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Son Doong among world's 10 most incredible caves: Canadian magazine

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Son Doong Cave in the central province of Quang Binh has made its name into the list of 10 'most incredible caves in the world' compiled by Canadian magazine The Travel. Son Doong Cave is located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. (Source: Oxalis Adventures-Ryandeboodt) "Being 200m high and 175m wide as well as 9.4km in length, this cave is estimated to fit a 40-story New York skyscraper," it said. Son Doong, located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, has captured international spotlight since it was opened to tourists in 2013. "It requires two days of intense jungle trekking and river crossings to reach the entrance of Son Doong Cave," the magazine noted. Oxalis Adventure operates the tour, with a four-day-three-night expedition to the cave costing 69.8 million VND (around 3,000 USD). Only 1,000 visitors are allowed to explore the cave a year for environmental reasons, and the tour is available only between January and August. Trekkers accompanied

Loi Am Pagoda – a must-see spiritual landmark in Quang Ninh

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Lesser known and less crowded than Yen Tu or Ba Vang pagodas, Loi Am Pagoda is one of the most sacred spiritual sites in the province. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: Loi Am Pagoda is located on a mountain range with an altitude of 503m, surrounded by charming landscape. Photo Chua Loi Am - Quang Ninh Facebook Many tourists visit the northern province of Quang Ninh not only to contemplate the stunning beauty of the world’s natural wonder, Ha Long Bay, but also to find inner peace at tranquil ancient pagodas that are aplenty. Lesser known and less crowded than Yen Tu or Ba Vang pagodas, Loi Am Pagoda is one of the most sacred spiritual sites in the province. Built in the 15th century during the reign of Emperor Le Thanh Tong (1442-1497), the 700-year-old pagoda is also one of the oldest in Vietnam. Loi Am Pagoda is located on a mountain range with an altitude of 503m within Dai Yen Ward in Ha Long City. It is surrounded by a charming landscape, similar to that of a beautiful plateau. Behind the pag

Cruise ships set to bring thousands of foreign visitors to Vietnam

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Four ships operated by Silversea Cruises are scheduled to carry thousands of international tourists around Asia, including Vietnam, this December. Silver Muse will become the first cruise ship to return to Asia in December after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (Photo: Silversea Cruises) With a capacity of more than 1,000 people, including tourists and crew, Silver Muse will become the first cruise ship of Silversea Cruises' 13-ship fleet to arrive in Asia after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this, three other ships, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Spirit will come back to Asia in the near future. The upcoming Asia tour of Silversea Cruises, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, comprises of 25 voyages which range between 10 and 20 days each between December and May 2023. In December, Silver Muse cruise ship will bring around 1,000 multi-national tourists to Vietnam. During their stay they plan to visit different spots in Ho Chi Minh City,

Foreign website hails delicious local dishes

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Tasting Table, a famous website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts, has posted two articles praising two local dishes, banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes) and nem lui (charcoal-grilled lemongrass pork skewers). Banh xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes). According to author Clarice Knelly, banh xeo is filled with juicy meat and features delectable crunchy veggies. “This nationwide favorite is a street-food staple but looks different based on where you're visiting in Vietnam,” she added. Knelly also quotes Cook's Illustrated as saying that while the dish looks deceivingly simple, it is actually complex as it must balance its great texture, numerous flavours, and temperature. Another article written by Ali Fagan also recommends foreign visitors sample nem lui in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue when visiting Vietnam. Nem lui, grilled pork sausages. The article explains that street food is a vital part of the cultural experience when visiting the country. “While Pho, a ric

Foreign travel website suggests 10 best things when visiting Vietnam

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Kayaking in the waters of picturesque Cat Ba island and taking a food tour to sample delicacies around Ho Chi Minh City are among the 10 best things to do in Vietnam, according to UK-based travel website Time Out. Parking motorbikes on the side of the road and snapping photos of the Ma Pi Leng pass can be considered an unmissable experience when traveling to misty Ha Giang province. (Photo: offroad.vn) The travel website suggests guests spend time discovering the cuisine and culture of Hanoi. When visiting the capital city, travelers can dine at the same bun cha restaurant as Barack Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain did, or find their own favourite place out of the countless restaurants and street stalls around the city. In addition, Walking around Hoan Kiem lake in the heart of the capital in the weekend is too good to miss. Located south of world-famous Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba island offers a more rugged, adventurous getaway compared to its headline-grabbing neighbour. Home to a verdan

A pearl in mountainous province

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Referred to as the “Halong Bay of the northwest region”, Nong Dung Lake has recently been attracting tourists as an ecotourism destination due to its emerald water and poetic scenery. The Nong Dung Lake is suitable for outdoor activities Nong Dung Lake belongs to Huu Lien Commune, Huu Lung District, Lang Son Province. The whole commune is inside 8,300 hectares of the Huu Lien Nature Reserve stretching over Huu Lung, Chi Lang and Van Quan districts. The lake is some 120 kilometers from Hanoi, so it is easy for tourists to get there by motorbike or by car. The nature reserve is also home to the Huu Lien special-use forest, a green lung of the northwest region because it is surrounded by high mountains, cave systems and underground streams, creating a diverse ecosystem with a pristine landscape and offering visitors an unforgettable travel experience. The lake is suitable for all outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking, rowing around the lake, etc. Tourists can visit there any time o

Vietnam views green tourism as sustainable development direction

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The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) considers Southeast Asia the 4th largest international tourist attraction in the world and Vietnam is one of the 10 countries with the fastest tourism growth. Villas in the Tram Tau Hot Spring Resort in the northern province of Yen Bai are made of Pomu wood and natural rocks. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Dung Vietnam is a country with great potential in developing green tourism with rich and diverse resources, many beautiful landscapes and historical sites. In line with the global trend, Vietnam’s tourism industry has identified green tourism, and sustainable tourism on the basis of green tourism as a development path in the next ten years. Sustainable, not temporary growth Defined to become a key economic sector, Vietnam’s tourism industry depends heavily on the natural environment. Therefore, for the sustainable development of tourism, it is inevitable to follow the direction of green tourism. Vietnam is one of the 10 countries with the longest coast co

10 most beautiful lakes in Vietnam

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The country is home to a range of beautiful lakes, including natural lakes and lakes formed by dams to generate electricity. Let’s take a look at the nation’s 10 most beautiful lakes as complied by travel agency Local Vietnam. Covering a vast area of over 22,000 hectares, Ta Dung lake is located in Ta Dung National Park of Dak Glong district in Dak Nong province. The lake is usually at its most beautiful between July and December, allowing visitors to travel by boat to savour the scenic views of the area. Furthermore, guests can also visit the local fishing village, organise picnics on the banks of the lake, as well as enjoying a peaceful atmosphere. Situated roughly 230km from Hanoi, Ba Be lake is the largest natural freshwater lake nationwide, with a length of over 8km, it boasts a water surface area of roughly 500ha and is made up of three connected lakes, including Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam. It is also listed among the top 20 most beautiful natural freshwater lakes in the world in

10 experiences in Vietnam everyone must try at least once

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Travel site The Culture Trip has listed 10 experiences in Vietnam that everyone should try in their lifetime. 1. Immersing yourself in Cai Be floating market in Tien Giang province Boats carrying all kinds of goods create a market on water, bursting with a cacophony of sound and brilliant colours. 2. Buying tailored clothes in Hoi An Visitors can choose from a sizeable collection of fabric and different designs for tailor-made outfits when in Hoi An ancient town, which for hundreds of years was a prosperous trading port. 3. Going through Hai Van Pass The pass is located on a spur of the Bach Ma Mountain Range that heads down to the sea, bridging Thua Thien-Hue province and Da Nang city. 4. Exploring caves in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park Phong Nha - Ke Bang is the largest national park in Vietnam and been ranked a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 5. Taking a boat around Ha Long Bay With about 1,600 islands both large and small, Ha Long Bay is certain to bring visitors a rich and uniq