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Mountainous village – An ideal destination for travel lovers

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Sitting on the top of Tay Con Linh mountain in Vi Xuyen district, Xa Phin is one of the most beautiful villages in the northern border province of Ha Giang and have attracted more and more visitors.

Mountainous village – An ideal destination for travel lovers hinh anh 1Xa Phin village is one of the most beautiful villages in the northern border province of Ha Giang and have attracted more and more visitors. (Photo:VNA)

Ha Giang – Sitting on the top of Tay Con Linh mountain in Vi Xuyen district, Xa Phin is one of the most beautiful villages in the northern border province of Ha Giang and have attracted more and more visitors.

Winding roads like silk ribbons, traditional stilt houses with mossy palm leaf roofs, the friendliness and hospitality of the locals and their traditional culture are all part of the charm of Xa Phin, which is a village of Dao ethnic minority people.

The village is located at an altitude of 1,200m above sea level and located on the road to the mountain peak of Tay Con Linh which spreads over the districts of Hoang Su Phi and Vi Xuyen and is one of the highest mountains in Vietnam.

Along winding roads through the mountainside, we were head to Xa Phin and on the way, we explored the primaeval forest with rich and diversified vegetation and beautiful forest flowers.

The small and beautiful stilt houses were inserted into the terraced rice fields, hidden away in the mist. The rice fields stretched to the horizon, alternating between hills and streams and the open space of the mountains and forests to create a charming beauty.

Going through the village’s welcome gate, the small village appeared unobtrusive and poetic. In the village, we experienced the unique culture of the Dao and saw the oldest Shan Tuyet tea trees which are hundreds of years old.

We seemed to be lost in green tea heaven. The fresh tea buds are rather big, coated with ‘lanugo’. After being processed they are covered with a milky layer of ‘snow’ with aromatic scents. So it is called Shan Tuyet (snow). This tea tree is considered a huge part of the lives of people here.

“Xa Phin Village has a cool climate all year round so it is suitable for the growth and development of the Shan Tuyet tea tree. Many ancient tea trees have existed for many generations, witnessing many changes in this village. Xa Phin villagers are very familiar with tea trees. In recent years, Shan Tuyet tea has become the staple cash crop of the village, bringing a good income for locals,” said the head of Xa Phin Village, Dang Van Hau.

The village has 70 households, all of whom are ethnic Dao. People still retain many unique traditions which are expressed in customs, rituals, folk songs, folk dances, costumes, folk games and festivals such as le cap sac (maturity ritual), a rite of passage declaring the coming-of-age of Dao men.

These features are also the foundation for the village to promote ecotourism in association with building community-based cultural tourism village, according to Hau.

Ha Giang is also land with miracles of nature, among which are the mysterious caves that visitors love checking out.

We continued our journey to visit Tung Ba cave in Hong Tien Village, Tung Ba Commune. Unlike most other caves, Tung Ba cave appears across the mountainside, about 10m from the valley’s surface.

Tung Ba is a system of large and small caves connected to each other. It has exits and skylights. The cave is about 890m long and in some places up to 25m wide.

Tung Ba is surrounded by a complex of limestone mountains and a rich valley. Along the valley, there also many ravines with other small caves.

The stalactite and stalagmite system of Tung Ba cave is very diverse and colourful alongside the cool and pure water wells. Another rare feature is that the cave also has symbiotic products, adhering to the walls, ceiling and bottom of the cave.

In the east of cave, there are primaeval forests with wild animals like snub-nosed monkey which is one of the rarest primate species in the world today and is endemic to Vietnam./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/mountainous-village-an-ideal-destination-for-travel-lovers/247340.vnp

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New products, services needed to reach tourism targets

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To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 1Visitors to Hanoi on a bus tour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion
VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop
more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

The
VNDirect Securities JSC held that the aviation and tourism industries will
record breakthrough growth from 2023 thanks to the strong recovery of
international markets.

