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Việt Nam prepares for safe resumption of tourism

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Đà Nẵng aims to attract international tourists from April 2022. VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Along with the policy of safe and effective control of the pandemic, Việt Nam’s tourism sector continues to prepare solutions to recover and adapt to the new normal.

Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has sent the Government a proposal to completely open international tourism, including welcoming foreign tourists to Việt Nam and allowing Vietnamese tourists to travel abroad from March 31.

From now until March 30, Việt Nam will continue to implement phase 2 of a pilot programme to welcome international tourists, but it is proposed to expand to localities in which residents have received the 3rd dose of the vaccine and low-risk areas.

Under the pilot programme, international tourists can visit seven localities including Phú Quốc island (Kiên Giang Province), Khánh Hòa, Quảng Nam, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Ninh, Bình Định Province and HCM City.

Travellers need proof of double dose of vaccination or that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 6 months and a negative RT-PCR certificate within 72 hours before departure. Visitors are only allowed to participate in tourism activities in package tours registered in advance. On the 7th day of the itinerary, if the traveller has tested negative for COVID-19, they can continue to travel to other locations that have been approved for international arrivals.

In addition to ensuring safety, many localities across the country are also preparing to open many tourism programmes and activities to welcome international guests.

To adapt to the new situation, museums, parks, eco-tourism areas and cinemas in Hà Nội have been allowed to open. Historical sites are also gradually reopening. Notably, Hương (Perfume) Pagoda, a famous spiritual tourist destination of the capital, will welcome tourists back from February 16.

Hà Nội Department of Tourism also works with relevant units, airlines and travel businesses on preparing conditions for reopening, recovering and developing tourism. Accordingly, businesses are ready to welcome tourists back, first domestic, then international travellers.

In Đà Nẵng, the city’s Department of Tourism has made plans to promote the city’s tourism in the new normal state with two main messages: “Đà Nẵng Now Open” and “Enjoy Đà Nẵng”.

Cao Trí Dũng, chairman of the Đà Nẵng Tourism Association, said in an interview with Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that local businesses and airlines had discussed building plans to promote and stimulate tourism in Đà Nẵng.

It is expected that the stimulus package will be launched around the end of February 2022. The plan will focus on attracting domestic tourists from March and attracting international visitors from April 2022. To welcome guests back, Đà Nẵng People’s Committee has agreed with the proposal of the Department of Tourism to allow the reopening of some tourist services such as spas, massage parlours and karaoke venues.

In Quảng Nam, a pilot plan to welcome international visitors has been implemented since November 2021. During the recent Lunar New Year holiday, the province also welcomed 60,000 domestic visitors, which tripled the number of tourists in the same period in 2021.

In addition, Quảng Nam is focusing on the opening event of the National Tourism Year on March 25 and dozens of events throughout 2022.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Đoàn Văn Việt said the local tourism industry needs to focus on solutions to ensure the safety of destinations and visitors; strengthen tourism advertising and promotion; develop a variety of new products, thereby, responding to new market trends. Along with the guidance and timely support from the Government, Việt Nam’s tourism sector is expected to recover strongly while adapts flexibly to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/1154495/viet-nam-prepares-for-safe-resumption-of-tourism.html

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Ho Chi Minh City unveils design for Tet flower street

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The Ho Chi Minh City administration has introduced a design for the annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street to celebrate the coming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will begin around the latter half of January.

Happy and prosperous spring will be the theme for this year, the Year of the Cat, according to eastern zodiac.

Every year, Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, which has a pedestrian-only zone down its heart, transforms into a ‘flower street’ during Lunar New Year.

An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

This year, it will be open from 7:00 pm January 19 to 9:00 pm January 26, one day longer than previous editions, with the decorations starting on January 3, according to the organizers.

Like in previous years, environment-friendly materials will be used for the decorations.

To usher in the Year of the Cat, most of the event’s concepts and decorations will pay homage to the animal, with 70 mascots being set up along the street.

An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The entrance will also feature a clowder of cat displays.

The highlight of the design will be a 40-meter-long glass bridge.

The annual flower show, which accentuates the festive culture of Tet, has become hugely popular and attracts more than a million visitors a year.

An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

There are also other annual flower festivals and markets in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year, such as those in Gia Dinh Park, which borders the three districts of Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, and Tan Binh, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1, as well as one along Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7.

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The Ho Chi Minh City administration has introduced a design for the annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street to celebrate the coming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will begin around the latter half of January.

Happy and prosperous spring will be the theme for this year, the Year of the Cat, according to eastern zodiac.

Every year, Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, which has a pedestrian-only zone down its heart, transforms into a ‘flower street’ during Lunar New Year.

An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a corner along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

This year, it will be open from 7:00 pm January 19 to 9:00 pm January 26, one day longer than previous editions, with the decorations starting on January 3, according to the organizers.

Like in previous years, environment-friendly materials will be used for the decorations.

To usher in the Year of the Cat, most of the event’s concepts and decorations will pay homage to the animal, with 70 mascots being set up along the street.

An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a glass bridge along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The entrance will also feature a clowder of cat displays.

