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The 10 best national parks in Vietnam

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Not only is Vietnam famous for its beautiful beaches, which are ranked among the world’s most popular destinations, its national park system has also impressed many international tourists. 

Recently, the London-based website The Culture Trip has picked out 10 best national parks in Vietnam.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province is home to some of the largest caves in the world (Mikołaj Michalak / Alamy Stock Photo)

Perhaps the most naturally stunning and well-preserved area in all of Vietnam, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province is home to some of the largest caves in the world. The park, which shares a border with Hin Namno Nature Reserve in Laos and covers an area of nearly 900sqkm (347sqmi), is often a stop for those following the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

Gibbons and macaques roam the forests, yet it is the sprawling karst cave systems that have earned Phong Nha a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Hundreds of miles of underground labyrinths run beneath limestone giants as they tower towards the sky.

Phu Quoc National Park

Phu Quoc National Park is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and 200 species of animals. (Andreas Rose / Alamy Stock Photo)

A gem nestled in the northwest corner of the most popular and unfortunately most overdeveloped island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc National Park is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and 200 species of animals.

Increasingly rare old-growth forests run throughout the park, and dipterocarp trees climb to over 30m in height. Hiking and camping are easily accessible from Ganh Dau Village.

Nui Chua National Park

Nui Chua National Park is set on the eastern edge of the Truong Son Mountain Range. (Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo)

Located in Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province, Nui Chua National Park is set on the eastern edge of the Truong Son Mountain Range, overlooking one of the cleanest and best-preserved stretches of coastline on the East Sea/South China Sea.

The region, like much of Vietnam, is best visited by motorbike and is fringed by one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the country. Bears and primates roam the hillsides within the confines of the semi-arid park, while bats and birds soar through the skies. The shoreline is of particular importance as it is home to the nesting grounds of a number of endangered turtle species.

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien is the closest national park to Ho Chi Minh City (Anders Blomqvist / Alamy Stock Photo)

Cat Tien is the closest national park to Ho Chi Minh City and an oft-overlooked gem. The lowland forests are the largest and most important in the country, home to gibbons, deer and wild boar. The nature trails are extensive and well maintained, and most can be completed without a guide and on bicycle.

An excellent variety of lodging, from campsites to riverside bungalows, makes the park a great place to escape from the concrete madness of Saigon.

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba serves as a focal point of iconic Ha Long Bay (Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo)

Floating in a sea of limestone peaks, Cat Ba serves as a focal point of iconic Ha Long Bay. Located in Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City, the park should be a stop on any northern excursion.

Much of the region resembles something out of Jurassic Park, as jungles shoot skywards into the mist. A number of beautiful treks of moderate difficulty lie in the confines of the park. Cat Ba is also home to the majority of the world’s remaining white-headed langurs.

Ba Be National Park

The park is made of towering limestone mounts that crash down to pounding waterfalls (J Marshall – Tribaleye Images / Alamy Stock Photo)

Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan Province is home to a number of ethnic minorities, including Tay, Dao and Hmong, and offers travellers the opportunity to experience life in traditional homestays.

The park is made of towering limestone mounts that crash down to pounding waterfalls before settling in Ba Be Lake, the largest in Vietnam. Trekking in the region is superb and can be arranged via most homestays or guesthouses. Cavernous limestone grottos, hidden along the water’s edge, should be explored by boat as well.

Yok Don National Park

Yok Don happens to be home to some of the last remaining wild elephants in the country. (Stefan Liebhold / Alamy Stock Photo)

Stretching over Dak Nong and Dak Lak Provinces, Yok Don is the largest of all the national parks in Vietnam. It also happens to be home to some of the last remaining wild elephants and leopards in the country. However, over the years, poaching and illegal logging have decimated their populations, dropping the chances of seeing one to pretty much zero.

Nevertheless, the park retains an off-the-beaten-track feel and is seldom visited by foreign tourists. Guided day and overnight treks through the dry forests are a great way to see it all.

Cuc Phuong National Park

Minority villages can be visited on a number of guided treks at Cuc Phuong National Park (Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo)

Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province is one of the most accessible parks Vietnam has to offer, lying just over 100km from Hanoi. The region can be explored on foot, motorbike or bicycle and is best travelled over two or three days.

Minority villages dot the lands and can be visited on a number of guided treks. The park is also home to a vast array of flora and fauna, including some of the most endangered turtles in Thailand.

Con Dao National Park

Con Dao Park encompasses some of the most untouched coral reefs and white-sand beaches in the country (Image Professionals GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo)

Con Dao National Park is part of Con Dao Archipelago, which comprises 16 small islands with the largest one being Con Son. The unblemished archipelago of green is reached by ferry from the Mekong or plane from Ho Chi Minh City.

The national park lies on Con Son Island and encompasses some of the most untouched coral reefs and white-sand beaches in the country. Endangered sea turtles nest along the shorelines, while the strange and friendly dugong, a cousin of the manatee, lounges in the clear waters of the park.

Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park lies hidden just 40 km to the west of the imperial capital of Hue (Oscar Dominguez / Alamy Stock Photo)

Bach Ma National Park lies hidden just 40 km to the west of the imperial capital of Hue, near the central coast of Vietnam. Dilapidated French villas overrun by pine forests, peer out through the wilderness as mile-high peaks float in the distance. The park is home to some of the most dense and pristine ribbons of jungle in central Vietnam.

Source: Nhan Dan

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/the-10-best-national-parks-in-vietnam-750679.html

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Some of the best fishing lakes in and around Hà Nội

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Fishing is a favourite activity of many people. — Photo blogcauca.com

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On weekends, the number of people flocking to commercial centres, pedestrian streets or entertainment areas in the inner city of Hà Nội has increased. 

So, why don’t you think about going fishing with your family and friends? This interesting recreational activity helps your spirit be healthy and brings you closer to nature. Here are some of the most popular natural fishing spots near Hà Nội.

Đồng Mô Lake

Only 50km from Hà Nội, Đồng Mô Lake is not only famous for its beauty every sunset, but it is also a fishing lake favoured by many Hanoians. Many fish, including carp, black pike and perch, can be found here. Those interested in fishing will be satisfied with their passion here.

You can visit Đồng Mô Lake Ecological Area, Phan Thị Villa and the golf course for the best experience. With the beautiful natural scenery, the experience of camping in the 200ha – Đồng Mô Lake is something you should not miss. You can camp at Camping Sport Đồng Mô, Camp Sơn Tinh 2 and 3.

Address: Sơn Tây, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Fishing in Đồng Mô Lake. — Photo mia.vn

Đồng Đò Lake

Not only famous as a beautiful camping site and good resort, Đồng Đò Lake also has abundant aquatic products. You can fish black pike weighing more than 10kg, and all completely free. You can go with your family to enjoy camping. All rental services for tents are very affordable. With a large lake, you can rent SUP to paddle yourself around. 

Address: Minh Tân Village, Minh Trí Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Núi Bàu Lake

Núi Bàu Lake is located at the foot of Hàm Lợn Mountain in Sóc Sơn District. It has become a familiar destination among natural fishing lakes in Hà Nội. You can catch many kinds of fish here. The surrounding space is also very poetic and charming, and you should avoid contaminating the water source.

Address: Thanh Hà Village, Nam Sơn Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Núi Bàu Lake has become a familiar destination for free fishing in Hà Nội. — Photo hodongdo.vn

Hồng River

The Hồng (Red) River stretches from Lào Cai Province to the lowlands of the Red River Delta. The centre of the lowlands area is Hà Nội.

Fishing in the Red River attracts many fishermen in the capital and some neighbouring provinces. There are a variety of fish species, such as tilapia, carp, grey mullet and hemibagrus.

June to December is the ideal time to catch big fish. In addition, this is also when fish of the carp family move upstream and find beautiful places to lay their eggs every year.

Sitting at the Red River bank, you can relax, admire the scenery, and enjoy the air while waiting for the fish to bite.

Address: The area next to Hồng Vân Port or the foot of Vĩnh Tuy bridge towards Bát Tràng Dike

Fishing price: Free

Chòm Núi Lake

It only takes two hours from the city centre to reach the lake in Sóc Sơn District. It is a natural fishing lake with airy space and rich aquatic life. You will be satisfied when you fish here. As well as carp and mudfish, you can also catch many other types of fish. The fishing spots around the lake are beautiful and relaxing. If you want to camp in Chòm Núi Lake, you should come here in the dry season; in the rainy season, the campsite will be flooded.

Address: Nam Sơn Commune, Sóc Sơn District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: Free

Đuống River

Along the banks of the Đuống River are many large, long and wide stone embankments. To harvest a lot of fish on the river, you should fish around 6.30am – 9.00am or 4pm – 7pm. The space in the Đuống River is suitable for people to go fishing. You can bring food and drinks to camp.

Address: along Đuống River dike, Kim Sơn embankment area.

Fishing price: Free

Sunset on Quan Sơn Lake, a natural fishing lake in Hà Nội. — Photo tinhte.vn

Quan Sơn Lake

Quan Sơn Lake is also a natural fishing lake worth visiting in Hà Nội with many kinds of fish. It is also a tourist and camping place for your family and friends at the weekend.

Spanning around 850ha in the territory of five communes of Mỹ Đức District, the beautiful scenery is the combination of the sky, water and 100 limestone mountains, somewhat similar to that of UNESCO World Heritage site Hạ Long Bay, in the northern province of Quảng Ninh.

The surrounding vegetation is rich and green in four seasons, creating a sense of peace. So if you fish in Quan Sơn, you can release your soul, enjoy the cool air and admire the spacious landscape.

