Videos of dolphins swimming in groups off the coast of popular beach destinations Nha Trang and Binh Thuan in central Vietnam have sparked some excitement.
A video footage of Facebook account Thach Nguyen showing a group of 30 dolphins swimming off the Nha Trang coast on April 4 has gone viral online with 1.3 million shares.
Many Vietnamese netizens remarked that it was a “strange,” “rare” and “surprising” phenomenon.
Vo Van Quang, an expert at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, said that the Nha Trang sea sometimes sees a few dolphins that have been “lost” to the shore. However, the sight of dozens of dolphins swimming in local waters “is quite rare.”
Since tourist activities have been suspended in Nha Trang Bay in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the sea is quite quiet and dolphins can follow their prey freely in waters close to the shore, Huy said.
Locals also agreed that the suspension of tourism and the absence of tourist boats might have created favorable conditions for dolphins to gather in numbers closer to the shore.
Nha Trang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa is well known worldwide for its beaches and related attractions including scuba diving. It draws large crowds of foreign tourists, backpackers and more affluent travelers, as well as Vietnamese tourists.
On Thursday, another group of dolphins appeared off Hon Cau Beach in Tuy Phong District in Binh Thuan Province, and it was filmed by a staff of the Hon Cau Marine Protected Area.
Binh Thuan is home to the resort town of Mui Ne, a popular vacation spot often referred to as “a seaside paradise”. Over the last few years, it has added many water sports like windsurfing, surfing, jet-skiing, and kayaking.
Elsewhere in Vietnam in recent years, dolphins have appeared in groups in the waters off Hoi An Town in the central province of Quang Nam and Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
Whales and other cetaceans including dolphins are considered sacred by Vietnamese fishermen who believe that saving injured whales and dolphins and giving proper burials to those that die ashore are activities that will bless them with luck, good weather, bountiful catch and protection while at sea.
Videos by Thach Nguyen and Hon Cau Marine Protected Area
Covid-19 vaccination sought for all Phu Quoc residents to reopen to foreign tourists
Authorities in Kien Giang Province, home to Phu Quoc, are planning to vaccinate the island’s population against Covid-19 so that it can reopen its doors to foreigners.
Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the province, said the island has got the green light from the Politburo to trial vaccine passports and so the government would be asked to prioritize vaccination for the 100,000 residents of Phu Quoc.
If everything goes well, the island could allow foreigners back in by September or October this year, he added.
Visitors to the island must be fully vaccinated, failing which they will be quarantined and only allowed to visit isolated resorts.
Vietnam’s largest island has become a top tourist destination after the government rolled out a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners in 2014.
In 2019, the last year before the onset of the pandemic, it received over five million visitors, including 541,600 foreigners.
Kien Giang Province has been Covid-free during the ongoing fourth wave that began on April 27.
The Politburo, the main decision-making body of the Communist Party, last week called for trialing vaccine passports so that foreigners could visit some tourist destinations that have contained the pandemic like Phu Quoc Island.
Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year. Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, and highly-skilled workers have been allowed since with stringent quarantine requirements.
An aerial tour of Binh Dinh’s largest saltwater lagoon
Thi Nai, full name Thi Li Bi Nai, used to be the commercial port of Vijaya, a city-state in the ancient kingdom of Champa, dating back thousands of years.
The large saltwater lagoon, covering over 5,000 hectares to the southeast of Binh Dinh, stretches from the north of Tuy Phuoc District to Quy Nhon, a popular beach destination.
Thi Nai Bridge crossing the lagoon of the same name is a local symbol. The seven-long-meter bridge used to be the country’s longest sea crossing stretching 2.5 kilometers, before Hai Phong City’s Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Bridge opened to traffic in September 2017.
Since the Thi Nai bridge opened in 2006, tourists can easily visit famous beaches in Quy Nhon like Ky Co and Eo Gio as well as Phuong Mai sand hill.
Waterlogged house clusters lie amid aquaculture plots on Thi Nai Lagoon in Dong Da Ward of Quy Nhon Town.
A floating house on Chim (Bird) Islet, a part of the lagoon, in Phuoc Son Commune of Tuy Phuoc District, about 15 kilometers from Quy Nhon. The islet is home to 100 families, who have subsisted on fishing for countless generations.
The islet boasts a mangrove forest and is deemed the green lung of Binh Dinh.
Thi Nai Lagoon is formed by tributaries of the Kon and Ha Thanh rivers. When the tide rises, the surface of the lagoon sparkles with water. During low tide, the water recedes, leaving the lagoon inert and swampy.
A local catches snails on a low tide day. According to a survey in 2020, the lagoon is home to around 684 species of animals and plants, including many species of fish, shrimp, crabs, mollusks and seaweed.
Fishing boats on Thi Nai Lagoon.
There are up to 1,000 square hectares of mangrove forests and 200 hectares of sea grass around the lagoon. Thi Nai has adequate resources of ephemera and many species of aquatic products with high economic and ecological value like oysters and crabs.
Ro cho, a regional-type fishing net.
Ro cho are supported by four long bamboo poles with a sagging fishing net in the middle shaped like a pan. Fishermen use bamboo sticks to sweep and push trapped fish into the navel and later to one side of the net for later harvest.
From Thi Nai Bridge, visitors not only have the opportunity to watch daybreak but also enjoy a peaceful and slow pace of life unfold as locals gather their catch of the day.
Admiring slice of time on vestige in Hue Imperial Citadel
Experiencing many ups and downs of history, Hue Imperial Citadel still retains its majestic beauty, preserving the quintessence of the Nguyen’s Dynasty, hundreds of years ago.
Therefore, when visiting Hue, it is impossible not to visit Hue’s ancient imperial citadel complex at least once to feel the golden traces of the past.
|Ngo Mon Gate (Noon Gate), as the largest of the four major gates of Hue Citadel, is the main southern gate of the Hue Citadel, overlooking the very poetic Huong (Perfume) River. Ngo Mon Gate is considered a masterpiece, a pinnacle architecture of Hue Imperial Citadel.|
Nowadays, many young people who love the ancient costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty like Nhat Binh Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional clothing) often come here to capture impressive photos.
Hue Citadel was built under the reign of King Gia Long in the summer of 1804, but it was not completed until 1833, under the reign of King Minh Mang.
As a convergence of cultural and architectural beauty, Hue Citadel is also one of the relics in the Hue’s ancient imperial citadel complex recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
In the history of Vietnam in pre–modern period, the construction of Hue Citadel is probably the most massive and large-scale project with the particiapation of tens of thousands of people in the construction, millions of cubic meters of soil and stone, a large amount of work such as dugging trenches, filling rivers, migrating, moving graves, and building citadels, lasted for 30 years under two dynasties.
Facing Ngo Mon Gate is Thai Hoa Palace, which is used to celebrate significant court rituals such as anniversaries and coronations. It was also an important venue to welcome ambassadors of other countries.
In the architectural complex in the Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) of Hue, the corridor system plays an important role, not only as a passageway, but also as a “circuit” connecting the works, creating a diverse architectural complex with a tight layout.
Over 200 years, wars, natural disasters and time caused the corridor system to be severely destroyed and by the 1990s, it was completely collapsed, leaving only the foundations. The corridors in the Tu Cam Thanh Hue have now been restored by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre according to the strict regulations of UNESCO.
Despite the wear and tear over time, a lot of architecture still exists along with mossy walls in bold colours of the old times.
The sophisticated architecture has survived many years.
Thai Hoa Palace still retains its inherent majesty.
Source: Nhan Dan
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