Potentials and reality of Vietnam’s adventure travel

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(CPV) - Adventure travel is one of the types of tourism attracting many tourists, especially those who like exploration, adventure and discovering new things in the nature and native cultures, especially in remote areas.Vietnam’s adventure travel potentialsVietnam has diverse tourism potential and it is emerging as a new and attractive destination on the world tourism map. Three quarters of the terrain is mountainous with interlacing river and channel systems, limestone mountains, beautiful caves, tropical primary forests, nature reserves, large national parks and over 3,200 kilometers of coastline, which create rich scenery and a lively source for artwork stretching from north to south. These are favorable conditions for the development of adventure travel such as trekking, hiking, racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles, diving, rafting, sailing, surfing, skydiving, paragliding, balloon. With spectacular natural, beautiful, pristine scenery and unique cultural identity of … [Read more...]

Travel News 17/11

Conde Nast Traveler lists Long Bien Market a world's best Conde Nast Traveler named the Long Bien wholesale market in Hanoi located under the famous Long Bien Bridge that was repeatedly bombed and repaired during the war with America on its list of the world top 7 street markets. Heralded by the Communist party as a symbol of Vietnam's resilience, today the bridge watches over a buzzing hive of vendors selling live frogs and sweet mangosteens. Since this is a daily market, it's best to make your way here before sunrise, the leading travel magazine reported. … [Read more...]

Can Tho seeks Japan funds

-HA NOI (VNS) - Officials of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho last Saturday called on Japanese investors to fund key projects in exchange for favourable conditions. The offer was made at a meeting with business representatives of Japan's International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC). The key projects range from high technology, tourism and logistics to industrial parks and real estate. The Vietnam Plus online newspaper quoted Nakagaki Yoshihiko, concurrent FEC vice president and Japan-Viet Nam Cultural and Economic Exchange Committee chairman, as saying the delegation aimed to explore investment opportunities in the fields of energy, food and logistics, as well as housing and industrial park infrastructure. … [Read more...]

Patriotic singer evokes love for country

Heart and soul: Singer Trong Tan performs patriotic songs in a unique style. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS) - For Trong Tan, who has been singing patriotism-themed songs for more than 20 years, it is a calling. Though he has released 11 solo albums featuring compositions in this period, his debut live show on Saturday at Ha Noi's Cultural Friendship Palace attracted more than 1,000 people. Speaking to Dep magazine before the event, he said: "I have improved myself through singing pieces of this music genre. … [Read more...]

Travel News 9/8

Stork Island eco-tourism site gets $66,000 infrastructure upgrade Authorities in the northern city of Hai Duong have invested VND1.4 billion (US$66,000) in upgrading the Stork Island ecological tourism site. According to Nguyen Duc Minh, Chairman of People's Committee of Chi Lang Nam Commune, the fund would be spent on building a new concrete road, parking lot and infrastructure upgrades at the site. "The need of embankment to protect the islands where the storks and night herons reside is a more pressing concern because without embankment large chunks of earth keep falling off the islands bringing down trees, particularly during rainy seasons," he said. … [Read more...]

Travel News 31/7

Fansipan-Sapa cable car to open in 2015 The world's longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province's Sapa Town to Fansipan peak, will open to passengers in 2015. The project's investor SunGroup announced this at a recent meeting with the leaders of Lao Cai Province and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The construction of the cable car is being carried out in the first phase of the Fansipan Sapa tourism complex. The construction began on November 2, 2013 and is expected to be completed by National Day (September 2) in 2015. The cable car can carry a maximum of 2,000 passengers per hour, with each cabin accommodating 35 passengers. … [Read more...]

Can Tho offers interest assistances to attract investors

Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy chairman of the People's Committee in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, has signed a regulation on interest assistance to projects calling for investment. The city authorities will aid investors with 20 percent of interest rate of a certain loan amount to carry out projects. 140-hectare Con Au eco-tourist site in Cai Rang District, Con Son tourist site in Binh Thuy, technical infrastructure construction and trading projects in Hung Phu 1, 2A and 2B, O Mon and Bac O Mon industrial zones will enjoy the interest assistance on a maximum loan of VND10 billion (US$472,000) each. … [Read more...]