Address: Mỹ Đức District, Hà Nội

Fishing price: VNĐ100,000 – VNĐ300,000

Natural fishing is great for a weekend of entertainment. Hopefully, with the above suggestions, you will choose a place to experience the feeling of being close to nature and the feeling of sublimation when you catch a big fish. VNS

while going fishing in Núi Bàu Lake, you can camp here. — Photo tapchicongthuong.vn

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/some-of-the-best-fishing-lakes-in-and-around-ha-noi_339751.html

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Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022

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The People’s Committees of northern Vinh Phuc province and Tam Dao district held a ceremony on December 2 to announce the award honouring Tam Dao as the world’s leading town destination in 2022.

Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022 hinh anh 1A corner of Tam Dao. (Photo: VNA)

Vinh Phuc – The People’s Committees of northern
Vinh Phuc province and Tam Dao district held a ceremony on December 2 to announce the award honouring Tam Dao as the world’s leading town destination in
2022.

The title was previously announced at the 29th World Travel
Awards held in Oman in November this year.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the
provincial People’s Committee Vu Viet Van said the award is a recognition of the initial
success of the district’s tourism sector, helping to improve the position and value of
the Tam Dao National Tourist Area, and promoting the development of the tourism
industry in Vinh Phuc province.

The Tam Dao national tourism site is located on Tam Dao mountain range, at an
altitude of 54 to 1,100 metres above sea level. It boasts majestic mountainous
scenery that covers a vast area of the northern delta.

In Tam Dao, there
are three mountains, Thach Ban (1,388m), Thien Thi (1,375m), and Phu Nghia
(1,400m), rising above the sea of clouds like three islands. That is the source
of the Vietnamese name “Tam Dao,” meaning “three islands.”

Tam Dao honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022 hinh anh 2Wild sunflowers, or da quy, bloom along the hillsides of Tam Dao tourist area. (Photo: VNA)

Thanks to its cool climate, the town has long been one of the
most attractive destinations in northern Vietnam among both domestic and
foreign visitors, especially for a summer vacation.

This marks the
first time Tam Dao has been awarded the world’s leading town destination.

To get the award, Tam
Dao overcame many town destinations
in the US, Japan, the Czech Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nepal, and New
Zealand.

The
annual awards are based on votes cast by travel industry professionals and the
public.

The
World Travel Awards, launched in 1993, acknowledge excellence in the tourism
industry, and have been described as the “travel industry’s equivalent of
the Oscars./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tam-dao-honoured-as-worlds-leading-town-destination-2022/244911.vnp

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Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends

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Ho Chi Minh City expects to fully exploit bleisure travel – a novel type of tourism combining business travel with leisure time.

Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends hinh anh 1HCM City has great potential for developing bleisure travel. (Photo: VNA)

HCM CityHo Chi Minh City expects to fully exploit bleisure travel – a novel type of tourism combining business travel with leisure time.

Phan Thi Thang, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the behaviour and habits of tourists. Lack of travel for the two years of the pandemic has encouraged travelers to make better use of their time, yielding creative forms of tourism trends such as “bleisure” travel.

This type of tourism is to become a popular lifestyle when balancing work and leisure, bringing many benefits to stakeholders and a multi-industry supply chain, she said, adding that it will save time, costs and reduce stress for tourists, thereby improving their productivity and providing leisure time on the same journey.

Regarding tourism firms, it brings in more customers and increases revenue even in the low season, Thang said, noting that HCM City has great potential for developing bleisure travel.

The southern metropolis has over 4,000 hotels and lodging facilities with nearly 50,000 guest rooms, some 1,280 travel firms and some 7,000 tour guides. Up to 60% of the tour hosts are certified as international tour guides. It is an international trade centre, connecting many countries and territories. The city houses Tan Son Nhat international airport which receives millions of domestic and international visitors a year.

HCM City is also a locality with many famous architectures and heritages as well as a variety of products and services for travelers.

The city aims to elevate the promotion of MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition) tourism in post- COVID-19 period, according to a representative of the Department of Tourism.

Ho Chi Minh City looks to cash in on new travel trends hinh anh 2The Hop-on-Hop-off bus carries tourists to Ho Chi Minh City’s well-known attractions. (Photo: VNA)

This is also one of the solutions to promote international tourism, along with collaboration with ministries, agencies, Vietnamese representative offices abroad and international partners to bring tourists to HCM City, the representative said.

As soon as the country reopened to international travelers, the city’s tourism industry received a group of 130 tourists from the US.

In addition to the issuance of tourism stimulus policies, building new products and focusing on developing bleisure travel and MICE tourism, the city also welcomed tourists that arrive by cruise ships.

HCM City is a well-known and attractive destination in the travel itinerary of major international shipping lines such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Group, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Viking Cruises.

The Department of Tourism believed cruise ships are a high potential type of tourism that will serve to attract new international visitors to the city in the future./

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ho-chi-minh-city-looks-to-cash-in-on-new-travel-trends/244905.vnp

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