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145 hotels in Vietnam register to serve as quarantine camps



145 hotels in Vietnam register to serve as quarantine camps

A room inside Can Gio Resort in HCMC is used as a quarantine camp, March 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

At least 145 two to five star hotels have signed up to become quarantine areas for suspected Covid-19 patients as of Sunday.

Data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism shows that these hotels are mainly in major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and localities such as Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay and the southern industrial hub of Dong Nai.

These facilities are committed to publicizing rates including bedrooms and essential services during the quarantine period.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will submit the list to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention, which will select and set up isolation facilities.

Hotels used for isolation will not serve any other purpose, and will ensure essential living conditions such as electricity, water, sanitation, bathrooms and ventilation. There will be security guards at these hotels who will prevent unauthorized people from entering the establishments.

All vehicles entering and leaving such hotels will be disinfected.

Hotel staff will be trained to serve quarantining purposes, including wearing masks and restricting conversations.

Local authorities will be responsible for assisting and monitoring the quarantining process at the selected hotels. Those who do not comply with the regulations will be punished.

Those subject to compulsory isolation for 14 days after entering Vietnam have to register with the authorities if they wish to stay at the hotels for quarantine and are willing to pay for it.

As of Sunday, 122 people had been sent to paid isolation zones in the outlying district of Can Gio in HCMC.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, out of 197 cases quarantined in the district, 75 were isolated at the Can Gio Hospital without fees. Forty-three were quarantined at the Phuong Nam Hotel, 30 at the Can Gio Resort and 49 at the Mangrove Resort, all paid isolation areas.

Some hotel and resort owners in Can Gio District said room rates at hotels that receive isolation guests range from VND350,000 ($15) to VND500,000 ($21) per day, not excluding other service fees. For 14 days, the quarantined people will pay around VND10.8 million ($460).

An aerial view of Can Gio Resort outside Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa. 

An aerial view of the Can Gio Resort outside Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.  

Earlier, officials had said they expected to receive 10,000 Vietnamese coming home from abroad this week, with the corresponding figure for HCMC being 17,000.

Tourism officials in the central city of Da Nang said more than 700 hotel rooms are ready to serve as isolation camps for those returning from abroad who will be placed under 14-day quarantine in accordance with the Health Ministry’s regulations.

Many hotels, resorts and other lodging establishments have agreed to act as quarantine areas for suspected Covid-19 patients, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism had said earlier.

The country has recorded 105 new cases since March 6, with 104 still under treatment and one recovered last week. Of the active cases, 12 have tested negative either once or twice.

Many of the active cases are Vietnamese nationals returning from Europe and the U.S. and foreigners visiting from the same regions.

Starting Sunday, in an unprecedented move, Vietnam suspended entry for all foreign nationals, including those of Vietnamese origin and family members with visa waivers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed over 14,700 people globally, spreading to 192 countries and territories thus far.



Pu Luong a fantastic retreat for nature lovers



Fresh air, cloud-draped mountain ranges, and stunning terraced rice fields come together to make Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the central province of Thanh Hoa’s Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts look like art works.

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Pu Luong makes an ideal destination for a short break, as it is surrounded by nature, though neighther too far from Hanoi nor too expensive. Travellers with a penchant for nature will be spoilt for choice while discovering this nature reserve.

Pu Luong is known as “gate to the sky”, where tourists can strike a pose while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, with colourful forest flowers, native animals, and tranquil villages.

When local farmers flood the fields to prepare for a new crop, a spectacular sight emerges, with giant natural mirrors reflecting the blue sky. It is also magical to see the slopes and valleys of Pu Luong turn yellow during the ripe rice season.

Travellers can also enjoy the fantastic scenery of forests, fields and valleys from the top of Pu Luong, at 1,700-metres.

Discovering the local cuisine and culture is a highlight of any trip to Pu Luong. There is nothing more delightful than food made from ingredients grown right in the area./. VNA


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Visiting Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters in Muong Phang



The headquarters of Dien Bien Phu campaign in Muong Phang Commune, Dien Bien Phu City is a historic place associated with the Dien Bien Phu Victory which “resounded throughout the five continents and was world-shaking”. 

