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The Future of Vietnamese Traditional Medicine

Vietnamese Traditional Medicine
Vietnamese Traditional Medicine

Vietnamese Traditional Medicine, Noni

The Future of Vietnamese Traditional Medicine

In the earlier articles, we have tried to chronicle the history of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (TVM) and to note both some of the differences with its relative Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is a much larger and in most cases better known kin of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.  We also have noted that Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is experiencing a rebirth as many healers like  Nguyen Van Be (usually called “Ong Ba Dat Phen”) have increasingly tried to better document it and to give it an increasing scientific basis.

In 2010, Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is at a crossroads and there is much change going on in many aspects of the industry.  Key in helping to lead and direct this change again is Nguyen Van Be and his joint stock company Mephydica.  This company was founded in 1983 as a research center “Center of Research, Conservation, Development the Material Medicine in Dong Thap Muoi” (Trung tam Nghien Cuu Bao Ton Phat Trien Duoc Lieu Dong Thap Muoi).

In November 2009, Ong Ba converted the center into Joint Stock Company to help it to continue to develop economically and to gain more revenue to protect the environment in his area and to promote economic development.  Currently Mephydica acts as steward and as ultimately the protector of 1,000 hectares of land, canals, swamp and forest.  The company currently has approximately 100 employees and annual sales of over  6 billion VN Dong or roughly about $300,000.  Thirty percent of this production is ultimately exported, mostly through partners. Sustainable development, environmental protection and increasing use of good science are hallmarks of Mephydica under the leadership of Ong Ba.

In 2010, Mephydica, formed a relationship with Delphi Health Services.  Delphi Health Service was started by Chris, Soraya and Charles Runckel in Thailand in 2006 to carry out research on plant, animal and human genetics and to develop various patented processes based on modern genetics in the testing for diabetes in SE Asians, for skin improvement and for other human genetics tests.  The company also carried out research on tests and methods to improve raising of healthy shrimp, algae as a agent for making bio-diesel and many other projects.  Delphi has similarly followed core tenets that encourage the use of sustainable agriculture and protection of the environment through well-conceived scientific and business planning.

Mr. Nguyen Van Be

Nguyen Van Be, Ong Ba Dat Phen

In 2010, a decision was made to collaborate with Bui Truong Minh and Mai T.N. Huong who had graduated with a Masters in Plant Biotechnology from Holland on a new venture in Vietnam focussed on entering Vietnam’s nascent biotech market and helping to bring the benefits of modern biotech and biochemical science to Vietnamese companies involved in health, food production, cosmetics and skincare and other industries. Vietnam was in the process of change at this point as the government sought to push many government institutes to privatize and to seek outside funding for more and more of their research.

Early on Mai and I met  Mr. Nguyen Van Be (Ong Ba) who shared our view that Vietnam needed to make increased usage of modern science in many fields.  We started collaborating with him in first the field of Vietnamese Traditional Medicine and development of medicinal herbs.  This collaboration soon spread to shared interest in development of bio-pesticides based on Neem which has been planted in Vietnam in order to inhibit soil erosion as a potential way to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in Vietnam and to reduce imports and also on a modern spa based on Vietnamese Traditional Medicine and Ong Ba’s observations over the importance of food, a peaceful setting, access to nature and other concepts; to bio-pesticides plus many other subjects.

Today, Delphi Health Service is established in Vietnam and is in the process of opening a modern biotech lab in Vietnam to better research and document the many current projects.  We are involved in projects in many locations in Vietnam and daily talk with businesses who are seeking the unique scientific approach we utilize and the modern skills of brand identification, marketing and innovative management we employ.

Our current focus concerns medicinal herbs.  Vietnam has had thousands of years of experience with medicinal herbs.  Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is largely unknown in comparison to its much better known Chinese cousin but is undergoing a rebirth in Vietnam.  Further the production of essential oils and other herbal compounds is gaining increased scientific attention as individuals and companies look for new ways to deal with infection, cancer, AIDS and many modern diseases.  One fairly unique focus that we bring to this portion is our work is our focus on increasing the sustainability of Vietnam’s efforts in terms of medicinal herbs.  We are currently working to improve the protection of scarce medicinal herbs and other plant products and to encourage others to act as better stewards of the country’s biological diversity before it is too late.  This work currently has much urgency as many medicinal compounds are becoming increasingly scarce in Vietnam as they have been harvested in an unsustainable and unprofessional manner and with no thought to the future or to future generations.

Each day is a new opportunity for Delphi Health Service staff in Vietnam to both help others and to learn.  We work in fields that are both ancient – Vietnamese Traditional Medicine – but also those that are among the most modern – human, animal and plant biotechnology and their relation to the above field and to many others.  We are leading efforts to protect Vietnam’s unique herbal and plant biodiversity.  Daily we bring new studies and new ways of looking to improve business and agricultural work in Vietnam.

