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Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos



To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design contest and a tourism photo competition.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 1Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and
contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism
industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design
contest and a tourism photo competition.

The two contests aim to select photos and products that meet
the artistic criteria, show a typical, rich and diverse culture, tourism
resources, tourist attractions, historical sites, festivals, traditional craft
villages, and the culinary culture of Hanoi for dissemination and promotion of
the capital city’s tourism to both domestic and international tourists.

Entries should show the difference and diversity in
materials and colours, and be friendly to the environment, safe to human
health, and not deformed or changed by the climate and weather. The
organising board prioritizes products that use available materials, are local
traditional crafts and convenient for mass production, and have high
applicability and reasonable prices.

All professional and amateur photographers, artisans,
painters, designers, organisations, enterprises and individuals can participate
in the contest held from June 1 to July 31.

The organising board will present awards and display works
from September to October.

All individuals and organisations can find out detailed
information about the contests’ rules on the website of the Department of
Tourism ( and on the mass media. Entries can be
sent to the Hanoi Department of Tourism’s headquarter at 11B Cat Linh street,
Dong Da district.

The capital city is making every effort to revive its
tourism after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 8.61 million tourists, including some 211,300
foreigners, visited the city between January and June, nearly tripling the
figure in the same period last year.

The city’s total tourism revenue in the first half of 2022
amounted to approximately 25.2 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD), more than three
times the figure in the first six months of 2021.

Local hotels rated 1-5 stars recorded an average occupation
rate of over 30% during the period, up 6.11% year-on-year.

The capital city, home to 24 recognised tourist
destinations, is offering a series of enticing products to attract tourists
given its reopening of the local tourism industry. These include night tours at
Hoa Lo Prison and Thang Long ancient citadel; a northern mountainous wet market
programme at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay
township; and the Hanoi City Tour by double-decker buses. 

In addition, Hanoi has also launched many tourism
exhibitions, trade fairs, and festivals.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 2Tourism gifts (Photo: VNA)

It is striving to welcome and serve 9-10 million visitors
in 2022, including 1.2-2 million international visitors. Total revenue from
tourists is expected to reach 27-35 trillion VND.

By 2023, the city is planning to welcome and serve 12-14
million visitors, including 2.5-3.5 million foreign visitors, earning a
total revenue from 42 to 55 trillion VND.

It eyes to welcome over 30 million visitors, including 7
million foreigners, by 2025, according to the municipal Party Committee’ draft
conclusion on tourism development for 2016-2020 and following years. The
visitors are expected to spend more than 130 trillion VND while in the capital.

To that end, Hanoi plans to expand new tourism products
based on the potential of each area, in a bid to gradually resume all tourism activities
this year in an important step to develop the tourism sector sustainably after
the pandemic.

Culinary and heritage tourism as well as MICE, a type of
tourism combining meeting, incentives, conferences and events will be promoted
in inner districts while spiritual and agro-tourism will be developed in
suburban areas.

Such types of tourism including resort and health tourism;
community and spiritual tourism will be prioritised in rural areas of the city.

The municipal People’s Committee has designed seven main
tasks and solutions to develop tourism in adaptation to the new normal, with an
emphasis on ensuring safety for both destinations and visitors.

The city will strive to devise unique tourism products to
meet visitors’ demand, and improve quality of tourism products and destinations
linked with heritage sites, relics and craft villages.

Seminars will be organised to train local residents at
destinations in knowledge and skills relating to serving tourists. Training
classes on community-based tourism will also be held in some districts at the
same time.

Hotels and resorts in inner and suburban areas are
encouraged to implement promotion programmes as well as services tailored to
satisfy tourists’ demand for short vacations./.



Discovering the wind farm in Bạc Liêu



Tourists visit Bạc Liêu wind farm. — VNS Photo Dương Diễm Thúy

By Thanh Nga          

Working out what’s the best way to provide power to the nation is no easy task. As we search for cleaner and greener sources, more and more wind farms are appearing around the country.

These gargantuan structures appear like faraway palm trees growing out of the ocean.

As we desperately seek ways of reducing our carbon footprint, these metal monsters could be key to a brighter and better future.

Some may feel they are ugly, a big blot on Việt Nam’s beautiful landscape, but if you ever get the chance to be up close and personal at one of these locations, your way of thinking maybe be altered.

In Bạc Liêu Province, one wind farm is fast becoming a popular spot to visit for many tourists.

From Bạc Liêu City, through the ancient longan garden and Xiêm Cán Pagoda, we reached the farm located in the coastal area of Vĩnh Trạch Đông Commune, more than 10km from the city centre.

For just VNĐ30,000, tourists can buy a ticket to discover the farm which is considered the new symbol of Bạc Liêu Province, greatly contributing to the local development.

The 3m-wide concrete road runs above the sea surface, leading us close to the turbines like giant pinwheels slowly spinning in the wind.

Looking up at the huge turbine towers standing high on the sky, few people know that this place was once forests of bần and đước trees. Below the concrete road is layers of stones arranged alternately, forming a “rock fence” to prevent erosion.

In the context of wind and waves roaring day and night without stopping, we feel the smallness of man in front of nature but nature had to submit to human intelligence, when wind – the “specialty” of Bạc Liêu, was transformed into energy to serve life.

Sunset at Bạc Liêu wind farm. — Photo

Bạc Liêu wind farm was the first wind power project in Việt Nam built in 2010. It is considered one of the largest wind power projects in the country. This is also the first wind farm in Southeast Asia built on the continental shelf, with 62 turbines on the coast. Each turbine is about 80m high and its propellers are 42m long.

