Mekong Delta on right track to boost tourism

The pristine beauty of Quan Lan Island in Bai Tu Long Bay in the northern Quang Ninh province has attracted a fast-growing number of tourists to the island recently. In 2015, the number of tourists to the destination reached 45,000, almost doubling that in 2014. In the first ten months this year, it received 47,000 visitors. The rise can be partly attributable to more diverse tourism products. In previous years, bathing was about the only thing tourists could do in Quan Lan. But now they have a lot of things to keep busy. According to Luu Thanh Vien, Vice Secretary of the Quan Lan commune Party’s Committee, local residents used to live off fishing and catching Sa sung (a kind of marine worms). Sa sung is a speciality of the region. It's used in cooking soup, which helps provide a wonderful taste and adds nutrition to dishes. Digging for Sa sung under the sand with the locals is a popular activity for tourists. Now these livelihoods have become a tourism product. Vien underlined the development of experience-based tourism in the commune, saying that the Van Hai Xanh JSC offered a package named “Experience a day as farmer in Quan Lan Island” in Son Hao village, in which holiday-makers will join in caring for vegetable and fruit trees, harvesting and enjoy the fruit of their own work. Meanwhile, Viglacera – Van Hai JSC offers community-based tours, such as fishing, fire camping, and sport games. The locality plans to open a Quan…... [read more]

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The pristine beauty of Quan Lan Island in Bai Tu Long Bay in the northern Quang Ninh province has attracted a fast-growing number of tourists to the island recently. In 2015, the number of tourists to the destination reached 45,000, almost doubling that in 2014. In the first ten months this year, it received 47,000 visitors. The rise can be partly attributable to more diverse tourism products. In previous years, bathing was about the only thing tourists could do in Quan Lan. But now they have a lot of things to keep busy. According to Luu Thanh Vien, Vice Secretary of the Quan Lan commune Party’s Committee, local residents used to live off fishing and catching Sa sung (a kind of marine worms). Sa sung is a speciality of the region. It's used in cooking soup, which helps provide a wonderful taste and adds nutrition to dishes. Digging for sa sung under the sand with the locals is a popular activity for tourists. Now these livelihoods have become a tourism product. Vien underlined the development of experience-based tourism in the commune, saying that the Van Hai Xanh JSC offered a package named “Experience a day as farmer in Quan Lan island” in Son Hao village, in which holiday-makers will join in caring for vegetable and fruit trees, harvesting and enjoy the fruit of their own work. Meanwhile, Viglacera – Van Hai JSC offers community-based tours, such as fishing, fire camping, and sport games. The locality plans…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Charity tourism has become more popular for its social and humanity significance. Tourists join a journey to refresh themselves after work and find the true values of life. Dieu Linh introduces charity tourism. People go on tourism and bring gifts to poor local people (photo: internet) Charity tourism is often the tours to remote and isolated destinations where the local life is underprivileged. Travelers will bring essential goods such as clothes, blankets, mosquito nets, and books to give to people in the host communities. Besides sight-seeing, tourists will visit ethnic families to learn about their daily life, go with them to the terraced fields to do farm work, and prepare meals and enjoy meals together. Pham Vu Hoang, a representative from Merolimex Telecommunications Company, says his company organizes charity tours for the staff once a year. “Our employees will get involved in humanitarian activities. They will have more experience about the difficult life of people in remote and isolated areas.” Vietrantour says it has developed a range of charity tours from Hanoi to Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Cao Bang, and Dien Bien province. Tours combining sight-seeing and humanitarian activities have attracted a lot of people. Le Cong Nang, Head of Vietrantour’s Communications Section, says: “Charity tours and community-based tours are the global trends. They have met the wish of foreign tourists to explore the local unique culture. Charity tourism has contributed to improving the community life and local socio-economic development.” To support poor children going to school, Trans…... [read more]

Vinh Thuc Island, 20 km from Mong Cai city to the south, covers a natural area of around 5,000 hectares including Vinh Thuc and Vinh Trung communes. From the center of Mong Cai City, you can take a bus to Mui Ngoc Wharf. It takes about 10 minutes to Vinh Thuc Island by high speed boat. When you get there, at the first sight, you will be surely impressive with the fresh air, peaceful scenery and green trees along the wild beach. On this island, you have chance to not only comfortably enjoy beautiful natural scenery but also to experience fishing activities in community-based tours to understand indeginous culture of the local people.... [read more]

