Top 5 Vietnam tourist attractions praised by foreign newspapers

Vietnam was introduced as an ideal destinations for coming holiday by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine. Ha Long Bay, Sa Pa, Hoi An are considered as tourist attractions that cannot be missed.

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Top 5 Vietnam tourist attractions praised by foreign newspapers

On December 12, Vietnam was introduced as an ideal destinations for coming holiday by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine. Ha Long Bay, Sa Pa, Hoi An are considered as tourist attractions that cannot be missed.

1.Ha Long Bay: the most beautiful seashore

Lonely Planet Traveller knows well about the legend related to Ha Long Bay: “once upon a time, a friendly dragon lived with people in the sky of Ha Long Bay. When the invaders came from other beaches, the Jade Emperor sent the Dragon down to the earth with the duty of making a natural barrier to protect Vietnamese. The dragon landed along the seashore, which made big rocks like fish scales. Now it becomes one of seven wonders in the world”.

Islands on Ha Long bay have different shapes. The famous islands here consist of: Hon Con Coc, Hon Trong Mai, Ngoc Vung island, Ti Top island, Tuan Chau island. Interestingly, when visitors come here after exploring islands and cave systems, they can stay overnight on seawater – cruisers in Ha Long bay.

2.Hanoi: an ideal capital for exploring

Skipping the noise of horn and overcrowded streets in rush hour, Hanoi is a friendly and safe city with quiet old town. Especially, there are streets named after the traditional trade villages here. Moreover, enjoying street food in Hanoi is very interesting.

3.Sa Pa: the best walking tourist attraction

Lonely Planet Traveller refers to Sa pa as the city of weather wheel with 4 seasons a day. Fog can cover all space in early morning, the sunshine is bright at midday, sometimes, there is a drizzling rain in the sunset and it is cold in the evening.

There is nowhere but Sa pa having the world-class landscapes with the distant mountains, the tottery terraced fields, colorful flowers, the sound of pan-pipe and passionate songs, bustling highland market-days…

4.Hoi An: the best place for enjoying cuisine

Hoi An is a small town with big meals. In early morning, stepping to streets, you can smell the fragrance of coffee mingled with the good smell of baked meat and sauce. The harmonization of yin and yang and the balance of hot – cold, meat – vegetable, sour – sweet – salted and other spices are the typical feature in Hoi An cuisine. Although the dishes are simple, you only enjoy one time, you will remember forever as the way you remember the friendliness of people here.

5.Mekong delta: a place to experience life of waterways

Tay Nam Bo is famous for isles full of fruits like: rambutan, pomelo, mango, star-apple, plum… However, visitors not only want to enjoy nature and fruits, but also explore the lives of people in that nature, especially the scene of market-day in Cai Be, Cai Rang floating markets….

On each boat, people set up a pole and hang goods they want to sell on that pole. Taking a glance, it is easy for buyers to see goods they need to buy. The scene of trading at floating market is bustling.

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The beauty of Vietnam

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is a national park in the center of Quang Binh province in north-central Vietnam. It protects one of the world’s two largest karst regions with several hundred caves and grottoes. Its name derives from Phong Nha cave, the most beautiful one, with numerous fascinating rock formations, and Ke Bang forest. The plateau is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karst landform in Southeast Asia.

Let’s see how beautiful it is!

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Vietnam tourism in lunar new year for bright outlook

According to Vietnam’s state-run news agency, the country’s southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau attracted some 650, 000 visitors with its numerous beautiful beaches from Feb. 9 to 17, up by 10 percent over the same period last year.

Many of the tourists came from Russia, South Korea and Japan, said the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Meanwhile, the capital city of Hanoi in the north has received 2.08 million tourists during the period, including 60,000 foreigners, an increase of 11 percent from the same period last year.

According to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, President Ho Chi Minh relic complex, Ngoc Son Temple, the Hanoi Old Quarter and the Museum of Ethnology were favorite destinations of tourists.

From Feb. 9 to 18, Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay in eastern Quang Ninh province received around 350,000 person- times, an increase of 17 percent over 2011.

During the period, the central Da Nang city hosted nearly 150, 000 visitors, with 48,000 of them are foreign tourists who came mostly from China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, the United States and Thailand.

Notably, visitors came to Da Nang by air and sea routes increased dramatically. During the first three days, over 40 flights brought 5,160 foreign visitors to the city, up 26 percent over the same period last year.

The country’s Saigon tourist travel service company revealed that as many as 47 cruises ships with 42,000 tourists abroad will dock at Tien Sa port in the first quarter of this year, up 31 percent over 2012.

Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said that at present, the world travel trend is shifting from the Europe and the United States to Asia, especially the Asia-Pacific region.

Benefiting from the shift, Vietnamese tour operators and accommodation providers in recent years have been involved much in promoting the image of the destination to lure more tourists.

In 2012, Vietnam has increased almost 500 accommodation facilities, including 60 accommodation facilities rated from 3 to 5 stars which concentrated in the central coastal region.

Furthermore, the tour operators and accommodation suppliers also work closely with the airlines services to open direct flights to facilitate attracting visitors.

Last year, Vietnam’s tourism sector served over 6.84 million foreign visitors and some 32.5 million domestic tourists, pocketing 160 trillion Vietnamese dong (7.67 billion U.S. dollars).

However, besides the results achieved, the potential to promote the tourism sector is still not being fully tapped due to limited budget and poor management.

