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Agritourism to become integrated economic sector: Minister



Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan on March 15 said that agritourism should be turned into an integrated economic sector with agricultural products and typical characteristics of rural areas being used as resources to serve the tourism industry.

Agritourism to become integrated economic sector: Minister hinh anh 1Tourists visit a farm in Lai Vung district, southern province of Dong Thap. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Le Minh Hoan on March 15 said that agritourism should be turned
into an integrated economic sector with agricultural products and typical
characteristics of rural areas being used as resources to serve the tourism

Speaking at a teleconference on tourism, Hoan said
that the National Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050, already approved by the Prime
Minister, affirms that rural tourism development is identified as one of the
fundamental solutions, a driving force for promoting sustainable new-style rural areas, contributing to bringing into play the advantages and distinctive
values of agriculture, rural areas, and farmers.

At the same time, the
development of new-style rural areas is the foundation to support and create
favourable conditions for the diversified and sustainable development of
agritourism. The National Target Programme on building new-style rural areas
for the period of 2021-2025 has also added components to the development of

Hoan said over the past time, agritourism has recorded strong growth, bringing new “fresh air” and vitality to rural areas.

Preliminary statistics showed that Vietnam currently has about
500 agritourism and rural tourism models.

Thanks to the models, people in remote areas become more
confident and active, many villages got prosperous and values of agricultural products as well as One Commune One Product (OCOP) products have increased thanks to
tourism businesses.

Rice fields, terraced fields, orchards, rivers, streams,
ponds, lakes, and fishing villages are all connected to unique destinations on
the visitors’ journey of experience. Knowledge, indigenous culture, folk
cuisine, and traditional rituals are awakened thanks to tourism.

Agritourism does not only brings higher incomes to people, and
economic benefits to localities, but also creates other intangible values
that help popularise images of Vietnam’s agriculture, and promote agricultural
products right at the farms.

Agritourism also introduces and promotes images of Vietnam’s rural
areas with diverse cultural identities and hospitable rural people. It
also helps increase community connectivity, calling for jointly building green,
clean, and beautiful countrysides and preserving its values.

However, Hoan said agritourism still faces difficulties as
many localities have not yet seen the potential of this type of tourism and
paid insufficient attention.

Many models were developed spontaneously, without making
differences, he said, adding that supporting mechanisms and policies have not yet become the
driving force to develop a tourism industry that brings both economic and
social values.

Hoan said
that it’s time to change the attitude towards the importance and values of
agritourism so that it can become a part of the tourism industry.

He suggested the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
consider adding agritourism to the National Tourism Programme to promote and
enrich tourism resources.

Agritourism must be developed in a sustainable, inclusive,
and multi-valued way. It effectively makes use of and promotes traditional
values, production and farming practices, agricultural activities, and the
typical ecological environment, associated with digital transformation. The
community should be placed at the centre when developing tourism products, according to the minister.

It is necessary to strengthen the connection in agritourism,
and form high-quality, diversified, and attractive tours and routes, he added./.



Must-visit spectacular travel destinations in Việt Nam during autumn



By Lương Thu Hương

With its mild and refreshing weather, autumn is undoubtedly the perfect time to embark on a remarkable travel journey in Việt Nam. It’s a season when we don’t have to lament about the scorching heat of summer or the chilling cold of winter. Instead, we are greeted with gentle breezes that sway the golden-hued leaves. So, as autumn sets in, it’s time to pack your bags, embrace the beauty of this season, and embark on a memorable travel adventure.

Here are some of the suggested destinations in Việt Nam for your autumn trip:

Tràng An: the ancient capital 

An idyllic view of Tràng An landscape complex. — VNA/VNS Photo

Tràng An landscape complex, the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site, captivates with its pristine beauty and majestic limestone formations, creating a “Hạ Long Bay on Land” in northern Việt Nam.

Located in the province of Ninh Bình, the site stands as a remarkable destination for those seeking to delve into the history of the ancient capital of Hoa Lư. Its breathtaking landscape, defined by towering limestone karsts and winding rivers, offers a unique and enchanting experience.

Contrasting the festive atmosphere in spring, Tràng An in autumn immerses itself in a tranquil sea of green, with a serene sky, stretching forests along the mountain ranges, and crystal-clear water revealing hidden aquatic plants below.

Visiting the ancient capital, travelers not only have the opportunity to immerse themselves in ancient legends and historical sites in cultural centers but also to indulge in the enchanting beauty created by nature within the renowned limestone cave system. They can embark on the mesmerising journey along Sao Khuê River through mountain caves and witness the historical landmarks on both sides, like the ancient village of Yên Thượng, the Dền Bridge, the Đông Bridge, the Trường Yên Market, and the Ghềnh Tháp – Vườn Thiên Palace.