39 grottos discovered at Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognized national park

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Another 39 new grottos totaling the length of 17km have recently been discovered at UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in central Vietnam's Quang Binh Province. Le Thanh Tinh, director of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, said on Wednesday that the findings came as a result of a field trip, which was jointly conducted by the British Royal Cave Society, the Hanoi University of Science, and the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park from March 16 to April 25. … [Read more...]

Lonely Planet ranks eight most beautiful beaches in Vietnam

Coming to Ho Coc, you can welcome the early dawn with fishermen and taste fresh fish and shrimp from their boats. Located in Ban Bien Commune, Xuyen Moc District in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, 175km from Ho Chi Minh City or about three hours by road.

VietNamNet Bridge - The world famous travel site has designated Phu Quoc, Con Dao and My Khe beaches as the most beautiful in Vietnam, which lured a lot of foreign tourists in the past few years. Here are the top eight beaches in Vietnam, according to Lonely Planet: Phu Quoc Located off the coast of Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc Island is a destination for those who love sun, sea and wind. Phu Quoc Island is the largest island in Vietnam, with long beaches and many luxury resorts. Upon coming to Phu Quoc, in addition to bathing in beautiful blue water, visitors can also tour the entire green island by motorcycles. They can drop in on pepper and rambutan gardens, pearl farms, or the Nha Thung fish sauce enterprise. Further destinations are Ganh Dau Cape, Tranh Stream and Dinh Cau night market to enjoy the delicacies. Con Dao Island Over 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau City in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Con Dao can be accessed by visitors by plane or boat from Vung … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 19

Six tombs of primitive people dating back over 6,000 years have been discovered in Na Mo cave, Huong Ne commune, Ngan Son district, the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan.

Vietnam, Japan cooperate in protecting Thang Long Citadel Over the past four years, Vietnamese and Japanese experts have joined efforts to preserve the UNESCO-recognised Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel while promoting its image to the world under a project financed by the Japanese Fund-in-Trust. The US$1.1 million project aims to build a suitable management system for the benefit of long-term citadel preservation and sustainable development in the locality, said Nguyen Van Son, Director of the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre, at a seminar in Hanoi on December 18 to review the four-year project. In 2010, with the support of Japanese partners, the Vietnam Institute of Vietnamese Studies and Development Sciences discovered new facts about the citadel. Based on its name and architecture, scientists have proven the similarity in planning shared by the Thang Long Citadel and other citadels in Southeastern and Northeastern Asian countries. The project has also helped young … [Read more...]

Awards bestowed for local children’s literature works

HA NOI (VNS)— A Danish embassy-sponsored project to promote literature for Vietnamese children completed its first phase with an award ceremony on Wednesday. Con Ma Da Sau Vuon (Water Ghost Behind The Garden) by Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam won the top prize and Trang Vam Cop (Vam Cop Moon) by Kao Son took the second prize in the topic "Vuot Qua So Hai"(Overcome the Fear) in a writing contest for the 2012-13 period. For the "Le Hoi Que Em" (Festivals in My Hometown) topic, there was no first prize. The second prize was awarded to Chiec Rang Sau Cua Anak (A Decayed Tooth of Anak) by Duy Tu and Chiec Den Cua Tho (A Lamp of Rabbit) by Khoa Le. All the winning stories and other works that qualified for the final round will be published, and are to be considered as a Christmas gift for readers across the country. A writing contest for the 2013-15 period was also announced with two themes: Go Cua Trai Tim (Knocking At The Heart's Door) in the short-story category, and Ngay Toi Gap... (The … [Read more...]

