Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district

Mt.Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Phousi Mountain (Luang Prabang)

The Phousi Mountain is situated in the centre of Luang Prabangs. To climb up the mountain can be hard but it is definitely worth the trip. There is a formidable view from the top of the mountain where you can see "The Royal Palace", and the surrounding rivers and villages.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

The Shwedagon Pagoda officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw, also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a 99 metres gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma.

Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda, Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam.

Nov 18, 2014

Viet Nam Sea and Islands Culture and Tourism Week!

A Viet Nam Sea and Islands Culture and Tourism Week will be held in the capital on November 20-24.
Ha Long Bay
An art show titled Praising Sea - Islands Culture and Tourism will open the event on November 21 at the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre in Hoa Lu Street. It will be broadcast live on VTV2.
It will gather participants from culture, sports and tourism departments in 13 cities and provinces including Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ba Ria Vung Tau and Kien Giang.
According to the organisers, the event aims to present and honour the cultural values and tourism potential of the country's sea and islands, call for investment to develop the economy in sea and island localities - and raise awareness about their need for preservation and protection.
Various activities will be organised, including an exhibition titled Culture Heritage, Viet Nam Sea and Islands Tourism which will display tangible and intangible values of antiques found at various sea areas throughout Viet Nam.
The exhibition will showcase antiques from a shipwreck found at Cu Lao Cham, which includes more than 240,000 ceramic objects from Chu Dau in northern Hai Duong Province dated back to the 15th century.
The exhibition will display fishing and working tools used by sea and island inhabitants. As many as 60 paintings by Ha Noi artists on sea and islands and 100 photos on Vietnamese culture.
The Navy Museum, the museum of Viet Nam's Border Defence Force and Coastal Guards, will be responsible for an exhibition titled Building and Protecting the Nation's Sea and Islands.
The exhibition will gather old photos, paper maps, 3-D maps, royal documents from the Nguyen dynasty, administration documents of the French government and the southern Viet Nam administration between the years 1955 and 1975 proving Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
Participating cities and provinces will have a chance to introduce cultural identities, festivals, beauty spots and other tourism potentials. Visitors can buy special handicrafts made by coastal people as well as agricultural products from the islands.
Various art shows will be organised with hundreds of amateur and professional artists throughout the country. This will include don ca tai tu (southern folk music) from HCM City, folk singing from central provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, northern province of Quang Ninh and central province of Thua Thien — Hue.
The event was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training, the High Command of Coast Guards, the High Command of the Navy, the High Command of Border Patrol Directorate and the Ho Chi Minh Central Communist Youth Union.
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Phu Quoc Island, one of the world’s top winter destinations!

Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam has been cited among the world’s top winter destinations for 2014 thanks partly to its deep sand beaches and warm waters.
The Vietnamese National Administration of Tourism said Wednesday on its website that the island – known as the Southeast Asian country’s tourism haven – ranked third in a list of 15 recommended destinations for the best winter trips this year released by U.S. magazine National Geographic Traveler’s website, which promotes beautiful landscapes around the world.
“Some of Vietnam’s best beaches are on heart-shaped Phu Quoc Island... Located in the Gulf of Thailand ... Phu Quoc once housed the so-called ‘coconut tree prison’ where prisoners of war were held through 1973,” the site said about the island.
“What’s bringing international travelers and, so far, restrained development to Phu Quoc today are its warm, turquoise waters; secluded, deep sand beaches; and lush, mountainous interior (protected as a national park),” it explained when discussing why foreigners love the island.
Renowned globally as a paradise-like island, Phu Quoc covers 589.23 km2 off the southern province of Kien Giang. Administratively speaking, the island is classified as a district administered by the Kien Giang administration.
Besides giving general information about Phu Quoc, National Geographic Traveler’s website also recommended that travelers visit it from December to March, which is the dry season with ideal average daytime temperatures between 77°F (25°C) and 82°F (28°C).
Other suggestions including accommodation and must-eat food were also cited on the site.
“Pull up a plastic chair and sit under the stars at the bustling Dinh Cau Night Market to try whatever local fishermen hauled in that day,” it said.
National Geographic Traveler ended its description with a fun fact about Phu Quoc that the island is Vietnam’s nuoc mam (fish sauce) capital.
Its signature (and powerfully pungent) sweet-sour Phu Quoc sauce is the essential Vietnamese condiment and, in 2013, became the country’s first product to receive European Union Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.
The Phu Quoc fish sauce production line has been developed for 200 years, and this specialty of Vietnam has become more popular at home and abroad since it is exported to the U.S., EU, and a number of Asian countries.
On February 14 this year, Phu Quoc Island welcomed its first international flight, carrying 290 Russian passengers.
The island’s new airport, which was officially opened in 2012, is capable of handling 2.6 million visitors and expected to serve its development for the next 15 or 20 years, according to Dao Viet Dung, director of Phu Quoc airport.
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Ha Long Bay becomes world’s 20 geological wonders!

