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Son Doong cave adventure tour fully booked for 2022

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All 1,000 slots for Son Dong expedition adventure tour to the world’s largest cave in the central province of Quang Binh have been fully booked by domestic visitors for 2022, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Son Doong cave adventure tour fully booked for 2022 hinh anh 1Son Doong, located in the heart of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, opened to tourists in 2013. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Binh – All 1,000 slots for Son Dong expedition adventure tour to the world’s largest cave in the central province of Quang Binh have been fully booked by domestic visitors for 2022, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

The four-day and three-night Son Doong Expedition, exclusively provided by local travel firm Oxalis Adventure, is one of the world’s top bucket list adventures, during which visitors will cross underground rivers, explore two gigantic cave ceiling collapses, traverse through underground rainforests and sleep in some of the world’s most magnificent campsites.

According to the firm, tourists booking the tour are mostly from Ho Chi Minh City and southern localities.

Son Doong cave adventure tour fully booked for 2022 hinh anh 2The Son Doong Cave Expedition is considered difficult (highest level), requiring visitors to be physically active with regular trekking experience. (Photo: VNA)

With a price of nearly 69 million VND (about 3,000 USD) per pax, the tour helps Quang Binh earn 50-65 billion VND each year.

Following a brief period of selling tours for 2023, roughly 100 visitors immediately registered to join them, 80 percent of whom are foreigners.

Other products of Oxalis Adventure including exploration of Rao Thuong-En Cave, Va, Nuoc Nut, Tu Lan and Tien Caves have also drawn a large number of tourists who book the tours for the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays and summer holidays.

Son Doong cave adventure tour fully booked for 2022 hinh anh 3Stunning scene inside the cave (Photo: VNA)

Currently, flights between Dong Hoi and big cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have operated normally, while measures against COVID-19 have been applied to ensure safety for visitors.

Son Doong, located in the heart of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, opened to tourists in 2013. It includes at least 150 individual caves, a dense subterranean jungle and several underground rivers. British magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Son Doong one of seven must-explore wonders of 2020./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/son-doong-cave-adventure-tour-fully-booked-for-2022/220568.vnp

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Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1

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The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

Tourism board proposes complete opening of market from May 1 hinh anh 1Tourists in Hoi An (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Private Sector Development Committee (Committee IV) and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) Alliance have proposed that the Government remove all domestic and international travel restrictions and completely reopen the tourism market from May 1.

In a recent letter sent to the Prime Minister, the eighth that the TAB has sent to the Government leader since COVID-19 broke out in Vietnam, the three agencies explained that they choose the date to give enough time for travel firms, hotels and airlines to make necessary preparations and for localities to complete the vaccination of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines to local residents.

They stressed the need for all central agencies to work closely together to design necessary mechanisms and procedures to implement the plan, suggesting the expansion of visa exemption for visitors from all targeted tourism markets and countries with strong investment in Vietnam.

In the letter, the three offices highlighted the Government’s success in making Vietnam one of the six countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the world, as well as efforts by ministries and sectors in reopening the country through pilot programmes to receive international tourists and resume a number of regular international air routes which is expected to help many travel firms survive.

They stressed that it’s time to define the time to return to the new normal situation.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to hold a conference on January 24 with the participation of representatives of six ministries and 20 localities and well as major travel firms to discuss the complete open of the tourism market on the April 30-May 1 holidays in a safe manner.

After two months of implementing the pilot scheme to welcome foreign visitors, the tourism sector has served nearly 8,000 with high safety level./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-board-proposes-complete-opening-of-market-from-may-1/221031.vnp

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Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back

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The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early February.

Quang Ninh ready to welcome foreign tourists back hinh anh 1Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh – The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh is
ready to welcome international tourists back from late January or early
February.

The province is among seven localities nationwide chosen to pilot reopening
doors to foreign visitors in a bid to revive the tourism industry after a long
hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuan Chau Group was selected to welcome and serve
international tourists to the province. The group has directed relevant
units to make thorough preparations, ensure necessary facilities, sufficient medical
equipment and supplies.

Travel agencies, businesses, hotels, accommodation
establishments and restaurants have prepared the best and safest options for
international tourists to feel secure when coming to Quang Ninh.

At present, Quang Ninh has 625 tourist businesses and establishments
that meet safety criteria for pandemic prevention and control set by the
province, of which there are 471 accommodation establishments, 79 shopping and
dining establishments, 13 tourist sites, and 62 tour and transportation
companies. With these destinations and service facilities, when visitors come
to and use their services, safety can be ensured at the highest level.

In order to attract both domestic and foreign tourists to Quang Ninh, the provincial Department of Tourism has stepped up tourism
promotion activities, created new tourism products and services and those with regional
linkage, develop a safe tourism programme, and select typical and safe tourism
products to introduce to travel and tourism businesses.

The department’s director Pham Ngoc Thuy said it is committed to accompanying businesses and tourists, issuing appropriate and
humane solutions to handle situations arising in the process of welcoming
tourists, and continue monitoring and making recommendations to authorities
at all levels to make timely and appropriate adjustments to the new situation so
as to ensure flexible and safe adaptation./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/quang-ninh-ready-to-welcome-foreign-tourists-back/220985.vnp

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Red River Delta listed among 52 best travel destinations in 2022

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New York Times has included Red River Delta, home to long-standing craft villages and a century-old cultural heritage, in its annual list of 52 best places to travel in 2022.

It was also the only representative in Southeast Asia to break into the list compiled by travel editors of the New York Times based on more than 2,000 suggestions. After two years of the Covid-19 crisis, this year’s list highlights places that can deal with problems like overcrowding and climate change.

“Once travel begins to normalize, tourists will undoubtedly flock to Vietnam’s world-famous beaches and dynamic megacities. But head north to the traditional villages of Red River Delta, and you can immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural practices and a way of life at risk of disappearing,” the U.S. newspaper wrote.

It added that Red River Delta is the cradle of quan ho folk singing, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/red-river-delta-listed-among-52-best-travel-destinations-in-2022/220961.vnp

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