Outstanding children’s literary works awarded

Danish Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen and HCYU Secretary Nguyen Thi Ha present the first prize to Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam

Outstanding short stories and cartoons submitted to a writing contest for children, in the framework of a project on supporting literature for children between Vietnam and Denmark, were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 17. In prose category, the first prize went to 'Con ma da sau vuon' (Skin ghost in the garden) by Nguyen Ngoc Hoai Nam and the second prize was given to 'Trang Vam Cop' (Vam Cop moon) by Kao Son. 'Chuot nhat 7A3' (7A3 Mouse) by Ngo Thi Y Nhi won the third prize while four others were awarded fourth prizes. Among cartoon entries, the contest jury decided to give two second prizes to 'Chiec rang sau cua Anak' (Anak's decaying tooth) by Duy Tu and 'Chiec den cua Tho' (Rabbit's lanterns) by Khoa Le, one third prize to 'Trung thu cua Ti' (Ti's mid-autumn festival) by Kim Duan and three fourth prizes to three other notable works. The awarded works are selected from over 300 entries sent to the contest, which was launched last year with the themes of … [Read more...]

Getting rich from organic tea

Workers at Hung Cuong Trading Co, Ltd are packing tea products

(VEN) - Known as the green gold of the northern province of Ha Giang, Hung Cuong Trading Co, Ltd's organic tea products have conquered many hard-to-please markets and brought big profits to both local enterprises and people. As a border province in the northern region spreading along Tay Con Linh Mountain Range, Ha Giang is bestowed with very favorable weather conditions for the growth and development of tea which has helped people in the mountainous region of Ha Giang eliminate hunger, reduce poverty and improve their living standards. However, with conventional harvesting and processing methods, economic efficiency from this plant is not high. Therefore, to help the tea plant ensure a foothold in the market and become a key product in the province's sustainable economic development, businesses are targeting cleaner tea products for the market. As the first enterprise to produce organic tea in Vietnam, Hung Cuong Trading Co, Ltd has the largest clean tea material region in the … [Read more...]

Strategy focuses on synchronised oil industry growth

As a key economic sector of Vietnam, the oil and gas industry has made great contributions to the country's GDP, energy security, food security and national sovereignty protection in the past years. Report by Vietnam Business Forum. The Vietnam Energy Sector Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050 accentuates its focus on synchronised development of Vietnamese oil and gas industry, including prospecting, exploring, extracting, transporting, processing, storing, distributing, servicing, importing and exporting activities. Regarding oil and gas research and exploration, the country will raise reserves to 35-45 million metric tonnes of oil equivalent a year in the 2011-2015 period and strive to increase reserves in the 2016-2025 phase. In oil and gas production, the country will focus on studying solutions to improve oil recovery coefficient, maintain optimised oil and gas production, ensure safety, reduce well flooding risks, and expand overseas investment. The oil and gas … [Read more...]

Oil & Gas Industry Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050

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As a key economic sector of Vietnam, the oil and gas industry has made great contributions to the country's GDP, energy security, food security and national sovereignty protection in the past years. The Vietnam Energy Sector Development Strategy until 2020 and towards 2050 accentuates the focus on synchronised development of Vietnamese oil and gas industry, including prospecting, exploring, extracting, transporting, processing, storing, distributing, servicing, importing and exporting activities. Regarding oil and gas research and exploration, the country will raise reserves to 35-45 million metric tonnes of oil equivalent a year in the 2011-2015 period and strive to increase reserves in the 2016-2025 phase. In oil and gas production, the country will focus on studying solutions to improve oil recovery coefficient, maintain optimised oil and gas production, ensure safety, reduce well flooding risks, and expand overseas investment. The oil and gas sector targets to exploit 25-38 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for 11/11

A free film festival with the theme 'New Wind Blowing - Japanese Film and Animation' will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 15 -21.

Vietnamese beauty shines at Miss Grand International Khanh, 21, is vying for the title against 74 candidates from many countries and territories around the world at the event. Her performances were appreciated thanks to her natural beauty and gracefulness in Vietnam's traditional long dress (Ao Dai) and Non La (traditional conical hat). Designed by famous designer Thuan Viet, Khanh's Ao Dai features the beauty of Vietnamese silk and lotus - national flower. Themed "Stop the war", the Miss Grand International 2013 pageant, is live broadcast in more than 100 countries, including Vietnam's Let's Viet and Fashion TV channels. Vietnam's largest gold striped scarf recognised Vietkings representatives presented a Vietnam Record certification to Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company (PNJ), the maker of the scarf, at a ceremony in HCM City on November 10. HCM City is hosting the Vietnam International Jewelry Fair 2013 from November 7-11. The hand-made scarf was 130cm in length and … [Read more...]

