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Places to visit in Cam Ranh



Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa province) attracts tourists with its poetic nature and vibrant tourist spots. Here are the top destinations in Cam Ranh.

Binh Lap Island

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Binh Lap Island is like the miniature Maldives in Vietnam. Photo: Hueandsuntravel, Bongflicka – Zing 

Binh Lap is one of the four famous islands in Khanh Hoa, including Binh Ba – Binh Tien – Binh Hung – Binh Lap. Located in an almost secluded position, the island has a pristine beauty, with fine white sand and blue sea.

How to get there: From Cam Ranh, visitors go to Ba Ngoi port or Cam Lap commune by motorbike or car to take boats to the island.

Tourist locations: Fishing villages, Binh Chau, Bai Ngang, Bai Lao, Bai Ran, Bai Con …

Experiences: swimming, diving to see corals, camping

Suoi Tien sheep field

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In addition to the flock of sheep, this tourist spot also has many beautiful landscapes for taking photos. Photo: Hatrangngo, btram.ryy. – Zing

Suoi Tien sheep field is located in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city. This site attracts young people by many beautiful check-in corners that look like Europe. Visitors will admire the peaceful scenery here. The most prominent is the image of sheeps grazing on a large field.

Ticket price: VND40,000/person

How to get there: Suoi Tien sheep field is located on Binh Hung – Vinh Hy road. From Cam Ranh city, visitors will follow National Highway 1A towards Ninh Thuan. At My Thanh junction, the locals will guide them to the sheep field.

Experiences: swimming, diving to see corals, camping

Time to release sheep: 7h30-10h30, 14h30-17h30

Binh Ba Island

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Visitors can rent a motorbike on the island to explore many attractions. Photo: Eech.op, _tthu98_, lyythoo, khan.xu  – Zing

With a modest area of about 3 km2, Binh Ba is still the most popular destination in Khanh Hoa province thanks to its wild and quiet beauty. Here, you will be immersed in the clear blue water, explore the tropical forest, and enjoy the best quality lobster.

How to get there: You can go to Khanh Hoa by plane, train, bus, motorbike, or private car and then go to Ba Ngoi port and take a boat to Binh Ba Island for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Tourist locations: Bai Nom, Bai Chuong, Old Nha Bai, Quan Am Palace, Dia Tang Palace, Ngoc Gia Huong Temple, Nam Hai Mausoleum …

Experiences: swimming, fishing, diving for coral watch, enjoying lobster …

Binh Hung Island

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Photos: Thoango.darl, chidilang. – Zing

Binh Hung Island, also known as Hon Ty, Hon Bit, belongs to Cam Binh commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa. It is hidden at the foot of the pass of the sea road of Binh Tien – Vinh Hy with an area of ​​less than 2 km2. 

How to get there: From Bai Kinh (Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province), you take a boat for about 10 minutes. The island is quite small so visitors can explore on foot. Visitors will be transported by boat to some beautiful beaches. 

Tourist places: Bai Chuoi, Bai Chuong, Bai Cay Me, Bai Da Egg, Hon Chut lighthouse, Da Dach Bay, Tau Cave… 

Experiences: bathing, watching sunrise, camping, diving for seeing coral.

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‘Patriotic bread’ all the rage in Hanoi



The red pink with yellow star bread, representing the Vietnamese flag, has allured patrons to a bakery in Hanoi.

Do Ngoc Huy and Tran Thu Huong drew inspiration for their bread from their love of Vietnam, and desire to bring local cuisine to international friends.

“Looking at how Vietnamese united to fight Covid-19, and motivated by widespread national pride, we decided to make our bread a reality,” Huy said.

People call it “patriotic bread” or “national bread”.

[The patriotic bread in a Hanoi bakery. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Huy.

[The ‘patriotic bread’ in a Hanoi bakery. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Huy.

It took about 3-4 months for the bread to reach a satisfactory standard. The red pink color of its crust was created with beet juice, and the yellow star with turmeric powder.