The
number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam is predicted to completely return to pre-pandemic
levels by next year 2024 and be equivalent to 118.9% of the 2019 figure, before the COVID-19
broke out, a year later, the Lao dong (Labour) daily reported.

The
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently also forecast the international
tourist number may reach 80 – 95% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023.

The
Vietfoot Travel company said the country’s tourism sector, including travel and
event planning firms, will have opportunities to bounce back and soon regain
its 2019 growth trend.

Vietnam
welcomed 871,200 international arrivals in January. It targets 8 million foreigners for this year.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 2Foreign tourists visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedicab. (Photo: VNA)

Despite
a surge in the tourist number since the year’s beginning, the sector is still
facing difficulties and challenges.

Lao
dong quoted General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh as saying that due to impacts of the global economic recession
and domestic socio-economic changes, travellers’ purchasing power has decreased
and they tend to curb spending on middle- and high-end services.

To
achieve the set targets, many experts recommended the sector develop new products
and services, diversify and improve the quality of services, and increase
experiences to meet tourists’ demand.

They
added travel businesses should also increase communications and promotion
activities, stay updated with market trends, and ensure security and safety of
destinations. It is also necessary to enhance tourism connectivity among
localities to attract more domestic and international visitors./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-products-services-needed-to-reach-tourism-targets/248002.vnp

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Unique products needed to boost HCM City’s tourism

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Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector is continuing to recover strongly and posting many impressive results. The city’s efforts in improving product quality and creating new offerings have given the sector a boost, but limitations remain that need to be addressed for the city to become an appealing destination, especially for international visitors.

In the heart of modern, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine boasts an older appearance. For more than ten years, the museum has offered an interesting experience to visitors, showcasing a collection of more than 3,000 precious artifacts relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

However, there are few opportunities for visitors to engage in activities to learn about traditional medicine or receive health advice. The museum is therefore not widely known among visitors to the city.

“One district, one tourism product” is the new mantra from Ho Chi Minh City to expand tours and offerings. 20 districts have announced typical tourism products so far.

However, while there are unique and well-known destinations such as Cu Chi Tunnels and various monuments and attractions in the city centre, newly-launched products are only prominent in certain areas. 

Insiders liken travel resources to baking ingredients. Ho Chi Minh City has many ingredients, but there is a shortage of bakers and few ways to make delicious cakes, or unique tourism products. 

Analysts have suggested that the city adopt a clear development strategy and goals and position itself as a must-see destination based on unique offerings and key brand values, so that it is not simply a transit point./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-products-needed-to-boost-hcm-citys-tourism/247973.vnp

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HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam

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As a result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences for travellers in Vietnam.

HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam hinh anh 1Travellers in a Vespa tour in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – As a
result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several
has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences
for travellers in Vietnam.

The list was announced by the
Vietnam Record Organisation (VietKings) last month.

Among them, a tour gives travellers
a chance to try working as a physician and learn about traditional medicine at
the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in District 10.

The private museum, opened by the FITO
Pharma Co.Ltd, features more than 3,000 precious objects related to traditional
medicine of Vietnam, including herb slicers and grinders dating back some 2,500
years, a collection of books with over 100,000 pages in total written in Han (Chinese)
and Nom (old Chinese-like script of Vietnam), and hundreds of valuable
remedies.

Another tour in the list is a dining-in-the-dark journey at Noir Restaurant,
where tourists can enjoy delicate tastes and structures of dishes completely in
the dark with services provided by well-trained visually-impaired waiters and
waitresses.

It brings about not only dining
experiences but also a chance for exchange between the abled and the disabled.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Department, said that
since 2022, the southern metropolis has reaped success in the programme
developing one typical tourism product for each district. The department has also
been striving to reform products so that the city can become a must-visit
destination.

Efforts have proved fruitful, she
noted, adding that HCM City now boasts more than 60 tourism products, including
30 new ones of local districts and Thu Duc city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-citys-tourism-products-among-top-unique-tours-in-vietnam/247958.vnp

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