Fragile Son Tra is treasure of Danang

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Son Tra Peninsula, which has for a long time been considered to be a green lung and wind barrier for Danang City, is famous for its long, white sand beaches, picturesque landscapes and primeval forests. Together with Ngu Hanh Son Mountain in the south, Han River flowing to Danang Bay under the imposing Hai Van Pass, Son Tra Peninsula is a harmonious mosaic of river, sea and mountain and an ideal getaway from the city. Linh Ung Pagoda in the background of Son Tra Peninsula in Danang City - Photo: La Thanh Hien … [Read more...]

Vietnam craft villages hurt by authorities’ rejection of Chinese-style stone mascots

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Artisans and workers in traditional stone carving villages across Vietnam are now struggling after cultural authorities requested that exotic mascots be excluded from religious institutions and public agencies early last month. … [Read more...]

Go to hell, reflect on heaven at Cam Ranh’s Shell Pagoda

Standing tall: At 40m, Bao Tich is the highest tower in Khanh Hoa Province. - Photos camranh.com.vn

by Thanh Tien NHA TRANG (VNS) - Tien Thanh breathed a huge sigh of relief as he came out of the tunnel. … [Read more...]

Luxury villas at Montogomerie course listed for sale

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The Hanoitimes - Luxury villas at the world-class Montogomerie golf course have been listed for sale by the Central Green Land Joint Stock Company in Danang city at prices starting from VND10 billion each. Montogomerie has been voted by Forbes magazine as one of the world's top ten golf courses in Asia. … [Read more...]

Villas in world-class Montogomerie golf course listed for sale

(VOV) - Luxury villas at the world-class Montogomerie golf course have been listed for sale by the Central Green Land Joint Stock Company in Danang city at prices starting from VND10 billion each. Montogomerie has been voted by Forbes magazine as one of the world's top ten golf courses in Asia. All 64 villas have views looking to Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and the 18-golf course and are built in accordance with the highest of international standards replete with three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and a swimming pool. … [Read more...]

Da Nang, the stunning city of light

Located between two of central Vietnam's major tourist hubs, Hue and Hoi An, Da Nang City has only been considered a tourist destination in recent years.

High-end illumination and skillful urban planning are expected to enhance Da Nang's beauty and increase its tourism appeal. Visitors used to complain that they did not know where and what to spend money on in the tedious city, apart from a handful of karaoke parlors, mini discotheques, and countless beer shops. Luckily, things changed when the city began to rotate the Han River Bridge at night. Locals and tourists increasingly flock to the area to admire the spectacle, and the latter usually choose hotel rooms that offer a good view of the bridge. The city began to draw a notable increase in tourists, particularly foreigners, when it started lighting up more of its bridges and opening more entertainment venues. The recent illumination of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge over the Han River proves that the city's tremendous efforts are paying off. Bridge lit by 2,500 LED lights every night More than ten years ago, the city planned to build a bridge running from Da Nang … [Read more...]

Exploring Danang in one day

Tourists walk in Ba Na Hills in Danang City.

VietNamNet Bridge - Danang, a coastal city in the central, is a mixture of stunning beaches, splendid islands, picturesque mountains, rich ancient history, and many beautiful bridges. However, what tourists should do as they just have one day to go around there will be mentioned hereunder. From HCMC, travelers can take the early morning flight to get Danang City at 8 a.m. Then, your should go straight to Ngu Hanh Son Mountain nestled 8 kilometers southeast of Danang City. It was named after the five basic elements of the universe in which each mountain is assigned an element - metal, wood, fire, water and earth. Recognized as national relic in March 20, 1990, the mountain is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea so that is why it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means mountain and water in Vietnamese. The limestone mountain is home to splendid scenery, pagodas and grottoes, seducing travelers by the tranquil air and natural beauty. Trekking up to Thuy Son … [Read more...]

Fisherman’s protector in all its glory

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Derek Milroy Those who do come back from voyages in rough weather normally thank god or Buddha and some even point to Buddha statues which when lit up can steer a storm-ravaged vessel to safety. Tourists coming to the central city stop short of such a beacon of light as they settle into accommodation near the beach front. However, if they continue for a few kilometers they will witness Chua Linh Ung, one of those same guardians which fisherman are forever in debt to, albeit it is only a recent addition. The 67-meter-high statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy on Son Tra Peninsula was finally completed in August 2010 after six years of construction. It is the third Linh Ung pagoda built in Danang City after Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and the second at Chua Mountain. It is recognized as the highest Bodhisattva of Mercy statue nationwide. It is 17 meters in diameter and has 17 floors. Each floor worships a different Buddha with the top floor having a flight of stairs leading to the … [Read more...]

