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Exploring Langbiang – the first biosphere reserve in Central Highlands



As the 9th biosphere reserve recognised by UNESCO in Vietnam, Langbiang is truly an attractive and special destination for nature lovers.

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A view of the Langbiang Biosphere Reserve (Photo:

Hanoi – Located in the north of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Langbiang Biosphere Reserve covers 275,439 hectares and boasts a large primeval forest whose core is the Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park.

As the 9th biosphere reserve recognised by UNESCO in Vietnam, Langbiang is truly an attractive and special destination for nature lovers.

Biological diversity

Langbiang was recognised as a world biosphere reserve at the 27th session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme on June 9, 2015, becoming the first of its kind in the Central Highlands.

Located in the north of Lam Dong province, it covers 275,439 hectares of land and boasts a large primeval forest whose core is the Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park. It is assessed as one of the four biodiversity centres in Vietnam.

Located at altitudes ranging from 650 metres to 2,300 metres, Langbiang is home to a great diversity of natural ecosystems, including terrestrial and aquatic ones. It also harbours all the natural forest biotopes which are the habitat for wild animals.

The diversity of natural biotopes, from woody and bamboo mixed forest, scrubland, to grassland, has contributed to the richness of reptile, amphibian, insect, and flora species.

Meanwhile, aquatic biotopes such as lakes, rivers, and streams in the middle of forest not only form beautiful landscapes, create transitions of ecosystems, and act as the habitat of fish and other aquatic species.

Thanks to its ecosystem diversity, the Langbiang Biosphere Reserve is home to 1,940 flora species, including particularly rare ones like “thong hai la det” (Pinus krempfii), which is endemic to the Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park; “po mu” (Fokienia hodginsii (Dunn) A. Henry et Thomas), “thong do” (Taxus Wallichiana Zucc), and “thong 5 la Da Lat” (Pinus dalatensis).

With 297 orchid species, Langbiang is dubbed the “orchid capital” of Vietnam. As many as 89 mammal species, 247 bird species, 46 reptile species, 30 fish species, and 335 insect species have also been reported here.

The biosphere reserve holds biodiversity values of global importance. Scientists recorded 153 fauna and flora species listed in the 2007 Vietnam Red Data Book and 154 in the 2010 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Among them, five face the risk of global extinction, namely Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes), yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae), gaur (Bos gaurus), and Annamese langur (Trachypithecus margarita).

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) also identified this place as the No 1 priority area for conservation in a programme on conserving the main mountains of the South Truong Son Mountain Range in Vietnam.

In addition, the Langbiang Biosphere Reserve also harbours the space of gong culture in the Central Highlands, which was listed as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

The space of gong culture spreads across the five Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong, with its owners being local ethnic groups such as Bana, Xedang, Mnong, K’ho, Romam, Ede, Giarai.

Efforts made for conservation, sustainable development

According to Lam Dong authorities, the UNESCO recognition of Langbiang as a world biosphere reserve has created both opportunities and challenges to the province in general and the Vietnamese Government in particular in maintaining functions of a world-class biosphere reserve.

Relevant agencies have the responsibility for seriously realising the international commitment to biodiversity conservation. To do that, they will have to seek more concerted, scientific, and thorough measures to adapt to climate change.

Besides, it is also necessary to have more scientific solutions to achieve sustainable development on the basis of the economic, social, and environmental pillars.

To manage and protect the first world biosphere reserve in the Central Highlands, Lam Dong province set up a management board for the site, increased communications, conducted scientific researches and biodiversity conservation, and enhanced cooperation with international partners.

The management board has given priority to ensuring the harmony between human and the nature, upholding traditional cultural identities of the ethnic groups residing in the reserve, and guaranteeing the concurrence of human and social development and biodiversity conservation./.



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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Promoting heritage value of Phong Nha -Ke Bang National Park ​



The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province has twice been honored as a World Natural Heritage site. This is a testament to its unique geomorphology and global tourism value, as well as countless efforts of Vietnam to increase awareness in the process of international integration.

Over the past two decades, Quang Binh has worked hard to preserve cultural heritage values of the national park toward the goal of sustainable development.

The management board of the national park has actively cooperated with domestic and foreign organizations to carry out scientific projects to preserve the heritage for the local socio-economic development.

In 2003, experts from the Royal British Cave Association discovered Son Doong – the world’s largest cave in the park. The site is important in caving research in the region, promoting the image of Phong Nha-Ke Bang around the world.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has three forms of tourism, including self-exploration, joint venture businesses, and leasing of forest environment services.

The development of tourism services has attracted an increasing number of visitors to the site. In order to ensure both tourism development and sustainable heritage conservation, the park management board is monitoring and assessing the impact of tourism activities on the caves to mitigate negative impacts on the heritage./.


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Over 3,000 int’l visitors come to Hanoi for BlackPink concert



The Hanoi Department of Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

Over 3,000 int'l visitors come to Hanoi for BlackPink concert hinh anh 1Blackpink‘s performance at My Dinh stadium in Hanoi late last month. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Hanoi Department of
Tourism on August 5 announced that out of 70,000 peopple
flocking to Korean girl band Blackpink’s concert at the Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium on July 29 and 30, over 3,000 ones are international visitors.

The foreign visitors are mostly from China, Canada, Thailand,
Japan, and Malaysia while Vietnamese fans of Blackpinks are mainly from Hanoi, Ho Chi
Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

During the period, city tour service providers with double-decker buses saw a significantly increased number of clients.
Particularly, the number of service users who booked
online tickets from July 29 to July 31 rose 15% compared to the
previous days. Some hotels, especially in the
areas in the district of Thanh Xuan and Cau Giay around My the Dinh National Stadium
posted a 20% increase in room occupancy compared to the previous weekends.

Search volume for booking in Hanoi during the two days of
BlackPink concert through international booking websites grew by ten
times compared to the previous week, according to Agoda.

The average occupancy rate of the hotels in July 2023 reached 60.8%, up 19.2% over the same period in 2022.

From July 28 to 30, the number of visitors to Hanoi’s tourist
destinations increased by 15-20% compared to the same
period last year.

Specifically, the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam
welcomed more than 9,600 visitors, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel more than 8,000
visitors, and Bao Son Paradise Park 7,000 visitors.

On July 29 – 30, the total number of tourists to Hanoi
reached more than 170,000, including more than 30,000 international tourists. The city’s total revenue from tourism reached 630 billion VND (25.54 million USD)./.


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