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HCM City ready to welcome back international visitors

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Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism said on January 24 that it has sketched out a two-phase plan to welcome back foreign visitors this year.

HCM City ready to welcome back international visitors hinh anh 1HCM City ready to welcome back international visitors. (Photo: VNA)
HCM City – Ho Chi Minh City’s Department
of Tourism said on January 24 that it has sketched out a two-phase plan to
welcome back foreign visitors this year.

During the first phase of the pilot programme, from
January to March, foreigners and Vietnamese abroad will be able to enter Vietnam when they present vaccine passports or certificates of full vaccination against
the COVID-19 pandemic, recognised by Vietnamese competent agencies, with the
last shot given at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before departure.

Those who have a certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 within six months before departure will also be eligible to enter the country.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children less
than 18 years old can come with their parents, guardians and caregivers who are
fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

Other conditions include having negative results for
SARS-CoV-2 test by RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method within 72 hours before entry and
certified by the authority of the country conducting the test, having medical
or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of
50,000 USD, and joining package tours offered by travel firms.

In the second phase, which will begin in April, the door will be open for those aged from 18 to 65 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated apart from individuals that satisfy requirements set
in the first phase. 

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the municipal Tourism
Department, said the sector has made preparations for the implementation of the
pilot programme in terms of registration, visa grant and temporary residence certification,
while offering necessary advice to tourists before their boarding or entry.

Notably, the sector has set up a hotline to deal with medical
incidents emerging during the implementation, she added./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-city-ready-to-welcome-back-international-visitors/221165.vnp

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The remote, rustic beauty of Sín Chải Village

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In May and June, the terraced fields in Sín Chải are filled with water as locals begin transplanting rice. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

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Sín Chải is a beautiful village in Sa Pa Town, Lào Cai Province, that still retains the rustic simplicity of a mountainous village.

The village belongs to Hoàng Liên Commune, located about 4km from the centre of Sa Pa. Although located right next to Cát Cát, a famous community-based cultural tourism village of the town, Sín Chải is still pristine and quiet compared to the neighbouring village.

It lies at the foot of the Hoàng Liên Sơn mountain range, surrounded by vast hills. It has been the home of the Mông ethnic minority for generations.

For Hanoian Ngô Thanh Mai, who loves to visit Sa Pa, Sín Chải is special because of its tranquillity, charming terraced fields and friendliness of locals.

“I always see friendly smiles when I walk into the village. There are many beautiful terraced fields here. I like the peaceful life of the people. This place has not been commercialised like other villages in Sa Pa,” Mai said.

Located next to Cát Cát tourism village, Sín Chải hasn’t changed much since Sa Pa developed into a tourism centre. The road to Sín Chải is still the same, people’s lives are peaceful every day.

The road to Sín Chải Village. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Like many people in other villages in Sa Pa, Sín Chải villagers mainly live on crop farming and animal husbandry.

Mai visited Sín Chải in the season when the terraced fields were submerged in water. The water is taken from the streams, so it is very clear, reflecting the sunlight and making a large area shimmering and sparkling beautifully.

September and October is the time when Sín Chải enters the rice harvest season. Local farmers only plant one crop a year.

The village is home to about 1,600 ethnic Mông people, so when coming here, Mai feels the Mông culture which has a significant impact on life, architecture as well as many other factors in the village.

Sín Chải villagers are very friendly. VNS Photo Thanh Mai

Along the way to the village are small, low houses that are covered with pơ mu wood, pieces of linen drying in front of the porch and farm tools that have not yet been stored. And that journey brings a feeling of peace to the lives of villagers here.

In addition to growing rice and maize, locals also grow thảo quả (a plant used in traditional medicine and as a spice) on the mountain slopes. The good harvest of thảo quả also brings people a significant source of income.

The life of the Mông is simple. They grow rice and thảo quả, and at the end of these seasons, they only go to the forest to collect firewood and raise buffaloes and horses.

Mông women sew all year round. They often have their own flax growing fields to get yarn to weave clothes for their family and to make beautiful dresses on their wedding day for themselves. The handicrafts of the Mông in Sín Chải are never sold outside.

When visiting the village, you should not miss delicious specialities such as maize cakes, smoked buffalo meat and home-brew Sán Lùng wine.

Buffalo meat hung over wood fires is a speciality in Sín Chải. Photo hanhtrinhdulich.vn

Currently, trekking is a type of tourism that is very popular with tourists when visiting Sín Chải Village. You can walk while admiring the poetic beauty of the scenery on both sides of the road while learning about the customs, lifestyle and cuisine of the people here.

If you want to learn more clearly about the life of the Mông people, you can have a homestay in the village with the price of about VNĐ50,000 per person per night.

You can choose the form of sightseeing that best suits you such as buying a tour from a travel company or renting a motorbike to experience the village for VNĐ120,000-150,000 a day.

To trek to Sín Chải, you must have strength and endurance. You should also not forget to bring drinks and a little snack because there will be almost no shops along the way. You should also wear clothes that are easy to move in and soft sports shoes for the mountainous terrain here.

Without noise and bustle, Sín Chải is now really the soul of the northwest mountains, where everything is still as simple and intact as in the past. VNS

Tourists visit Sín Chải Village. Photo sapavietnam.vn

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/the-remote-rustic-beauty-of-sin-chai-village_334177.html

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Ninh Thuan gets ready for bustling summer tourism

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The south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan is ramping up tourism development solutions in a bid to lure tourists this summer.

Ninh Thuan gets ready for bustling summer tourism hinh anh 1A view of Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Thuan – The south central coastal
province of Ninh Thuan is ramping up tourism development solutions in a bid to
lure tourists this summer.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee
Nguyen Long Bien, a series of measures have been implemented to promote the
local sector in a safe, green, and effective manner.

In addition to capitalising on existing destinations, the
province is paying attention to build new tourism products based on cultural
and sport events to keep holiday-markers stay longer.

Local agencies and localities have been requested to improve
the quality of their destinations and services, and form short tours for small
groups and families, with focus laid on beach, resort, sport, eco-, cultural,
and agro-tourism.

The provincial tourism sector has also begun implementing cooperation deals
signed with other provinces and cities such as Lam Dong, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa,
Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi. It is also working with airlines and travel
agencies to organise safe tour packages.

According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports
and Tourism, in May alone, Ninh Thuan hosted an estimated 355,200 arrivals, up
143.9 percent on-year. Of the total arrivals, there were some 1,200 foreigners. Tourism
activities reeled in approximately 251 billion VND (10.8 million USD), an
annual surge of 258.6 percent.

In the first five months, the province has hosted close to
1.46 million visitors, realising 60.3 percent of the yearly target./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ninh-thuan-gets-ready-for-bustling-summer-tourism/229281.vnp

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The unique architecture of Dong Khanh Tomb

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Possessing a unique Asian-European architectural style, Dong Khanh Tomb was recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Dong Khanh Tomb is a unique architectural work in the system of Nguyen Dynasty mausoleums in the ancient capital of Hue.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/the-unique-architecture-of-dong-khanh-tomb/229134.vnp

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