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Hanoi welcomes 2.9 million visitors in first half 2021



The number of tourists to Hanoi in the first half of 2021 is estimated at 2.9 million, down 25 percent year-on-year, according to the municipal Tourism Department.

Hanoi welcomes 2.9 million visitors in first half 2021 hinh anh 1Night tour to Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The number of tourists to Hanoi in
the first half of 2021 is estimated at 2.9 million, down 25 percent
year-on-year, according to the municipal Tourism Department.

The city has earned only 8.1 trillion VND (352.6 million USD)
from tourism services, a year-on-year decrease of 57 percent.

Currently, Vietnam has not yet opened its doors to
international tourists. The number of foreigners coming to Hanoi during this
time is modest, mainly experts and workers staying in Vietnam.

Therefore, the capital city’s tourism industry has actively
restructured new tourism products with a view to better serving domestic tourists,
such as a night tour to decipher Thang Long Imperial Citadel – a UNESCO-recognised
world cultural heritage site, a folk experience tour to the Museum of Ethnology,
or a night tour to the Hoa Lo prison relic site.

The city is designing and making a system of tourist signs, logos
for trade villages and souvenirs related to its tourism. It is also working on
a set of criteria to evaluate high-quality tourist spots and tourist areas for
2021-2025, and has a plan to upgrade the quality of tourism products and
tourist destinations in association with relic sites and craft villages in Hanoi also for the period to 2025.

Recently, the municipal Tourism Department has begun to implement a tourism programme in connection with the B52 Victory Museum. Developing cuisine in line with tourism activities is also a focus of work of the department.

Regarding tourism promotion and advertisement, the municipal
tourism industry has advised municipal authorities to issue a plan to
popularise and promote the capital’s tourist destinations in 2021, while
coordinating with the Vietnam Television and the Hanoi Television to make and
broadcast reportage and documentaries popularizing the image of Hanoi’s
tourism and culture, and at the same time promoting its tourism image on LED
screens at Noi Bai International Airport, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ly Thai To

Regarding the cooperation programme with US-based TV channel CNN
in 2021, the department is negotiating on terms of the cooperation, to advise the municipal
People’s Committee to sign an additional annex to the Memorandum of
Understanding for cooperation during 2019-2024 and in 2021. It has also
coordinated with CNN to select products suitable to the communication
strategy as well as major events of Vietnam and Hanoi this year.

The municipal tourism sector has designed three growth scenarios
for the sector in 2021. In the best scenario, an early recovery will allow Hanoi to
welcome 15.34 million domestic visitors, double the figure in 2020, and equal to 70 percent of the figure in 2019 before the pandemic. An early
recovery would mean the normal operation of services and accommodation
facilities, with average occupancy exceeding 45 percent.    

The sector has also set an overall target of catering to
between 13.16 and 19.4 million tourists, including 10.96-15.34 million domestic
visitors, for this year.

Phung Quang Thang, Director of Hanoi Tourist and President
of the Hanoi Travel Association said that travel businesses should review and
restructure their products to create more attractive tours.

Thang said that the firms should work more closely with
local authorised agencies to focus on developing night tourism, citing
statistics showing that 70 percent of people engaging in night tourism
activities enjoy food, 20 percent often drink and 10 percent engage in entertainment
activities. In his opinion, with its advantages in night tourism such as the
two pedestrian areas of the Old Quarter around Hoan Kiem Lake and Trinh Cong
Son Street near West Lake, Hanoi’s culinary tourism will help travel firms

The city attracted some 8.65 million holidaymakers in 2020,
equivalent to 30 percent as compared with 2019, of whom foreign arrivals were
estimated at 1.11 million, equivalent to 15.8 percent from last year./.



Hong Kong eyes travel resumption with Phu Quoc Island



Hong Kong eyes travel resumption with Phu Quoc Island

Resorts lie along Kem beach on Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Anh.

Hong Kong authorities have expressed their interest in piloting a travel bubble with Phu Quoc Island to help international tourism soon recover.

At a meeting with Vietnamese Consul General Pham Binh Dam in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Jason Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said the resort island of Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang is an ideal place to deploy the travel bubble if the two sides reach an agreement on isolation exemption and specific implementation mechanisms.

With no end in sight to the pandemic, border closures are causing businesses and economies to collapse while failing to keep countries absolutely safe, Dam said as quoted by World&Vietnam Report news site.

