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Quang Ninh maintains COVID-19-free zones for tourism recovery



The northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh has identified that maintaining COVID-19-free zones, dubbed ‘green zones’, serves as a prerequisite condition for tourism and services recovery in the new normal.

Quang Ninh maintains COVID-19-free zones for tourism recovery hinh anh 1Boats carrying tourists to visit Ha Long Bay, a popular destination in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh – The northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh has identified
that maintaining COVID-19-free zones, dubbed ‘green zones’, serves as a prerequisite
condition for tourism and services recovery in the new normal.

The province
will gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions inside its boundary and only resume tourism
activities once it is safe to do so.

In October,
Quang Ninh will resume some tourism services serving only visitors from inside the province, while applying stringent
preventive measures towards a pilot programme of welcoming tourists from other
localities next month.

It is to set up links with its neighbour Hai Phong port city to open safe tours.

Under the
plan, Quang Ninh will build safe multi-day tours to Tuan Chau island and the
three islands of Co To, Van Don and Hai Ha, Mong Cai coastal city, as well as to mountainous communes in the province’s Binh Lieu district.

Local authorities
also encourage overnight tours in Ha Long Bay and closed-loop services.

The province
will soon join hands with Central Highlands localities that have brought
COVID-19 under control to study the launch of ‘one route-two destinations’ tours
in the time to come.

The Party
delegation of the Quang Ninh People’s Committee has been asked to instruct
localities and relevant agencies to study plans of setting up points of sale for products
in the ‘One Commune, One Product’ (OCOP) programme and OCOP fairs at provincial
and district levels, in an effort to increase visitors’ spending while travelling in the province. 

During the
2021 – 2025 period, it is set to develop 300 new OCOP products, at least 250 of
which will be rated three to five stars, with the participation of at least 50
economic organisations.

2017 and 2020, the local OCOP programme had its focus switched from quantity to
quality as more than 200 products were rated three to five stars, which is said
to have helped improve rural residents’ living conditions and contributed to
the building of new-style rural areas.

Quang Ninh,
one of the three nuclei of the northern key economic region, has implemented
the OCOP programme since 2013, and it is now taking the lead nationwide in this

At present,
Quang Ninh has 456 items in the OCOP programme, 236 of which have been granted
ratings of three to five stars. To be given star ratings, those products have
met basic, even advanced, standards, been made in modern and professional
manufacturing processes, and had their packages and labels perfected.

A campaign
has been rolled out to call on local people to prioritise ‘Make-in-Quang Ninh’
products and services in a bid to bolster consumption and contribute to the
gross regional domestic product.

Since the
fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks hit Vietnam in late April until October 1,
Quang Ninh has basically kept the pandemic under control. It had gone through
94 days without new infections in the community by October 1 and administered the first
COVID-19 shot for most of local residents.

People entering
the province must be fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 using Real
Time RT-PCR method within 48 hours.

Quang Ninh
set a target of welcoming 1.9-2 million tourists and earning 4-4.5 trillion VND
(175.6 – 197.5 million USD) from tourism services in the last quarter of 2021.

It is home to Ha Long Bay,
around two hours from Hanoi, which has earned a permanent spot on the global tourism map, with
travel bloggers and filmmakers hailing its emerald waters and thousands of
towering limestone pillars topped by rainforests.

The bay
helped Quang Ninh welcome 14 million tourists, including 5.7 million
foreigners, in 2019, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year.

Ha Long Bay, literally ‘descending dragon’ 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./.



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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