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Vietnam’s tourist destinations popularised

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Breaking Travel News, a world leading online tourism information website, has run a story highlighting major tourist destinations of Vietnam that have been honoured with the World Travel Awards recently.

Vietnam's tourist destinations popularised hinh anh 1Da Nang is a fast-growing favourite on the Vietnam tourist trail. (Photo:  baodanang.vn)

HanoiBreaking Travel News, a world
leading online tourism information website, has run a story highlighting major
tourist destinations of Vietnam that have been honoured with the World Travel
Awards recently.

It spotlighted Ho Chi Minh City as a metropolis vibrating with energy,
innovation and traffic, describing the city as the economic heart of
the country and the main hub of the southern region.

A freewheeling, cosmopolitan metropolis, the dynamic
cityscape draws together old and new Vietnam in the most compact of spaces,
representing the past as well as the future,  it said, adding Ho Chi Minh City was honoured with the title of Asia’s
Leading Business Travel Destination.

Meanwhile, founded over 1,000 years ago, Hanoi remains a jewel
in the Vietnam tourism crown, it said.

The capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its
rambling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century. “Wandering these
tree-lined lanes, past crumbling colonial facades, will transport you back in
time,” it said.

However, the city is today about much more than the past,
according to the website which adds that the ancient city is being invigorated
with modern cafes, world-class restaurants and cool art galleries.

Hanoi Department of Tourism took the title of Asia’s Leading
City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards.

According to Breaking Travel News, with broad beaches,
fantastic street food, the fabled Hai Van Pass and a growing collection of
cafes, restaurants and bars, Da Nang is a fast-growing favourite on the Vietnam
tourist trail.

The warm sands of My Khe beach sweep south from the
mountainous Son Tra peninsula, playing host to some of the top luxury resorts
in the country.

Da Nang is a dream destination for foodies, with scores of
seafront eateries and street food stalls, it commented.

Da Nang Tourism Promotion Centre was honoured with the title
of Asia’s Leading Festival & Event Destination at the World Travel Awards.

Also honoured by the World Travel Awards is Moc Chau which
took the title of Asia’s Leading Regional Nature Destination earlier this year.

A rural district in the northwest of the country, the area
remains undisturbed by mass tourism. Home to the famous tea hills which roll
across the highland landscape, the region provides some of the most
awe-inspiring scenery anywhere in the country, the website underlined.

It noted that Vietnam has fully reopened to tourists earlier
this year, allowing visitors to be free to discover and enjoy various wild
nature destinations like limestone mountains, green terraced rice fields and
white sandy beaches./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnams-tourist-destinations-popularised/240579.vnp

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Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet

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Tourist attractions across Vietnam have lured large numbers of holiday-markers during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) festival from January 20-26.

Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet hinh anh 1Sa Pa in winter (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Tourist attractions across Vietnam have lured large numbers of holiday-markers during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) festival from January 20-26.

Sa Pa, a famous destination in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, welcomed around 88,000 domestic and foreign travellers during Tet – the largest festival in a year of Vietnamese people. This figure represented a year-on-year rise of 20%.

Notably, the occupancy rate reached up to 95% on January 24-26 (or the third to fifth day of the first lunar month).

Meanwhile, about 140,000 tourists visited the south central province of Binh Thuan, which is famous for its beautiful beaches, from January 20-25, up 64.7% year-on-year. Revenue from tourism services is estimated at 310 billion VND (13.2 million USD).

Destinations across Vietnam report surges in holiday-maker numbers during Tet hinh anh 2Visitors experience paragliding in Binh Thuan (Photo: VNA)

Binh Thuan, the host of the Visit Vietnam Year 2023, targets 6.5 million visitors, including 200,000 foreigners, and 15.9 trillion VND in revenue from tourist activities this year.

The southernmost province of Ca Mau welcomed nearly 164,500 tourists, and pocketed 120.5 billion VND from tourism services during the holiday.