Vietnam in the 21st Century is a challenging business and research environment but it is also an area where a relatively small number of people and a relatively modest investment can lead to new opportunities to improve conditions markedly in the the country.   Please contact us if we can help your operations in Vietnam or if you can use our access to essential oils, modern herbal medicine and medicinal herb abstracts.  We look forward to your call or visit.

Vietnamese Traditional Medicine

Ong Ba Dat Phen and Vietnamese Traditional Medicine


Source: Business In Asia

About the Author: 

Christopher W. Runckel, a former senior US diplomat who served in many counties in Asia, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. He served as Deputy General Counsel of President Gerald Ford’s Presidential Clemency Board. Mr. Runckel is the principal and founder of Runckel & Associates, a Portland, Oregon based consulting company that assists businesses expand business opportunities in Asia. (

Until April of 1999, Mr. Runckel was Minister-Counselor of the US Embassy in Beijing, China. Mr. Runckel lived and worked in Thailand for over six years. He was the first permanently assigned U.S. diplomat to return to Vietnam after the Vietnam War. In 1997, he was awarded the U.S. Department of States highest award for service, the Distinguished Honor Award, for his contribution to improving U.S.-Vietnam relations. Mr. Runckel is one of only two non-Ambassadors to receive this award in the 200-year history of the U.S. diplomatic service.



For meeting Mr. Nguyen Van Be or Ong Ba Dat Phen and Khanh An Drugs and Pharmacy in person, contact us:

Khanh An Drug and Pharmacy Co., Ltd was found with the goal of taking care of and protecting health right at the beginning together by natural products in daily life in order to enhance continuously the body resistance against diseases and prevention from the external factors which cause confusion of body functions. To patients, the company helps them fight against illness and recover health strongly. Let’s make life become more lovely and healthier.

KHANH AN CO., LTD is specialized in producing and trading: Drugs; Flavorings, completely natural essential oil; Materials extracted finely from herbal remedy; Functional foods

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Vietnamese Traditional Medicine, Traditional Medicine With a More Scientific Basis Continues To Prosper in Vietnam

Vietnam Traiditional Medicinal Farm

Vietnam Traiditional Medicinal Farm

Traditional Medicine With a More Scientific Basis Continues To Prosper in Vietnam

Traditional Medicine has a long and honored history in Vietnam (please see our earlier article on this subject).  This has long fascinated me since my service in Vietnam in the 1960s and my return to Vietnam in 1992 as US Special Negotiator to Vietnam.  Recently I returned to Vietnam to update my knowledge on this issue.  I found that Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (TVM) is still thriving.  Nowadays, many of the more exotic ingredients are no longer found or utilized, but the diagnosis and treatment is similar and in many cases has changed little. One change, however, is the cost of treatment is no longer cheap and as a consequence many of those seeking TVM treatment tend to be the middle and upper classes.  Whereas traditional medicine was once the medicine of the poor, it is now more likely to be the middle classes and foreigners who find their way to the traditional physician either because Western medicine is not working for them or because they are skeptical about the tainted medicines and outright fakes or adulterated medicine that abound in Vietnam.

Today poor people who can manage to afford to self-medicate use foreign or domestically produced drugs and antibiotics which they gain by relying upon the advice of their local pharmacist. The result of this is that local doctors and pharmacists with limited training and a culture of assuming that more medicine is better than less have combined to create a major problem of over-prescribing ‘Western’ drugs.

Those of more limited means who don’t have the money for western medicine, or an exemption card from their local authority, use folk remedies and make do the best they can.

Trái Nhàu

Noni, Vietnamese traditional medicine

There is now increasing interest in using traditional medicine to supplement treatment of chronic illnesses, such as AIDS and cancer which seem to be increasing in Vietnam as people live longer. To see how this works, I visited the Traditional Medicine Institute in Ho Chi Minh City where I saw hundreds of patients waiting for treatment.  At the Institute, modern diagnostic tools like x-rays, scans, etc. are used in concert with herbal and more traditional cures.  Traditional treatments are benign, and seem to have therapeutic benefits in calming patients and restoring their confidence, perhaps because the methods and medicines are so deeply rooted in the Vietnamese culture.

Later I took a motorcycle with Bui Truong Minh and stopped by some traditional medicine stores in the central area of the city.  Here can still be found many, many stores specializing in herbs and medicinal treatments that are often times specialized into particular cures or treatments for common conditions in Vietnam.

