The newly launched Heritage Cruises is attracting high end tourists as the first boutique luxury cruise operator offering a three night authentic and unique cruising option in the Gulf of Tonkin. By Linh Nguyen Overnight cruise in Halong Bay Halong Bay is one of the New Wonders of the world and tourists flock to sail on its karst-dotted waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. A few miles away, however, is Lan Ha, another bay that is just as beautiful but with fewer tourists. Heritage Cruises provides guests with a unique twist in the natural wonder of Lan Ha bay in the Cat Ba Archipelago. Already operating in Vietnam’s Nha Trang Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay under the luxury brand Emperor Cruises, Heritage Cruises will launch its first boutique cruise in the unique Cat Ba archipelago. Together with a new website and the first cruise photos on display at heritagecruises.com, the company is promoting itself via various travel trade shows and roadshows in Asia, Europe, North America and … [Read more...] about Overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Natural wonders of europe
While international and domestic tourists have flocked to Ha Long Bay to admire the karst topography for many years, Ha Long City has lacked cultural events, modern entertainment and attractive beaches to prolong the duration of their visits. But that’s finally changing thanks to a major makeover that’s transformed the city’s image. A natural wonder of the world When Ha Long Bay was recognised as world nature heritage by UNESCO in 1994, people in Ha Long city and Quang Ninh Province imagined a bright future for their homeland’s tourism industry. Each year, the city started to see millions of tourists from all over the world, but very few actually stayed in Ha Long City. Both domestic and international tourists were coming to see Ha Long Bay, considered to be a ‘natural wonder of the world’, a place you ‘must see in your lifetime’. The city of Ha Long was regarded as a pit-stop. Most tourists simply clambered off a bus before … [Read more...] about How Ha Long City has been tranformed into a vibrant destination
Halong city's new entertainment complexes, enrich the appeal of the magnificent Halong Bay While international and domestic tourists have been flocking to Halong Bay to admire the heavenly and distinctive karst topography for many years now, Halong city has always lacked cultural events, modern entertainment, and attractive beaches to prolong the duration of their visits – but this is finally changing thanks to a major makeover that has transformed the city’s image. A natural wonder of the world When Halong Bay was recognised as a World Natural Heritage by the UNESCO in 1994, local imagined a bright future for their homeland’s tourism industry. Each year, the city started to see millions of tourists from all over the world, but very few actually stayed in Halong city. Both domestic and international tourists were only coming to see Halong Bay, considered to be a natural wonder of the world, a place you simply must visit. The city of Halong was only seen as a … [Read more...] about A new dawn for tourism in Halong city
Poster mash-up: ODDO made a propaganda look-a-like poster for turning Banana Island into a public park. — Photo courtesy of ODDO Architects Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà We drive to Long Biên Bridge to get to Bãi Giữa, more commonly known as Banana Island, a 24ha stretch of land in the middle of the Red River. Running down from the centre of the bridge is a steel staircase leading to an island covered by a green canopy of banana, papaya and guava trees, interspersed with the cloudy-white flowers of the wild reeds. The area is vast with no roads, just beaten paths zigzagging behind gardens and trees. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city we left behind. "It’s very quiet down here," says Marek Obtulovic from ODDO Architects, as his colleague Nguyễn Hoàng Long nods in agreement. As we walk under the shade of numerous banana leaves, Obtulovic stops and says: “This is where our … [Read more...] about Nostalgic Future: Turning Banana Island into Green Lungs of Hà Nội
It’s been a while since I last paid a visit to a museum in HCM City. I’m not sure why I’ve come to neglect local museums. It could be because busy work has got the best of me or foreign museums have brought more excitement. There are a few museums in HCM City that attract many tourists on a daily basis, including War Remnants Museum, Hồ Chí Minh Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, among others. During my recent visit to the Fine Arts Museum in District 1, I found it to be a place that has preserved its cultural value. However, it didn’t inspire me as much as my first visit five years ago, perhaps because it hasn’t been upgraded. Though I understand that museums in general have to display permanent collections, I expected more from one of the most iconic museums in HCM City. “I love to check out museums when visiting another country since it is the fastest way to get to know a country’s culture and history,” Franstian Lo, an … [Read more...] about Are local museums falling out of favour?