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Foreign-themed tourism sites offer real escape



Lê Hương

Young travellers in Việt Nam have more and more choices to have a picnic and take photos. Tourism sites with the theme of the typical landscapes in foreign countries have become favourites. 

Tanyoli Amusement Park

Following travel lovers, I visited Tanyoli Amusement Park in Sơn Hải Village, Phước Dinh Commune, Ninh Phước District in the central province of Ninh Thuận.

A breathtaking road leading to Tanyoli Amusement Park. Photo

To reach this park, visitors travel on a coastal road, which is as beautiful as one in a painting.

“The first time I came to Tanyoli, I felt as if I were lost in a big desert right in Việt Nam,” said Phạm Ngọc Bình, a tourist from HCM City. “The park was set on immense sand dunes with various games, camping tents, photo-shooting area and an area for activities by the sea.” 

The Mongolian tribal spirit can be felt at white tents, which were erected in the middle of a prairie full of sunlight and wind.

“Each tent is surrounded with many hills with trees and plants, creating impressive privacy while you still feel being free in nature,” he said.

There are games like car racing on sand dunes, high wires, ziplines or arrow shooting.

People who love the sea can play beach volleyball or go kayaking.

“Women will like hiring costumes of the Chăm ethnic group to take photos by the tent,” said Nguyễn Minh Hà, who joined a team building group at the site.

The park is open between 7am and 10pm while people who want to stay overnight can rent the tents or wooden houses.

White tents at Tanyoli Amusement Park. Photo

“Making a bonfire at night here is interesting,” Hà said. “We have plenty of time overnight to talk and play. Then waking up in fresh nature is quite inspiring as well.”

Bình said the site features various natural wonders like sand dunes, the beach and the sea, which offer various activities for big groups and families.

“It’s especially suitable to teambuilding activities,” he said. “There is much fun in every form of terrain at the site.”  

Mongo Land Dalat

Among many romantic tourism sites, Mongo Land Dalat in Village 1, Tà Nung Commune, far from Đà Lạt centre, is suitable for living like a castaway in nature.

The green valley appears in the middle of hills and mountains of pine forests.

With a big grass field as a highlight, tribal tents are scattered around the site while sheep stroll in a background.

Immense grasslands at Mongo Land Dalat. Photo

A small lake full of water hyacinth and a small boat are available for visitors to take photos with.

“Instead of visiting popular tourism sites in the centre of the city, I come here with my family to enjoy the green of a fresh prairie,” said Phùng Đăng Phú, a visitor from HCM City.

Though it has been in service for only a few months, Mongo Land Dalat has received many guests.

Phú said his granddaughters like disguising themselves as tribal girls and taking photos with the sheep.

There are also games like grass sliding, bowing and feeding rabbits, goats or sheep.

Lee’s Hillside

Among the Mongolian themed tourism sites, Lee’s Hillside in Cư Êbut Commune, 10km from Buôn Mê Thuột City, has a special attraction.

Camels raised at Lee’s Hillside can be new friends to visitors. Photo

“It’s quite convenient to reach the site,” commented traveller Vũ Phú Quang from Hà Nội.

Quang said the theme of the site is the Mongolian spirit, which can be found in the white sand field, beautiful white tents, and horses and camels raised at the site.

There are various small corners decorated in the themes of the US West, Morocco or Việt Nam’s Central Highlands.

“What I like here is that within a day I can travel to different areas of the world, where I can take photos with my friends,” said Nguyễn Úy Thương, a local.

“In particular, after ‘baking yourself under the sun taking photos, you can cool yourself down in a pool,” Thương joked. “The pool looks over a lush forest, so it’s quite relaxing swimming here or taking photos.”

A spectacular swimming pool at Lee’s Hillside. Photo

The site also offers overnight accommodation at reasonable prices.

Mongolia is a fresh theme for tourism sites. The above-mentioned parks have led the trend among young travelers.

“I think it’s a wise way to attract visitors rather than just establishing pure eco-tourism sites as many existing ones do,” noted Dương Thị Hiền, an official from the Lâm Đồng Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.

 “Companies  have created new tourism products for localities, which help draw more tourists to the areas.” VNS



Red Mustard Chicken Ramen



Executive Chef Nguyễn Văn Nguyên of Crowne Plaza Vĩnh Yên City Centre

Shoyu ramen is the most common noodle soup, with a broth made of soy sauce, in Japan. There are different versions of shoyu ramen: it can be cooked with either pork or chicken, garnished with different toppings, and served with different condiments. Today, let’s give it a try with the signature red mustard chicken ramen by Executive Chef Nguyễn Văn Nguyên of Crowne Plaza Vĩnh Yên City Centre. Travel to Japan through your own kitchen with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Ingredients: serving 1 person

  • Ramen noodle (instant ramen noodle is OK): 150g
  • Chicken (boneless): 200g
  • Chicken stock: 300ml
  • Red mustard: 50g
  • Chicken egg: 1
  • Nori: 30g
  • Beansprout: 30g
  • Bok choy: 50g
  • Japanese soy sauce: 20ml
  • Mirin (Japanese cooking rice wine): 20ml
  • Salt: 5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Minced pepper: 5g
  • Cooking oil: 10ml
  • Spring onion: 10g
  • Paprika powder: 3g
  • Ginger: 5g
  • Garlic: 5g


  • Cooking twine

Red Mustard Chicken Ramen



  • Marinate boneless chicken with pepper, salt, paprika powder, red mustard and chopped ginger. Roll the chicken, tighten it with cooking twine and pan-sear at 150 Celsius degrees until light brown.
  • Put the pan-seared chicken in a pot with 300ml of chicken stock and 3ml of Japanese soy sauce and 3ml of mirin. Braise for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the braised chicken from the pot. Remove the cooking twine. Slide the chicken roll into 1cm-thick pieces.


