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To reach this islet you have to travel on an underwater path

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The natural walking path which connects Diep Son and Hon Giua islets – PHOTOS: KHUE VIET TRUONG

HCMC – Among the numerous islets in Van Phong Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, are Diep Son, Hon Giua and Hon Duoc islets. Diep Son and Hon Giua islets are connected to each other by a natural walking path which is submerged in the sea at high tide.

Among the three islets, Diep Son is the biggest. The island, which is in Diep Son Village, Van Thanh Commune, Van Ninh District, is home to tens of households whose livelihood is fishing. On islet are a 130-meter-tall mountain having the same name and a source of groundwater.

Diep Son began to be known to Vietnamese travelers in 2016. They arrived in Diep Son to admire the unique path stretching 700 meters between Diep Son and Hon Giua islets. The path emerges at low tide.

From Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa Province, tourists travel around 60 kilometers and pass the Hien Luong Bridge to come to a beautiful coastal street. Traveling about 400 meters on this road, visitors will reach Van Gia fishing port where they catch a high-speed boat to go to Diep Son Islet. A round-trip ticket is VND200,000 per guest. Travelers to the port on motorbike can park their vehicle at local houses at a cost of VND10,000 each. 

From the small port on Diep Son Islet, travelers walk to a wooden bridge to reach the 100-meter-wide natural walking path in the sea. The closer tourists are to Hon Giua, the more flooded the path becomes.

Around 250 meters from the path is a fishing village. But to reach the final point, travelers have to cross a beach full of seaweed and stones. On the beach, there are tables and chairs as well as hammocks, soft drinks and simple dishes offered by local households.

Two rows of thatched huts leaning against the mountain are where travelers can take a rest. They may sit on chairs arranged under parasols on the sandbank.

The islet has become more touristy than before. Yet visitors can still enjoy fresh seafood at small eateries and take deep breath of refreshing sea breeze.

The small port on Diep Son Islet

 

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82068/to-reach-this-islet-you-have-to-travel-on-an-underwater-path-.html

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Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider

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With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider hinh anh 1Visitors to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic
market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Not Chinese
travellers or any other sources of international tourists, it is the domestic
sector that will remain the “brightest” factor helping Vietnam’s tourism continue
recovering strongly in 2023, Nguyen Huu Y Yen, General Director of the Saigontourist
Travel Service Co. Ltd, said as cited by Thanh nien (Young people) newspaper.

He said
before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the three biggest sources of foreign
visitors to Vietnam were China, Russia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Charter
flights from the RoK have been resumed just recently while there haven’t been
many Chinese tourists, and Russian tourists haven’t returned. The European and
US markets have begun to bounce back but are unlikely to record a breakthrough in
2023, he pointed out.

Yen
expected the number of international tourists in 2023 will return to about 50%
of the 2019 level. Meanwhile, in just over six months of 2022, the number of
domestic travellers rebounded to over 50% of the pre-pandemic level, and this
year’s figure will definitely reach 70 – 75%. Outbound tourism will also share
the same trend.

The
domestic market can regain the 2019 growth in 2024, the Saigontourist CEO predicted.

About 9
million Vietnamese travelled during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, surging 47.5%
year on year, statistics show.

Nguyen
Trung Khanh, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism,
expressed his belief that 2023 will be a vibrant year for Vietnamese tourism in
terms of both domestic and international markets.

He cited
some experts as saying that the world will witness vigorous growth in travel
demand this year. As a bright spot in the global tourism map, Vietnam will
definitely not be out of this trend./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/domestic-market-to-drive-tourism-recovery-in-2023-insider/247667.vnp

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Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product

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Not only famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its unique taste.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 1Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi– Not only famous for its
beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as
hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its
unique taste.

A convergence of local specialties and those of nearby provinces and
foreign countries, Da Nang is considered as a representative of the rich
culinary heritage of Vietnam.

Some of must-try dishes include banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake),
mi Quang (Quang noodles), Banh trang cuon thit heo (sliced pork rolled with
rice paper), goi ca Nam O (Nam O fish salad), among others.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, there are now
more than 4,000 dining establishments and 200 restaurants in the city. Of this, over 2,000 small- and medium-sized ones specialise in dishes of
all regions of Vietnam.

Besides the taste of local dishes, foreign tourists can find themselves in a familiar atmosphere as they are surrounded with those from the Republic of Korea, China,
Japan, and Thailand.

Over the past time, the Da Nang’s Tourism Promotion Centre and the Da Nang Cuisine Culture Association have jointly organised food festivals and competitions, and promoted the city’s famous dishes on internet platforms
such as YouTube and TikTok.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 2Son Tra night market (Photo:VNA)

Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Xuan Binh said to attract more tourists,
the city has developed a plan to promote the locality’s cuisine into a
unique tourism product during 2023-2025, with a vision to 2030.

The plan aims to diversify and form a system of such products, thus greatly contributing to building the brand and
image of the city’s tourist destinations, promoting economic development,
generating revenue, effectively exploiting the value chains, and preserving and
enhancing the exchange of cultural values to tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/da-nang-promotes-food-into-unique-tourism-product/247662.vnp

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Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January

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The Vietnamese tourism industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January hinh anh 1Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic tourists in January (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Vietnamese tourism
industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Total revenue from tourists during the month was estimated at 46 trillion VND (1.96 billion USD).

During the seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday that lasted from January 20-26, the country was estimated to serve 9 million
domestic visitors, an increase of about 47.5% compared to the 2022 Tet, with an estimated revenue of 17.5 trillion VND.

The local tourism sector targets 110 million tourists this year, including 8
million foreign visitors and 102 million domestic holiday-makers; and earn some
650 trillion VND from the non-smoke industry.

In 2022, Vietnam recorded around 101.3 million domestic tourists, exceeding the yearly plan by 68.3% . The tourism sector booked some 495 trillion VND (21.1 billion USD) in revenue, 23% higher than the target, thanks to the whopping number of domestic tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-sector-serves-13-million-domestic-tourists-in-january/247635.vnp

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