Quang Ninh to offer SEA Games 31 athletes free admission to tourist attractions

More than 1,400 athletes, coaches, referees and organising committee members taking part in the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) events in Quang Ninh will be entitled to free admission to popular tourist attractions in the northern province. Ha Long Bay, a popular tourist destination in Quang Ninh. (Photo: VNA) Free sightseeing tours and experience activities will be held during the games, alternating between competition days, to allow all athletes and coaching staff to join, according to Nguyen Thanh Tung, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture and Sports. SEA Games 31 is the biggest sports event ever hosted by Quang Ninh. It is deemed as a perfect opportunity for the coastal province to introduce its magnificent natural landscapes to international visitors. The province has designated five three- to five-star hotels to accommodate sports delegations, referees and organising committee members. It will host competitions in seven sports, namely beach volleyball

Phu Quoc, Cat Ba among most idyllic islands in Southeast Asia

A woman on a boat on Phu Quoc Island. Photo by VnExpress/Phan Phuong Canadian travel magazine The Travel listed Phu Quoc Island in the south and northern Cat Ba Island among the most stunning islands in Southeast Asia. The magazine said Thailand is known in the region for beautiful islands, but there are other idyllic islands in other parts of Southeast Asia that are even more affordable. It came up with a list of the top 10 islands in Southeast Asia that aren't in Thailand, which includes Phu Quoc and Cat Ba. "Cat Ba Island offers diverse wildlife, scenic hiking trails, and relaxing beaches. It has a budding tourism infrastructure with some hostels and hotels available to book on the island," the magazine wrote. Cat Ba Archipelago in the northern city of Hai Phong, adjacent to world heritage site Ha Long Bay, has 367 islands, of which Cat Ba is the largest. The island is surrounded by limestone karst mountains rising from turquoise waters that make it an ideal destinatio

Tourism booms as people are anxious to travel after Covid lockdowns

Since March, many families have booked long-distance tours for the summer now that the economy has reopened. Within the last three months, since the tourism reopening day on March 15, Dang Xuan in Nam Tu Liem district in Hanoi has taken three trips. Xuan likes traveling, but she could not travel over the last two years because of the pandemic and lockdown. She said she was excited traveling with parents, friends and co-workers. “All of us enjoyed the trips. We ate, drank and had a campfire. In general, I traveled a lot before the pandemic. But I think I will travel more as I had to stay put for a too long time,” she said. Xuan and her family returned from a trip to Nha Trang last year, when the fourth Covid wave broke out in HCM City. And they only could travel again since March. “My kids are also anxious to travel. They always complained that they had to stay at home for too long,” she said. Xuan also booked a tour to Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province for her parents and her husband’

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Spectacular glass-bottom bridge opens for daredevils

Bach Long, the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge, offers the brave a special walkway 150 meters above a valley.

Buddha's Birthday Festival in Ba Vang pagoda, Quang Ninh 2022 🙏

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Nui Thung: the angel eye of the mountain in Cao Bang

Located in the middle of a beautiful valley in the border district of Tra Linh, Angel Eye Mountain, locally known as Nui Thung, is a favourite place for camping activities of young people in the northern Cao Bang Province. Nui Thung: the angel eye of the mountain in Cao Bang Province. Nui Thung impresses visitors with its unique appearance as it has a hole, measuring 50m in diameter, passing through its face, which looks like a giant eye in the centre of the mountain. At the foot of the mountain, campers can find the perfect place to set up their camps on immense grasslands or by green lakes. They can admire charming natural landscapes while walking around and taking photos. When night falls, the temperatures can drop as low as winter. Even though a campfire may be built, campers should prepare warm clothes in advance. Tay ethnic women rowing a bamboo raft on the lake at the foot of Angel Eye Mountain Upon rising, an interesting activity at the beginning of the day is paddling a stand-

First lotus festival to feature 200 lotus-made dishes in Vietnam

A lotus festival, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is scheduled to take place in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap between May 19 - 21, which is expected to set a record of 200 lotus-made dishes. Pham Thien Nghia, chairman of the Dong Thap provincial People’s Committee, said the festival will provide an opportunity for the locality to introduce its tourism potential and typical lotus products, whilst simultaneously calling for greater investment in local socio-economic development. During the three-day festival, a wide range of activities will be held, including an exhibition of lotus products, a photo exhibition on President Ho Chi Minh, as well as a photo and song contest about Dong Thap province. There will also be performances on lotus tea tasting, lectures on the lotus in Vietnamese culture, and calligraphy on lotus leaves. The highlight of the festival will be performances by artisans who are to create 200 lotus-made dishes to be decorated in the shape of a giant lotus flow

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Ban Gioc among world’s top amazing waterfalls

 Ban Gioc Waterfall is considered a priceless gift that the nature has given to the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. It is an overwhelming waterfall with breathtaking beauty in Southeast Asia. Ban Gioc Waterfall, located on the Vietnam-China borderline, is in Dam Thuy commune of Trung Khanh district. (Photo: VNA)   The waterfall is 89km to the north of Cao Bang township and 26km from Trung Khanh town. (Photo: VNA)   Ban Gioc Waterfall is 53 metres high and 300 metres wide. It has three levels with many smaller waterfalls. (Photo: VNA)   Laying at the foot of the waterfall is a river. (Photo: VNA)   Laying at the foot of the waterfall is a river. (Photo: VNA)    Source: VNP