Hà Giang: Buckwheat Flower Fields

The rocky plateau of Đồng Văn in Hà Giang is blanketed with vast buckwheat flower fields. — VNA/VNS Photo

Travelling to the remote region of the homeland, you will have the opportunity to witness the autumn season immersed in vast buckwheat flower fields across the rocky plateau of Đồng Văn.

The buckwheat flower season typically begins in late autumn, from around mid-October to December. What surprises visitors is the ever-changing colours of the blooms. When the flowers first bloom, they are white, gradually transitioning to light pink or purple, and finally deep red as they approach the end of the season and develop seeds.

Similar to Sa Pa, the weather in Đồng Văn undergoes constant changes throughout the day. In the morning, Đồng Văn greets you with chilly winds and a misty veil of clouds. By noon, the temperature gradually warms up, revealing the vivid blue sky of autumn and the characteristic emerald waters of the Nho Quế River. As the evening approaches, rays of golden sunlight cascade over the buckwheat flower fields, creating a dazzling and enchanting scenery that is truly rare and poetic.

Sapa: cloud hunting

Autumn is the golden season in Sa Pa. — VNA/VNS Photo

Traveling to Sa Pa in the northern province of Lào Cai in the autumn season is undoubtedly an excellent choice. The weather in Sa Pa during this time of the year is incredibly mild and cool, offering a pleasant atmosphere. In fact, you can even experience all four seasons in a single day, a phenomenon that seems straight out of a legend.

During autumn, the ripe golden rice terraces gracefully winding around the majestic hills will leave visitors in awe with their dreamlike beauty. The landscape, adorned with vibrant hues, exudes a sense of grandeur, while the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance of freshly harvested rice and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Due to the favourable weather during this time, it is indeed a great opportunity to embark on mountain hikes in Sa Pa to “hunt” for clouds and enjoy panoramic views of the lush landscapes below. It is not too challenging for avid hikers or those with a passion for exploration to undertake these adventures.

If you’re tired of taking the cable car to reach the summit of Fansipan, you can opt for a train ride to admire the vast beauty of the Mường Hoa Valley, which promises to offer you a fresh and surprising perspective of Sa Pa.

Hà Nội: best time of the year

Autumn in Hà Nội offers a unique blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. — VNA/VNS Photo

Autumn is undoubtedly the best time in Hà Nội, when the bustling 1,000-year-old capital city is covered with the poetic and tranquil atmosphere. As you wander through the various corners of the capital city, it is not difficult to encounter the lovely scenes of blooming white milk flowers or streets adorned with golden and red leaves.

As the leaves gently fall, creating a colourful carpet beneath your feet, Hà Nội seems to reveal its hidden corners and historic landmarks. Whether it’s walking along the tranquil banks of Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword) Lake, exploring the Old Quarter, or savouring a cup of egg coffee amidst the autumn breeze, every moment in the city in romantic autumn feels like a scene from a slow-motion nostalgic movie.

Don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera whenever you take a stroll around Hà Nội at its most beautiful time of the year, as you could seize the enchanting moment of a romantic sunset at the idyllic West Lake, the picturesque sight of street vendors burdened with alluring bouquets of daisies and nightingale flowers, or simply to capture the renowned culinary delights of the city.

Arriving in Hà Nội during autumn, you might have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hà Nội Fall Festival. The event is set to take place from September 29 to October 1 and promises a diverse array of captivating cultural activities. VNS






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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields – A masterpiece of nature and humanity



The Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields are not only a magnificent sight but also an exclusive masterpiece of local people attempting to improve nature while also creating appeal for tourists to the northwest region.


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Ha Nam becomes bright spot on Vietnam’s tourism map



Ha Nam province’s tourism sector has achieved remarkable results in the post Covid-19 pandemic, with visitor numbers to the northern locality continually setting new records.

Ha Nam boasts favourable conditions for the development of typical tourist products in the Red River Delta. The province is home to many historical, cultural, spiritual, and religious sites.

They possess unique advantages, helping the province reshape its tourism industry and develop more offerings for visitors.

The number of tourists to Ha Nam reached over 3.8 million in the first half of this year, nearly double the number in the same period last year and fulfilling nearly 90% of its annual plan.

Total revenue from tourism was estimated at nearly 114 million USD, or more than double the figure posted in the same period of 2022.

To continue to be a bright spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, Ha Nam is focusing on building a number of typical tourism products, attracting investment in eco-spiritual, resort, and entertainment tourism. It is also trying to connect tours and tourist routes with others elsewhere around Vietnam to create better links for tourism development./.


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