Although Vietnam is modernizing quickly, traditional medicine in Vietnam has not disappeared and if anything is gaining something of a revitalization.  In Vietnam, undoubtedly one of the current healers who has been noted for his interest and professionalization of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is Nguyen Van Be (usually called “Ong Ba Dat Phen” – which means the Man in the 2nd position in the family on the Acid Land).  Ong Ba was born in Ben Tre but has spent much of his life in Dong Thap Muoi.  I had heard of Ong Ba or Mr. Be as I called him and had arranged to meet him for lunch on a past visit to Ho Chi Minh City.  At this lunch, Mr. Be and I discovered that we both were born the same year – the year of the Buffalo or Ox and had both experienced the Vietnam War in 1969-70 in similar areas.  Mr. Be’s service was infinitely longer than my own as he volunteered at the age of 14 and fought for much of the war.

Ong Ba Dat Phen

Ong Ba Dat Phen & and Liz, Tasmania Australia

During his service, he became interested in herbal medicine as both a source of medicine which was very limited in rural areas during the war and also through his observations of nature and the forest which were a part of daily life during these times.  Later, the government sent him North to study traditional medicine (Western medicine industry) in which he excelled.  However, after graduation, he returned to the South and to Saigon to study Western Medicine at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy where he later served as a lecturer. Then he started to do research on snake poison and saw in practice that the herbal plants can cure the snake poison. Since then, he started to become increasingly drawn to Vietnamese traditional medicine which he never trusted previously. He volunteered to come to Dong Thap Muoi, in particularly Moc Hoa District, which was called “dead land” following the reclamation campaign of the government to expand agricultural land.   Here in this land with acidic water and soil he proceeded to use his knowledge of herbal remedies and cures to not only benefit the people around him but to help build economic development, protect the environment and build a sustainable ecosystem that balanced the interests and demands of plants, birds, animals and man.

Today I would be visiting his company compound which is part of 1,000 hectares of sustainably managed and protected canals, land and swamps which employs a large number of local people and gives them jobs and a superior infrastructure.  To visit Mr. Be started with a two hour trip by road to Eastern Long An province near the Cambodian Border.  After 2 hours by car, we boarded a long boat similar to a Thai long tailed boat and headed for 30 minutes by water to the dock and more modern facility that is part of the Mephydica Company compound (also known in Vietnamese as Cong Ty CP Bao Ton PT Duoc Lieu DTM).  Ong Ba had been expecting the visit of “his old friend and Companion Buffalo” and met us at the dock.  From there we looked up to the tower which contains the statues of the founders of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.  We paid our respects briefly but as we were a little late, lunch was being held for us and being hungry we hurried to follow Ong Ba into lunch.

Vietnamese food according to Ong Ba should be simple and based on what is in season.  Meat has its place in Vietnamese cooking but vegetables predominate and are often served freshly washed.  Medicinal herbs are served with vegetables not only for their taste but also for their restorative, purging and correcting action on the body.

Passifloraceae, violales

Passifloraceae, violales - Vienamese Tradtional Medicine

Although these herbs are often common, well planned preparation and planning of meals as advocated by Mr. Be leads to improved food balance and health in a gradual restorative manner.  Further since Vietnamese Traditional Medicine focusses on treating the underlying conditions not the symptoms as is often the case in Western medicine the recovery ultimately is more firm.  I have lived in Vietnam too long not to realize the dangers of eating raw vegetables in rural locations but throughout my 3 day stay at Mr. Be’s retreat I ate everything and was never sick as everything is washed scrupulously, the water is all bottled or treated as is the ice and generally if you are observant you will have little problem.

Over lunch, Ong Ba talked about Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.  He noted that although Vietnamese and Chinese Traditional Medicine are often lumped together, there are in fact substantial differences.  TVM, unlike Chinese Traditional Medicine is more based on the use of fresh herbs.  Further, although many herbs, trees, etc. are similar to both countries, many are very different and only found in one or the other country.  Finally, many of the diseases in Vietnam are different and present differently when the patient is examined.  This Ong Ba noted made Traditional Vietnamese Medicine different from its Northern relative.

Vietnam Health Retreats Holidays

Later Ong Ba took us to Mephydica’s guest house which was newly built, air conditioned and with all modern amenities including a bathtub which was spa-like in its proportions.  Ong Ba noted that he is planning a spa that will help expose Vietnamese and foreign guests to the benefits of Vietnamese Traditional Medicine and that will utilize the principals he has learned in both the food served, the peaceful nature of the area, the restorative affects of nature with modern amenities and the experience of other spa industries such as Thailand to create a Vietnamese Spa that will be a first and soon the flagship of a new industry in Vietnam.

We took a nap in the afternoon and then later toured the large property that Mephydica owns where Mr. Be explained about Vietnamese herbs and introduced us to both their uses and how he processes and harvests them.

We observed the stainless steel stills in which the essential oils are extracted and observed workers placing the processed medicinal herb residue back on the land to serve as mulch for vegetables and other plants grown on the facility.

