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Three beautiful mountaintop areas in northern Vietnam



“Dinosaur spine”, referring to mountain-top winding roads, is the familiar name given to some famous tourist destinations in the North by travelers.

Ta Xua, Binh Lieu, and Mau Son are attractive destinations with their natural beauty. The unique name of these places comes from the terrain of the mountain-top trails.

Beautiful scenes in Binh Lieu

In addition to the world-known poetic bay of Ha Long, Quang Ninh also has majestic mountains and forests. One of these sites is Binh Lieu, where there is a road that goes straight through the hills. This road is known as “Little Great Wall of Vietnam”. The distance from Binh Lieu town to this place is about 13 km, quite easy for tourists to travel by motorbike.

October-November is the best time to conquer the Binh Lieu “dinosaur spine”. Visitors will walk on white reed fields in the majestic, wild mountain scenery. Milestone 1035 is the most popular check-in point at this place.

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Visitors can enjoy a view of the vast and airy mountains and forests of Binh Lieu. Photo: lnh.thuy, halo.vietnam. – Zing News

Ta Xua cloud-hunting site

Ta Xua is a mountain peak between Son La and Yen Bai. This place is a familiar destination for those who want to discover the northern region of Vietnam. From Bac Yen town (Son La), tourists will travel about 15 km to the “dinosaur spine” on the top of Ta Xua. The road to the top of the mountain is quite dangerous.

They will see a small trail on the top of the mountain of over 2,800 meters. The sides are steep slopes. The shape of this road is like the spine of a dinosaur. The end of the trail is a place where visitors stop to enjoy the vast natural space of mountains and forests.

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On clear days, if you are lucky, you can also admire the spectacular sea of clouds. Photo: Nga.nguyen.nga, Tuyeteirlys. – Zing News

The road on the top of Mau Son Mount

Another “dinosaur spine” is a winding trail atop Cha Mountain located about 45 kilometers northeast of Lang Son city. This place is located in Mau Son commune, Loc Binh district, Lang Son province. To explore this place, you have to go through zigzagging and dangerous passes.

Those who are new to the terrain can take a long time. In return, when they reach the destination, they will enjoy the fresh air, immerse themself in the romantic nature with green grass and a peaceful village in the middle of the pristine forest.

In winter, when the temperature sometimes drops below zero, visitors will admire the frost and snow covering the walkway.

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Coming to Mau Son, visitors can walk on the top of the mountain, camp overnight and hunt clouds in the early morning. Photo: Lethuan119, thumaimia, rodjenkinson, – Zing News

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Da Nang city hosts APOT Forum 2023



The Asia Pacific Onboard Travel (APOT) Forum 2023 is taking place in the central coastal city of Da Nang from November 25-28.

Da Nang city hosts APOT Forum 2023 hinh anh 1An overview of the Asia Pacific Onboard Travel (APOT) Forum 2023’s press conference. (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang – The Asia Pacific Onboard Travel
(APOT) Forum 2023  is taking place in the central coastal city of Da Nang from November

This is the second time the APOT has been held in the city
after the first successful organised in 2014.

This year’s edition features a range of activities, including a competition among catering chefs and an exchange of knowledge in the aviation sector and related industries in the Asia-Pacific
region, namely in-flight services, catering, interior design, supply,
transport and travel.

The highlight of the event was the Catrion “Jet Setters
Palette” cooking contest on November 26 organised by CATRION, a Saudi
Airlines Catering Company. There will also be an exchange between chefs to be
held on November 27. Notably, participating chefs will enjoy a performance
by Master Chef Dimuthu, so the exchange will be an opportunity for chefs in Da
Nang to learn, exchange and practice kitchen skills.

Keerthi Hapugasdeniya, the founder of APOT, said that previously, the APOT forum
was successfully held in many different nations such as the Republic of
Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia, China and Vietnam.

Within the framework of the event, delegates will be taken to the Sun
World Ba Na Hills tourist area to try local cuisine, and participate in a
sightseeing tour on the Han River to enjoy the beauty of Da Nang at night.

APOT is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collaboration,
knowledge sharing and advancement in aviation and related industries in the
Asia-Pacific region.

Over the past decade, APOT has
continued to organise annual events and forums that bring together leaders and
experts to drive growth and positive changes in the industry./.


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Thua Thien-Hue’s cruise tourism picking up



The number of international cruise ships bringing thousands of tourists to Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue began to pick up again after a long period being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thua Thien-Hue’s cruise tourism picking up hinh anh 1Chan May port (Photo:

Thua Thien-Hue – The number of international cruise ships bringing thousands of tourists to Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue began to pick up again after a long period being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a survey by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), cruise tourism is a high-revenue form of tourism, with its revenue over 40% higher than other forms such as air or road travel. The UNWTO forecast that in 2023, cruise tourism will experience a strong recovery, and Thua Thien – Hue has many advantages to tap this type of tourism.

Thua Thien-Hue’s Chan May port has the capacity to accommodate ships with a tonnage of up to 70,000 DWT and tourist ships up to 225,000 GRT. This deep-water port has been selected by the Asia Cruise Association as one of the 46 stopovers in Southeast Asia for cruise ships and large tourist vessels.

Deputy General Director of Chan May Port JSC Nguyen Van Chuong said the port enjoys a special natural advantage with a 7 km-wide bay, a vast water surface area of up to 20, and mostly natural depths ranging from 9-14m, with minimal sedimentation. The port previously welcomed large cruise ships with considerable length and tonnage, capable of carrying over 6,200 passengers and crewmembers. A number of domestic and foreign partners have expressed interest in joint efforts to develop the Chan May port into a destination for big luxury liners in the central region.

Thua Thien-Hue’s cruise tourism picking up hinh anh 2Tourists land in Thua Thien-Hue via waterway (Photo: VNA)

Since 2018, the port has welcomed numerous luxury cruisers, including Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Small Cruise, Princess Cruises, Ovation of the Seas, and Mary Queen 2, affirming its brand value on the global and regional tourism maps.

Permanent Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Binh revealed that the Aeon Mall Hue commercial centre project has a total capital of over 169 million USD, the largest-scale one in the central region. Operational in 2025, the project will contribute to diversifying shopping centres and services for both residents and tourists. Additionally, the province is preparing to attract investment in a large-scale shopping mall near Phu Bai International Airport./.


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Da Nang among 11 best places to go in Asia in 2024



The world-renowned travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller has announced the best destinations to visit around the world in 2024. In the list of Asian destinations, Da Nang was the only representative of Vietnam to make it to the top, alongside famous destinations such as Chinatown in Bangkok (Thailand), the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal), the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Singapore, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka.


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