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Three Vietnamese cities among world’s greatest places of 2021: Time



Three Vietnamese cities, including Hanoi, HCM City and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang Province), have been named among the world’s to 100 extraordinary destinations to explore in 2021, as voted on by the renowned US-based Time magazine.

Vietnam is the Southeast Asian country with the most representatives in the Time list, which is expected to bring opportunities for the country’s tourism as the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

Hanoi – Renewed life in the Old Quarter

Street food scene in Hanoi. (Photo: Time)

“Vietnam’s 1,000-year-old capital is embracing change while maintaining a strong sense of identity,” Time wrote, adding that such a balancing act is exemplified by the new Capella Hanoi, a 47-room hotel where architect Bill Bensley pays homage to the opera of the Roaring ’20s, while the city’s more flamboyant side is showcased in another major hotel opening: Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, a glimmering building billed as the world’s first gold-plated hotel.

“Hanoi’s incredible street-food culture is another source of fierce civic pride,” the magazine noted. It suggested visitors try pho, a local signature dish, when visiting the city, adding that Pho Gia Truyen – one of Hanoi’s most legendary vendors – was recognised in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants “Essence of Asia” list in 2020, a collection of storied venues that represent the spirit of gastronomy in the region.

Ho Chi Minh City – Tastes of Vietnam

Sandwiches using truffles in Saigon Restaurant. (Photo: Anan Saigon)

According to Time, Ho Chi Minh City’s incredible food has never been short of admirers.

“Even so, it felt like a watershed moment when Anan – helmed by Vietnamese-American chef Peter Cuong Franklin – became the first venue in the country’s southern hub to earn a berth in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Franklin’s inspired take on classics like pho and banh nhung is indicative of the culinary creativity at play in the city,” the magazine wrote.

“Notable recent additions to the local dining scene include Monkey Gallery, where chef Viet Hong merges Vietnamese, French and Japanese techniques and flavors, and Esta, a self-described modern Asian eatery with an ever changing, expansive menu that runs the gamut from smoked-eel pate to veal sweetbreads,” it added.

Phu Quoc – Idyllic paradise

The New World Phu Quoc Resort in Vietnam. (Photo: TIME)

Known as the “jewel of Vietnam,” this teardrop-shaped resort and fishing island has become one of the fastest-growing destinations in Southeast Asia: in 2019, Phu Quoc attracted five million visitors, a 30% increase from the previous year.

The island city is planning to welcome back vaccinated international travelers in the fall, and continues to entice tourists with visa-free stays for up to 30 days.

“Lodging options abound: earlier this year, the expansive, 375-villa New World Phu Quoc Resort, which boasts a private stretch of beach and lush landscaped gardens, made its debut, as did the US$2.8 billion Phu Quoc United Centre, a massive entertainment complex featuring a theme park, golf course and casino—in addition to a series of hotels,” Time wrote.

Source: Nhan Dan



Stunning wind farm in Bac Lieu province



Tourists used to visit Bac Lieu province mainly because of tales about affluent landlords with children whose lavish lifestyles gave rise to many anecdotes about “princes”. Visitors to the southern land now have other reasons, like experiencing breathtaking wind turbines rising up from the East Sea.

There is a wind farm located in the coastal area of Vinh Trach Dong commune, more than 10km from Bac Lieu city centre.

This was Vietnam’s first wind power project, built in 2010 with investment in the trillions of VND.

With a landscape as beautiful as a European sky, the area quickly became a tourist attraction.

The arrangement of the turbines combined with local roads makes travel easy, and visitors can go from one area to another without any problems.

The most suitable time to visit is early morning or late afternoon, when you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the sea.

Bac Lieu’s wind power area has been recognised by the Mekong Delta Tourism Association as an outstanding tourist destination in the Delta, with nine typical tourist attractions./.


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International summer festivals help Da Nang draw in tourism



A series of international festivals have been being organised at Sun World Ba Na Hills tourist site in Da Nang to attract the attention of new holidaymakers visiting the central beach city in this summer.

International summer festivals help Da Nang draw in tourism hinh anh 1Tourists at Sun World Ba Na Hills tourist area (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang
A series of international festivals have been being organised at Sun World Ba
Na Hills tourist site in Da Nang to attract the attention of new holidaymakers visiting the
central beach city in this summer.

According to Deputy General Director of Sun
World and Director of Sun World Ba Na Hills tourist site Nguyen Lam An, festivals of many countries such as
Germany, the Republic of Korea, and France have brought new and impressive
experiences for visitors of all ages.

A food and beer festival
named B’estival – a new brand name owned by Sun World Ba Na Hills, kicked off in May,
offering a chance for visitors to taste the flavour of German beer and famous
dishes from many countries around the world, immerse themselves in lively music
melodies and enjoy entertainment activities.

The festival will run
until late August.

International summer festivals help Da Nang draw in tourism hinh anh 2Dance performance at the food and beer festival in Sun World Ba Na Hills tourist site (Photo: VNA)

Meanwhile, a festival spotlighting
the culture of the Republic of Korea (RoK) will be held in June with a wide
range of attractive activities, such as a contest to eat chicken and drink
beer, a Kpop Dance Kontest on Tiktok, a Minishow Kpop, and unique games imbued
with the culture of the RoK and Vietnam.

A light festival will also take place from June 13 to late September, which is
expected to captivate visitors with stunning 3D mapping light shows on the
backdrop of ancient castles.

In July, visitors to
Ba Na will have a chance to join a French cultural festival on the occasion of the
100th commemoration of the Debay Wine Cellar in Ba Na. The event will
take visitors back to the Ba Na of a century ago, allowing them to indulge in French
cultural experiences, savour culinary delights, immerse themselves in street
art performances, and join luxurious banquets.

An said Sun World Ba
Na Hills is planning a series of exciting attractions for visitors to enjoy the
four seasons throughout the year at the tourism site.

The municipal
authorities will also host a summer festival “Wow Da Nang” from July 27 –
August 1 at the Bien Dong Park in Son Tra
peninsular, and beaches along coastal routes in the city, and the Han
River. It is hoped to attract more domestic and foreign visitors, contributing
to positioning Da Nang as a top destination for festivals and
events in Asia./.


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Quang Nam moves to boost tourism development



Quang Nam province has developed green, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly tourism offerings in a bid to attract visitors. However, experts believe, for a breakthrough to be seen in its tourism development, the province’s tourism sector should improve product quality and meet the increasing demands of tourists.

Quang Nam is a popular spot on Vietnam’s tourist map, with two world cultural heritage sites – Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary – as well as the Cu Lao Cham-Hoi An Biosphere Reserve.

In 2022, its Bai Choi folk singing was recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Tra Que vegetable farming, meanwhile, has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Agritourism, sea tourism, culinary tourism, and ecotourism are typical Quang Nam products attracting tourists, especially foreign visitors.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, many local businesses in the sector have faced difficulties in reinvesting to improve the quality of their offerings.

The Quang Nam Tourism Association said Quang Nam province should further improve its tourism environment, boost training and capacity building and make ethic codes readily available for workers in the sector.

Quang Nam’s tourism sector has made an impressive recovery post-pandemic. The total number of visitors in the first five months of this year is estimated at nearly 3.5 million, including more than 1.6 million foreign visitors, an increase of 30-fold over the same period last year.

Experts say local government, local people and businesses should work closely to post a strong breakthrough in tourism./.


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