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Tuyen Quang tourism adapting to “new normal”



With nearly 500 historical monuments and famous landmarks, northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province has significant potential in historical, ecological, and community-based tourism. It is currently focusing on developing typical local products, accessing the domestic tourism market, and turning itself into a friendly and safe destination for tourists.

The number of visitors to Tuyen Quang province increased dramatically in the opening months of 2022.

This is a good sign for its tourism industry to recover and develop in the post-pandemic “new normal”.

To stimulate tourism demand, Tuyen Quang has actively accessed the domestic tourism market and foreign markets.

The province has 300 historical and cultural vestiges.It also boasts Na Hang Primitive Forest, home to valuable flora and fauna.

The province aims to attract 2.2 million visitors this year./.



Nature’s getaway: popular and picturesque camping sites in Hà Nội



By Thanh Nga

Instead of opting for long-distance travel, many families and groups of young people, due to their busy lives, have chosen to camp on the outskirts of Hà Nội for short trips to unwind, relax, and enjoy themselves. Here are some recommendations for popular and picturesque camping sites in the city’s suburban districts.

Tuy Lai Lake

Tuy Lai Lake is a diverse ecosystem comprising rivers, mountains, caves, and valleys. — Photo

Tuy Lai Lake is an ideal destination for visitors seeking to set up camping tents and enjoy barbecue with their friends or families over the weekend.

Located in Mỹ Đức District, approximately 45km from central Hà Nội, the lake is part of the sprawling Tuy Lai complex, which spans over 26sq.m and boasts a diverse ecosystem comprising rivers, mountains, limestone formations, caves, and valleys.

The landscape of Tuy Lai Lake extends from Thượng Xã Village, Thượng Lâm Commune to the foothills of Hàm Long Mountain. The scenery here retains its untamed beauty, providing a sense of serenity and tranquility. The juxtaposition of the mountains against the tranquil blue lake, with scattered rocks and islets dotting the water’s surface, has earned it the reputation of being a miniature Hạ Long Bay of Hà Nội.

Visitors can bring their own tents and hold outdoor barbecues parties, or even opt for overnight stays. However, due to limited tourism development in the area, there are few services available near Tuy Lai Lake. Therefore, visitors are advised to bring their own supplies and food from home.

Red River Beach

Along the banks of the Red River, there are numerous camping spots to choose from. One notable location is in Vân Nam Commune, Phúc Thọ District, which is approximately 40km from the city centre.

This area boasts a spacious and level grasslands where visitors can set up their camping gear and relish breathtaking views of the sunset and sunrise over the Red River. The sight of herds of buffaloes and cows leisurely grazing adds to the ambiance of a peaceful village. Additionally, visitors can engage in activities such as fishing, swimming in the river, and even lighting campfires to enhance their camping experience.

Accessing this site is relatively easy. Since it is a completely natural area, there are no services available on-site. Visitors should come prepared with their own supplies.

Due to its proximity to Hà Nội, visitors have the flexibility to make day trips or camp overnight on weekends at Bù Hill. — Photo

Bù Hill

Bù Hill is situated on the border between Chương Mỹ District, Hà Nội, and Lương Sơn District, Hòa Bình Province, approximately 40km from central Hà Nội.

The hill is renowned for its reed grass fields, particularly noticeable around October. During the summer, it serves as an ideal camping destination, offering cool and fresh air.

Due to its proximity to Hà Nội, visitors have the flexibility to make day trips or camp overnight on weekends. The best time to witness the beauty of the reed fields is early morning or during sunset on clear sunny days. At these times, the entire area transforms into a mesmerizing orange-pink hue under the sunlight.

At Bù Hill, visitors can also partake in paragliding. Launching from an altitude of 655m, you can glide through the sky while enjoying panoramic views of the sprawling hills and mountains. The service provider at Bù Hill holds a licence from the Ministry of National Defence, ensuring regular equipment checks and prioritising safety before and during takeoff. By following the instructions of the experienced pilots, you can fully enjoy this exhilarating experience with complete peace of mind.

When planning a picnic at the hill, it is advisable to bring a tent, food, drinks, mosquito repellent, and a jacket. While camping at the paragliding take-off area is possible, it is worth noting that these spots can be windy, so it is recommended to check the weather conditions beforehand.

A visitor partakes in paragliding at Bù Hill. — Photo

Camping Sport Đồng Mô

Camping Sport Đồng Mô is a newly established camping area located approximately 40km from Hà Nội, within the Đồng Mô tourist area in Sơn Tây Town.

Upon arrival, you will be captivated by the vibrant greenery that surrounds you — lush trees, blooming flowers, and a clear blue sky mirrored by the gently rippling lake waters. As you lift your gaze towards the sky, you can spread your arms wide and take a deep breath, immersing yourself in the invigorating freshness that fills your lungs. The sounds you hear are not the typical noises of cars, motorbikes, or construction; instead, they are the rustling of leaves, the whisper of the wind, the cheerful chirping of birds, and the shared laughter of fellow campers.

The expanse of green grass and spacious grounds provide ample space for setting up tents freely. At Camping Sport Đồng Mô, you need not worry about bringing cumbersome outdoor equipment, as you have the option to rent everything you need at a reasonable cost.