We enjoyed the arrangement of the wind turbines like giant knights towering above, and the vast fields where beautiful and impressive pictures could be taken anywhere.

“We have been to Bạc Liêu Province many times but this is our first time visiting this place. The scenery here is very beautiful and majestic. Our whole family loves it very much,” said Dương Diễm Thúy living in HCM City.

“The arrangement of the turbines combined with the roads here is very easy; we can go from one area to the other without any problems. Looking from a distance, the landscape is as beautiful as the European sky. We have taken a lot of good photos here.”

In 2019, Bạc Liêu wind farm was recognised as a typical tourism destination by the Mekong Delta Tourism Association. — VNS Photo Dương Diễm Thúy

The wind farm attracts thousands of visitors every month. Huỳnh Thị Bảo Trâm, a tourist from Cần Thơ, said: “Having seen the giant wind turbines with my own eyes, I feel proud and admire the will of the people who created this project. It has brought me many interesting emotions and experiences, completely different from other places I have been to.”

In addition to the opportunity to explore the wind power field, this is also a chance to visit the pristine mangrove forests and fish cages of people living in the coastal area.

Seeing the possibility of developing this place into an attractive tourist destination, Bạc Liêu Province has combined eco-tourism, forestry and aquaculture.

According to the Department of Culture, Information, Sports and Tourism of Bạc Liêu Province, Bạc Liêu wind farm is a pioneering project in the field of renewable energy, combating climate change, and protecting forests. In addition, the project also attracts a large number of tourists to visit, contributing to creating jobs and improving people’s lives, while promoting the socio-economic development of the locality.

The propellers are made of special plastic and are 42m long. They have self-closing control systems to avoid damage during big storms. — VNS Photo Dương Diễm Thúy

In 2019, this place was recognised as a typical tourism destination of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association. In order to exploit and promote the potential of this destination, Bạc Liêu has been calling for investors to build high-class resorts and entertainment services as well as creating tours in association with neighboring destinations such as Quan Âm Phật Đài Pagoda, ancient longan garden and Bạc Liêu Prince’s house to increase the experience for visitors.

After being recognised as a tourism destination, Bạc Liêu wind farm has increased its appeal to visitors. Currently, the farm has become a famous tourism attraction in the southwest region, enriching tourism spots of the province.

To visit this destination, people should take note of the safety requirements of the national grid corridor, especially in the prohibited areas. VNS


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Workshop promotes Lao Cai – India tourism cooperation



A workshop discussing orientations to promote tourism cooperation between Vietnam’s northern mountainous Lao Cai province and India was held virtually on August 5.

Workshop promotes Lao Cai - India tourism cooperation hinh anh 1 Webinar promotes Lao Cai – India tourism cooperation   (Photo: VNA) 

Lao Cai – A webinar discussing orientations to promote tourism cooperation between Vietnam’s northern mountainous Lao Cai province and India was held on August 5.

Jointly hosted by the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, the provincial People’s Committee, the Indian tourist office in Singapore, the Travel Agents Association of India, and the Lao Cai Tourism Association, the event offered a venue for tour operators of Lao Cai and India to discuss and exchange information, thus boosting tourism cooperation as well as setting up partnerships.

Addressing the event, Mini Kumam, Chargé d’Affaires of the Indian Embassy, said post-COVID-19 tourism recovery is becoming an important goal for both countries as tourism has been identified as one of the key industries that are needed to be promoted.

The aviation system restored after the pandemic has contributed to increasing the efficiency of various commitments between the two countries, including tourism, she said.

She highlighted the potential for the two sides to expand cooperation in tourism, saying that tour operators from both nations are looking for new opportunities to offer attractive tours to Vietnamese and Indian visitors.

Vice Chairwoman of Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee Giang Thi Dung spotlighted Lao Cai’s important geo-strategic and geo-economic position in connecting ASEA and China, as well as advantages of the locality for tourism development.

In 2022, the 8th International Yoga Day was successfully held in Lao Cai with the participation of thousands of people, while many activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam – India diplomatic relations also took place in the locality, Dung said.

Delegates introduced the potential for tourism development in Lao Cai and India, shared information to promote tourism cooperation programmes between the two sides, and discussed the possibility to promote cooperation programmes with airlines in both nations.

Sa Pa airport, whose construction started in 2022 and scheduled to be completed in 2025, is hoped to help Indian tourists easily reach Lao Cai with only five hours of traveling by air, said Director of the Lao Cai Department of Tourism Ha Van Thang./.


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Chicken skewers with lime leaves




Chicken skewers in lemon leaves. Photo courtesy by Nguyễn Thị Hà

 Time: 2hr

Serves: 6


– Chicken legs: 1.2kg
– Shallots: 150g

– Lime leaves: 50 leaves

– Fish sauce: 4tsp

– Fresh turmeric root: 30g

– Lime juice: 30ml

– Salt & pepper to taste

Chef Nguyễn Thị Hà from the Metropole in Hà Nội. Photo courtesy of Chef Hà


– Remove bones from chicken legs and cut into bite-size pieces
– Finely chop the shallots, and julienne the 12 lime leaves

– Peel the turmeric, coarsely cut them into pieces, blend it with some water and lime juice, strain through a sieve to keep the liquid

– Marinate the chicken with fish sauce, pepper, turmeric juice, shallots and julienne lime leaves for 15 minutes then add a tablespoon of cooking oil, marinate for at least 30min more

– Roll one piece of chicken in one lime leaf, skewer on a bamboo stick then grill on charcoal

– Serve hot with steamed rice, with a dipping sauce of fish sauce and lime juice. VNS


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