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Quang Ninh tourism enjoys strong recovery



With a high coverage of COVID-19 vaccination and good control of the pandemic, Quang Ninh was one of the first localities to re-open tourism in mid-March, and by late June, the province received 5.5 million visitors, more than half the target set for the year.

Quang Ninh tourism enjoys strong recovery hinh anh 1Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province. (Photo:VNA)

Quang Ninh – With a high coverage of COVID-19
vaccination and good control of the pandemic, the northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh was one of the first
localities to re-open tourism in mid-March, and by late June, the province had received 5.5 million visitors, more than half the target set for the year.

The flow of tourists increased strongly in June, the peak month
of travelling season.

According to deputy director in charge of sales at Luxury Muong
Thanh Quang Ninh Hotel Le Hong Thuy, the number of guests at his hotel since
the end of May has seen a surge, even surpassing the pre-pandemic level. The
hotel is filled to capacity most of the days, not only weekends.

He added that the biggest difficulty for the hotel at present is a shortage of
labour, as many staff members had quit during the low period due to the

In previous years, the peak travelling season normally began in
June, but this year, the number of visitors saw a high increase in mid-May.

The provincial People’s Committee attributed the good signs of
tourism to its measures to stimulate demand, such as organising events and
festivals. All destinations in the province have re-opened to visitors. In
particular, Quang Ninh’s hosting of competitions of seven sports in the 31st Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 31), along with the organisation of events such
as Carnaval Ha Long and Ao dai Festival, has helped attract crowds of visitors,
including international travelers to the province.    
Quang Ninh recorded an estimated 5.5 million tourists in the
first six months of this year, up 120% from the same period in 2021.

revenues from tourism activities were estimated at over 12.1 trillion VND (520
million USD), a surge of 131.03% year-on-year, and equivalent to 147.55% of the
figure in the development scenario for the first half.    

Travel agencies said the 2022 summer brings good opportunities for tourism
recovery, as people are eager to travel after more than two years they had to
stay home due to pandemic-induced restrictions.

Nguyen Manh Toan, director of the Vinacomin Tourism &
Trading Joint Stock Company, shared that bookings for tours to Quang Ninh went
up strongly right after the province re-opened tourism. As of the end of June,
the company served an estimated 6,000 -7,000 tourists, which is higher than the
normal guest volume before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

He added that a modern transport network in Quang Ninh,
facilitating fast and convenient travelling, is one of the major advantages
helping the province draw more visitors compared to other localities.

Nguyen Huong Giang, a tourist from Hanoi, said her family chose
Quang Ninh for their first trip outside Hanoi after more than two years of the
pandemic. They made use of a 50% reduction in sight-seeing fees in Quang Ninh
to visit more attractions, she said, adding she was impressed by the landscape
as well as the services in the province.

Quang Ninh offers diverse attractions to travelers. The most
famous one, both domestically and internationally, is Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. In addition, other destinations such as Bai Tu Long
Bay, the Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape, the resort island of Co
To, have also become leading choices for tourists.

Nguyen Manh Cuong from the northern mountainous
province of Hoa Binh said his family frequently choose Quang Ninh for their
vacations. Each time they discover new experience, he said, adding that in the
latest trip, they were impressed by the new service of cruising trips at night.

Though not a new destination, Quang Ninh is able to attract tourists by
constantly offering new products and new services. Recently, the province introduced
several new products, namely cruising trips at night, helicopter tours over Ha
Long Bay, or seaplane trips from Tuan Chau island (Ha Long City) to Co To
Island, which give guests new experience in admiring the beauty of Ha Long Bay
at night or from the sky.

The rising number of visitors is a good sign
for Quang Ninh tourism. The sector is preparing for two upcoming major events,
which are the 17th East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) General Assembly, and the Clipper Race. Relevant agencies and
the tourism association of the province are actively working with travel
agencies and airlines on exploiting the new Van Don international airport.

In the latter half of 2022, Quang Ninh aims to attract five million
more visitors and earn 10 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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