Connect with us


Sea and island tourism a ‘gold mine’ that needs to be tapped fully



Sea and island tourism has long been a magnet, attracting over 70% of the total foreign tourists to Vietnam. However, the country has yet to fully tap its potential and advantages to develop this type of tourism in a better way.

Sea and island tourism a ‘gold mine’ that needs to be tapped fully hinh anh 1Vietnam boasts a coastline of 3,260km, with nearly 400 beaches and over 3,000 islands (Photo:

Hanoi – Sea and island tourism has long been a magnet, attracting
over 70% of the total foreign tourists to Vietnam. However, the country has yet to fully
tap its potential and advantages to develop this type of tourism in a better way.

Vietnam boasts a coastline of 3,260km, with nearly 400
beaches and over 3,000 islands, stretching from the North to the South. Many
of them have gained international titles. For example, Ha Long Bay in the
northern province of Quang Ninh is among the seven New Wonders of the World.
My Khe Beach in the central city of Da Nang has been named among the 10 best
beaches in Asia, as voted on by readers of renowned travel website TripAdvisor.
Meanwhile, US-based Time Magazine voted Phu Quoc as one of the top 100 most
amazing islands in the world in 2021. In November 2022, surpassing six
world-famous islands, Phu Quoc was honoured by the World Travel Awards as
“The island with the world’s top captivating natural beauty”.

Pham Hong Long, head of the Faculty of Tourism Studies of
the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam National University,
Hanoi), said it is not by chance that Vietnam’s Tourism Development
Strategy to 2025, with a vision to 2030, orientates that sea and island tourism
is one of the four main types of Vietnam’s tourism. Meanwhile, the Strategy for
Sustainable Development of Vietnam’s Sea-based Economy to 2030, with a vision
to 2045, defines that tourism and marine services are the top priority in six
breakthroughs of the marine economy by 2030.

Therefore, it is a ‘gold mine’ of the green economy,
said Long, stressing the need for more attention from the State to help it
develop further.

Sea and island tourism a ‘gold mine’ that needs to be tapped fully hinh anh 2Sea and island tourism has long been a magnet, attracting over 70% of the total foreign tourists to Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

However, by now, Vietnam has exploited only 20% of the beaches across the
nation, mostly renowned ones such as Ha Long Bay, Sam Son, Cua Lo, Lang Co, Da
Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Phu Quoc.

This makes these beaches overloaded in the peak season,
leading to many consequences in terms of business culture, environmental
degradation, conflicts over the use of marine resources, and price inflation.

In addition, human resources in the post-pandemic period are few in quantity and weak in skills. In particular, Vietnam does not have
high-class products that help increase revenue and boost sustainable

Pham Ha, CEO and Founder of Lux Group – Asia’s leading
luxury travel and tourism company, stated that current policies have not really
created favourable conditions for investors to develop tourism services at sea and

According to him, when investing in operating Emperor Cruise
in Nha Trang, it took his company a lot of time and money to get 18 types of
licenses from many different management agencies. Applying for licenses to
invest in yachts in Phu Quoc is also facing similar difficulties, he added.

Therefore, he stressed the need to have a strategy and plan
to exploit sea and island tourism more harmoniously and sustainably./.



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






Continue Reading


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.


Continue Reading


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./.


Continue Reading