Ha Long Bay in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh has been listed in the 20 geological wonders of the world by travel guide website Rough Guides.
A corner of Ha Long Bay.
Ha Long Bay , which spans 1,553km2 and includes 1,969 islands of various sizes, was twice recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000.
In 2011, Ha Long Bay outranked 261 other landscapes from all over the world and was voted one of the seven new natural wonders of the world.
The recognition acknowledges the bay’s exceptional rock cave and limestone mountain system which took millions of years to form, as well as its outstanding biodiversity.
Other places on the list of Rough Guides include Lying areas Danakil (Ethiopia), Cal Orko stonewalls (Bolivia ), De l’Ankarana National Park (Madagascar) , Nitmiluk canyon (Australia); Brighstone Bay (UK) and Antelope Canyon (the US).
Rough Guides is a leading publisher of travel and reference information known for its ‘tell it like it is’ attitude, accurate, up-to-date content and informed contemporary writing.
Source VNA

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park continues its global status!

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO) has re-recognised the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park in the northernmost mountainous province of Ha Giang as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks for the 2015-2018 period.

Representatives from UNESCO Vietnam handed over the recognition decision to the locality’ leaders at a conference in Dong Van district on November 12, which was to review the development process of the park over the last four years. 
Dam Van Bong, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said it is a great honour for the locality and Vietnam in general to be received the re-cognition, adding that this is the responsibility for the province to preserve and promote outstanding values of the heritage and introduce them to the world.
The park is one of the most attractive tourist sites in Ha Giang, contributing to luring more holiday-makers to the province and benefiting local people. 
The local authorities have run communication campaigns in all the hamlets and communes in the locality in a bid to raise public awareness of conserving and promoting values of the heritage. 
Dong Van plateau was recognised as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks in 2010, becoming Vietnam’s first geological park and the second in Southeast Asia.
Covering a total area of 2,356 km2, it is 80 percent limestone and contains the fossils of thousands of species of prehistoric creatures from 400-600 million years ago.
It is also home to over 250,000 people from 17 different ethnic groups, who boast unique cultures that have been fostered over the centuries. Recently, 14 archaeological sites were excavated in Dong Van, Meo Vac, and Yen Minh districts, in Dong Van plateau, revealing hundreds of relics believed to appear in the prehistoric and protohistoric times.

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Unique alleys of Hanoi

The capital city of Hanoi houses a large number of narrow alleys, mostly in the Old Quarter. Some alleys are wide enough for only one or two persons or a motorcyclist to pass through. 

Most alleys are in the Old Quarter, including bustling merchant streets like Hang Bac, Hang Buom, Hang Dao and Hang Duong
Local traders use these alleys to display costumes for sales, making the alley narrower
The alleys here are small, long and dark. Sometimes bulbs are on around the clock
They are the living places of many locals and they do not want to leave for new places
This alley is so narrow that it is only wide enough for a motorcyclist to travel through
Mr Dat has been living on 44 Nguyen Sieu street, part of an alley under the former French colonialism, for several decades
Households extend their houses to every inch of the alley, making it smaller and smaller
For a larger alley, households use every open space for cooking and washing
Part of this passageway on Hang Ngang street is used for selling fashionable clothing
This passageway on Hang Ngang street is just 60cm wide
The common alley is rarely tidied up
Despite narrow and dark alleys, many people do not want to flee their homes
They say it is easier to earn a living in the Old Quarter than anywhere else in the city
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The post-subsidy period of Hanoi!

German photographer Reisen has traversed every nook and cranny of Hanoi to capture the daily life of Hanoians in the post-subsidy period.

In addition to full-time work for state agencies, most Hanoian families do extra jobs to supplement their income. The city streets are most often their business place of choice.

Source: VOV