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Tourism sector in Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa shifts focus to Indian market

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The tourism sector in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam, home to the famous Nha Trang resort city, is making plans to attract more visitors from India in a bid to exploit the enormous potential from this market.

With a population of more than 1.3 billion, India has about 200-300 million people in the middle class, Tran Minh Duc, chairman of the Khanh Hoa Travel Association, said, adding that these people have high demand for premium resorts and entertainment services.

However, this market is also hard to please due to issues related to culture and religion as India is a multi-religious country, Duc elaborated.

In order to provide the best experience for Indian tourists, Khanh Hoa Province needs to equip the local human resources with knowledge about the culture and people of India.

When it comes to food, Indian people who are Hindus do not eat beef, while those who are Muslims do not eat pork, Duc explained.

Tourist boats in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

Tourist boats in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

The first thing to do right now is to open direct flights between Khanh Hoa and India, he continued, adding that travel agencies in both sides need to cooperate to offer specific tourism products.

The south-central Vietnamese province has a lot of beautiful beaches and islands, as well as favorable weather year-round, which satisfy the needs of Indian vacationers.

It offers a variety of tourism products, namely snorkeling, kayaking, beachfront resorts, yacht tours, and submarine tours.

For those interested in cultural and spiritual tourism, the province is home to various temples and pagodas, including the Po Nagar Cham Towers, Tu Van Pagoda, and Long Son Pagoda.

A couple enjoys a private dinner on the beach at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre

A couple enjoys a private dinner on the beach at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre

Visitors can also learn more about the local people by taking a tour to several traditional craft villages.

More focus should be directed on the promotion of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tourism, as well as golfing and wedding tourism, Duc said.

Multiple resorts in Khanh Hoa have designed products suitable for Indian guests, he continued, adding that Alma Resort Cam Ranh is launching a special package which includes a luxurious wedding ceremony, a night in a suite or oceanfront pool villa, a spa treatment for two, and a private dinner on the beach.

India ranks second in terms of international guests at Alma Resort Cam Ranh, Vu Thi Huong Giang, the venue manager, stated, elaborating that these tourists often stay for four to five days and love spending time at the pool and spa.

A wedding ceremony is organized at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre

A wedding ceremony is organized at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre

A representative from The Anam Resort said the facility offers buffets and BBQ parties that allow Indian guests to choose dishes according to their preferences and culture.

Visitors can also join Yoga classes or spend time at the resort’s fruit garden and chicken farm.

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to coordinate with the authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and Khanh Hoa Province in organizing the Namaste Vietnam Festival.

Running from August 12 to 21 in both localities, the fest will include an Indian film festival, business forum, food festival, and exhibitions.

About 20 famous Indian artists and movie stars will arrive in Nha Trang City within the framework of the event.

About 50 businesses representing travel firms and airlines in India will also come to make a survey of Khanh Hoa’s tourism products, as well as to promote to the opening of direct flights between Khanh Hoa and India.

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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Hanoi rose village ready for first flower festival

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Me Linh is the biggest rose hub in Hanoi and is now busy preparing for a flower festival next month.

Themed ‘Me Linh with Flowers’ Brilliance,’ the Me Linh Flower Festival is poised to take place as the first of its kind in Me Linh District, some 27 kilometers from Hanoi’s downtown area, from December 9 to 11.

Me Linh District now has 1,294 hectares of flower fields, including 1,152 hectares of roses.

Me Linh flower village is famous for growing various breeds of flowers, which started more than 20 years ago, and is offering fresh flowers for Hanoi and other northern localities.

In preparation for the upcoming flower festival, growers placed more than 1,000 pots of roses, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers along the entrance to the temple worshiping the two Trung sisters (14 AD – 43 AD), who are considered the first heroines of Vietnamese people.

Many kinds of flowers are blooming in preparation for the festival.

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Roses are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bougainvillea are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Chrysanthemums are grown at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Tam works in her rose field at Me Linh flower village in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

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Over 100 cats compete at Hanoi beauty pageant

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More than 100 cats competed at the Vietnam cat championship organized by the Vietnam Animal Welfare Association in Hanoi on Sunday.

This was the first event to bring together the most beautiful cats of various sizes and breeds raised in Vietnam, with one of them valued at nearly VND400 million (US$16,129), according to the organizer.

The prizes of the contest totaled over VND100 million ($4,032).

The participating cats were evaluated based on their facial expressions, coat color, ears and mouth, and health, according to Nguyen Xuan Son, president of the World Cat Federation Vietnam by Vietnam Cat Association.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Eventually, a British shorthair tomcat was announced the winner.

“I was very surprised when my cat received the first prize,” said Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, the owner of the winner.

The cat also won the Grand Champion competition held overseas by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, according to Ngoc, while his daughter received the most beautiful kitten award of another show last week.

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The three most beautiful cats receive their prizes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

An overview of the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Pham Thi Bich Ngoc (L)’s British shorthair tomcat wins the award for the most beautiful cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

A Sphynx cat competes at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

The judges evaluate a cat at the Vietnam cat championship in Hanoi, November 27, 2022. Photo: Lam Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

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