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Second book street in Saigon set to launch

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Second book street in SaigonReaders at Nguyen Van Binh book street, currently the first and only one book street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Mai Nhat An exciting new chapter for the city following the success of its first book street in the downtown area.Book lovers in Ho Chi Minh City will have yet another option of where to spend their free time now that the city has decided to open a second book street following the launch of the first one in early 2016.Nguyen Dong Chi Street in District 7 will be converted at an expected cost of VND14 billion ($616,500), and the city intends to use private funding to cover the expense.Saigon's first book street opened on Nguyen Van Binh Street in January last year and has become a new attraction in a tourist precinct that also includes the historic Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral.More book streets will be;opened across the city to create cultural rendezvous points and contribute to the local reading culture; Mayor Nguye…

Visiting Tan Dinh church in Saigon

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Tan Dinh churchIts history may be traced back to the French colonial time when construction of the church started in 1870 and was completed in 1876.  The nearly-150-year-old church was built in Gothic architecture featuring Roman-style designs. Tan Dinh Church, better known as Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was;painted with the vibrant pink color for both the exterior and interior of the cathedral, making it more special amidst the heart of the modern city and drawing huge attention of passers-by and those from abroad. Taking a stroll around the busy Hai Ba Trung Street in HCMC’s District 3; it comes as no surprise that everyday hundreds of local youths and foreign tourists; regardless of their religions, are;gathered at one of the oldest and most striking churches of the city to visit and pose for photos. Although Tan Dinh Church has undergone several restorations and repairs after more than one century of existence, the sacred site has still preserved its original architecture an…

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Dong Van Karst Plateau tourism development plan approved

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Dong Van Karst Plateau tourism Accordingly, the site's expected to welcome 800,000 visitors, including 130,000 foreigners, by 2020; 950,000 visitors with 250,000 foreigners, by 2025; 1.1 million visitors, including more than 380 foreigners, by 2030.The master plan eyes tourism revenues of VND1.3 trillion (US$57.3 million) by 2020 and the amount is targeted to increase to VND2.8 trillion (US$123.4 million) by 2025 and VND5 trillion (US$220 million) by 2030.Key tourism markets will be Red River Delta provinces, mid-land and mountainous localities, and some cities and provinces in the central and southern regions like Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City. Regarding international visitors, Ha Giang province should pay heed to developing markets with high spending, including Western Europe, North America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and ASEAN.Geological tourism, community-based tourism, and nature tourism are;seen as major tourism products, along with adventure travel and discovery to…

Winter festival 2017 opens in Sa Pa town

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Winter festival 2017 opens in Sa Pa townThe winter festival is taking place in the temperature of 3 Celsius degrees and fog. The town’s central area and Sa Pa Church have been decorated splendidly with multi-colour LED lights.An art performance featured songs welcoming the New Year;while booths introducing traditional products of the locality were;arranged along streets in the town.Especially, an artificial snow space covering nearly 10,000 square metres opened with a slew of impressive check-in points. Sa Pa is one of few places in Vietnam where snow sometimes falls.Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Sa Pa district Le Manh Hao said the town is; expected to welcome 40,000-50,000 tourists during the festival which will last until December 31.The festival is one of the most famous cultural-tourism events in winter in Vietnam. This is the second year the event has been;held. Last year, the festival drew the participation of over 20,000 visitors.Located 350km northwest of Hanoi ca…

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The majestic beauty of top 7 best caves in Vietnam

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Vietnam landscapes always hide magic secret that can encourage everyone for satisfying the zeal of discovery. Not only well-known with romantic beaches, Vietnam is also an ideal destination for the most beautiful caves in the world. Let’s follow us to explore the majestic beauty of top 7 best caves in Vietnam!
The system of caves in Quang BinhSon Doong CaveSon Doong cave is considered as the largest natural cave in the world, which is recognized by Royal Geographical Society of England. The cave was first found in 1991 by a local people, but it takes 15 years later for scientists to access this place. It is said that Son Doong Cave has a giant size that it can a parking place for 68 planes of Boeing 777.Phong Nha CavePhong Nha Cave lies on the system of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park – one of the UNESCO Natural Heritage. The cave has a sublime system of stalactites with the diversity of shapes and colors. Besides, the cave also has the world’s longest underground river with 8km in len…

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Getting festive at Hanoi’s first German Christmas market

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A taste of Germany to get you warmed up for the Christmas season in Hanoi.“The history of Christmas markets goes back hundreds of years in Germany.” Tobias Kuester-Campioni, a member of the organizers told VnExpress. “Traditionally they are held in a churchyard in the center of the city or town. Cua Bac Church is the perfect place for us to open a Christmas market in Hanoi.”The market is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Goethe Institut Hanoi. “We expected only three or four thousand people to turn up, but so far 20,000 people have visited the market,” Campioni said.Twenty-five stalls and tents fillied with ornaments, handicrafts, handmade accessories, toys and books were at the market to greet visitors. The profits from these stalls will be; sent to support low-income families living on the Red River Island under Long Bien Bridge. According to one stallholder, a spot at the market cost VND5-6 million ($220-$264) for the three-day market last weekend.Sausages, stollen p…