That night we had another excellent dinner in which Mr. Be served a wine he processes on the property.  The wine was strong and fruity and quite pleasant and was a nice partner to the fresh vegetables, fish, meat and fruit that covered the table.

Early the next morning we breakfasted on good Vietnamese coffee, bread, fruit and eggs and then watched some other guests haul big fish from the ponds around the compound.  Later we took a boat and went out to examine some of the trees and herbs grown on the compound.  Ong Ba explained the trees and herbs that we observed and we all marveled at the large number of birds and other animals we saw as we travelled about the property and saw first-hand how Ong Ba has protected and restored the land while also creating jobs and economic development.  Among the medicinal herbs that are now a firm fixture of this property are the following:

Muu (Calophyllum inophyllum)

Chuoi hot (banana containing seeds)

Tan day la (Plectranthus amboinicus) (Lour.)

Xa hoa hong (Palmarosa)

Ha Thu o (Polygonum multiflorum thunb)

Rau ma (Centella asiatica)

Rau ram (Persicaria odorata)

Rau om (Limnophila aromatica) (Lam)

Bach dan chanh (Eucalyptus citriodora)

Nhau (Noni)

Vietnam Holiday Health Retreats

Mr. Be's Traditional Medicine center

After another great lunch and a further tour of the facility, it was time for another nap in the heat of the day before a peaceful ride back along the canals to rejoin our vehicle and head back to Saigon.  We all went back feeling restored and impressed with Ong Ba who truly lives up to his name as a national treasure of Vietnam which he was named for his work in Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and for his protection of the environment, promotion of sustainability and contribution to local job creation and economic development.  I know I will return to Vietnam in the future many times and when I do, a visit to Ong Ba’s upcoming resort will be high on my list of priorities.


About the Author:

Christopher W. Runckel, a former senior US diplomat who served in many counties in Asia, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. He served as Deputy General Counsel of President Gerald Ford’s Presidential Clemency Board. Mr. Runckel is the principal and founder of Runckel & Associates, a Portland, Oregon based consulting company that assists businesses expand business opportunities in Asia. (

Until April of 1999, Mr. Runckel was Minister-Counselor of the US Embassy in Beijing, China. Mr. Runckel lived and worked in Thailand for over six years. He was the first permanently assigned U.S. diplomat to return to Vietnam after the Vietnam War. In 1997, he was awarded the U.S. Department of States highest award for service, the Distinguished Honor Award, for his contribution to improving U.S.-Vietnam relations.

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Island escape is Vietnam’s best-kept secret, Phu Quoc Islands

Vietnam Beach Retreat

Phuc Quoc Islands, Place with siren song

Island escape is Vietnam’s best-kept secret, Phu Quoc Islands

It may be on the doorstep of a heaving metropolis, but this island remains an undeveloped paradise.

In the milliseconds it takes to fall from a motor scooter at 50km/h onto a dusty, dirt road, time slows down – like you’re in The Matrix – until it clicks back into real time with a thud and a whimper as you hit the ground.

And while I did see this coming, that hardly dulls the shock. The road that runs alongside the entire length of Phu Quoc’s aptly named Long Beach is a never-ending, never-bending slippery slide of loose clay, deep ruts and falling coconuts. And scooters aren’t renowned for rough roading – probably why you don’t see them at motor cross events.

I dust myself off and check for damage: a bit of missing skin and a scratch or two on the bike’s chassis; nothing a lick of Betadine and a hasty exit from the shop I hired the moped from won’t fix.

Just as well too, for this is not an island to have a bad traffic accident on (unlike, you know, those islands made for them!). With over 70 per cent of Phu Quoc designated National Park – that’s about 31,500 hectares of dense jungle and empty coastline – it could’ve been some time before help came along. On Vietnam’s best-kept secret island, there’s a hell of a lot of nothing between anything resembling something.

Oh sure, the Vietnamese Government has been touting Phu Quoc as the next Phuket for years now as part of its plan to make Vietnam the number one tourist destination in Asia. But so far, thankfully, progress is still something only faintly detectable on the breeze. Mostly though the wind around here reeks of fish, squid and fish sauce – Phu Quoc’s economy is determined by humble fishermen, more so than tourism workers – and its landscape is dotted predominately with simple fishing villages. It’s also still best known to the Vietnamese as the island that produces the country’s finest fish sauce (or nuoc mam).

But perhaps the most incredible thing about Phu Quoc’s sleepy demeanour is just how close this place is to Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. Just 50 minutes flying time away from one of South-East Asia’s most high-octane cities. There’s six daily services costing as little as $25AUD one way.

