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Binh Thuan develop sustainable tourism

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Binh Thuan's tourism Apart from deploying measures to diversify tourism services, enhance quality and promote its images, Binh Thuan focuses on boosting cooperation and connectivity in tourism.According to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ngo Minh Chinh, the province will continue to work with other localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Lam Dong, Hanoi, Can Tho to bring more domestic and international visitors to destinations in Binh Thuan.In addition, improving transport infrastructure is an advantage for Binh Thuan’s tourism. The expanded National Road 1A section running through the province was completed, the construction of Phan Thiet airport and Vinh Tan port is undergone while the Dau Giay – Phan Thiet highway building project will be launched.According to Nguyen Duc Hoa, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee; Binh Thuan is a key national tourism destination, with tourism services including resorts, landscapes, sports, spirit…

Myanmar’s tourism dreams pierced by Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's tourism dreams piercedOnly a few years ago Beyonce and Jay-Z were posing for photos among Myanmar's famed temples, heralding the former junta-run country's rise as one of the hottest new tourist destinations on the map.But that dream is cracking as images of burnt villages and Muslim Rohingya fleeing army-led violence in western Rakhine shock the globe, sparking outrage over a staggering scale of human suffering that has festered along the border.Ever since the bloodshed broke out in late August, tourism operators have witnessed a cascade of cancellations, rippling fear through a nascent industry that was gearing up for its high season in October."Almost all the trips scheduled for October and November have been cancelled due to instability in the country, because of the situation in Rakhine state," said Tun Tun Naing from New Fantastic Asia Travels and Tour, an agency that leads trips to the pristine beaches and mist-shrouded lakes that dot the lush co…

How to Successfully Bargain in Vietnamese Markets

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Bargain in Vietnamese MarketsSurely you never wish to get the overpriced items during your trip to Vietnam or any country in the world. Then what do you think about bargaining while you go shopping? Bargaining in Vietnamese markets is referred to as the art of buying products, and to practice it is by no means difficult if you know about the following ways.Do not buy the first item you seeThere is one surprising thing that although many Vietnamese markets are fairly large, you will always find more than one places selling the same products. While some people are confused about this selling, the others consider it to be an opportunity to reach good deals. In more detail, arrive at several shops to bargain over the prices of the same items instead of buying one as soon you see it first. It will be better to have some ideas about the price before deciding on what you wish to own.Never think of a fixed price in your head before you begin to bargainBargaining in Vietnamese markets is regar…

Alluring Co To island- beauty of Quang Ninh province

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Alluring Co To island The island district comprises Co To Lon (large Co To island), Co To Be (small Co To island) and 15 smaller islands. Besides enchanting beaches, the island has natural forests, lighthouses, parks, wharves, fishing villages, bays and a rock garden.From Cai Rong port in Van Don district, another island district of Quang Ninh province, travellers can take high-speed boat trips that take one hour and half to cover the distance.The port on Cai Bau island also offers faster boats which can travel to the island in just 45 minutes, with spectacular views along the way.Since connecting to the national grid at the end of 2013, Co To Lon, the largest island in the archipelago, has seen rapid tourism infrastructure growth, giving a facelift to Co To town on the island, with modern hotels and more eateries and cafes.To navigate Co To Lon, tourists can hire an electric vehicle with a tour guide or a motorbike to explore the island. Luckily, Co To Lon is small enough to explore i…

Something you should know about Craft Beer in Vietnam

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Craft beer in Vietnam seems to be a new term and also a new product of beer recently spreading over the country. It is possible to say that the increasing number of craft breweries in the metropolises is to allegedly bring more new experiences, to the delight of numerous international and domestic travelers. It will be with regret that you miss out on a chance to try one.What is a craft beer?Perhaps, many of you, non-Vietnamese travelers have heard a lot about the term “Craft Beer” in your country and even through others regions all over the world. This is a form of beer made with distinctive features by some pub, not a large brewery. According to US Brewers Association, to recognize craft beer requires three following elements:Small: it means the production output of craft beer is just less than two million barrels per year.Independent: it means that just less than 25% of a craft brewery can be owned by someone who is not a craft brewer.Traditional: it means craft-beer is made from t…

