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Quang Ninh applies itself to developing high-quality tourism



As tourism has a crucial role to play in local socio-economic development, authorities and businesses in northern Quang Ninh province are working hard to lift this industry to a new level and welcome visitors back once COVID-19 is under control.

Quang Ninh applies itself to developing high-quality tourism hinh anh 1Boats carrying tourists to visit Ha Long Bay, a popular destination in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – As tourism
has a crucial role to play in local socio-economic development, authorities and
businesses in northern Quang Ninh province are working hard to lift this
industry to a new level and welcome visitors back once COVID-19 is under

The World Tourism
Organisation forecast it may take three – four years for the global tourism
industry to return to pre-pandemic levels, and domestic travel is now
considered the “lifebuoy” for this sector.

Pham Ngoc Thuy, Director of
the provincial Tourism Department, said there could be a fierce competition
among localities to attract visitors, and creating package tours with
competitive prices may become a common trend.

However, low-priced tourism
amid the pandemic could drag this sector down, he warned.

It has taken Quang Ninh many
years to upgrade infrastructure and develop high-quality tourism products to
become an international-level destination. If it engages too deeply in the race
to reduce tour and service prices, negative consequences are likely to occur
since there won’t be quality products while the province may lose high-quality
human resources in this competition, according to the official.

Thuy pointed out that the
problem now is not how to attract tourists but how to maintain travel companies,
quality products, and visitors.

There was a time the local tourism
industry just attached importance to the number of tourist arrivals. To improve
its contribution to the budget and GRDP of Quang Ninh, development orientations
for this industry have been changed gradually, with more attention paid to
revenue per tourist and profit.

In the current pandemic
context, provincial leaders have requested that this period of time must be utilised
to complete infrastructure connectivity and seek investors in order to create
new values for the local tourism sector in terms of both quality and infrastructure,
Thuy told the Dau tu (Vietnam Investment Review) newspaper.

As one of the businesses
actively preparing for their return once the COVID-19 resurgence in put under
control, the Tung Lam Development Joint Stock Company has been developing and piloting
new tourism products that suit the natural features and cultural space of the
Yen Tu Complex of Monuments and Landscapes, its Deputy General Director Le Trong
Thanh said.

Pannatour General Director Le
Thi Nguyet noted after one and a half years of struggling with COVID-19, the
tourism sector of Quang Ninh has been reviewing and working to improve products
since the province has yet to succeed in attracting high-end tourists due to a
shortage of appropriate services and experiences.

To help address those
shortcomings, the Sun Group is developing new and high-end products based on
typical values of Quang Ninh.

Apart from the Yoko Onsen
Quang Hanh hot spring resort already operational, the firm is building a modern
entertainment complex near the Ha Long – Cam Pha coastal road, along with an
area of resort villas in the province.

In particular, once the group’s
Sun Marina project is completed, Quang Ninh will be the second place in Vietnam
to house an international-standard yacht terminal.

Vingroup, another major
investor, has also invested in a coastal tourism, service, and urban area complex
that includes luxury villas on different islands and a six-star hotel for travellers
who are ready to spend big.

Director of the Heritage Travel
Centre Trinh Thi Mai Anh said her agency has also created new tours with fresh
experiences to draw holiday makers, especially domestic ones, to Quang Ninh.

In late June, the Tourism
Promotion Information Centre, part of the provincial Tourism Department, coordinated
with the Heritage Travel Centre to arrange 25 tours for travellers to visit
localities across Quang Ninh.

Meanwhile, the Vietyacht Co.
Ltd, specialised in yacht services on Ha Long Bay, is also making use of the pandemic-caused
period of operation suspension to give more training to its personnel and carry
out digitalisation so as to stay ready to seize new opportunities.

Quang Ninh is endowed with natural advantages
for sea and island tourism. It has a coastline of more than 250 kilometres and
more than 2,000 islands and islets which account for two-thirds of the total
number in Vietnam.

It is home to popular destinations such as Ha
Long Bay, Bai Tu Long, Ha Long Bay National Park and some islands.

In particular, Ha Long Bay was recognised twice
as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO, in 1994 and 2000./.



Must-visit spectacular travel destinations in Việt Nam during autumn



By Lương Thu Hương

With its mild and refreshing weather, autumn is undoubtedly the perfect time to embark on a remarkable travel journey in Việt Nam. It’s a season when we don’t have to lament about the scorching heat of summer or the chilling cold of winter. Instead, we are greeted with gentle breezes that sway the golden-hued leaves. So, as autumn sets in, it’s time to pack your bags, embrace the beauty of this season, and embark on a memorable travel adventure.

Here are some of the suggested destinations in Việt Nam for your autumn trip:

Tràng An: the ancient capital 

An idyllic view of Tràng An landscape complex. — VNA/VNS Photo

Tràng An landscape complex, the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site, captivates with its pristine beauty and majestic limestone formations, creating a “Hạ Long Bay on Land” in northern Việt Nam.

Located in the province of Ninh Bình, the site stands as a remarkable destination for those seeking to delve into the history of the ancient capital of Hoa Lư. Its breathtaking landscape, defined by towering limestone karsts and winding rivers, offers a unique and enchanting experience.

