Attractions in vietnam, travel tours vacation: 2012

Ho Dynasty Citadel now World Cultural Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on June 16 presented a certificate to Vietnam, officially recognising the Ho Dynasty Citadel as the World Cultural Heritage.
 
Eric Falt, UNESCO Assistance Director General for External Affairs and Public Information, delivered the honour to representatives of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO and Thanh Hoa province, where the 14th century citadel is located. Photo: DTiNews

The citadel, also known as the Tay Do, An Ton, Tay Kinh or Tay Giai citadels, was Vietnam’s former capital under the Ho Dynasty from 1400 to 1407.

Built in 1397 on an area of about 150ha, the structure was supervised by Ho Qui Ly, a top Tran Dynasty mandarin, who later took the throne in 1400 and moved the capital from Thang Long (the former name of Hanoi today) to the citadel.

The stone structure, one of very few fortresses of its kind in the world, has four arched gates facing north, south, east and west. Despite the passage of time, the four gates remain intact.

It was recognised by UNESCO as the World Cultural Heritage on June 27, 2011. According to the UN organisation, the citadel buildings "represent an outstanding example of a new style of Southeast Asian imperial city".

Addressing the ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung congratulated Thanh Hoa province on having an ancient architectural work honoured globally.

“The Ho Dynasty Citadel, together with other world tangible and intangible heritages, will enrich the thousand-year-old civilisation of the Vietnamese nation, helping international friends further understand Vietnam and its people, and opening up new opportunities for tourism development and cultural research in the country,” said Hung.

He said that the recognition requires Vietnam to conserve and promote cultural values of the citadel and other heritage sites in line with the Vietnam Heritage Law and the UN Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Thanh Hoa province, about 150km south of Hanoi, plans to pour more than US$1 million into the restoration of the citadel to make it an attractive destination for domestic and foreign holiday-makers.

It will launch two special tours of the citadel to introduce heritage tourism potential in the province.
Apart from the Ho Dynasty Citadel, Vietnam has six other natural and cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO: the former imperial capital of Hue, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and Thang Long royal citadel in Hanoi.

Cuisine Festival in Central Region to be organized

In the framework of the National Tourism Year of the North - Central - Hue 2012 Cuisine Festival in Central Region will be held by Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, Viet Nam Hotel Association and the Thua Thien Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism at Hue Sports Centre from June 28-July 1. 

The festival will have the attendance of 50 booths displaying local special foods of the Central coastal provinces and cities and other areas of the country. Coming to the festival, visitors will not only have a chance to enjoy local specialties, but also learn how to cook. 

Cuisine Festival in Central Region aims to promote cultural and culinary values, introduce images, tourist products, and attractive tourist areas of Central coastal provinces to domestic and int’l tourists, and exchange experiences to improve tourist service quality.

The festival contributes to lure more tourists visiting Central coastal provinces during National Tourism Year of the North - Central - Hue 2012.

In addition to the cuisine festival, there are also many culture, sports and tourism activities which will be taken place in Hue city during June, July, and August 2012.


Source: TITC

Lang Co-World Beautiful Bay Festival to take place

The Lang Co-the World Beautiful Bay Festival will be held in Hue on June 16-17 within the framework of the 2012 National Tourism Year of Northcentral Coastal Region.


The event aims to draw visitors to Bien Ngoc tourism area in Lang Co town, Phu Loc district to enjoy different activities, including a showcase of traditional products, local seafood and beer, cycle race, kite flying, tug of war and other folk games.

The annual event, organized by the Thua Thien-Hue provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Phu Loc district People’s Committee, is expected to advertise tourism potential and attract domestic and foreign investment.
(Source: VOV)

Imperial Citadel to become historical park

The Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site and the ancient Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi are to become a cultural and historical park to promote the global value of the 1,300 year-old relic site.

 The main gate to the ancient Thang Long Imperial Citadel Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has just approved plans for the transformation.


Under the PM’s instructions, the master plan will preserve the architectural vestiges, artifacts and archaeological remains. It will also establish an architectural harmony between the landscape and the Ba Dinh Political Centre.