More visitors spend Tet holiday in Danang, Ca Mau

(VOV) -Over 1,500 international travelers have arrived in the central city of Danang over the first five days of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. More foreign visitors arrive on New Year's Days Nearly 30,000 visitors to Hue during Tet The Superstar Gemini cruise ship carrying 1,400 mostly Chinese passengers docked at the city's Tien Sa Port. They visited the Cham Museum, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, and Linh Ung Pagoda, and watched performances at Nguyen Hien Dien Classical Drama Theatre. Danang is the five-star cruise ship's final Vietnamese destination. It departed from Hainan, China and was organised by Saigontourist travel agency. The city's Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism estimates 47 tourism ships bearing 24,000 passengers will dock at Tien Sa Port in the first quarter of this year—a 31 percent increase over the same period last year. An Air Asia A320 plane flying from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur transported 152 tourists to the Danang International Airport on … [Read more...]

Old pagodas in Bich Dong

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The three old pagodas in Bich Dong, a grotto located in the Ngu Hanh Son mountain range in Dam hamlet, Minh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, are particularly interesting. The historical province of Ninh Binh comprises of three different types of landscape - wetlands, coastal delta and uplands - and is endowed with many places of interest for tourists such as Tam Coc-Bich Dong Grotto, Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve. The three old pagodas in Bich Dong, a grotto located in the Ngu Hanh Son mountain range in Dam hamlet, Minh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, are particularly interesting. A short boat trip will take tourists to a beautiful landscape with canals meandering between high rocks and grottoes. In the 18th century, King Tu Duc visited Bich Dong. Charmed by the marvelous scenery offered by the mountains, rivers and cliff top pagodas, the King conferred on Bich Dong the title of 'the Second Most Beautiful Grotto in Vietnam'. The number one grotto title … [Read more...]

Finding wilderness

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Winding roads, flanked by the ocean on one side and rolling hills on the other, lead to the Son Tra Peninsula … [Read more...]

Danang turns attractive to Hong Kong visitors

Hai Dang Organized by Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and Indochina Travel, the familiarization tour will take in golf courses including Danang Golf Club, Mongomerie Links and King’s Island Golf Club as well as other places of interest in Danang. This is part of a broader plan to launch direct air service between Hong Kong and Danang. Tourist sites in Danang that tourists in the famtrip are interested in are Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Ngu Hanh Son Mountains, Non Nuoc Beach and luxury beach resorts. … [Read more...]

Two famtrip groups to survey tourism in Danang, Hanoi

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A group of 20 people from major travel and communication agencies in Hong Kong will take part in a tourism survey trip to Danang and Hanoi from October 8 to 12, reported the Danang tourism promotion centre. … [Read more...]

Famous pilots to join Danang international parasailing competition

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Twenty-five pilots will participate in the International Parasailing Competition, which will be held from May 23 to 27 in the central city of Danang. Ryoya Igarashi They include three French, one Polish, one American and 20 Japanese pilots, who will compete in four events: speed flying, point-counting flying, team flying and rescue flying. Among them are famous names of the parasailing world, including Japanese champions like Ryoya Igarashi, 56, who was the champion in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and Nobuo Sekiguchi - the Japanese champion in 2000 and 2004. Other renowned names include Didier Eymin from France who flew through the Sahara desert in 1988 and Emilia Plak, from Poland, the champion of the international gliding competition held in the Czech Republic in 2009. After five days of the contest starting on May 23, organisers will present three awards. The winner will receive US$10,000, the first runner up will get one parachuting engine worth $3,000 and the second runner up will … [Read more...]

International parachutists to compete in Viet Nam

DA NANG - International skydivers will convene in the central city of Da Nang late this month to join the country's first ever international paramotor race. Twenty five competitors, three French, one Polish, one American and 20 Japanese pilots, will compete in four events: speed flying, point-counting flying, team flying and rescue flying. According to the competition organiser - CATI joint stock company - some the participating parachutists are world renowned athletes. For instance, Didier Eymin from France flew through the Sahara desert in 1988; Emilia Plak, from Poland, was the champion of the international gliding competition held in the Czech Republic in 2009 while Jun Asihmine from Japan is the three time champions of a Japan parachuting competition. The major competing area will be a region with a radius of 100km and ceiling height of 170km above My Khe beach. Meanwhile the area for speed flying will be a rectangular space measuring 9km by 1.5km with ceiling height … [Read more...]