A ten-minute boat ride from the ancient town of Hoi An via Thanh Ha pottery village’s dock, or over 20 minutes through Cam Kim ferry passing Kim Bong carpentry village, will take you to a little peaceful village trimmed with the green of bamboo. Triem Tay, a new tourist attraction, will bring you to the peaceful and green to taste the flavour of Vietnam’s countryside. With small and clean village streets shaded by trees and flowers, traditional craft communities, pristine and tranquil scenery, and many relics associated with the land’s early period of reclamation, Triem Tay is a typical locality that stores its own values and beauty of a pure Vietnamese village. Here, visitors can experience relaxation or join daily work with locals by walking on small pretty roads, drinking coffee riverside to enjoy sunrise or sunset, fishing with fishermen, flying kites on the banks of the river, and weaving mats or planting vegetables with farmers. Homestay service also offers guests a chance to stay and enjoy a daily life with hosts to be able to cook their own meals with vegetables in the garden and fish from the river or shop in the village’s market. Attentive and hospitable villagers will make you feel at home. The community-based tour to Triem Tay just kicked off in early September this year but is already very attractive to visitors from both at home and abroad. Going aboard at Thanh Ha dock. Peaceful roads shaded by green bamboo. It’s not hard to catch…... [read more]

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The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for the development of the Dien Bien Phu – Pa Khoang national tourism area in northern Dien Bien province by 2020. The objective is to turn Dien Bien – Pa Khoang into a tourism hotspot that meets the standards for a national tourism area by 2020. According to the plan, the 2,500-hectare tourism area will have all necessary infrastructure systems by 2030 and offer visitors insight into the northwest culture alongside signature tours linking the legendary Dien Bien Phu battlefield, Pa Khoang Lake and Muong Phang forest. It is part of efforts to boost tourism and socio-economic development in the province as well as the midlands and mountain areas of northern Vietnam. The tourist area targets to welcome about 1.5 million visitors by 2030, including around 500,000 international travellers, generating more than nearly US$222 million and creating employment opportunities for approximately 30,000 local residents. The province will develop a wide range of tourism products including history-culture tours, eco-tours, community-based tours and festival tours. In addition, transnational tours linking Dien Bien Phu and Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and other ASEAN countries will be designed via Tay Trang and Huoi Puoc Na Son international border gates... [read more]

(TITC) – From Sept. 24 – 29, the Culture and Tourism Week of Mu Cang Chai terraced field 2015 will take place under the theme "Golden Season on Mountains". The event aims to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the establishment of Mu Cang Chai District (October 18) as well as to introduce the beauty of Mu Cang Chai terraced field, local people, culture and tourism potential to domestic and international visitors. In the framework of event, there will be many activities to be held such as photo exhibitions, traditional market, film screenings, folk games… In addition, ecotourism and community-based tours to tourist attractions in the district will also be offered at the festival. This is a chance to raise local people’s awareness in preservation and promotion of ethnic minority groups’ cultural values to develop tourism. Pham Thanh... [read more]

One of the most popular community-based tourism products in Vietnam is the homestay. "The number of homestays in Vietnam increases rapidly every year, however, most of them are run by local families," says Duong Binh Minh, a community-based tourism expert. "The quality of local infrastructure and services does not meet international service standards and there is a worrying lack of local awareness and weak coordination between related parties, including local authorities, tourism experts and service providers." He continues: "This leads to the destruction of the natural landscape plus the business fails to meet customer expectations." Binh now devotes his life and his considerable tourism expertise to assist the development of community –based tourism all over Vietnam despite retiring from his position as managing director of a tour company two years ago. "Community-based tourism programs have not yet attracted professional travel agencies and tour operators; instead, they draw mainly independent travellers," says Binh. "Northern Vietnam attracts a high number of travellers because it is home to multiple indigenous ethnic groups. The number of visitors to the northwest was 422,200 in 2012. However, the number of tourists staying at home-stays was small, accounting for 3.4%." According to Binh, it is critical to firstly improve the service at local homestays. Hygiene and sanitation are of key importance. To reduce the cost, he says the construction material should be used appropriately. Rapid success Minh and Tho’s homestay in Mai Hich village was the first in Mai Chau commune, Hoa Binh province, which has been…... [read more]

Public sector employees nationwide will have 9 days off work for the forthcoming Tet Festival, and many travel agencies in Da Nang are taking advantage of the expected increase in demand for travel by launching various new tours. The Da Nang-based Viet Nam Travel Mart Company is offering day tours to some popular tourist sites in Da Nang, Hue and Quang Nam Province during the holiday period. They include the Ba Na Hills Resort, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An City, the My Son Sanctuary, the Cu Lao Cham Island, and the Hue Citadel. Meanwhile, the city’s branch of Viettravel is running a promotional programme until 25 March entitled ‘Beloved Spring 2015’. The company is offering many attractive day tours such as "Ba Na - A Path to Fairyland", "Charming Cu Lao Cham Island", and "Working as Farmers in the Tra Que Vegetable Village". Anyone booking their tours will be entered into a lucky draw to win cell phones, hand-held cameras, tablets and televisions. Da Nang-based Viet Nam Tourism Company (Vitours) has launched the attractive Family Vacation package and community-based tours, and both have proved popular with customers. The Deputy General Director of Vitours, Mr Le Tan Thanh Tung, remarked that the volume of bookings for the Tet period is likely to climb by about 10% against last year’s figure. This is mainly attributed to the relatively stable number of regular visitors from Japan and South Korea, along with the recovery in the tourist arrivals from China. In addition, the number…... [read more]




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