Fragile Son Tra is treasure of Danang


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...]

Helicopter tours central Vietnam


Tourists, and locals, now have helicopters as a means of transport from Danang to world heritage sites in the central region via Vietnam TravelMart Agencys chartered tours, though the trip is not cheap. Tourists get on board for a chopper tour from Danang to Hoi An, My Son and Lang Co in Hue City. — Photo courtesy Vietnam TravelMart The price is a whapping VND70 million (US$3,250) for an hour trip from Nuoc Man Airbase to Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary. For a shorter 12-minute flight over the sea and mountains of Danang - Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, Ba Na Hills, Son Tra peninsula and My Khe beach – the price is VND3 million ($142) each passenger. Last week, six Russian tourists were the first to hire the helicopter; they flew roundtrip from Laguna Resort in the town of Lang Co, Thua Thien-Hue to Hoi An and My Son. The six-seat French-made EC132T2 helicopter will explore expanding air travel to the Cham Islands, Ly Son Island and En Cave in Quang Binh Province. TravelMart, … [Read more...]

Saigontourane Hotel runs special promotions


Tien Dat Saigontourane overlooks the romantic Han River and is about 10 minutes from the Danang International Airport. It is near some popular sightseeing spots, including Ngu Hanh Son Mountains, the ancient town of Hoi An and the former imperial capital of Hue. The three-star hotel has been operational for 10 years. In addition to room services, the hotel provides services for those wishing to hold conferences and parties. Saigontourane has been recognized for excellence in its class, which is evident in the awards and certificates of merit it has received, including the awards for top three hotels in Vietnam, Green Lotus sustainable tourism certificate and the Labor Medal Third Class. The hotel has 82 rooms while its restaurants and conference rooms have a total seating capacity of over 700. The luxury conference rooms are equipped with modern lighting and sound systems. From now until April 15, the hotel has a promotion program for guests to enjoy 30% discount on … [Read more...]

Sightseeing tour in Co Co River

Huong Son Pagoda

Tung Son The river runs through Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City. It is around 13 kilometers long, 200 meters wide and around three meters deep. Along the river banks are paddy fields and far away is Ngu Hanh Son Mountains, standing out against a blue-sky background, reflecting its beauty on the peaceful river and creating a breathtaking scene. The view around the Co Co River turns most stunning in the spring-summer rice crop as it is the time when lotus and water-lily blossom nearby the green paddy fields. Pointing at those fields, Hiep said when the paddies are still young and green, local people would gather to catch fish early in the morning. "The images of rustic farmers catching fish are deep in the memories of the people here," he said. After mooring the boat, Hiep took me to Khue Bac Communal House, which was built during the reign of King Thieu Tri (1841-1847), and Huong Son Pagoda. When it comes to the Quan The Am (the Goddess of Mercy) Festival, which falls … [Read more...]

Five destinations worth to visit on Tet


The Lunar New Year of the Goat (Tet) is a nine-day holiday, which is an opportunity for people to choose destinations to visit after a hard year at-work. The following are some suggestions of places to experience during the Tet holiday.1. Ha Giang province Located in the far north of the country, Ha Giang province is home to beautiful landscapes, attracting a lot of tourists. The province is also the source of the Lo River flowing into Vietnam, contiguous to China to the north with Thanh Thuy international border gate. South of Ha Giang is the province of Tuyen Quang; to the east is Cao Bang and the west Lao Cai. Ha Giang is about 320km to the north of Hanoi, following Highway no. 2. Like the other Northern highlands provinces of Vietnam, the climate is cool in the summer and extremely cold in the winter with, on some occasions, the white of frost and snow. The temperature in Ha Giang ranges from 5 - 28 degrees Celcius, somewhat ideal for tourism. Visitors can see the twin … [Read more...]

Helicopter tours to be launched in Da Nang this April


A view of Son Tra peninsula from a helicopter window. File photo. Visitors to Da Nang will have a chance to see the central city's popular attractions from above as a new helicopter tour service is set for an official launch in April. Vietnam Helicopter Corporation said the tour will be offered to all tourists starting April 24. The company launched its first maiden flights Tuesday, carrying its guests including Da Nang leaders for a sightseeing tour. Spokesperson Pham Ngoc Diep told VnExpress news website that a trip of between 15 and 25 minutes will cost between VND2.5-3.5 million (US$125-$175) per passenger. Tourists above the most beautiful sights in Da Nang, including Son Tra Peninsula, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and Hai Van Mountain Pass. "We have already launched many helicopter tours in Ha Long, Phu Quoc and Nha Trang," said Diep. He said the company will start using modern helicopters that can take six tourists on one trip. The company plans to offer tours to Ly Son Island … [Read more...]

Luxury villas at Montogomerie course listed for sale


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


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


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...]

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...]

Famous pilots to join Danang international parasailing competition


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...]