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Ho Chi Minh City, Microsoft step up cooperation

June 28, 2017 Published by: Golden Emperor

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HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City and US technology giant Microsoft need to boost collaboration in information technology (IT) application and development to improve life quality for citizens in the southern hub.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan made the statement while receiving Vice President for Public Sector, Asia at Microsoft Stefan Sjostrom in Ho Chi Minh City on June 16.

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The city’s top leader lauded Microsoft’s positive participation in developing technology and high-quality human resources in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular over the past two decades.

He said that the city is always interested in promoting cooperation with enterprises, including Microsoft, for mutual development.

He pinned his hope that in the coming time, Microsoft will join hands with the city to enhance research and development activities and conduct IT application to protect traditional cultural values during the urban development process.

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Impressed by the city’s vibrant development as well as steady foundation of IT human resources and infrastructure, Stefan Sjostrom said that Microsoft wants closer and more effective cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City in the field.

In the coming time, Microsoft will work with the city’s relevant agencies to devise a cooperation strategy by 2020, he affirmed, adding that the implementation of the strategy will help promote information technology transfer in all localities natiowide.

source:Vietnam+

 

Investing in Chiang Mai
A High Speed Rail Connected City in Thailand

June 27, 2017 Published by: Golden Emperor

Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, possesses powerful investment prospect. The upcoming High Speed Rail from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, with its future connections with China as well as the “One Belt, One Road” effect, Chiang Mai is destined to be one of the main transportation hubs in Asia. Chiang Mai’s recent tourism success has lucratively boosted its economy, opening up a world of immense possibilities for its property market. Take advantage now as the property price of Chiang Mai is only one-third of Bangkok’s, which soon is expected to catch up in the booming economy.

dcondo Ping, developed by leading developer, Sansiri, demonstrates advanced superiority as it’s settled at the prime location adjacent to the big shopping mall, Central Festival. To well cater to your needs, Golden Emperor launched a seminar in Hong Kong, unveil in great details the investment potential of Chiang Mai and the exclusive launch of the individual freehold units, this event attracted over 700 customers.

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Above: Over 700 customers attended the weekend exhibition.

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Above: Terence Chan, Director of Golden Emperor, provided a presentation on investing in Chiang Mai.

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Above: Sansiri’s latest property project from Chiang Mai, the dcondo Ping also be featured at this event.

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Above: Our clients in Hong Kong had first pick of units.

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Above: Our clients enjoy the special during the event.

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Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is making an upscale turn with its premium infrastructure projects like the Metro Lines (MRT) and International Airport, plus the “One Belt, One Road” initiative that makes it the transportation hub for countries in Europe. Thu Thiem of HCMC is becoming the new CBD, like West Kowloon in Hong Kong. With the new housing law, foreigners can purchase properties and own the titles, adding great value to its property market.

Golden Emperor partnered with CapitaLand, one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, to exclusively launch d’Edge, a luxury property located beside Saigon River at Thao Dien, simultaneously in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Contact us to get more information.

*** CapitaLand’s Latest HCMC Project / 10% Down-payment / *8% p.a. Rental Yield ***

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Introducing the new residential housing law of Vietnam for foreigners:

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Vietnam Property Market Updates:

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Above: High end properties in HCMC are currently selling around HKD1,500 p.s.f., significantly lagging behind other South East Asian countries

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Above: HCMC currently offers an attractive rental yield of 8% p.a.

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Above: A weak VND against HKD provides a great buying opportunity for Hong Kong investors

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Introducing Infrastructure Projects in HCMC:

1/ New (MRT) Metro Lines by Year 2020

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2/ US$16B New Airport in HCMC by Year 2025

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3/ The Regeneration of Thu Thiem – The “West Kowloon” / “Pudong” of HCMC 

Located across the Saigon River from District 1, the 657 hectare area known as Thu Thiem is ideally located to become the “West Kowloon” / “Pudong” of Ho Chi Minh City.

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4/ Thu Thiem/Saigon River Tunnel – US$189M

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5/ Thu Thiem Bridges – US$570M

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Introducing The Project – d’ Edge in HCMC, by CapitaLand

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1-4 Bed Apartments, net sizes from 640 – 1,829 sq.ft. 

