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Quang Ninh: Discovering wild nature of Ba Mun island

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Located in Bai Tu Long bay in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, Ba Mun island is a gem home to diverse species of animals and plants of Bai Tu Long National Park.

Quang Ninh: Discovering wild nature of Ba Mun island hinh anh 1Ba Mun Island seen from the sea (Photo: duli.vn)

Hanoi – Located in Bai Tu Long bay in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, Ba Mun island is a gem home to diverse species of animals and plants of Bai Tu Long National Park.

In recent years, the island has attracted a large number of tourists to experience some wild travel.

Alongside Bai Tu Long, Ba Mun island has become the most diverse and rich biosphere in Vietnam.

It took more than an hour from Cai Rong port to get to Ba Mun island, one of the largest and most beautiful island clusters of Bai Tu Long National Park.

On the east side of the island, strong waves hit the cliffs to create bubbles and foam tens of metres high. The western side, on the other hand, features tranquil scenery and calm water that ripples around the boat.

Ba Mun Island is about 15km from the shore, with an area of about 1,800ha and a length of more than 20km, running east-west. It is a wildlife animal paradise and is covered by primeval forests which, together with sheer rocks, creating a natural habitat for various kinds of animals.

Therefore, Ba Mun is considered a giant wall, shielding Van Don district from storm winds.

Bai Tu Long National Park is a home to about 2,000 species of fauna and flora, including 72 animals and 32 plants listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered species, many of them live on Ba Mun Island.

The most prominent plants are teakwood, sindora and ironwood species. Notably, there are lan hai orchids which a few years ago people thought were extinct. Currently, this kind of orchid is only found in Lao Cai province and Ba Mun Island.

As for animals, Ba Mun has many rare species, including a golden deer population which is quite large.

There are also other animals such as chamois and monkeys along with sea birds and migratory birds.

On the island, there are seven large astreams with water flowing all year round and the water is clear and clean due to the cover of the high forest. This is a valuable source of freshwater in the middle of the sea.

Since Bai Tu Long National Park was established in 2001, wildlife preservation on the Ba Mun Island has been tightened. A rescue centre was opened in 2010 to take care of its wildlife as well as those rescued from illegal trafficking.

The wildlife rescue centre of Ba Mun island is one of the wildlife rescue centres with the highest survival rate in the country. All wild animals that are released by the rescue centre have good health care and restored wild instincts, helping preserve biodiversity in Bai Tu Long National Park.

Bai Tu Long National Park comprises 40 islands, either earth or limestone, scattering across three communes, Ha Long, Van Yen and Minh Chau of Van Dong district.

The bay covers a total area of 15,783 hectares, including 6,125 hectares of land, and is home to 1,090 species of fauna and flora. The park is considered a priceless national treasure.

In the park, 102 rare and precious species, including 72 species of fauna and 30 varieties of flora listed in Vietnam’s red book of endangered species can be found.

The park also has 1,000 hectares of wetlands, which includes mangrove forest, sandy and rocky tidal banks and seaweed that provide food and shelter for animals.

The wetlands ecosystem, with its impressive scenery and biodiversity, has attracted many eco-tourism, environmental education and research activities.

The area of coral accounts for only a minor section of the park, but has an important role to play as an aquatic resource. It has high biological productivity and is a gene bank for many types of sea species.

Besides the extremely diverse biological environment, the park also has archeological value, with evidence of ancient Viet people residing here 14,000 years ago.

Operational since April, 2002, Bai Tu Long National Park is a stunning tourism spot with a rich ecosystem, therefore it should receive sustainable protection, conservation and development./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/quang-ninh-discovering-wild-nature-of-ba-mun-island/247364.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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