Where to celebrate Halloween in Saigon

Paradise Bay Resort Company Limited will pour a total of US$300 million into Alma resort project - the first of its kind to develop the "holiday ownership" concept in Viet Nam.

Time share project to make luxury holidays affordable Covering an area of around 30ha in Bai Dai Beach, central Khanh Hoa Province's Cam Ranh City, close to the Cam Ranh Airport, Alma will feature 200 villas and 400 apartments, together with restaurants, bars, shops and other amenities. The resort, backed by Blenheim Group, will be capable of facilitating around 30,000 holiday visits per year. According to Brian Martin, General Director of Alma, the concept of "holiday ownership" - which would help luxury holiday become affordable and accessible - was new in Viet Nam, but not to the rest of the world. "Simply by sharing the costs of the holiday home with others - and using it only for the time you actually need (one to three weeks each year), the luxury holiday will become affordable, accessible and financially sensible for those who cannot afford a second home." He cited that there were over 5,300 holiday ownership resorts around the world with a total of 497,000 accommodation … [Read more...]

Can Tho to call off three delayed projects

CUU LONG DELTA (VNS)— Can Tho City authorities are set to pull the plug on three projects that have been delayed for long because of their investors' financial shortcomings. They are the five-star Cai Khe Resort - Hotel project, Con Khuong Eco-tourism Park, an office building at 102 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, an official from the Department of Planning and Investment told a meeting held on last Friday. Deputy Chairman of the Cai Rang District People's Committee Le Thanh Tam urged the city administration to take "tougher measures" against projects whose investors have sought several ways for extensions. Construction Company No 10 has delayed its Tay Do Cutural Park in Cai Rang District four times and has yet to complete clearance of 2,000sq.m of land for the work, he said. Local residents have also voiced unhappiness about the long delay. Le Hung Dung, Deputy Chairman of the city People's Committee, said delayed projects that have a large impact on people's lives ought to be … [Read more...]

7 seized for assaulting Ukrainian man, snatching handbag

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Police in Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, in south-central Ninh Thuan Province, reported that they have arrested seven thugs that assaulted a Ukrainian national and stole his handbag on Monday.>> Crime on rise in HCMC The detainees are Dao Van He, 27; Dao Van Lam, 25; Dao Thanh Phong, 21; Nguyen Huu Sanh, 27; Vo Van Thong, 26; Pham Khac Phong, 17; and Dao Thanh Doan, 23. The first two are from Dong Hai Ward, Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, while the others are from Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province. The victim was Mr. Dimitro Pachenko, 33, who works for Paga Anh Duong Tourism Company, whose office is located in the Con Ga Vang Tourist Center, in Ninh Hai District. On the afternoon of September 16, Pachenko was driving a motorbike on Yen Ninh Street in Phan Rang-Thap Cham when He, Doan and Phong, who were on a motorbike heading in the opposite direction, used a slipper to strike him on the face, making Pachenko fall off his bike. Two other thugs then appeared on a motorbike … [Read more...]

Top bartender hopes to inspire next generation

Vietnam's number one bartender Le Thanh Tung, 25, is hoping to inspire the next generation by lecturing at the Tourism School in HCMC and bartending clubs.

HCMC to host 2013 YxineFF Film Festival The 2013 YxineFF International Short Film Festival, themed "Choice," will open in Ho Chi Minh City on September 21. The online forum Yxine.com launched the festival to encourage the cinematic passion of young filmmakers all over the world. YxineFF Film Selection Committee Chief Marcus Vu Manh Cuong promises the festival will introduce audiences to the short films of cinema's emerging talents spanning animation, psychological thrillers, action, and documentary. Nguyen Trong Khoi's Khong Co Gi Quy (Even Just For One Day) will be shown at HCM City's Megastar Paragon to launch the festival on September 16. The non-profit educational organisation ZAG Village will continue its own short film screenings and film making exchanges alongside this year's YxineFF. ZAG Village exhibited the first of its "Best Films of 2013" at HCM City's Orient Cafe on August 31. All exhibited films are available to view on the website www.yxineff.com. Audiences can … [Read more...]