At present, Vietnam’s tourism sector has to face a hard reality that up to 80-85 percent of international tourists never turn to Vietnam after their first visit. It is high time for the country’s authority to take drastic treatment to deal with the issue.

In a movement, the Vietnamese prime minister in January has approved the master plan on Vietnam tourism development to 2020, vision 2030.

The overall objectives to 2020 are to develop tourism to be a key economic industry with high professionalism, modern and fairly synchronously-developed tourist infrastructure; high quality, competitive and diversified tourist products imprinted with unique traditional cultural characteristics.

The specific objectives are to develop seven tourism zones with specific tourism products, 46 national tourist areas, 41 national tourist spots, 12 tourist cities and other key tourist spots.

Vietnam set target to welcome some 10 to 10.5 million foreign tourists and 17 to 18 million domestic travelers by 2020 with the revenue of 18 to 19 billion U.S. dollars, contributing to 6.5 percent to 7 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

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Lung Cu – A High Forehead of The Motherland – Ha Giang Vietnam

From a distance, Lung Cu is a spectacular sight in Ha Giang and referred to as “A high forehead of the motherland.” Tourists in Vietnam travel getting the chance to visit this Northern mountainous province don’t miss an attractive- tourist destination- Lung Cu where you can take in the imposing beauty of landscapes and the diverse ethnic groups living. Especially, you can see the Lung Cu flagpole, inspiring a deep sense of pride in Vietnamese.

Driving over 400km from Hanoi following National Highway 2 and 4C, the rocky plateau of Dong Van awaits visitors in Vietnam travel, with mountain paths like blood vessels sticking to the land standing between them and the summit of Lung Cu.

Lung Cu - A high forehead of the motherland- Ha Giang VietnamFrom a distance, Lung Cu is a spectacular sight, with the view dominated by giant boulders and the national flag flying above Dragon Mountain, all set to the backdrop of magnificent forests.

The flag tower itself stands proudly 1,600m above sea level. Its design is an imitation of the Hanoi Flag Tower, with eight bronze drums guarding the sides of the octagonal tower. The national flag adorning the top of the 135-stair tower has an area of 54m², symbolizing the unity of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups.

From the top of Dragon Mountain, the paddy fields and earthen-walled houses dot the sumptuous panorama, interrupted by two lakes that are said to be the dragon’s eyes. Even though people say that Lung Cu is a ‘thirsty’ land, the lakes never dry out.

The houses in Lung Cu also betray the superstitions of the people who live in them. Charms hang over the doors to expel demons and evil spirits, and the ancestral altar is carefully placed opposite the main door. The houses are usually open plan, but when newly-weds are welcomed into a family, the hosts use fabric to make a private compartment for them to enjoy.

Lung Cu Commune is home to nine villages, situated at a height of between 1,600-1,800m above sea level. In the winter, the weather is very cold, and sometimes it even snows. There are seven ethnic groups in Lung Cu. They are very friendly and hospitable. Visitors to their houses are considered distinguished guests, even if they are strangers. A bowl of their maize wine will soon warm you up.

Lung Cu - A high forehead of the motherland- Ha Giang Vietnam

Most ethnic people in the area cultivate rice and the Mong and Lo Lo still preserve the traditional weaving industry with flax fibres.

Lung Cu is also the land of the peach, the plum, tea, honey wine and Thang Co (horse meat hot pot). The bustling markets where the honey-yellow sunlight has never changed, the cheerful, shy smiles of the ethnic girls in colorful, handmade dresses, the playful grins on the children’s faces, and the welcoming nature of the people as a whole never fail to charm visitors in Vietnam travel.

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Water Lilies blossoms in cold weather

Travelling along the Yen River near the Huong (Perfume) pagoda at this time of year, visitors are impressed by a carpet of water lilies blossoming in cold weather.

The river in Hanoi’s My Duc district has garbed itself in the romance of winter’s blossoming red and blue water lilies (nymphaea nouchali).

Tourists on a boat enjoy the beauty of the lilies

A 58-year-old local catching shrimp

The lilies infatuate many passionate photographers

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Interesting thing about the Cong ethnic group

In contrast to most women ethnic, Cong women don’ t known how to weav, just bring cotton to exchange cloth. However, the Cong women and men are good at knitting. What a special thing!

Name of ethnic group: Cong (Xam Khong, Mang Nhe, and Xa Xeng)

Population: 1,676 people (Year 1999)

Locality: Muong Te District in Lai Chau province and along the Da River.

Customs and habits: The Cong live in houses built on stilts. Each Cong lineage has a leader, its own social taboos, and its own manner of worshipping their ancestors at the altar. According to customs, young men and women can each take initiative in marriage. People of direct relations can only get married to their seventh generation relative. The man’s family actively proposes marriage.

After the betrothal, the man lives with his future wife’s family for several years. Women wear their hair knotted in a chignon on top of their heads which shows that they are married. The wedding is often celebrated once the couple has had children.

The man must then offer pieces of silver money to his wife’s parents. The woman’s family must prepare a dowry for the bride to bring to her husband’s house. Every year, each Cong Village holds a communal ceremony where several rites are performed to pray for bumper crops.

Culture: The Cong language belongs to the Tibet-Burman Group. The Cong folk arts are diverse. Their songs are characteristically composed of smooth melodies with alternating songs that are sung at communal ceremonies.

Economy: The Cong use a slash and burn method of cultivation. The Cong grow cotton which is used to barter for other cloth. Other handicraft activities include basketry and, particularly, red dyed rattan mat making.

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