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The View From The Apartment:

Premium units  are accompanied by an unparalleled panoramic river views and the city skyline

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The Project Location:

d’ Edge is well-located on “SOHO” district Thao Dien which is very near to The New CBD Thu Thiem Area (“West Kowloon” / “Pudong” of HCMC) and well-connected to private international schools, shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, cinemas and government offices.

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6 private international schools in this area which include British International School, Australian International School, Saigon Star International School, International School Ho Chi Minh City and Eaton House Kindergarten.

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Project Summary:

  • First down-payment 10%
  • Target completion date June 2020
  • Reselling before completion date is allowed
  • Net area from 60 – 170 sq.m. (i.e. 640 – 1,829 sq.ft.), ideal for expat families
  • 1-bed, 2 bed, 3-bed & 4-bed units are available
  • Freehold for Vietnamese; Leasehold 50 years with renewal possibility for foreigners – the property immediately becomes freehold when a foreigner resells the unit to a local Vietnamese
  • Located close to the Thu Thiem regeneration area which is poised to be the “West Kowloon” / “Pudong” of HCMC
  • Premium units  are accompanied by an unparalleled panoramic river views and the city skyline
  • Developed by CapitaLand which is a Singapore SGX Listed Company and 40% owned by Temasek (Singapore Government, rated AAA/Aaa/AAA)
  • 30% foreign quota with pink book is available for foreigners
  • 70 facilities & design features to bring a new sense of modernity through meticulous design and setting new benchmarks for architecture and real estate in Thao Dien. “Wellness Facilities” are highlighted facilities that have been uniquely and exceptionally designed to enhance and improve the lifestyles and wellbeing of residents: Kids Treehouse, Butterfly Garden, Refreshing Jogging and Cycling Track, Floral Bicycle Parking, Herb & Spice Garden, Outdoor Party House, Kids Hanging Playground, Sanctuary Pavilions, Yoga & Meditation Deck, Communal Workspace & Reading Lounge, Sky Spa and Sauna, Sky Yoga Room, Sky Gym, Sky Infinity Pool (35m Length),The “Edge” Pool ,Hydrotherapy Bath Deck, Hydrotherapy Bath Pool and many more
  • Car park spaces are available
  • Fully finished units
  • Expected gross rental yield of 8% p.a.*
  • Emperor Key (Golden Emperor’s subsidiary) will provide leasing & property management services to our overseas clients
  • Booking of the units can be done in Hong Kong without the need to travel to Vietnam

* Projected yield and is not guaranteed

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A Coffee Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s Coffee Capital

June 23, 2017 Published by: Golden Emperor

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Situated in northern Thailand and a popular travel destination for its ornate Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai has a deep connection to coffee — one that has extended in recent years from production and trade to roasting and retail. In Thailand’s primary arabica-growing region, Chiang Mai is also one of the few cities in Thailand where the weather gets cool enough — at least for a month or two out of the year — where the craving for a hot beverage might compete with that for iced coffee.

The region’s arabica market can be credited in part to the previous king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who initiated the Thai Royal Project in 1969, encouraging people in the northern highlands to invest in sustainable industries. The goal was to alleviate poverty and create a more environmentally friendly economy, while curtailing “slash and burn” farming practices associated with opium production.

As a “forest crop,” coffee made sense as an alternative, yet production has fluctuated since Thailand first began exporting coffee in the 1970s. While International Coffee Organization statistics from the 2015/16 year show that Thailand exported 500,000 60-kilo bags of coffee, domestic consumption reached 1.2 million bags. In Chiang Mai, these two worlds collide.