Proactive Campaign to Attract Japanese Tourists

How to Attract Japanese Tourists?According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Japan is one of seven countries expected to generate more than one million tourist arrivals in Thailand in 2017. With the Japanese economy showing strong signs of recovering, TAT believes that the number of Japanese traveling abroad will soon be rising significantly. Thailand welcomed 1.4 million visitors from Japan in 2016, a 5% increase over 2015.Speaking after participating in the opening ceremony of the Tourism Expo Japan 2017, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed that 77% of Japanese arrivals in Thailand were repeat visitors, while 23 percent were first-time visitors to the country. In the proactive campaign to attract more Japanese tourists, TAT plans;to change the image of Thailand in the Japanese market as a destination for females; youth, working groups, and first-time visitors, through the Japanese;pop idol group "Nogizaka 46.” A workshop on targeting the female market will also be…

New forms of tourism struggle in Ho Chi Minh City

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New forms of tourism struggle in Ho Chi Minh CityKids catch fish in the mud at a tourist site in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.  Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism numbers are far from satisfactory, mostly due to the city’s inability to facilitate easy access to tourist sites.The Trung An fruit garden in Cu Chi District sells entry tickets every year during fruit picking seasons, typically a four-month period starting in May.The 40-hectare garden is home to a wide range of fruits, including mangosteen, rambutan, and guava.A large canal passing through the plantation also adds to the land’s value.Despite the canal, however, most visitors opt to visit Trung An by land.Right now, about 40,000 tourists visit the garden each season, but that number could grow if tourism companies find ways to transport visitors to and from the site via the canal.The canal connects to the Saigon River and can accommodate ships with a capacity of up to 500 metric tons“We’ve been investing in ports for ships to visit …

Beauty of Van Long Nature Reserve

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Beauty of Van Long - The biggest wetland natureLocated in Ninh Binh province, Van Long is the biggest wetland nature reserve in the northern delta region.Tourists paddle in Van Long Nature ReserveLocal people fish in Van Long Nature ReserveVan Long is home to a number of water bird speciesVan Long Lagoon at dawnThe reserve is also a habitat for the Delacour's langur, a critically endangered speciesCa Cave in Van Long Nature ReserveLocal people paddle boats carrying touristsVan Long became a nature reserve in 1999The nature reserve's located in the northeast of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh provinceVan Long Nature Reserve is being;assisted to conserve rare animals by the Dutch Government, the Global Environment Fund and the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue CentreAn aerial view of Van Long Nature Reserve
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Where to go on Halloween in Ho Chi Minh City

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Halloween in Ho Chi Minh city Those still weighing a venue to enjoy the festival could check out the list of cool places recommended below.Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers: 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1If there is no busy work on October 31, guests are recommended to Saigon Café Restaurant on level 1 of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers to experience a “Haunted Restaurant” serviced by death hostesses.Diners will have the opportunity to savor a lavish buffet feast characterized by appetizing dishes such as pumpkin salad, Coleslaw, California rolls, corn on the cob, Kansas City BBQ ribs, layered hamburger pie, oven roasted American prime ribs, baked honey ham glaze, oyster Rockefeller and Jack Daniels BBQ wings.In addition, a dessert corner in a Halloween theme with New York cheesecake, fresh Philly cream cheesecake, brownies, cherry pie, pumpkin pie and Boston cream pie should not be missed on the special night.Notably, kids will be pampered to dress up in Halloween amazing cos…

Beautiful homestays in Ha Giang province

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Homestays in Ha Giang provinceHomestay in Tha Hamlet, Ha Giang CityTha Hamlet is around 4km from the centre of Ha Giang City. It is home to Tay ethnic minority people and famous for its many cultural traditions and the pristine natural beauty. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Homestay in Tha Hamlet, Ha Giang City[/caption]Visitors can stay at homestay with average prices of VND50,000-80,000 per night. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Beautiful homestays in Ha Giang province[/caption]Dao Lodge in Quang Ba This homestay was featured in the popular architecture magazine Arch Daily. It is perched on the very top of a mountain and surrounded by primeval forests and terraced fields. The area is home to Dao ethnic minority people.  The house has five bedrooms, a dining room, and a living room. Each bedroom costs around VND180,000 per night. Homestay in Dong Van This stilt house in the town of Dong Van can a…