The highlight of the design will be a 40-meter-long glass bridge.

The annual flower show, which accentuates the festive culture of Tet, has become hugely popular and attracts more than a million visitors a year.

An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
An architect’s impression of a section along the 2023 Nguyen Hue Flower Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

There are also other annual flower festivals and markets in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year, such as those in Gia Dinh Park, which borders the three districts of Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, and Tan Binh, and Le Van Tam Park in District 1, as well as one along Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7.

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People enjoy music, cultural festival in Ho Chi Minh City pedestrian zone

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The ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Common Home’ festival opened to the joy of local people and visitors in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night.

The music and cultural event is taking place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 through Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract performers from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City, including Luna Negra – a music band from Cuba, Outrange Band from the Philippines, and a Malaysian dance group, and a Japanese kendo group.

It also features the first trumpet music festival in the city.

People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

On its opening night on Friday, the festival did not only attracted local people, but also caught the attention of many international visitors and left them with nice impressions.

One of those visitors is Daniel Dixon, a Canadian who is enjoying a trip in Vietnam with his wife and just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City earlier the same day.

Although Dixon and his wife did not know much about the ongoing event, they spent time through the artistic space on the pedestrian street and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnamese food was one of the reasons why we come here,” Dixon said.

“Now I live in San Francisco, and also very close to San Francisco is San Jose, which is one of the biggest Vietnamese populations outside Vietnam, so we had lots of Vietnamese food from there.

“I ate lots of food from Vietnam, and some are my favorite.

“We’re excited to come here and try it where it is.”

Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Spending half of his Vietnam trip in Hanoi, after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, Dixon noted some differences. 

“One of my first impressions was that Ho Chi Minh City is very well-developed,” he said.

“Extremely wide boulevards, and I noticed that a metro is opening pretty soon.

“I see a lot of growth and development and I am really enjoying my time here, even though I’ve just been here for eight hours.”

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Like Dixon, Andrew, a British, only arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday and will have to leave the next day, but his short two-day business trip in the southern metropolis has really surprised him. 

“Exciting,” “vibrant,” and “wonderful” are among the many adjectives he used to describe his first thoughts about the city. 

Although he was in a hurry, he managed to try some Vietnamese dishes and commented that they were very delicious.

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Chiara and Aude, two friends from France, were also among the people who excitedly watched the performances of Vietnamese and foreign art troupes through big screens in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone on Friday night. 

Chiara shared that she noted down a few places she definitely wants to visit again when she returns to Ho Chi Minh City next time.

She did not hide her smiles as she was giving positive comments about her experience in the city.

“This city is so lovely and interesting. This is a completely new experience for me,” Chiara said.

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The ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Common Home’ festival opened to the joy of local people and visitors in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night.

The music and cultural event is taking place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 through Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract performers from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City, including Luna Negra – a music band from Cuba, Outrange Band from the Philippines, and a Malaysian dance group, and a Japanese kendo group.

It also features the first trumpet music festival in the city.

People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
People enjoy music performances in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

On its opening night on Friday, the festival did not only attracted local people, but also caught the attention of many international visitors and left them with nice impressions.

One of those visitors is Daniel Dixon, a Canadian who is enjoying a trip in Vietnam with his wife and just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City earlier the same day.

Although Dixon and his wife did not know much about the ongoing event, they spent time through the artistic space on the pedestrian street and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Malaysian troupe performs a folk dance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

“Vietnamese food was one of the reasons why we come here,” Dixon said.

“Now I live in San Francisco, and also very close to San Francisco is San Jose, which is one of the biggest Vietnamese populations outside Vietnam, so we had lots of Vietnamese food from there.

“I ate lots of food from Vietnam, and some are my favorite.

“We’re excited to come here and try it where it is.”

Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
Visitors join the Xoe dance with a dance troupe from northern Lai Chau Province on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Spending half of his Vietnam trip in Hanoi, after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, Dixon noted some differences. 

“One of my first impressions was that Ho Chi Minh City is very well-developed,” he said.

“Extremely wide boulevards, and I noticed that a metro is opening pretty soon.

“I see a lot of growth and development and I am really enjoying my time here, even though I’ve just been here for eight hours.”

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Like Dixon, Andrew, a British, only arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday and will have to leave the next day, but his short two-day business trip in the southern metropolis has really surprised him. 

“Exciting,” “vibrant,” and “wonderful” are among the many adjectives he used to describe his first thoughts about the city. 

Although he was in a hurry, he managed to try some Vietnamese dishes and commented that they were very delicious.

A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese performance in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 2, 2022. Photo: T.T.D / Tuoi Tre

Chiara and Aude, two friends from France, were also among the people who excitedly watched the performances of Vietnamese and foreign art troupes through big screens in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone on Friday night. 

Chiara shared that she noted down a few places she definitely wants to visit again when she returns to Ho Chi Minh City next time.

She did not hide her smiles as she was giving positive comments about her experience in the city.

“This city is so lovely and interesting. This is a completely new experience for me,” Chiara said.

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Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

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Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

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