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Ben Tre emerging destination of ecotourism, river-based tours

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The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, renowned as the kingdom of coconut and for its large acreages of fruit farming, is striving to become a top destination for ecotourism and river-based tours.

Ben Tre emerging destination of ecotourism, river-based tours hinh anh 1Visitors take a boat tour around a nipa palm farm in Ben Tre province. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, renowned as the kingdom of coconut and for its large acreages of fruit farming, is striving to become a top destination for ecotourism and river-based tours.

The province has been focusing on seizing its advantages to develop tour packages, including ecotourism, river-based tourism, sight seeing at historic and cultural relics, community-based tourism and leisure tourism, according to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Ban.

One of the most popular ecotourism projects in Ben Tre is Nghenh Xuan Farmstay in Thanh Trieu commune in the district of Chau Thanh, which lies on the banks of Thanh Trieu River.

The 1.6-ha farmstay has 19 rooms, providing visitors with river views and a unique experience inside a fruit plantation, said Le Quang Than, manager of Nghenh Xuan Farmstay.

Ben Tre emerging destination of ecotourism, river-based tours hinh anh 2Visitors pick fruits in a farmstay in Ben Tre province. (Photo: VNA)

Guests of the farmstay can take part in a wide range of adventures here, from river swimming, boat trips to fishing and cycling in the neighbouring countryside, he said, adding that the farmstay also cooperates with ten plantations to offer the guests sight-seeing and fruit-picking tours.

Chau Thanh’s Tan Phu commune is a paradise of tropical fruits in Ben Tre with numerous plantations growing durian, mangosteen, lanzones, jackfruit, rambutan, longan and others.

Paying only 80,000 VND (3.44 USD) per person for entrance, visitors can take a tour around a fruit farm and devour a fresh fruit buffet straight from the trees.

Tran Duc Thang, Director of Miet Vuon Farmstay in Tan Phu’s Tan Qui village, said his facility often serves 50 – 60 visitors daily during weekdays and up to 400 visitors at weekends.

Fruit farms in Tan Phu are coordinating with each other to provide visitors with a greater variety of fruits to enjoy. Travellers here can also have a taste of local cuisine with various unique dishes, from chicken porridge, giant gourami to snail sashimi and “banh xeo” (crispy Vietnamese pancakes).

Now that COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror, the province has organised a number of promotion events to revive local tourism activities, most notably among which were those held in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City, said Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Ban.

In the coming time, Ben Tre plans to take more measures for tourism recovery, he said, noting that the province will continue promote itself as a safe, friendly and quality destination; and accelerate cooperation with other cities and provinces, particularly HCM City and Mekong Delta provinces, to develop tourism.

The province has been calling for investors both at home and overseas to develop luxurious river-based and seaside resorts, and those for cultural and spiritual tourism and MICE./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ben-tre-emerging-destination-of-ecotourism-riverbased-tours/232052.vnp

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Vietnam named leading heritage destination in 2022

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Vietnam’s tourism destinations and brands have been named in the top 16 award categories of the 2022 World Travel Awards, with the country named the World’s Leading Heritage Destination for the third time since 2019.

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Wild sunflowers bathe Dien Bien in gold

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The northern mountainous province of Dien Bien turns yellow in November as “Hoa da quy” (wild sunflowers) are in full bloom throughout its forests and valleys.

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Conditions in place for Vietnam to boost wellness tourism

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Wellness tourism is becoming increasingly popular among travellers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Vietnam is believed to hold much potential for developing it.

Conditions in place for Vietnam to boost wellness tourism hinh anh 1Tourists enjoy their time at the Nui Than Tai (God of Fortune) hot spring park in Da Nang city. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Wellness tourism is becoming increasingly popular among travellers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Vietnam is believed to hold much potential for developing it.

The country boasts many advantages for wellness tourism, including about 3,260km of coastline which is home to a large number of beautiful beaches such as Tra Co, Ha Long, Cat Ba, Cua Lo, Lang Co, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Long Hai, Vung Tau, and Phu Quoc, to name a few; and various islands of all sizes that are suitable for relaxation and health improvement.

Besides, the country also houses rich mineral water resources, about 400 hot spring sources nationwide, that can be used in health care or production of bottled water. A diversity of herbal plants, about 3,850 species, is also a source of materials for traditional medicine or nutritional food. A system of historical and cultural relic sites, including Buddhist temples and Zen monasteries, with scenic landscapes can also be optimised to develop wellness tourism, according to the Institute for Tourism Development Research under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Over the recent past, many localities have moved to promote wellness tourism on the basis of their potential and advantages.

The Mekong Delta province of Long An has been known for many special ecological, relaxation, and wellness tourism products among domestic and foreign visitors. A highlight is relaxation and wellness tourism services in the “Canh dong bat tan” (Endless Field) tourism area in Moc Hoa district.

The Long An provincial Tourism Promotion Centre said this tourism area, operated by the Mephydica company, is supplying sightseeing and wellness tourism services and also producing herbal products, becoming a typical ecological and wellness tourism site of the province as well as the Mekong Delta as a whole.

Deputy Director of Mephydica Duong Van Toan noted all tourism products here are based on nature to help visitors relax and improve their physical and spiritual health.

Located in the southeastern region, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province also boasts various of wellness tourism products connected with maritime and insular resources in Vung Tau and Ba Ria cities, as well as Con Dao and Long Dien districts.

Trinh Hang, Director of the provincial Tourism Department, said Ba Ria-Vung Tau is renowned for many beautiful beaches and attractive landscapes, making it an ideal destination for maritime, relaxation, and MICE tourism.

He noted its Vung Tau city, with sunshine duration of up to 2,000 – 2,600 hours per year, an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, and low rainfall, offers a variety of wellness tourism products for travellers to enjoy.

The Binh Chau – Ho Tram – Ho Linh complex is another worth-to-visit place in the province as it is home to primeval forests, about 43km of perennial rivers, and hot springs, which are all favourable conditions for health improvement. The Con Dao tourism complex with imposing and beautiful natural landscapes, rich biodiversity, mild climate, pristine islands, and hot springs is also suitable for those planning to seek a destination for refreshing themselves and regaining energy, according to the official./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/conditions-in-place-for-vietnam-to-boost-wellness-tourism/244395.vnp

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