Editor’s note: People don’t necessarily come to Vietnam to go diving. It doesn’t have the reputation of the Philippines, Indonesia or even Thailand as a place to dive, but that’s all starting to change. A growing number of visitors are choosing some of Vietnam’s best known and newly popular tourism spots as a place to ‘go deep’ and get qualified. Editor’s note: People don’t necessarily come to Vietnam to go diving. It doesn’t have the reputation of the Philippines, Indonesia or even Thailand as a place to dive, but that’s all starting to change. A growing number of visitors are choosing some of Vietnam’s best known and newly popular tourism spots as a place to ‘go deep’ and get qualified. Expat Australian Jon Aspin recently did his Advanced Open Water diving course on Phu Quoc, and this is what he had to say about it. I’ve never considered myself the diving type. Pulling off the ‘cool … [Read more...] about Going deep in Vietnam
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VietNamNet Bridge - If anywhere in Vietnam could be described as the "Vietnamese Riviera," it would surely be Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Below are the top destinations in this southern province: Vung Tau City Vung Tau is HCM City's closest beach resort, and can be reached by a picturesque hydrofoil ride down the Saigon River or by a rather circuitous highway route. Those suffering from burn out during an extended stay in Ho Chi Minh City will enjoy Vung Tau during the week. To most tourists, Vung Tau is one of the most interesting destinations and loved for its extensive beaches. Tourists always prefer sightseeing at Front Beach (Bai Truoc) and going swimming in Back Beach (Bai Sau). The first beach is front beach, in the West of the city, where the sun goes down. The Front Beach is considered the facade of Vung Tau city. It is also called by other names such as Tam Duong beach or Hang Dua bay. Besides the best location, the beach is also preferred for having many restaurants and elegant … [Read more...] about Discover Ba Ria-Vung Tau – Vietnam’s Riviera
Belonging to Cat Ba Archipelago, which includes 367 islands, in the south of Ha Long bay, Cat Ba Island is only 30 km from Hai Phong city centre and 25 km from Ha Long city. Not at all is it a random thing when Cat Ba is also called PearlIsland (Dao Ngoc in Vietnamese). With a 70m altitude, and the post to overlook Lan Ha lagoon, Cat Ba lures tourists by its heavenly captivation. With an area of 140 km2 and population of 9000 people, it is proud to be the biggest island among the 1,969 islands in Ha Long bay. If you are considering a fresh-air and beautiful place to travel, just pack your stuff, stand up and fly to this magic land of blue Sky and Sea! The Biosphere reserve of the world! The archipelago has a global significance thanks to its plentiful species found nowhere else. It is home to the golden-headed langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), one of the top ten rare primates in the world due. Besides, visitors can find several precious habitat types here, including fringing … [Read more...] about Cat Ba island, Vietnam’s Pearl Island, a surprising heavenly landscape!
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about whether Viet Nam could take advantage of celebrity visits, such as that of Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Con Dao earlier this month, to promote tourism. Here are some responses. Sarah Garner, American, Ha Noi Next week: On November 19, a Taiwanese passenger onboard a Vietnam Airlines plane attempted to open the emergency exit door. He now faces a fine of VND10-20 million (US$476-952) as his act was identified as a violation of the civil aviation safety and security regulations. The case of the Taiwanese passenger is not rare. Just a few weeks ago, a Vietnamese student tried doing the same thing. Both Taiwanese and Vietnamese passengers defended their actions. The first stated that he mistook the emergency exit with the toilet door, while the second said he just wanted to see the landscape outside. The student's action was reported to have caused the flight to be delayed and cost the airline company $10,000. … [Read more...] about Tourism marketing must remain creative
The management board of Trang An tourist attraction in Ninh Binh province is compiling a file to submit to the UNESCO, seeking this organization’s recognition of Trang An as a world cultural landscape. The concepts of world natural and cultural heritage were launched in 1972. However, until 1992, the definition of “cultural landscape” was introduced by the UNESCO. To be recognized as a world cultural landscape, nominated sites must satisfy six criteria for cultural heritage and four criteria for natural heritage. So far, only 28 sites in the world have been recognized as cultural landscape by the UNESCO. “Some UNESCO’s experts advised us to seek this title,” said Mr. Nguyen Duc Long, director of the Trang An tourist site. The file of Trang An will be sent to the UNESCO in September 2013. The result will be announced in 2014. Long said that it is more highly possible for the site to be recognized as a cultural landscape, because there are only 28 … [Read more...] about Trang An seeks world cultural landscape title