Tourism agencies see hot growth of Chinese and Korean markets

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Chinese and Korean visitorsThe tourism sector’s target of receiving 13 million foreign travelers in 2017 is within reach as more Chinese and South Korean visitors are coming to Vietnam.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Chinese and Korean visitors[/caption]According to the Travel Department, 9.45 million foreign travelers came to Vietnam in the first nine months of the year, up 28.4 percent compared with the same period last year.The number of travelers from nearly all key markets increased considerably: South Korea by 51 percent, China 48 percent, Russia 41 percent, Hong Kong 36 percent, Spain 22 percent, and the Philippines and Taiwan 20 percent.However, general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan said Da Nang not only is a ‘bright spot’ but also a ‘hot spot’ for problems caused by growth.The central city, which has one of the six most beautiful beaches on the planet, has received 1.4 million fo…

Conical hat market – unique culture in Vietnam’s villages

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Conical hat marketChuong village in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai district is renowned as one of the most ancient craft villages in Vietnam and is famous for its centuries old tradition of conical hat making.With more than 300 years of history, conical hats in Chuong village have become familiar to many generations of villagers. Local residents are always proud of having a tradition of making conical hats.The conical hat market of Chuong village is open on the 4th, 10th, 14th, 20th, 24th and 30th of lunar months. The bustling market comes to life with trade, bearing the hallmarks of Vietnamese countryside culture.From 5am, hundreds of local people from neighbouring areas come to the market to buy and sell their wares.A local resident says despite not being a resident from Chuong village, she often sells conical hat frames at the market.The conical hats of Chuong village are;favoured by customers for cheap prices, good design and endurance.  They're also;exported to foreign marke…

Da Lat’s steam locomotives chug again in Switzerland

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Two historic steam locomotives that were repatriated to Switzerland from Da Lat in 1990 became part of the European country’s celebration of the restored Furka Pass rack railway last week.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Da Lat’s steam locomotives chug again in Switzerland[/caption]One of two historic steam locomotive that were once owned by Viet Nam but are now in Switzerland. —Photo kienviet.netThe Furka mountain route, which was built in 1925, leads past the impressive Rhone Glacier and is known as one of the most beautiful in Switzerland, as well as one of the most challenging. The locomotives were manufactured by Switzerland’s Furka-Oberwald (FO) company not far from the site of the celebration.In VietnamThe two locomotives chugged along the Rack Railway connecting Da Lat to Thap Cham (Cham Tower) in Phan Rang Province, but they were basically abandoned after 1975. Since they returned home to Switzerland, they have been restored to pri…

Saigontourist and VNPT cooperate to build smart travel solutions

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Smart travel solutionsSaigontourist Holding Company (Saigontourist) and the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) on Tuesday signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly build smart travel solutions.Leaders of Saigontourist and VNPT sign a strategic cooperation deal on Tuesday. Notably, with the commitment to provide the best telecommunication products and consultancy services to Saigontourist, VNPT will supply and cooperate with Saigontourist in developing and deploying smart travel solutions (Smart Tourism).These solutions will help businesses provide customers with the best experience in a swift and economical manner.The realisation of smart travel solutions will not only help Saigontourist maximise revenue, but is also in line with the smart city development roadmap of HCM City and other provinces and cities.In addition, VNPT will also provide Saigontourist with software products; software, technology and digital equipment serving the hospitality; restaurant, tra…