With a city of eight million on its doorstep, you’d think the island would be overrun with visitors. But outside of public holidays (and the Christmas/New Year period where accommodation often triples in price) the island remains blissfully empty of tourists.

Accommodation choices consist mostly of bungalows set on sleepy beaches, restaurants come with sandy floors and a barefoot dress code, with sunsets into the ocean the only floor show. Like Koh Samui 30 years ago, there’s an innocence to the place – no-one bothers you offering good-time girls or to selling merchandise from their store. For my entire stay here a temperamental lock won’t work on my bungalow door, but no-one steals any of my valuables.

Night-time options don’t stretch too far beyond markets of fresh seafood straight off the boats and cheap, ice-cold local beer at beachside bars while squid boats light up the horizon. Unlike the rest of Asia, there’s barely any music to be heard, while Phu Quoc has been embraced by the backpacker market, it somehow remains devoid of the stock-standard R’n’B roar of Thailand’s seaside bars. Music’s more a BYO affair on Phu Quoc, bring your own guitar and create your own dance club.

Most of Phu Quoc’s development so far has been confined to the northern end of Long Beach, a few kilometres from the island’s biggest centre, Duong Dong, and the airport. But apart from a few high-end villas that generally blend into the background, you’ll mostly find bungalows down hard-to-find laneways off the main road that encircles the island, creating enough distance to induce a feeling of isolation.

Outside of this accommodation ‘hot-spot’, Vietnam’s largest island feels like it’s hardly been discovered. It’s home to some of Vietnam’s most pristine beaches – wide sandy strips of white ringed by clear blue waters. Its coastline is rugged, and often hard to access.

The island’s best beach, Bai Thom, is on Phu Quoc’s remote north-east corner amongst dense jungle dissected by winding, dirt tracks, while the runner-up, Bai Sao, is closer to a main town, but still requires a topsy-turvy, dirt-road battle on a moped.

But therein lies Phu Quoc’s appeal, it’s not as easily accessible as other hot-spots in Vietnam, granting it off-the-beaten-track status. And like most places that require extra commitment to get there, the rewards are all the more satisfying (the beach at Bai Sao is wide and sandy, fringed by coconut trees and thick undulating jungle to the horizon, with laid-back beach bars metres from a warm, blue-green sea).

Phu Quoc offers up endless days of sunbaking and swimming on quiet beaches, but it also caters for the adventurous traveller. The An Thoi Islands – a group of 15 islands just off the south coast of Phu Quoc – are some of Asia’s most pristine, devoid mostly, for now, of any development at all. Operators offer kayaking, diving, snorkelling, fishing and day tours to the islands. Or if you prefer, hire your own boat from An Thoi Town, or Duong Dong.

There’s also plenty of hiking on offer in Phu Quoc’s hilly interior, which is almost entirely covered in thick jungle (Phu Quoc’s highest point, Mt Chua, is 603 metres high and is by far Phu Quoc’s most challenging walk). In fact, most of Phu Quoc north of Duong Dong is completely covered in forest, with only red dusty tracks providing a passage through.

If you motor along Phu Quoc’s empty roads for long enough, you’ll see a tiny hint of things to come; the smell of fresh bitumen covering red dust tracks and signs for new resorts creeping a little further south along Long Beach. Backpackers in Ho Chi Minh City may well be speaking of Phu Quoc in whispers, but an island like Phu Quoc can’t stay a secret forever.


Getting there

Vietnam Airlines flies daily to Ho Chi Minh City from Melbourne with six daily connections to Phu Quoc.

Staying there

If you’d like a little extra comfort, try La Veranda, which is set in colonial-era style on Long Beach, rooms start at about $160US, see, for something more rustic try the beach bungalows at Duong Dong Resort from $50US per night, see

More Phu Quoc Islands information

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Source: Brisbane Times

Phu Quoc trip

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BNI Vietnam, SUCCESS Chapter

Business Networking International – BNI là một tổ chức Kết nối thương mại lớn nhất dành cho doanh nghiệp vừa và nhỏ trên khắp thế giới .

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Việc mang đến cho người khác những cơ hội trong kinh doanh, bạn cũng sẽ được đền đáp lại bằng những cơ hội kinh doanh do người khác mang đến.

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– Công ty của bạn có thêm từ 20 đến 65 “Sales Manger có tư cách tốt” là những hội viên BNI- những chủ doanh nghiệp uy tín, kinh nghiệm sẵn lòng “sales” cho bạn mà không đòi hỏi bạn phải trả bất cứ một chi phí nào. Hội viên BNI, SUCCESS Chapter chỉ hỗ trợ nhau mà không cạnh tranh nhau.