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Today, it’s difficult to walk a block on Chiang Mai’s Nimman Avenue without bumping into someone peddling coffee — weather in a fancy, glass-encased building with copious AC and wifi, or from a cart parked on the street corner. Big chains like Starbucks are also represented, but there are dozens of quaint spots that can be a bit harder to find. Here are a few starting points in the guide to Chiang Mai coffee:

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Nine One Coffee

The story behind Nine One Coffee is beautifully simple. A local man named Wullop Pasananon obtained a plot of land on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. He learned that it was perfect for coffee growing and started teaching himself everything about coffee. Now he grows, roasts, and brews coffee for his own shop. As his business has grown, he now also supplies wholesale coffees to surrounding shops. Nine One is tucked into a sides street off Nimman Road. Its quaint decor and friendly staff offer an unassuming atmosphere amid the bustling Nimman neighborhood.

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Akha Ama

Akha Ama is another company that ties all of Chiang Mai’s coffee elements together, acting as green coffee producer and roaster while boasting a lovely shop presence in the Old City neighborhood. Finding success domestically as well as through coffee tourism bolstered by international media profiles, Akha Ama has helped to define the seed-to-cup concept in Chiang Mai under the ownership of Lee Ayu Chuepa.

The name Akha Ama comes from a combination of the hill tribe that produces this coffee and the Akha language word for mother, respectively. In 2010, the Akha people stopped selling coffee in cherry to middlemen and instead implemented intercropping and multicropping to help create differentiation, while marketing and selling the coffee themselves. The project proved so successful in building quality that the coffee was in later years selected as a compulsory coffee in the World Cup Tasters Championship.

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Asama Cafe

I went to Asama Cafe the morning before a flight down to Bangkok. As it turned out, Asama is located well off the beaten path. My ride from the west side of the Ping River to a neighborhood on the southeast edge of the city left both the driver and myself confused. Eventually we found a pink wall with the Asama sign, and once inside I encountered a small square with a two-group Kees van der Westen espresso machine atop the counter, opening to a wide window overlooking a calm lake. Owned by a WBC-certified judge who goes by the name Mook, the cafe features coffees from renowned roasters from throughout the world, including on my visit an offering from Madcap Coffee from my home state of Michigan.

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Ristr8to Lab

Claiming inspiration from Australia to San Francisco, the Ristr8to Lab is the third retail café for Chiang Mai-based Ristr8to. It boasts three distinct areas: the self-explanatory Roasting Lab; the Cult Coffee & Coffee in Good Spirit bar, which features “cult” coffee favorites from roasters around the world in signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; and the “Satan Coffee Corner,” where Ristr8to features its own single-origins through multiple manual brew methods.

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Various interesting arts, sports and tourism activities will be held during the cave festive season 2017 that will kick off in the central province of Quang Binh on June 17. Based on the theme “Kingdom of the Caves: Magnificence–Legendary”, the event aims to promote Quang Binh province’s natural resources and tourism products to attract more tourists. The opening ceremony will be celebrated at Bao Ninh Sea Square on June 17 with performances by many renowned Vietnamese musicians. A ceremony to grant the world record status to the cave system in the province will also be held within the programme.

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In the framework of Quang Binh Cave Festival 2017 held in Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province, Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee received two world record certificates for Son Doong Cave in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District. Accordingly, Son Doong Cave is certified as the largest cave and the most beautiful natural cave in the world by World Record Association and World Records Union.

Son Doong Cave was formed 2-5 million years ago, when the river flowed through the limestone mountain area and was buried. The water eroded limestone and created an underground tunnel. In soft limestone areas, the collapse of tunnel ceiling formed large holes which became giant domes afterward.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, from June 1, the Hanoi– Dong Hoi air route operated by Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Vasco were launched to meet the increasing travel demands of tourists.

In the first five months of the year, Quang Binh received and provided services to more than 81,000 tourists, up 111 percent compared with the same period last year. Major tourist attractions include Dong Hoi city, Vung Chua–Yen Island, Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park, Chay River–Dark Cave and Heaven Cavern.

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Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh met with Singaporean President Tony Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sideline of the opening of Sea Games 28 on 5 June 2015. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his country would enhance cooperation with Vietnam in culture, sports, and tourism in line with the Vietnam-Singapore bilateral strategic partnership. He said he was impressed by Vietnam’s Son Doong cave, the biggest cave in the world, and wanted to explore it if he visits Vietnam.

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Source:Vietnam+ , Talk Vietnam , VOV5

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