Da Nang Tourism Increases Attraction

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Da Nang develops and makes the city more attractive. The city will invest more in infrastructure and services. "It will bring not only fast but also sustainable development," affirmed Mr Ngo Quang Vinh, Head of Da Nang Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, in an interview with Vietnam Business Forum magazine. Quoc Hung reports. Please, tell us the comparative advantages of Da Nang tourism and how do you develop them effectively? Da Nang City is located in a favourable geographic position with well developed transport and communication networks. The city lies in a triangle of world cultural heritage sites: Hue ancient capital, My Son Holy Land and Hoi An ancient streets. In addition, Da Nang has great potential with tourist attractions such as the Cham Sculpture Museum, Ngu Hanh Son mountain, Ba Na, Son Tra, etc. to satisfy various kinds of tourists. In particular, Da Nang beach has been elected by Forbes magazine as a most attractive beach of our planet. Presently, Da Nang is … [Read more...]

Melia Hotels International manages new 5-star resort in Da Nang city

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Vista Vietnam and Melia Hotels International just inked an agreement for the management of a new 5-star Melia Da Nang hotel owed by Vista. This event marks a new development of Melia Hotels International in Vietnam tourism market - a very potential destination with many beautiful beaches, tourist attractions and world heritages recognized by UNESCO. Nominated by Forbe magazine as one of the 10 beautiful beaches in the world, the new Melia Hotel is located at the bottom of Ngu Hanh Son mountain, nearby other famous resorts like Furama and Fusion Maia. Melia Danang has 330 rooms and 35 villas with distinctive architectural style. The hotel provide full service from accommodation to MICE, spa, diving and many others. Currently, it is the 2nd hotel managed by Melia Hotels International in the country. … [Read more...]

My Khe listed in the world’s six most attractive beaches

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The American leading economic magazine, Forbes, has recently honoured My Khe Beach in Da Nang City as one of the six most attractive beaches in the world. According to the magazine, the beach has met all requirements, including easy traffic and access, free admission for tourists, long and flat sand shore, sunlight and waves for sea sports, a variety of high-class resorts and international standard villas. The Australian magazine, Sunday Herald Sun, also ranked the 900m-long My Khe Beach in the world's top 10 Asian best beaches. Many beautiful and well-known beaches, such as Nam O, My Khe, Tien Sa and Non Nuoc, are located in Da Nang City. The beach became famous for smooth sand, peaceful waves, year-round warm sea water and romantic coconut-palm rows. Tourists can both swim and enjoy beautiful scenery of the Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and Cu Lao Cham Island. Source: dulichvn Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Famous mountain range in Lao Cai

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Hoang Lien Son is the most towering mountain range with its Fanxipang peak being 3,143m high above the sea level. Lai Cai province is divided into low-lying and high-lying areas. The imposing mountains are mainly in the northern districts of Sa Pa, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Bac ha and Si Ma Cai and the lower mountains in the southern and south-western districts of Bao Yen, Nam Thang, and Van Ban. Ngu Hanh Son Mountain in Ta Giang Phinh village, Sa Pa district is 3,090m high. It is the second highest mountain in Vietnam and the most beautiful one in the north-western region. To the east, Tay Con Linh range runs from Ha Giang to Bac Ha-Si Ca Mai with high peaks like Ta Cu Ty (1,856m), Quan Than San (1,800m) and Lau Thi Ngai (1,638m). Cao Son mountain in Muong Khuong and Con Voi mountain in Bao Yen along the Hong and Chay rivers are home to Tay, Nung, Dao and Mong ethnic minority groups. Almost every locality has its own mountainous symbol with legendary stories such as Ham … [Read more...]

Accor partners with Savico for Mercure hotel in Danang

HCMC - Global hotel management group Accor on Wednesday announced its partnership with the local trade and real estate services firm Savico to manage and develop Mercure Son Tra Resort in the central coastal city of Danang. Scheduled to be up and running in 2013, the 120-room hotel is expected to help attract more guests to Danang and its Son Tra Peninsula, a national park full of greenery and preservation of wild life and natural beauties. The layout of Mercure Son Tra Resort in Danang - Photo: Mong Binh Patrick Basset, Accor vice president of operations for Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea, pinned high hopes for the success of the hotel on Son Tra Peninsula 12 kilometers from the heart of Danang City and a 20-minute drive from Danang International Airport. "Central Vietnam is full of potential and still in demand for an international quality accommodation with personality and style to accommodate both domestic and international travelers," Basset said in a … [Read more...]