At Camping Spot Đồng Mô, you need not worry about bringing cumbersome outdoor equipment, as you have the option to rent everything you need at a reasonable cost. — Photo

Quan Sơn Lake

Quan Sơn Lake is located approximately 50km southwest of Hà Nội’s city centre in the suburban district of Mỹ Đức. Often referred to as a “green gemstone”, this lake offers a perfect weekend retreat for nature lovers.

Encompassing an area of around 850ha across five communes in Mỹ Đức, Quan Sơn Lake boasts a captivating landscape that combines the elements of sky, water, and towering limestone mountains. It features 100 limestone mountains scattered across its surface.

In addition to its natural beauty, Quan Sơn Lake holds cultural and lifestyle significance within the Northern Delta region. The authentic charm of Vietnamese villages is reflected in the scenery along the riverbanks, fields, and tranquil houses. These qualities make it an appealing destination for both locals and tourists, particularly during weekends.

Quan Sơn Lake offers a perfect weekend retreat for nature lovers. — Photo

Camping is a highly popular activity at Quan Sơn Lake, often hailed as a paradise for picnics. The breathtaking scenery, tranquil ambiance, and cool air create an ideal setting for a trip. Visitors can set up tents by the lake and organize small barbecue parties.

It’s important to note that when camping at Quan Sơn Lake, you need to bring your own tent and necessary equipment. The surrounding area is relatively deserted, with limited options for tent rentals or food vendors. To ensure a comfortable overnight stay, prioritize essentials such as tents, sleeping bags, and insect repellent. 

Fishing is also a popular activity at the lake. Fishing tickets typically range from VNĐ200,000 to VNĐ300,000 per person, and purchasing a fishing ticket usually includes free admission. After enjoying a relaxing time by the fishing rod amidst the beautiful natural scenery, you can savour your catch at a BBQ party. VNS


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Accor expands its dominance in Asia



Sea view from Novotel Nha Trang. — Photo courtesy of the hotel

HCM CITY — Accor, the leading international hospitality operator, has signed a total of 35 properties in Asia so far in 2023 under iconic brands such as Novotel, Mercure, Handwritten, and Swissôtel.  

In Việt Nam, the newly launched Novotel Living Saigon South consists of 175 guestrooms and apartments, a restaurant, bar, gym and sauna.

The hotel is located in HCM City’s District 7, a short five-minute walk from the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center and only eight minutes from Crescent Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the city.

Amenities cater for extended stays and include in-room kitchenettes, meeting rooms, dry cleaning laundry services, and complimentary parking. This establishment holds the promise of being an ideal new lodging option for business travelers visiting HCM City.

With its delectable cuisine, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality, Việt Nam is more than ever a tourist hotspot in Southeast Asia, having also emerged as one of the top 10 countries for remote working, as the country’s climate and affordable lifestyle attract digital nomads and bleisure travelers.

More and more travelers are opting to extend their plans to stay in the country thanks to the extension of tourist e-visas from 30 to 90 days, starting from August 15.

Accor’s hotels across Việt Nam have recognised the unique requirements of long-stay travelers and tailored their offerings to ensure guests have a memorable and fulfilling experience throughout their stay, providing an array of amenities and services that cater to guest’s needs, whether for work, leisure, or a blend of both.

Accor is focused on building on the strengths of its flagship brands by ensuring consistent guest experiences, and revitalising hotel design, ensuring welcoming environments and on-trend experiences.

“At Accor, we strive to be a preferred partner for hotel owners, driving value and business performance through our comprehensive expertise and services,” said Garth Simmons, chief executive officer, premium, midscale and economy division for Accor in Asia.

“We are proud to offer powerful distribution capabilities and expertise across a range of functions by our teams spread across Asia to drive exceptional performance. We have adopted a ‘multi-local’ approach in which we tailor our projects to each destination, with culturally and locally relevant food and beverage concepts, entertainment, and design aesthetics to attract local residents as much as travellers and create an authentic experience. We’re excited to continue our rapid pace of expansion across Asia in the months to come,” he said. —VNS


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Ban Gioc Waterfall Tourism Festival set for early October



The Ban Gioc Waterfall Tourism Festival is to take place from October 5 to 8 in the northern province of Cao Bang, as part of the locality’s efforts to lure tourists.

The festival will feature a series of captivating activities such as a water procession ceremony to pray for national peace and mild weather, at Truc Lam – Ban Gioc Pagoda, a photo exhibition, and a food fair, among others.

Folk games and artistic performances are expected to dazzle visitors, especially a “then” singing performance by local Tay ethnic minority people. Visitors will also be able to take part in chestnut picking at gardens in Chi Vien and Dam Thuy communes in Trung Khanh district.

Earlier, the northern mountainous province has announced its plan to launch the pilot operation for one year of tours at Ban Gioc – Detian waterfalls on the Vietnam – China border.

The piloted tour is expected to become an eco-friendly cross-border tourism model, helping Cao Bang capitalise on its tourism strengths to develop its socio-economy, while promoting friendship exchanges and mutual understanding of border localities of Vietnam and China./.


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