Covering an area of 45,380 sq.m., the proposed site is located inside the Ba Dinh Political Centre, next to the National Assembly House now under construction.

The Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site will be linked with the NA House and the Citadel relics by four gates on Hoang Dieu, Doc Lap, Hoang Van Thu and Bac Son streets to make it easier for visitors.

Source: VNA

HCMC to develop waterways for tourism

The HCMC tourism sector has developed a project to exploit short, medium and long-distant routes from the town to Mekong Delta Provinces, Cambodia, neighboring province of Dong Nai and districts in the city.

Running alongside Tau Hu and Kenh Doi canals, now completely dredged, is the Vo Van Kiet road that has contributed to improving the environment and bringing a beautiful look to the city with advantage for tourism waterway development.

HCMC has great potential to develop its waterways for tourism like other countries in the region. Water environment, environmental sanitation, landscapes along Ben Nghe, Tau Hu, Kenh Doi, Kenh Te canals have been improved. District 8 authorities will develop tourism, but preserve historical and cultural sites, and protect the environment, said Nguyen Thanh Chung, chairman of the district People’s Committee.

The district government will promote destinations such as Binh Dong Temple, Long Hoa Pagoda, floating market on Binh Dong pier, ancient and night streets.

According to experts and leaders of travel companies, the municipal authorities can develop short day tours presenting daily activities of local people along canals to international visitors. The local government should also create advantage for enterprises to build their own piers to pick up tourists.
HCMC has great potential to develop its waterways but it has very few products to meet the demand for this special tourism and lacks facilities like a fully planned waterway network, boats, harbors, and stopovers for tourists.

Travel companies lure with huge promotions

Travel companies are offering huge promotional programmes and discount incentives of upto 30-40 per cent to lure travellers during this difficult economic time.

According to Mr. Tran Doan The Duy, deputy director-general of Vietravel Company, people have tightened spending and spend less money on travelling. The market needs a tourism promotion campaign for this summer season. Vietravel has cooperated with local and foreign partners including airlines, restaurants, hotels and transport enterprises to launch a discount of 30-35 per cent on domestic tours and 20 per cent on foreign tours. The company expects to receive 70,000 local tourists and 40,000 international visitors this summer.

Vietravel has also launched a promotion called “Enjoy summer-drive car freely” from May 16 to August 13. Accordingly, customers will have chances to win gifts, Honda Vision motorbikes and a Kia Morning car.

Saigon tourist, the country's leading travel company has offered new travel packages such as budget IKO travel (economy) on tours from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, Da Lat, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen, Hanoi, Ha Long, Hai Phong and Sapa.

The company has joined hand with Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Saigon tourist hotel associates throughout the country to offer promotions to holiday makers who will have a chance to win cash prizes upto VND300 million (US$14,000), air tickets or other services worth VND3 million and above.

Last summer season saw a growth of visitors and a year-on-year increase of 35-40 per cent. However, the present difficult economic time has travel firms worried, especially the decrease in visitors during the April 30th holidays.

Tourist companies have to spend a large amount to build tourism promotional programmes to encourage people to travel.

The HCMC Tourism Association, Vietnam Airlines and other travel enterprises have cooperated to launch promotions in 2012 for domestic tours, said Nguyen Thi Khanh, deputy chairwoman of HCMC Tourism Association.

Source:  Saoigon-giaiphongdaily

Da Nang City welcomes 1 million visitors in first five months

Da Nang City welcomed one million visitors in the first five months of the year, an increase of 11 per cent over the same period last year, said Nguyen Phuc Linh, deputy director of the Da Nang City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

During the first five months of 2012, about 313,000 international tourists visited Da Nang City, an increase of 19 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

About 40,000 tourists visited Da Nang during the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition.

The city’s tourism sector reported a turnover of about VND2,330 billion, an increase of 37 per cent against the same period last year.

Da Nang City now aims to receive three million domestic and one million international visitors by 2015.

Every year, more tourists are coming to the annual Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, which has become an important event in the city.