Along with the Dien Bien Phu Victory Historical Relics, the Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters Relic Site and the supporting tourist destination are always “red addresses” attracting tourists when they set foot on the northwestern province of Dien Bien.

Visiting Dien Bien Phu Campaign Headquarters in Muong Phang
The headquarters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign were hidden in the old forest at the foot of Pu Don Mountain in Muong Phang Commune, nearly 40 km from Dien Bien Phu City. This is where General Vo Nguyen Giap and the members of the Command Committee of the Dien Bien Phu campaign were often stationed to work and rest.

With the tunnels and shacks layed out in a continuous system, hidden in the old forest at the foot of Pu Don Mountain, for the 105 days from January 31, 1954, to May 15, 1954, the absolute safety of the important headquarters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign was ensured.

The road to the headquarters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign has been upgraded with a concrete road running more than 1 km through the forest of Muong Phang to help visitors recall old memories.

From the headquarters, going up to the highest point, visitors can observe the entire Dien Bien Phu City, Muong Thanh Valley and former French bases such as Him Lam Hill, A1, C1, C2, D1 Hills, and Independent Hill.

The shack where General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People’s Army and the Commander-in-Chief of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, lived and worked.

Between General Vo Nguyen Giap’s shack and the shacks of Chief of the General Staff Hoang Van Thai and of the Chinese military consultants Wei Quojing is a 69-metre-long tunnel.

The tunnel is 1.70 metres high and 1 to 3 metres wide. In the middle of the tunnel, there is a conference room measuring 18 square meters and 5 locations for communication machines.

Hall house was the venue for the daily meetings of the Command Committee of the Dien Bien Phu campaign. Everything is still intact, retaining the mark of history.

Visitors enjoy Hoang Cam stove, a type of smoke-free stove that ensured the safety of the base.

In addition, Muong Phang also attracts tourists with the production activities of the Thai ethnic group.

Traditional brocade weaving of the Thai ethnic group in Can Che Village.

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Tourist destinations close beaches as Covid-19 infections spike



Tourist destinations close beaches as Covid-19 infections spike

An Bang Beach in Hoi An Town, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Duc.

Many tourist attractions have shut down public beaches to preclude crowds as Vietnam struggles with its new outbreak of Covid-19.

Authorities in Hai Phong City, home to famous beaches like Do Son and Cat Co, have ordered a swimming ban from Friday after nearby Hanoi reported a surge in transmissions in the last three days, with 47 cases as of Friday morning.

About 150 km east of Hanoi, Quang Ninh, known for beautiful beaches like Tuan Chau, Quan Lan and Ti Top, has closed public beaches until May 23.

Nam Dinh Province, home to Hai Hau and Quat Lam beaches, and Thai Binh Province, famous for its Dong Chau Beach, both in the north, have banned swimming since Thursday.

Ha Nam, which neighbors Nam Dinh, has recorded 14 coronavirus transmissions in the country’s latest outbreak that began on January 27, while Thai Binh has reported five.

Ancient town Hoi An in central Quang Nam Province closed its popular beaches like Cua Dai and An Bang starting Wednesday.

Neighboring Da Nang, with a coastline of 30 km and many of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches like My Khe, Non Nuoc and Nam O, shut all of them on Monday after recording its first case of Covid-19. The source of infection has yet to be identified.

So far Da Nang has had five cases and Quang Nam Province, home to Hoi An, has reported one.

Ly Son, an island district in Quang Ngai Province and a popular tourism beach hub, suspended receiving visitors from Friday after the central province recorded one infection.

Son Tra Peninsula overlooking Da Nang beach in central Vietnam. Photo by Ha Vu Linh.

Son Tra Peninsula overlooking a beach in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo by Ha Vu Linh.

Nha Trang and Phu Yen, famous beach towns in the central region, have not announced to close their public beaches but put up barriers to prevent crowds.

Central Quang Binh Province, Vietnam’s ‘Kingdom of Caves,’ suspended all tours and closed its tourist attractions on Friday until further notice. It is home to UNESCO heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and many limestone caves including Son Doong, the world’s largest.

Vietnam has had 121 domestic Covid-19 cases since April 27 after being clean for over a month. Infections have been found in 15 localities.


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