– Phát triển, mở rộng thị trường trong nước và toàn thế giới

– Sản phẩm và dịch vụ liên tục được cải tiến chất lượng & phát triển

– Xây dựng, phát triển lòng tin và sự yêu thích cho thương hiệu của doanh nghiệp của bạn mà không tốn bất kỳ chi phí nào cho quảng cáo hay dịch vụ marketing

Lợi ích cho cá nhân bạn:

– Mở rộng quan hệ kinh doanh trong nước và quốc tế

– Phát triển và nâng cao uy tín cá nhân bằng việc luôn thay đổi, cải thiện bản thân qua việc cải thiện chất lượng dịch vụ sản phẩm của công ty, nghiêm túc trong các hoạt động và cam kết cùng BNI.

– BNI tạo ra một môi trường thân thiện và mang tính hỗ trợ cao. Khi bạn gặp khó khăn trong kinh doanh hay trong cuộc sống cá nhân, hãy nói ra những khó khăn ấy cho các thành viên trong chapter của bạn vào ngày họp định kỳ hàng tuần, bạn sẽ có từ 20 đến 65 “cái đầu” sẽ cùng suy nghĩ và giúp bạn giải quyết vấn đề.

– Cơ hội được đào tạo và học hỏi, cập nhật thông tin. Trong mỗi buổi họp BNI luôn có thời gian cho việc huấn luyện, đây là thời gian để hội viên chia sẻ với nhau những kinh nghiệm, kiến thức mới, hữu ích mà họ có được cho những người “anh em” trong chapter của mình.



CEO đồng thời là người sáng lập ra BNI là Tiến sĩ Misner Ivan. Misner Ivan được CNN gọi là “cha đẻ của phong cách networking hiện đại”, tạp chí Entrepreneur gọi ông là “quân sư networking” và được các tờ báo danh tiếng như L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times ca ngợi. Tại Mỹ, ông là diễn giả “đinh” của những talkshow về quan hệ hợp tác va xúc tiến thương mại. Ông có vô số những buổi nó chuyện về Networking trên các kênh của CNN, CNBC, và BBC.

Các giám đốc của BNI trên toàn thế giới là những người dày dặn kinh nghiệm và uy tín. Họ luôn làm việc hết mình để BNI trở thành tổ chức kết nối thương mại lớn nhất, hiệu quả và thành công nhất dành cho doanh nghiệp vừa và nhỏ trên toàn thế giới.

Các thông tin về BNI có t hể tham khảo tại website:


BNI đã phôi thai ở Việt Nam cách đây từ những năm đầu những năm 2000. Nhưng do một số khó khăn do sự khác biệt về văn hóa và truyền thống cũng như quan niệm của người Việt Nam về tổ chức và hiệp hội mà đến đầu năm 2010 BNI mới chính thức được thành lập tại Việt Nam.

Cách làm kinh doanh của doanh nhân Việt Nam đó là kinh doanh dựa trên uy tín. Điều này hoàn toàn phù hợp với tiêu chí hoạt động của BNI. Tuy nhiên, cách làm của người Việt chúng ta còn ở mức tự phát và chưa hệ thống. Chính vì vậy BNI sẽ giúp hệ thống hóa và thay đổi cách kinh doanh của họ. Tính hệ thống cũng là một nét đặc biệt tạo nên sự thành công và khác biệt cho BNI. Tham gia vào BNI bạn sẽ có thêm một cách hoàn toàn khác để tạo ra doanh thu và lợi nhuận.

BNI Việt Nam hiện tại có 12 chapters: 8 Chapters tại TP Hồ Chí Minh và 3Chapters tại Hà Nội và 1 tại Đà Nẵng.

Hội viên của BNI Việt Nam đều là những CEO và đại diện kinh doanh của các công ty.

Thành lập và hoạt động theo tiêu chí của BNI và BNI Vietnam. SUCCESS Chapter chủ trì chính bởi Ms. Thu Anh, Vietnam Connecting Lady, Nerver Alone Café  và các thành viên là chủ Doanh Nghiệp, đại diện kinh doanh của các Công ty có uy tín, nhiều năm kinh nghiệm ở các lĩnh vực khác nhau.
Mộc số đường link với các thông tin chi tiết:
Twitter: successbnivietnam

Source BNI Vietnam
Edit & Photo: Van Hai, Grandeur Journeys

The world’s best cycling routes

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Vietnam cycling holidays

Off the beaten tracks. Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Great sunny day with a fantastic article on Lonely Plannet – Best Cycling Routes of the World. Cant finish the morning coffee, would love to say YEAHM, and share all cyclists the Highway 1, Vietnam with my experiences and passion.

As one of the first  Vietnam cycling Tour Leader, this fabulous recommendation for the country Tourism All the hay days memories come back strongly. Hat off, hit to roads along the beaches, National Highway 1, Vietnam.