Located in central Vietnam, Da Nang is the third largest centrally-run city besides Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Cua Lo Beach – an attractive destination for tourists

Located in the central province of Nghe An about 18km from Vinh city, Cua Lo beach is one of the most popular destinations for both local and foreign tourists, especially during the summer.

Visitors to Cua Lo beach have an excellent opportunity to see beautiful natural scenery, enjoy unique tourist activities and taste seafood on the sand dunes near the crystal clear blue water.

Tourists can travel more than 350km to Cua Lo from Hanoi by car or train to escape the heat and noise of the city.

Cua Lo is famous for its 10-km beach, good accommodation and delicious seafood. Not far from Cua Lo are three small islands, called Hon Ngu, Hon Chu, and Hon Mat, which are dazzlingly breath taking.

Hotels on one side and pine and coconut trees on the other of the main road running along Cua Lo beach as well as the stands of trees growing as a natural barrier against beach erosion provide cool cover for sun-soaked tourists.

In Cua Lo, tourists have the chance to see a number of famous historical sites such as the tomb of King Mai Hac De and Kim Lien village - the hometown of President Ho Chi Minh.

A tourism festival takes place annually, usually in early May, to welcome the first tourists to the beach on summer holiday.

Cua Lo serves as an enormous swimming pool, while Cua Hoi on Hon Ngu island, just 2km away, is famous for delicious seafood at reasonable prices.

Near the beach there is a chain of three and four-star hotels such as the Green Hotel, Saigon-Kim Lien Hotel, Pacific Hotel and several resorts.

During the day, tourists can spend their time sunbathing or relaxing on the beach, drinking coconut juice or chatting with friends over a glass of beer and fresh seafood. Other activities on offer include karaoke singing, night fishing from small boats, and riding in a horse-drawn cart or on a tandem bicycle.

On the beach, there is a fish market from which tourists can buy fresh shrimp, squid, crabs and oysters, and ask local restaurant owners to cook for them. The charge for cooking is just between US$2-4.

What most impresses visitors to Cua Lo beach is the honesty, friendliness and hospitality of the locals who invite them to buy Cu Do cakes made of peanuts, sugar and ginger, and some other special products like fish sauce or shrimp paste.
(Source: VOV)

Central coastal provinces attract Russian tourists

Phan Thiet City in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan has become a popular destination for Russian tourists, with Russia ranking 10th on Vietnam's list of top tourism markets.

Previously, most Russian visitors travelled to Vietnam to avoid the winter in their homeland, but now many Russians visit the coastal tourist sites of Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Da Nang even during the summer months.

According to travel companies, Da Nang International Airport receives an average of one charter flight bringing around 200 Russian visitors every day. Additionally, there are expected to be 12,000 Russian tourists travelling to Da Nang from the end of May to August this year.

Tourism experts say that Russian travellers are attracted to Vietnam’s wild and beautiful beaches.

In January this year, many Russian visitors were thankful for the efforts made by Vietnamese authorities to get stranded visitors back home after the Russian travel company Lanta Tour Voyage suddenly declared bankruptcy. Binh Thuan Province authorities and Vietnam National Administration of Tourism were extremely helpful to Russian tourists who were stranded in Vietnam.

The country receives about 18,000-19,000 Russian visitors each month, a year-on-year increase of 56 per cent in the first five months which recorded 86,681 travellers.  Russian tourists have become a vital part of the Vietnamese tourism industry particularly in the coastal provinces.

Breathtaking beauty of Ba Na Hills at the dawn

Ba Na Hills, sometimes referred to as “Dalat’ or ‘Sapa” of the central region, is a spot of fascinating beauty, especially in early morning.


The area was first developed by the French into a resort.
Nowadays, Ba Na is an attractive tourist site in the central coastal city of Danang. Visitors are not only delighted by cool and tranquil atmosphere but also have a chance to discover several 'mysteries'.
A series of photos taken in Ba Na at the dawn:

HCM City makes plans to preserve Cho Lon

Authorities in HCM City are considering a project to preserve Cho Lon, known as China town, in order to build it up as a tourist attraction. There is no need to China; you still feel how life of Chinese is! It is to visit China town in Ho Chi Minh City if you have a chance


The municipal Department of Planning and Architecture made a report on the project to the municipal government on June 4.
Cho Lon covers an area of 68 hectares, including several wards in Districts 5 and 6.
The area boasts various cultural sites such as temples, Chinese pagodas, Binh Tay Market and churches, in addition to folk and traditional festivals such as the Mid-autumn and Tet holidays.
The plan would begin with preservation pilot projects in three areas that occupy a total of around 14 hectares. These areas are home to the majority of cultural sites. The first area includes Thap Muoi, Le Tan Ke, Bai Say, and Tran Binh streets, along with Hang Bang canal. The second area includes Phu Dong Thien Vuong, Nguyen Trai, Luong Nhu Hoc, and Tran Hung Dao streets. The third area comprises Hai Thuong Lan Ong, and Van Kiep streets as well as Vo Van Kiet Revenue.

In addition to preserving existing infrastructure and limiting the height of new buildings in protected areas, the plan also calls for the upgrading of the square in front of Binh Tay Market, pedestrianising roads and cracking down on illegal parking. The plan also recommends upgrading Hang Bang Canal.

 Visiting this area, visitors will get the chance to see how Chinese medicine was made and used as well as enjoy the delicious dishes in Chinese taste. Visitors can also visit many tourist attractions in the district such as Thien Hau Pagoda on Nguyen Trai street which is the oldest pagoda built by Chinese in the city or the old buildings built based on Chinese structure on Trieu Quang Phuc street. Another place that visitors joining tours in Vietnam cannot miss is Binh Tay Market on Thap Muoi Street. 

Currently, authorities in District 6 have made plans to relocate and compensate 940 households living along the Hang Bang Canal, along with the owners of 58 stores to the south of Binh Tay Market.
The project’s consultant proposed that the Binh Tay Market also be upgraded to create a large public space that would  be greenery, water transport and restaurant and shopping areas. It is always attractive to foreign visitors in Vietnam tourism not only because of its special structure but also its exciting and lively atmosphere. 

Eco-tourism centre to shape in Phu Quoc

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will develop its Phu Quoc island into an eco-tourism centre, under the province’s tourism development strategy for the 2011-2020 period.


Phu Quoc, Vietnam's largest island with a total area of 574 sq.km, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It is dubbed as a “tourism paradise” in the south-western region.

Under the development plan, the island is set to welcome 1-1.2 million visitors each year by 2015, earning US$209 million. Of the number, foreign arrivals make up 35 percent.

By 2020, the island is expected to gross US$771 million from receiving 2-3 million tourists annually with 40 percent being foreign visitors.

With exploring, ecological and cultural tourism, the island targets to become a more attractive tourism destination to holiday-makers. We hope that Vietnam is known as a best place for Eco Tourism in near future

Apart from the domestic market, Kien Giang will turn Phu Quoc into a popular destination for travellers from foreign markets such as Northeast Asia, North America, West Europe and ASEAN.

Source: Dtinews

Air Mekong to launch direct flight from Hanoi to Con Dao

Air Mekong is set to launch a new direct route between Hanoi and Con Dao starting May 19, to meet the increasing demand of tourists from the northern regions to the southern historical island during the summer months, the airline announced.

Hope that this direct flight will help to develop tourism in Con Dao. It's easier for tourist take fly to Con Dao Island. More and more tourists coming to Vietnam


The two-hour flight will depart from Hanoi at 1pm every Wednesday and Saturday so far. However the airline is prepared to add and   increase the number of flights to four a week, if the demand increases during the summer.

In addition, the carrier will also increase the number of flights on the Ha Noi-Phu Quoc route to nine per week. Promotional tickets for the Hanoi-Phu Quoc and Hanoi-Con Dao routes will be around VND2.4 million on a one way ticket from May 1-20.

In related news, Jet Star Pacific will launch a daily service between Hanoi-Da Nang and Hanoi-Nha Trang, to meet the excessive tourist demand in the summer.

Flights from Hanoi to Da Nang and Nha Trang will re-open from June 1 to August 31.

Source: Saigon-gpdaily