“Therefore, border reopening would be necessary but should be piloted on a small scale before being expanded.”

Dam said the Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong would closely coordinate with the council and relevant agencies of both sides to speed up the travel bubble pilot.

Wong said Vietnam is an increasingly attractive destination for people in Hong Kong. The council will work with the Vietnamese side to promote the tourism markets of both sides in the near future.

Phu Quoc, a famous tourist hotspot in Vietnam, is planning to trial a six-month vaccine passport program starting October, welcoming 40,000 foreign tourists to the island.

Some of Vietnam’s major tourism markets with high Covid-19 vaccine coverage that could be considered for international reopening include mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the U.S., Germany, Russia, the U.K. and France.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year, and allows in only certain categories of visitors with Covid-19 quarantine requirements.

Hong Kong currently lists Vietnam among high-risk Covid areas from which visitors need to undergo 21-day hotel quarantine on arrival.


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“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)



We also know that meat contains a number of important nutrients that are needed by our bodies for carrying out vital metabolic functions and provide us with energy and keep us healthy. Therefore, meat is one of the most popular food in our diets.

“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)
“Thit kho tau”is really gorgeous. (Photo:

Meat has various kinds and for “thit kho” (simmered meat) we also have a wide range of choices like pork, beef, chicken, duck. We can make a numerously delicious dishes from them, such as “thit kho tau” (meat simmered in a clay pot), “thit kho dua” (meat simmered with coconuts), “thit bo kho hat dua” (beef stewed with seeds of water-melon), “gio heo kho dua” (pork-pie braised with coconuts) or “ga kho chao”. Although there are a large number of dishes related to “thit kho”, the methods of cooking are similar. To be specified, the process of making “thit kho tau” will be introduced on the following.

First of all, we need to prepare ingredients: sugar, pepper, red chilli, a coconut, salt, garlic, onion, “keo dang” and lean pork. Pork is washed carefully and then cut into small square pieces, marinated with pepper, sugar and salt for two hours. While we boil a pot filled with coconut juice. After that, we put pork into boiled coconut juice, maintain low level of fire and ensure the level of coconut juice, if it dries, we pour a little water into the pot. When the meat change colour, we add “keo dang” to the pot. And we simmer the pot until sauce is thick and coats meat.

“Thit kho tau” is really gorgeous and can be served with various kinds of food but especially suitable for using with steamed rice.

In general, making “kho” dish is not difficult but requires our patience. Because no oil needs to be added with this cooking technique, food cooked in this method may be lower in fat compared with food prepared by other methods such as sautéing or frying. And unlike boiling, nutrients are not leached out into the water. The food is not only delicious but also good for our health. 

Source: Nhan Dan/vietnamonline


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Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines



Travellers are set to have an opportunity to experience Vietnam’s beauty on trains with steam locomotives.


Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines hinh anh 1 A steam locomotive after being restored. (Photo:

HanoiTravellers are set to have an opportunity to experience Vietnam’s beauty on trains with steam locomotives.

The Ministry of Transport has approved in principle a project on the renovation and building of such tourist trains on the Hue-Da Nang route, a section of Hanoi- Ho Chi Minh railway route.  The Vietnam Railways Corporations (VNR) will collaborate with the Dong Duong Rail Tourist Service Co.Ltd in carrying out the project.

The Ministry of Transport asked the VNR to collaborate with the Indochina Rail Tourist Service Company Limited to allocate funds to invest in the items of the project, ensuring compliance with current standards and technical regulations.

In addition, the VNR should develop a train schedule to ensure the safety for the transportation of passengers and goods.

Units must pay a fee for using railway infrastructure from the project’s revenue as required.

Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines hinh anh 2 The interior of the steam locomotive. (Photo: danangfantasticity)

To effectively exploit the steam locomotive, transportation experts said it is necessary to build auxiliary works such as coal and water supply systems and they must be licensed by the competent authority.

A steam locomotive is a rail vehicle that provides the force to move itself and other vehicles utilising the expansion of steam. It is fuelled by burning combustible material  – usually coal and oil – to heat water in the locomotive’s boiler to the point when it becomes gaseous and its volume increases 1700 times. Functionally, it is a steam engine on wheels. Fuel and water supplies are usually carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in a tender coupled to it. 

This type of locomotive was widely used in the world from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century.

Vietnam’s railway sector gradually replaced steam locomotives with electric and diesel locomotives in the 1990s./.


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