On your bike: the world’s best cycling routes

There’s no better way to explore a place than by bike. In honour of our favorite two-wheeled travel companion, here are 10 trips around the world that should be on every cyclist’s wish list.
1. Isle of Wight, England

The Isle of Wight is a cycling paradise that is home to some of the UK’s most varied terrain: lush velvet hills rolling into the sea, narrow lanes through tidy hedgerows, deep and mysterious green gullies, and the island’s most striking feature, the ridge of white chalk cliffs stretching across its breadth. Although cyclists have been enjoying its outdoor pleasures for decades now, it’s only been in recent years that Wight has started to attract young and trendy Londoners looking for a romantic weekend by the sea with a buzz – which gastropubs, slick hotels and a calendar full of festivals now provide.

Wightlink passenger ferries sail from Portsmouth to Ryde pier throughout the day; fares vary for the 18-minute crossing but bikes are free.
2. West Coast, Tasmania, Australia

By right, Tasmania should be too small to have huge pockets of wilderness, but untouched and untamed lands stretch along its fierce west coast. Cycling land this wild should not come easily and it doesn’t, with the hill climbs queuing one after the other – you will notice them but not as much as the scenery, which takes in Tasmania’s most famous mountain (Cradle Mountain), its cutest coastal town (Strahan), its highest waterfall (Montezuma Falls) and its most beautiful lake (Lake St Clair), all on highways that feel at times like back roads.

Tasmania is covered in detail in an excellent series of four maps produced by the state government’s Information and Land Services Division.
3. Luberon and Mont Ventoux, Provence, France

Tackling hilly Luberon with a touring load might seem crazy, but several hundred kilometres of well-signed bike paths render it very enjoyable, as do ancient Roman ruins, medieval chateaux and ambrosial wines. This sun-drenched corner of Provence is a mix of manicured vineyards and ancient villages tumbling haphazardly down rocky slopes. Cool pine forests and blue fields of lavender stretch away on either side of the road. But the real goal here is legendary Mont Ventoux, scene of several Tour de France dramas, dominating the landscape and silently luring cyclist pilgrims to its summit.

Mont Ventoux is usually snow-covered above 1300m from December until May. The summit road is accessible only during the summer months.
4. San Juan Islands, Washington, USA

The ferry conveying you and your trusty steed from Seattle or Anacortes weaves its way calmly, the perfect introduction to the slow, peaceful character of these islands. Awaiting you are forested shorelines, secluded coves, bucolic vistas and quiet roads. The three largest islands, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan, each have their own distinctive charm, with historic sites and art galleries. The terrain is hilly, but each can be cycled in a day, including plenty of time to watch for seals, otters, sea lions and the odd orca, or black-tailed deer and eagles further inland.

Washington State Ferries provides the main transport link between Anacortes and the islands. The Victoria Clipper runs from Seattle to Friday Harbor.
5. County Clare, Ireland

Beginning in fertile lowlands flanking the Shannon estuary, this route rolls past golden-sand beaches to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher facing the Atlantic. Next come the music hotbed towns of Milltown Malbay and Doolin, where you enter a pub only if you’re in for the long haul – leaving before the last song is sung seems a monstrous breach of etiquette. From here progress to the relentlessly grey, yet captivating, limestone expanse of the Burren, reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Then take a sojourn into Yeats’ country before sauntering back in a loop through County Clare’s gentle patchwork countryside.

May and June are best for wildflowers in the Burren, while some accommodation opens only from June to August. Book well ahead during July and August.
6. La Farola, Cuba

Fascinating Cuba is a delight at helmet level. Try the spectacular 9km descent along the La Farola highway, from the crest of the Baracoa Mountains down to the south coast. The highway clings to cliffs hung in tropical vegetation, with guard rails protecting you from drop-to-nowhere gorges, before sweeping from one giant limestone ledge to the next, each turn providing a closer vista of wild open ocean. Built by the Revolutionary government, this magnificent mountain highway is an irresistible challenge for cyclists. Traditionally, the first stage of the Vuelta Ciclista Cuba (Cuba’s answer to the Tour de France) is run over this route.

Food options are minimal: be prepared to eat out of your panniers. It’s also essential to carry your own bike equipment and first-aid supplies.
7. National Highway 1, Vietnam

This iconic road runs the length of the narrow country from north to south. It is the most popular cycling route in Vietnam, a long but immensely rewarding trip along the best parts of Vietnam’s coastline. The route has some reasonable hills, climaxing in the mighty Hai Van Pass (496m) – with a breathtaking descent as pine-clad mountains loom to the west and the South China Sea vanishes into the east. Take the time along the way to gaze at networks of lush rice fields blanketing the hidden valleys below; fish, snorkel or dive the turquoise waters of the coast; and soak up the atmosphere of delightful rural hamlets.

8. Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

With the first half decidedly laid-back and the second portion anything but, the mix of scenery and sweat make this one of the best one-day rides in the country. Starting from university-town Dunedin you soon shed the trappings of the city and succumb to the lure of the open road. The serpentine route twists pleasantly along the shore, providing tremendous ocean views, and the terrain is made for cycling. Then suddenly there’s a sharp turn to the right and you’re gaining altitude like a climbing fighter-jet. Get ready for steep climbs, fast descents and the odd albatross to keep you company. The route should be negotiable year-round whenever conditions are dry. However, you’re less likely to suffer frozen extremities on descents outside June to August.
9. Cape Breton Island, Canada

This justifiably renowned cycling route is best-known for the scenery – breathtaking rocky coastlines, the crystal clear Bras d’Or inland sea and the soaring ridges of the Cape Breton Highlands – especially in their autumn colours. But adventure-seekers will also be satisfied as gently rolling hills become invigorating mountains with some tough climbs and heart-thumping descents. Combined with local wildlife (such as beavers, moose and deer), quaint fishing villages, an intriguing Gaelic culture grown from French-Scottish roots and plenty of fresh ocean breezes, Cape Breton is the whole package.

The Celtic Colours roving music festival makes October a superb time to visit.
10. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

By cycling the often overlooked, yet spectacular, far reaches of the northeast corner of Italy, you have the opportunity to intimately discover this earthy region. Along roads that make for easy pedalling, Slovenian farmers tend their fields in the strong sun, rows of vines cling to voluptuous hill country, and you smell the freshly tilled earth and feel the wind cool the sweat from your face. Then in the evenings, relax in a piazza to sample the region’s famous white wines and join the laidback locals for a chat. The route’s icing on the cake is the final scenic jaunt down the Istrian coast.

Source: Lonely Plannet

With our cycling experiences and passions in Indochina, Vietnam; Grandeur Journeys, Vietnam will share you all the off the beaten tracks cycling route along Highway 1. Cycling along the beaches, peaceful villages, nature close up, winds on your hair – freedom at your feet will  be your lifetime experience. With Grandeur Journeys, just not visit Vietnam.

Vietnam Birding Tours. Tram Chim National Park

Cham Chimnational Park, Vietnam

Oriental Darter. Cham Chim National Park, Mekong, Vietnam

Vietnam Birdwatching Tour in Tram Chim National Park.
Dong Thap. Vietnam

Extraordinary Experiences of Indochina & beyond

Around 7 hours by road from Ho Chi Minh City, Tram Chim National Park is known as a “green island” with a typical natural landscape of the submerged region of Dong Thap Muoi. The park is home to many botanical species and nearly 200 species of water birds which account for about a quarter of the birds in Vietnam. This includes many rare and precious species of water birds. Among them, the most well-known are the red-headed cranes, one of 15 endangered species of cranes in the world. Nearly 60 percent of the population of red-headed cranes resides in Tram Chim National Park.
If you visit Tram Chim National Park during the time of day when the highest tides occur, normally from August to November, you can take a motorboat ride through forests rich with plants and flowers and green cajuput trees.

Contact our Mekong Experts for Tram Chim National Park

Vietnam Birding Tours. Tra Su Forest

Tra Su Cajuput Forest. Mekong Vietnam.

Vietnam Birdwatching Tour. Go Wild With The Birds.
Tra Su Cajuput Forest. Mekong Vietnam.
Extraordinary Experiences of Indochina & beyond

Covering 845-hectare forest, Tra Su is considered as the Mekong Vietnam’s famed wetland bird sanctuary with lush cajuput forest, zigzagging waterways, thick lotus canals, muddy paths and friendly rangers.  During flooding season (July  – December), Tra Su is the perfect place for travellers to watch wetland birds , wildlife in close-up, and experience floating lives on Mekong river.
Located in An Giang province, the Cajuput forest is 20 km from Chau Doc town, 10 km away from frontier area, Vietnam – Cambodia, as the crow-fly. No double, from the park’s bird watching tower, over 20 m high, there is a bird –eye view of endless green vast and holly That Son Mountains.
For adventurers, there is a cycling loop of surroundings Ha Tien, Tuc Dup, Nui Cam before visiting the bird sanctuary and Chau Doc.
Last but not least, don’t forget to bring mosquitos repellent, sandals for sleepy walking tracks and early morning or late afternoon is best time of a day for a raucous birding life.

For birding tour to Tra Su Cajuput Forest in details, scan on our link to see our passions.

Tra Su Cajuput. Birding Tour in adventurous mood.

Muddy tracks. Tra Su Cajuput. Vietnam Birding Tours

Cycling and Birding Tour. Vietnam

En route to Tra Su Capjuput Forest.

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