Religion meets nature in a cultural and tourism festival to promote the Bach Ma National Park in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue that kicked off on Wednesday. Entitled An Tuong Bach Ma (Impressions of Bach Ma), the two-day festival features various cultural and religious activities, including Buddhist incense offerings at the Bach Van Pagoda, religious dancing, a sacred fire procession and bell tolling for peace. The week will also feature some sporting events including a relay race entitled Conquer the Bach Ma Peak, a rock climbing competition and a martial arts performance. A food fair will introduce the area's specialities, giving tourists a chance to enjoy local cuisine. "The festival is an event to kick off this year's tourism season in the area," said the deputy director of the provincial Tourism Department, Nguyen Quoc Thanh. The week is hosted by the Bach Ma National Park's Management Board and the Thua Thien-Hue Provincial People's Committee. The park is well … [Read more...] about Bach Ma Park launches tourism festival
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The Culture, Sports and Tourism Department of central Khanh Hoa Province has banned local travel agencies letting foreign visitors hire motorbikes without driving licences. The move came after the National Administration of Tourism requested all tourism departments nation-wide to seriously follow regulations when hiring motorbikes to foreigners. It said this was an attempt to ensure the safety of foreign visitors travelling in Viet Nam where the traffic often seemed out of control. Under the regulations, all foreigners unable to get driving licences for the first three months of their stay can use licences issued in their countries or international driving licences. What do you think about the crackdown? Would it discourage you from visiting many of the nation's distant attractions? Does the move conflict with policies promoting national tourism? If Viet Nam allows foreign visitors to drive motorbikes without licences, do you think this is discriminatory in any way or a move in … [Read more...] about What do you think about the crackdown?
Dong Son village offers visitors the chance to learn more about the country's archaeology, its countryside, culture, history and architecture. As one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Viet Nam, Dong Son offers visitors the chance to learn more about the country's archaeology, its countryside, culture, history and architecture. Tucked away in Ham Rong Ward, in the central province of Thanh Hoa, Dong Son is a small village of just over 300 families by historical Ham Rong Bridge, which is associated with the anti-American war when the Vietnamese air defence force shot down many US aircraft, and the Ma River. The river is connected closely with various legends like the Dragon-Horse God who created the river to save local people from droughts. Lying near the foot of Canh Tien Mountain, the village reflects the simplicity of many Vietnamese villages, with a vast area of fertile fields to the front of it and a busy wharf, which is always teeming with boats. It is also a typical … [Read more...] about Historic village captures Vietnam through the ages
In recent years, the Northwest has become a popular destination for eager Vietnamese and Western backpackers with a taste for the unfamiliar. Long and winding road: Pha Din Mountain Pass in Son La Province, a famous landscape and a must-see for tours to the northwest. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong On a rainy summer's day in Ha Noi, a group of Western backpackers, bags fastened to their muddy motorcycles, return to the crowded city after trekking through some of Viet Nam's northwest provinces. It is no surprise that in recent years, the Northwest has become a popular destination for eager Vietnamese and Western backpackers with a taste for the unfamiliar. Cultural diversity is among many reasons why tourists have flocked to the region. "I had heard a lot about the Northwest of Viet Nam, particularly the famous [battle of] Dien Bien Phu, but only after I'd been there could I really experience the beauty of the colourful culture here. In particular, I was impressed with the … [Read more...] about Viet Nam tourists head north by northwest
To many, Viet Nam is a peaceful and friendly destination, abundant in culinary delights, natural treasures and local smiles. But according to some, Viet Nam faces a crisis of image. A recent article by Dea Birkett on the Travel page of the Daily Mail (online) has sparked a debate about how visitor's perceive Viet Nam. In her article, Birkett wrote the country was haunted by "the scars of conflict," that "it's not easy to forget the war" and that "the American war is still evident" throughout the country. Since being published on Sunday, the story has received a predominantly negative reaction from readers, many arguing her preoccupation with war (unfairly) overshadowed her perception of Viet Nam. Do you agree with Birkett? What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam? Please reply by email to: opinion[email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions … [Read more...] about What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam?