceiling height of around 100m. Its total
length has not yet been determined.
Home to thousands of stalactites, the cave was named "Paradise"
by the British explorers and the park.
Howt Bert, a member of the British explorers group and also a renowned
speleologist, said no cave in the world could compare with "Paradise"
in terms of its beauty.
The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located to the north of the
Truong Son mountain range. Home to abundant limestone formations,
it is considered an ideal site for researchers and explorers of
grottoes and caves.
The park covers 85,000 hectares, including the oldest limestone
mountain range in Asia. It has a system of nearly 300 caves, including
Phong Nha cave, and dozens of unexplored mountain peaks of more
than 1,000 metres, such as Co Rilata (1,128m) and Co Preu (1,213m).
Vietnamese and British scientists have so far surveyed more than
20 grottoes and caves, of which 17 are in Phong Nha with the remaining
three in Ke Bang.
The Phong Nha cave that lends its name to the entire system is probably
the most beautiful with many fascinating rock formations carrying
evocative names such as The Lion, the Fairy Caves, the Royal Court
Phong Nha also boasts long underground rivers, large caverns and
passageways, wide pristine sand banks and astonishing rock formations.
The park's tropical forest is home to 36 of the more than 750 rare
plant species and 89 animal species listed by the Vietnam Red Book
as endangered or protected.
The area is also home to archaeological relics, such as the ancient
hieroglyphic script of the Cham, and historical sites such as King
Ham Nghi's base built for the war against French colonialists, the
Xuan Son ferry station, the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Road 20 used during
the American war.
International and the Wildlife Conservation Society have announced
a significant advance in the understanding and conservation of threatened
vultures in Indochina.
Attempts to capture and study vultures in the dry forests landscape
of northern Cambodia have proved challenging. Following a lengthy,
concerted trapping effort in May 2005, WCS researchers were rewarded
with the successful capture of five Critically Endangered vultures
(three Slender-billed Vultures Gyps tenuirostris and two White-rumped
Vultures Gyps bengalensis), as well as two near-threatened Red-headed
Vultures Sarcogyps calvus. This trapping exercise was conducted
while carrying out a "vulture restaurant" in Chhep District,
Preah Vihear Province, northern Cambodia.
All birds were wing-tagged, leg-banded, and three birds (two Slender-billed
and one White-rumped) were fitted with satellite transmitter units
provided by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife
in the UK), before being released. Samples also were collected to
determine the health status of the birds and their exposure to infectious
Satellite tracking provides an accurate, up-to-date, landscape overview
of vulture behaviour and ranging patterns. Maps of the three satellite
tagged vultures from May 2005 show that all three birds left the
trapping area soon after capture and settled quite close to each
other approximately 80 km to east. The greatest distance was covered
by the White-rumped Vulture which travelled considerably further
than the others, drifting through five provinces. One of the Slender-billed
Vultures travelled north at one point settling along the Mekong
River in southern Laos.
Vultures are examples of what conservationists call "dispersed
species" that range at low population densities over very large
areas in search of food. Hunting of Cambodia's wild ungulates has
greatly reduced the availability of food for the vultures, forcing
them to forage over wider areas, and exposing them to risks beyond
the confines of limited protected areas.
Three species of Asian vultures (White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis,
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris, and Indian Vulture Gyps
indicus) in South Asia have declined dramatically over the past
decade and are now facing imminent extinction. Recorded population
declines in India are over 97% since 1993 and 30-40% annually in
Pakistan. Research has revealed that these declines are caused by
veterinary use of the drug Diclofenac. All three of these vulture
species are presently considered Critically Endangered. If the populations
of these species in South Asia decline to extinction, only two small,
disparate, wild populations of White-rumped and Slender-billed Vultures
will remain; one in north-eastern Cambodia and southern Laos, and
the other in Myanmar.
in Indochina and The World Bank have signed a Global Environment
Facility (GEF) grant agreement of US$ 973,000 to support a project
in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
The project aims to conserve biodiversity in one of the country's
highest priority protected areas. Chu Yang Sin National Park is
an Important Bird Area (IBA), as well as being part of a larger
Endemic Bird Area (EBA) containing seven restricted-range bird species.
The park is also the only protected area known to support the Endangered
Grey-crowned Crocias Crocias langbianis.
Unlike many other areas of Vietnam, the 60,000ha of mountain forest
in the park are still in good condition. The project will help establish
effective enforcement and forest protection to prevent encroachment
and illegal exploitation of the park's natural resources. It will
also increase scientific knowledge about the area and build awareness
among local people of its importance for biodiversity.
Five-star Park Hyatt opens in HCMC
The Park Hyatt Saigon opened in Ho Chi Minh City on July 15, becoming
the ninth five-star hotel in the city.
Designed in ancient French architecture style, the luxury hotel
has 259 rooms, two restaurants and several conference halls.
standard hotel opened in Danang
The Tourane My Khe hotel and villa area opened on July 9 during
the celebration of the Danang Culture and Tourism Festival 2005.
Vice Chairman of Danang People's Committee, Tran Van Minh, cut the
ribbon. The hotel, which has 70-plus international standard rooms,
was upgraded at a total cost of VND35 billion.
The swimming pool, tennis court, 1,000-seat restaurant, bar and
convention hall will make this a new destination for visitors to
for Da Lat
Hoang Anh Da Lat in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat opened
on July 10, and will discount on service charges for the first two
The resort, operated by the chain Hoang Anh Hotels & Resorts,
is comprised of six villas with 100 rooms in total.
The resort covers five hectares, and is located in an area surrounded
by Ky Con, Pho Duc Chinh, Nguyen Du and Quang Trung streets. The
Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group has invested VND150 billion (nearly USD10
million) to remodel the villas, which used to be operated by Lam
Dong Province's Dalat Tourist company.
For the first two months, the special Superior Room for two will
cost USD38 per night, which is a steep cut from the normal rate
name in Siem Reap
The Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort, in January 2006, will open Cambodia's
first truly international standard golf facility: Phokeethra Country
Golf Club. The hotel name will then be changed to Sofitel Royal
Angkor Golf & Spa Resort.
Hôtel de la Paix
The new 5-star hotel will finally open its doors on the July 25,
2005. The stylish property comes with 107 spacious rooms and is
located in the centre of Siem Reap.
Pool at the Auberge Mont Royal
The boutique Auberge Mont Royal has added a swimming pool. Rooms
and lobby are being renovated step by step.
A new extension wing with 100 Landmark rooms is under construction
at the Borei Angkor Hotel. Half of the rooms will be finished by
end of this year, the rest in October 2006.
Hotel in Battambang
On the August 15, a new boutique hotel will enrich Battambang's
accommodation options. La Villa is an old mansion and comes with
six rooms only. It is owned by Line Bouvet and her husband Dimitri.
French and Cambodian cuisine will be served in the garden restaurant.
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