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Quang Ninh eyes 3 million visitors in Q4



The northeastern province of Quang Ninh will hold 64 cultural, sport, and tourism events towards the goal of attracting 3 million visitors in Quarter 4.

Quang Ninh eyes 3 million visitors in Q4 hinh anh 1Ha Long Bay is a renowned tourism spot in Quang Ninh province. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh –
The northeastern province of Quang Ninh will
hold 64 cultural, sport, and tourism events towards the goal of attracting 3
million visitors in Quarter 4.

Director of the provincial Tourism Department Pham Ngoc Thuy said at a press
conference on October 20 that 30 events were scheduled for October, 20 for
November and 14 for December.

Notable programmes include Quang Ninh seafood week and One Commune, One Product
fair, Binh Lieu ripen rice season, Yen Tu – the Buddhist land in autumn, Quang
Ninh Ao dai festival, Ha Long national kite festival, among others.

Thuy stressed the province will sharpen focus on the domestic
market, with priority given to large tourist source markets like Ho Chi Minh
City, southern localities, central and central highlands provinces, and
northeastern provinces where industrial parks and big corporations are located.

The sector has paid heed to developing new tourism products as well as package
tours at competitive prices, while working to ensure good tourism service

According to the Tourism Department, the province welcomed 5.8 million visitors
during January-September, only half of the figure recorded in the same time
last year.

Earlier, the province launched a sight-seeing
fee discount programme for a range of local destinations between September 9
and December 31.

Accordingly, prices of entrance tickets for destinations
on Ha Long Bay, the Quang Ninh Museum and the Yen Tu relic and scenic complex
are reduced by 50 percent.

Notably, entry into destinations in the bay is free of
charge on Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20), the mining sector’s traditional
day (November 12), Vietnamese Teachers’ Day (November 20), and the founding anniversary
of the People’s Army of Vietnam (December 22).

The programme
was part of the provincial People’s Council’s decision issued on September 8
for tourism promotion.

Earlier, the
council approved a tourism promotion incentive for 2020 worth about 200 billion
VND (nearly 8.6 million USD) during its meeting in May.

Under the
incentive, starting from May 15, all visitors, both Vietnamese and foreigners
were exempt from entrance fees to Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Museum and the
complex of Yen Tu monuments and landscapes until the end of the month and on
major holidays in 2020.

In addition,
passengers arriving at the Van Don International Airport receive free
round-trip bus rides to Ha Long and Uong Bi cities until the year’s end.

As a result,
tourist arrivals have been partly recovered, with the average number of
visitors to Ha Long Bay per day reached 7,000 in June. As of the end of August,
more than 868,000 people visited the bay in the daytime and over 4,000 stayed
here at night.

However, the
second wave of COVID-19 taking place at the end of July has led to a slowdown
in local tourism activites as the number of tourists fell significantly.
Hundreds of tourist ship owners registered for a temporary halt of their
operation until the end of September to avoid monthly business fees of between
7 and 10 million VND per ship.

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 twice recognised as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in
1994 and 2000. The bay spans 1,553 square kilometres and includes 1,969 islands
of various sizes. It features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in
various shapes and sizes. The limestone in the bay has gone through 500 million
years of formation in different conditions and environments.

The site
welcomed 4.4 million holidaymakers throughout 2019, including 2.9 million
foreigners, and raked in 1.23 trillion VND from tourism./.



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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