The figures represented year-on-year increases of 61% and 145%, respectively, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/destinations-across-vietnam-report-surges-in-holidaymaker-numbers-during-tet/247450.vnp

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Nom Pagoda – a treasure from the past

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Aside from the antique and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda is also preserving valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Nom Pagoda - a treasure from the past hinh anh 1Undergoing numerous ups and downs in history as well as natural impacts, the pagoda is still standing today and preserving some of the oldest statues in the Red River Delta. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

Hung Yen – Aside from the archaic and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda in Van Lam district of northern Hung Yen province is also home to valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Also known as “Linh Thong Co Tu”, the pagoda is part of the relic complex of Nom village in Dai Dong commune. It is a famous Buddhist facility with many old features kept intact in the northern region.

According to the writing on the stone stele kept at the pagoda, the pagoda was re-built in 1680, but no one knew exactly when it came into being. In the late 18th century, a bell tower and two corridors were added to the construction, which later continued to be repaired during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945).

Undergoing numerous ups and downs in history as well as natural impacts, the pagoda is still standing today and preserving some of the oldest statues in the Red River Delta. It is also associated with many legends that have added to its attractiveness to visitors from far and wide.

The local elderly said once upon a time, a Buddhist monk while sleeping at Dau Pagoda suddenly woke up at midnight and saw bright light in the south. He followed the light to a pine forest where this light became an aureole. Believing that this was a good omen from the Buddha, the monk built a pagoda there and named it “Linh Thong Co Tu” (Ancient pagoda of sacred pine forest).

Nom Pagoda covers an area of 15 hectares and has the “noi cong ngoai quoc” architectural structure, which means the inner parts are arranged in the shape of the Chinese character “gong” (工, called “cong” in Vietnamese) while the outer parts arranged in the shape of a square like the Chinese character “guo” (国, called “quoc” in Vietnamese).

Passing the three-door gate, visitors can see the bell and drum towers opposite to each other on the two sides of the gate. There is a crystal clear lake next to the bell tower, opening up a tranquil space for the pagoda.

Aside from the antique and solemn landscape, Nom Pagoda is also preserving valuable objects which are old statues dating back centuries.

Though this area often suffers from flooding, the old statues here are still maintained. Their original red lacquer trimmed with gold remains, which many historical and architectural researchers haven’t been able to explain.

Nom Pagoda is currently home to more than 100 old statues made of clay, but there hasn’t been exact information about the time and process of their creation. Some researchers believe that these statues were made during the Ly – Tran dynasties (the 11th – 13th century).

Most of the statues were made of terracotta in a meticulous manner, and each of them features different a posture and facial expression. They are considered an illustration of the development of the art of ceramic and terracotta making in Vietnam’s history.

In addition, this pagoda also boasts a garden of old three-story grave towers made from laterite stone.

Nom Pagoda - a treasure from the past hinh anh 2Nom Pagoda is currently home to more than 100 old statues made of clay, but there hasn’t been exact information about the time and process of their creation. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

Another thing that helps attract visitors to Nom Pagoda is a nine-span stone bridge with dragon head decorations built about 200 years ago over the Nguyet Duc River.

This pagoda has long been a witness to history and accompanied local residents in both wartime and peacetime. Its sacredness seems to have been deeply infused into each roof tile, wooden object, and statue.

Alongside the development and integration of the contemporary culture, Nom Pagoda and many other Buddhist ones in Vietnam have still been preserved, helping to enrich people’s spiritual life and also create momentum for the Vietnamese culture to develop./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/nom-pagoda-a-treasure-from-the-past/247447.vnp

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Ba Ria-Vung Tau welcomes nearly 2,400 international cruise tourists

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International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port on January 26.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau welcomes nearly 2,400 international cruise tourists hinh anh 1International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port in southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on January 26. (Photo: VNA)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau – International cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 with 2,370 tourists docked at SP-PSA port on January 26, the fifth day of the lunar year, becoming the first of its kind to visit the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau this year.

The passengers, mainly from Germany, were presented with flowers and gifts by representatives of the provincial Department of Tourism at a welcome ceremony held at the port.

Of the passengers, about 1,800 will tour Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau or some southwestern provinces while the rest will follow the itineraries that they had booked before.

Vietnam is one of the destinations for Mein Schiff 5 during its tour of Asian countries. Earlier, the cruise ship anchored in Malaysia and Thailand is its next destination. Its journey started from January 18 in Singapore and will end on February 1./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ba-riavung-tau-welcomes-nearly-2400-international-cruise-tourists/247451.vnp

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