Traditional music dazzles tourists to Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh touristsFolk songs have been echoing in front of Saigon Central Post Office, a renowned tourist attraction, recently at nine in the morning every Saturday.The catchy rhythms are;featured in 90-minute shows with singing and traditional musical instruments, including bamboo flutes, pipa, monochords, among others, enthralling both domestic and foreign audiences.What makes the performances intriguing are not only the lovely folk songs, but also the performing artists’ vibrant traditional costumes.Ngoc Han, an artist performing at the shows, said "To be frank I’m very happy performing here. I’m;moved by the admiration of tourists from all over the world. We will try harder to best serve audiences so that they can understand more about Vietnam’s traditional musical instruments."The shows take place at an iconic tourist destination of Ho Chi Minh City, providing a new tourism product for the southern hub. Apart form its tourism value, the performances also contribute to…

Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters

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At first glance all is as normal in the Turkish town of Hasankeyf, which has seen the Romans, Byzantines, Turkic tribes and Ottomans leave their mark in over 10,000 years of human settlement.The Tigris River languidly flows through the historic center of the town in southeast Turkey's Batman province, souvenir sellers offer their wares to a handful of tourists and the famous vista of minarets, the citadel and ruins of a bridge take the breath away.But within the next few years, this scene is likely to be no more, with the historic center of Hasankeyf set to vanish forever under the floodwaters from the Ilisu Dam project.Turkish officials argue that the dam's hydroelectric power station will provide electricity and irrigation essential to the development of the Kurdish-dominated southeast.The historic edifices will be moved in a hugely ambitious program that has parallels with the shifting of key archaeological sites from the Pharaonic era in Upper Egypt when the Aswan dam was …

Khanh Hoa nets VND13,000 bil tourism revenue in nine months

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Tourism revenue of Khanh Hoaprovince The province welcomed more than 4.3 million visitors (up nearly 19%); including over 1.5 million foreign arrivals (up over 72%) in the reviewed period.At a recent meeting with representatives from the tourism sector, Tran Son Hai, vice chair of Khanh Hoa People’s Committee requested that the local tourism sector  launch Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa special tours increase service quality, and work out solutions to attract traditional international visitors.At present, traditional foreign arrivals coming from the US and Europe;have decreased 20-30% compared to the same time last year. The numbers of  arrivals from the US, Australia, France, and Germany dropped 30%, 20%, 22% and 26%, respectively.Nguyen Van Thanh, vice chairman of Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, predicted a stable rise in the number of foreign arrivals from now to the end of the year, that is the peak season for international visitors.Chinese and Russian visitors have accounted for mor…

Quan Lan Island worth time and money

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Quan Lan IslandWith an area of over 11 square kilometers and a population of around 8,000, Quan Lan Island of the island district of Van Don in Quang Ninh Province is touted as a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts to admire picturesque natural landscapes and unique religious architectural works, enjoy delicious specialties and explore daily lives of locals.
Tourists should not miss the chance to get up early to take a relaxing walk on the island and wait for beautiful dawn, explore the daily activities in fishing villages and catch clams.Coming to the island, travelers can visit scared and famous temples and pagodas;such as Quan Lan Temple, Linh Quang Tu Pagoda and national hero Tran Khanh Du’s Temple.Notably, beach-lovers will have a chance to immerse themselves in primitive;beaches where they can relax in a pure and tranquil atmosphere.The untouched beauty of Quan Lan Island arouses curiosity among local and international touristsQuan Lan ancient temple dating back to over f…

Saigon airport named among the world’s best for a sleepover

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Passengers rest on lounge chairs at the sleeping zone of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyet[/caption] Passengers have decided that Tan Son Nhat airport is a great place to take a nap.Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has been selected by passengers as one of the best 25 airports in the world for an overnight rest, a year after rolling out its new sleeping area.The airport claimed 21st place in the "Top 25 Most Sleep Friendly Airports" compiled by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports site.Last year, Tan Son Nhat, the biggest in Vietnam, opened its first-ever sleeping;zone after expanding the waiting area at its international terminal.The 100-square-meter (1,076-square-foot) zone's equipped with long wooden chairs and 20 sleeping lounges that anyone can use for free.Those who need more privacy can pay $7 an hour to use one of te…