  • Boil the egg for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the egg from the boiling pot. Immediately put the egg in a bowl of iced water to prevent the heat from completely boiling the egg. Remove the eggshell when it’s cooled down.
  • Boil a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, mirin, chopped spring onion, chopped garlic, chopped ginger and sugar. Turn off the heat, let it cool down and pour it over the egg. Let the egg soak in the mixture for 3-5 hours or overnight in a fridge.
  • When used, cut into halves.

Noodle & bean sprouts:

  • Boil the noodle and bok choy with the chicken stock for a few minutes. When removing the noodle and bok choy from the boiling pot, ensure the noodle is still stretchy, and the boy choy is still crunchy and green.
  • Poach the bean sprouts. Remove them from the pot and let them dry.


  • Put the noodle into a big bowl. Top up with the sliced chicken on one side and the bok choy on the other side. Top up with the two halves of egg, poached beansprouts, chopped spring onion and nori.
  •  Pour the chicken stock into the bowl.

Sensory evaluation:

  • Chicken: tender
  • Presentation: colourful and beautiful

You can enjoy this Japanese iconic chicken ramen and many other savoury dishes by chef Nguyên and his talented team at HOP Kitchen restaurant, located on the 4th floor of Crowne Plaza Vĩinh Yên City Centre, 396 Mê Linh Road, Liên Bảo Ward, Vĩnh Yên City, Vĩnh Phúc Province. Tel: (84) 2113 778899.


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Vietnam, India boost tourism cooperation



More than 20 Indian travel agencies together with media representatives recently conducted a field trip to the central Vietnamese cities of Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue. The trip was part of the Indian tourism sector’s Famtrip programme, aimed at introducing Vietnam to Indian travellers.

The delegation visited famous tourist destinations in the three destinations and assessed the quality of local hotels and restaurants, especially those catering to Indian customers.

Figures show that the number of Indian tourists visiting Vietnam reached nearly 138,000 in 2022, ranking it 9th among the 10 largest source markets.

The field trip will help boost the number of Indian visitors to Vietnam this year, which is forecast to increase by 160% compared to 2019.

India is one of two countries in the world with a population in excess of 1 billion, together with China, and is a source market of potential for any country, including Vietnam./.


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Measures to lure more high-spending international tourists under discussion



Vietnam needs to have support policies for developing new tourism products and services capable of attracting high-spending international visitors, said insiders.

Measures to lure more high-spending international tourists under discussion hinh anh 1Foreign visitors in Da Nang (Photo: Da Nang Newspaper)

Hanoi – Vietnam needs to have support
policies for developing new tourism products and services capable of attracting high-spending international visitors, said insiders.

Addressing a national conference on
tourism development in 2023 recently, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Nguyen Van Hung admitted that Vietnam’s tourism products have yet to
catch up with global trends and failed to fully utilise the natural advantages, especially
cultural resources.

“We only offer what we have, not what visitors want, so our products
lack attractiveness for tourists,” he said.

He added that tourism linkage among regions, localities, and sectors remain weak, resulting in tourism products not diverse and attractive to tourists.

According to Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Vu The Binh, it is necessary to develop attractive
and high-spending products like golf tourism.

The number of international visitors travelling to Vietnam for golf tours is on the rise,
he said, calling for exemption or
reduction of excise tax for international golf tourists in order to
increase the competitiveness of this tourism service.

Meanwhile, Deputy General Director of Saigontourist Vo Anh Tai said attention
should be paid to cruise ship tourism, noting that his firm welcomed eight international
cruise ships with over 23,000 visitors in March only.

The company aims to serve 170,000 international
holiday-makers arriving on 30 cruise ships in 2023, he said.

Tai also proposed policies to attract foreign tourists attending diplomatic
events; trade, and investment promotion programmes; fairs and exhibitions; and international
sports and culture events.

President of the Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) Johnathan Hanh Nguyen suggested
developing a number of potential tourism models such as health-care
tourism and duty-free outlets, saying that these generate high revenues and
help increase competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism in the region.

also proposed cooperation with international partners to develop entertainment,
resort, and casino complexes; and amusement parks whose brand is recognised

Speaking at a seminar held by Sai Gon Giai phong newspaper, Dang Manh Phuoc,
CEO of The Outbox Company – a market researcher and data analyst on tourism and
hotel, stressed the importance of research in consumer behaviour
and demand in target markets, so as to build
appropriate promotion strategies.

Tai also urged Vietnam’s
representative agencies abroad to play a greater role in promoting the national tourism brand to
international visitors./. 


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