Contrasting the festive atmosphere in spring, Tràng An in autumn immerses itself in a tranquil sea of green, with a serene sky, stretching forests along the mountain ranges, and crystal-clear water revealing hidden aquatic plants below.

Visiting the ancient capital, travelers not only have the opportunity to immerse themselves in ancient legends and historical sites in cultural centers but also to indulge in the enchanting beauty created by nature within the renowned limestone cave system. They can embark on the mesmerising journey along Sao Khuê River through mountain caves and witness the historical landmarks on both sides, like the ancient village of Yên Thượng, the Dền Bridge, the Đông Bridge, the Trường Yên Market, and the Ghềnh Tháp – Vườn Thiên Palace.

Hà Giang: Buckwheat Flower Fields

The rocky plateau of Đồng Văn in Hà Giang is blanketed with vast buckwheat flower fields. — VNA/VNS Photo

Travelling to the remote region of the homeland, you will have the opportunity to witness the autumn season immersed in vast buckwheat flower fields across the rocky plateau of Đồng Văn.

The buckwheat flower season typically begins in late autumn, from around mid-October to December. What surprises visitors is the ever-changing colours of the blooms. When the flowers first bloom, they are white, gradually transitioning to light pink or purple, and finally deep red as they approach the end of the season and develop seeds.

Similar to Sa Pa, the weather in Đồng Văn undergoes constant changes throughout the day. In the morning, Đồng Văn greets you with chilly winds and a misty veil of clouds. By noon, the temperature gradually warms up, revealing the vivid blue sky of autumn and the characteristic emerald waters of the Nho Quế River. As the evening approaches, rays of golden sunlight cascade over the buckwheat flower fields, creating a dazzling and enchanting scenery that is truly rare and poetic.

Sapa: cloud hunting

Autumn is the golden season in Sa Pa. — VNA/VNS Photo

Traveling to Sa Pa in the northern province of Lào Cai in the autumn season is undoubtedly an excellent choice. The weather in Sa Pa during this time of the year is incredibly mild and cool, offering a pleasant atmosphere. In fact, you can even experience all four seasons in a single day, a phenomenon that seems straight out of a legend.

During autumn, the ripe golden rice terraces gracefully winding around the majestic hills will leave visitors in awe with their dreamlike beauty. The landscape, adorned with vibrant hues, exudes a sense of grandeur, while the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance of freshly harvested rice and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Due to the favourable weather during this time, it is indeed a great opportunity to embark on mountain hikes in Sa Pa to “hunt” for clouds and enjoy panoramic views of the lush landscapes below. It is not too challenging for avid hikers or those with a passion for exploration to undertake these adventures.

If you’re tired of taking the cable car to reach the summit of Fansipan, you can opt for a train ride to admire the vast beauty of the Mường Hoa Valley, which promises to offer you a fresh and surprising perspective of Sa Pa.

Hà Nội: best time of the year

Autumn in Hà Nội offers a unique blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. — VNA/VNS Photo

Autumn is undoubtedly the best time in Hà Nội, when the bustling 1,000-year-old capital city is covered with the poetic and tranquil atmosphere. As you wander through the various corners of the capital city, it is not difficult to encounter the lovely scenes of blooming white milk flowers or streets adorned with golden and red leaves.

As the leaves gently fall, creating a colourful carpet beneath your feet, Hà Nội seems to reveal its hidden corners and historic landmarks. Whether it’s walking along the tranquil banks of Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword) Lake, exploring the Old Quarter, or savouring a cup of egg coffee amidst the autumn breeze, every moment in the city in romantic autumn feels like a scene from a slow-motion nostalgic movie.

Don’t forget to bring along your fully-charged camera whenever you take a stroll around Hà Nội at its most beautiful time of the year, as you could seize the enchanting moment of a romantic sunset at the idyllic West Lake, the picturesque sight of street vendors burdened with alluring bouquets of daisies and nightingale flowers, or simply to capture the renowned culinary delights of the city.

Arriving in Hà Nội during autumn, you might have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hà Nội Fall Festival. The event is set to take place from September 29 to October 1 and promises a diverse array of captivating cultural activities. VNS






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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields – A masterpiece of nature and humanity



The Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields are not only a magnificent sight but also an exclusive masterpiece of local people attempting to improve nature while also creating appeal for tourists to the northwest region.


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Ha Nam becomes bright spot on Vietnam’s tourism map



Ha Nam province’s tourism sector has achieved remarkable results in the post Covid-19 pandemic, with visitor numbers to the northern locality continually setting new records.

Ha Nam boasts favourable conditions for the development of typical tourist products in the Red River Delta. The province is home to many historical, cultural, spiritual, and religious sites.

They possess unique advantages, helping the province reshape its tourism industry and develop more offerings for visitors.

The number of tourists to Ha Nam reached over 3.8 million in the first half of this year, nearly double the number in the same period last year and fulfilling nearly 90% of its annual plan.

Total revenue from tourism was estimated at nearly 114 million USD, or more than double the figure posted in the same period of 2022.

To continue to be a bright spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, Ha Nam is focusing on building a number of typical tourism products, attracting investment in eco-spiritual, resort, and entertainment tourism. It is also trying to connect tours and tourist routes with others elsewhere around Vietnam to create better links for tourism development./.


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