“Initially, we tried creating the crust from red dragonfruit, which proved not suitable as the color was not what we want,” Huy said.

Rising at 4 a.m. to prepare the flour, Huy would carefully mix the beet juice and stoke the fire to just the right temperature.

Popular fillings include stewed beef with ginger, chicken stir fried with sweet and sour vegetables, crispy fried fat with sauce, fried eggs with scallions and traditional red sausage with pate.

Bread with filling cost VND15,000 ($0.65) a pop, and those without, VND4,000.

Phuong Anh, a tourist said: “The bread looked pretty cool, so I ordered some. It’s quite cheap, with lots of filling.”

Curious eaters could visit Cyburger By Homekekery to try this “patriotic bread” at Number 9, Alley 345, Nguyen Khoai Street, Hai Ba Trung District or order online. For take-away customers, the bread is wrapped in paper and tied with rope to protect the environment.


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New community-based tourist site opens on Hô Islet in Mekong Delta



The second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week opened on Sunday (October 25) in Trà Vinh Province. – Photo

 HCM CITY — A new community-based tourist site on Cồn Hô (Hô Islet) in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh has opened as part of an effort to diversify tourism products in the province.

The 22-hectare islet in Càng Long District’s Đức Mỹ Commune on the Cổ Chiên River is ecologically diverse and has many fruit gardens, offering favourable conditions for eco-tourism and exploration of natural landscapes.

Dương Hoàng Sum, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the islet is home to 24 households with 49 residents who will work together to develop the site and plant flowers and fruits.

Trà Vinh has natural diversity ranging from the delta, orchard gardens, and islets on the Tiền and Hậu rivers to the sea.

It is home to more than 310,000 ethnic Khmer people, accounting for nearly 32 per cent of population in the province.

Ok Om Bok, Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay festivals are the annual major traditional festivals of the Khmer, with huge potential for development of cultural and spiritual tourism and community-based eco-tourism, Sum said.

An underdeveloped tourism infrastructure and limited tourism marketing and promotion have resulted in sluggish tourism development, he said.

The province will promote new tourism products and build tourist destinations in each district.

Two festivals 

The province released a tourism brand identity at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival that opened on Sunday. 

The cultural, tourism and cuisine festival is being held concurrently with the Ok Om Bok Festival, also called the Festival of Worshipping the Moon.

The one-week events aim to preserve traditional cultural identities and promote tourism.

A variety of activities are being held, including a tourism and trade fair with more than 370 booths, a Mekong Delta tourism exhibition, a Khmer traditional costume competition, an exhibition of typical Khmer products, folk games, and the Khmer long boat race.

The festivals will run until the end of this month.

The number of tourist arrivals to the province this year has dropped by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. — VNS

Visitors at a trade fair, one of events at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival. VNA/VNS Photo


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Explore Ý Ty Mountainous Commune in Lào Cai Province



The Ý Ty Mountainous Commune in Lào Cai Province is famous among Vietnamese trekkers for its beautiful scenery. VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY  — Y Tý Commune in the northern mountain province of Lào Cai is famous among Vietnamese trekkers for its beautiful scenery.

Y Tý is located about 70km away from the centre of Sa Pa City, which is rather isolated due to northwestern Việt Nam’s high surrounding mountains. The commune, which is 2,000 metres above sea level, is home to Mông, Dao, Giáy and Hà Nhì ethnic minority groups.

In March, the fields are barren, but the arid ground is covered with blooming docynia trees, blanketing the villages with a white shade of natural beauty.

If you visit the communes in the ripe rice season from late August to early September or harvest season in September-October, you will come across many trekkers enjoying the beauty of golden terraced fields.

Motorbikes are the most recommended mode of travel from Sa Pa to Y Tý since it is challenging for cars to traverse Y Tý’s mountainous route.

There are many homestays in Y Tý with good services and reasonable prices at US$4.3. The owners also provide a private-lodging choice for VNĐ1 million ($43). – VNS


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