Camellia sasanqua in full bloom in Binh Lieu

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Camellia sasanqua in full bloom in Binh LieuCamellia sasanqua is a vigorous plant with elegant white blossoms and a soft and fresh fragrance. In Binh Lieu there are large swathes of woodland where the perennial camellia sasanquais abundant, often bursting into blossom come December   The forests of camellia sasanqua cover an area of about 400 hectares. Camellia sasanqua are very familiar to daily life of ethnic minority groups as the root of the tree can be used medicinally in the treatment of stomachache, bone fractures, and sprains. Camellia sasanqua oil is;extracted from its beans and can be used as cooking oil. It is good for health as it contains a high content of omega 3,6,9 and other useful nutrients, which can help strengthen the immune system, prevent cancer, and promote weight loss. Taking advantage of the economic value of camellia sasanqua oil, local residents begin processing the oil instead of harvesting its fruit to sell to Chinese traders.  At present, the output of camellia…

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Ancient Chuong pagoda

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Ancient Chuong pagoda Built in the 15th century, Chuong pagoda has been upgraded twice, in 1702 and in 1711.Tour guide Nguyen Thu Lien explains why the pagoda is often called Golden Bell Pagoda: "Legends say that in a huge flood thousands of years ago, a wood plank drifted to the region carrying a golden bell. Nhan Duc residents tried to bring the bell ashore but it wouldn’t move. When the monks of the pagoda came, they managed to bring the bell to the pagoda.""The locals built a bell tower in the pagoda to show their gratitude to Buddha. The sound of the bell is said to echo for thousands of miles away,” she added.The pagoda was designed symmetrically on an axis leading from the triple gate to the Main Worshipping Hall, to the Ancestors Worshipping Hall, to the Mother Goddess Worshipping Hall, and then to the Bell Tower. The pagoda faces south. Architectural features of the later Le dynasty can be seen in the pagoda gate and roofsThe gate has three levels and 12 curved r…

Want to escape the bitter cold of winter? Vietnam’s Mekong waterways have the answer

Want to escape the bitter cold of winter? Vietnam’s Mekong waterways have the answerMany say winter is the most beautiful and magical time of the year, when white snow, sparkling decorations and family reunions lighten the mood of even the most miserable.And there is no denying that!The holiday spirit carries with it the opportunity to finish off the year with loved ones ad exchange gifts, hugs and wishes in the bitter cold before getting yourselves ready for yet another year-long journey ahead.But if you were born in a place where white snow covers every corner;of the town when winter comes around, it would be a huge experience to find out what this season; the most romantic and wonderful of all, looks like half way around the world; Want to escape the bitter cold of winter? Vietnam’sMekong waterwayshave the answer Many say winter is the most beautiful and magical time of the year as suggested recently by National Geographic.“While Canadian rivers are freezing into winter skating tra…

Saigon welcomes its 6 milliont foreign visitor in 2017

Vietnam's biggest city is on the right track to meet its annual target of receiving 6.3 milion international tourists. Saigon on Friday marked the arrival of its 6 millionth foreign visitor with pomp and circumstance as Vietnam's biggest city is on the right track to meet the annual target of receiving 6.3 milion international tourists this year.Upon landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Australian businessman David Michener was;greeted with flowers and a Vietnam Airlines business class voucher;from Bui Ta Hoang Vu, the director of the city's tourism department.Two other visitors on the flight that arrived right before and after Michener were;also surprised with a Vietnam Airlines economic class voucher each at the welcoming ceremony.Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Haisman Jamesrobin, who arrived right before Michener, as saying that this is his first time visiting the city and he would return to Vietnam.Saigon, Vietnam’s biggest commercial center, is one of the…

Can Tho greets 7.5 million tourist arrivals in 2017

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Can Tho greets 7.5 million tourist arrivals in 2017Total revenue from tourism activities's estimated at VND2.9 trillion in the year; 45% higher than the set target and up 61% year-on-year.The result's attributed to efforts made by the municipal authorities to promote the city’s images and tourism potential; and stronger cooperation between local tourism firms with their counterparts in and outside the country.Agricultural products are traded at Cai Rang floating market, a tourist magnet in Can Tho city The city aims to serve 2.45 million holiday-makers staying overnight in 2018, up 28.9% against 2017.Attention will be;paid to building typical tourism products; especially water-way tours in connection with historical and cultural tourism sites; trade villages, and eco-tourism sites; and promoting the tourism form of Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) and homestay.According to Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Minh So…

The bubble tea in Saigon

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The bubble tea in SaigonIf you want to see first hand the bubble tea explosion in the city, take a stroll down Ngo Duc Ke Street.Lying under the iconic Bitexco Tower and crossing the city's popular first pedestrian zone, Ngo Duc Ke Street has been dubbed the city's “bubble route”.A quick search for "bubble tea" on Foody, one of the most popular mobile food and drink applications in Vietnam, results in nearly 1,300 destinations serving the drink in Ho Chi Minh City. On Ngo Duc Ke Street alone there are 10 of these outlets;lined up along a stretch of just 100 meters (109 yards). “Drinking bubble tea has become a regular habit among young people here,” said Ngoc Lan, the manager of a bubble tea shop. “Ngo Duc Ke lies close to Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, which is their favorite hang-out spot, so it’s understandable it has turned into the so-called 'bubble route'.”Aside from bubble tea shops, many regular cafes in the neighborhood have also added the sweet, cold …