Phu Quoc, Mui Ne among Asia’s most idyllic beaches

VietNamNet Bridge - Here are the most beautiful bays in central Vietnam. Quy Nhon Bay Spreading from the south of Phuong Mai peninsula to Genh Rang, the bay of Quy Nhon takes an important role in the marine economics of Quy Nhon City in the central province of Binh Dinh. There are many beautiful beaches in the bay like Hoang Hau (Queen), Tien Sa, etc. Xuan Dai Bay The central province of Phu Yen boasts numerous beautiful scenic spots of which Xuan Dai Bay is a masterpiece of nature. With its rare and yet still little-known beauty, this bay makes an attractive destination. Located 50 km north of Tuy Hoa city, Xuan Dai Bay covers 13,000 hectares. It is flanked by 15 km Co Ngua Mountain which, from afar, looks like a unicorn's head. The 50 km-long Bay has many beautiful small beaches with a primitive beauty. The area includes mountains, islets and peninsulas such as Ong Xa islet, Da Mai mountain, and Mu U peninsula which together create a magnificent landscape. Xuan Dai is a picturesque landscape designed by Mother Nature in which the mountains, water and sky blend harmoniously. Around Xuan Dai Bay, there are several sites for tourists to discover. Ganh Den is a slope of hundreds of stacked rocks on top of which stands a lighthouse. Beautiful sandy beaches stretching beneath the slope are not large but beautiful enough for tourists to relax and experience life close to nature. Xuan Dai Bay inspires tourists with its…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vu Duc Dam has approved the policy of opening a tourism route to Con Co Island, as proposed by the Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee. The Deputy PM assigned the Quang Tri People’s Committee to closely associate with the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and relevant agencies to set up planning and invest in building technical infrastructure to serve tourism and ensure the combination of socio-economic development with building and consolidating national defence as regulated. Con Co Island is located east of Vinh Linh district (Quang Tri province) and sits at 17 degrees latitude, about 30 kilometers from the mainland. It is assessed as one of the most beautiful islands of the central region with an abundant eco-system. Tourists can swim; dive and see coral; visit the primeval forest and the lighthouse; and enjoy cuisine processed by people on the island. Especially, tourists can visit a traditional room where displays recreating the history of the armed forces and local people over the past 55 years are kept, and a tribute to the soldiers who died to protect the island at the Hill 37 Monument./. BTA... [read more]

The People’s Committee of the Central province of Quang Tri has proposed the Government to open new tourism route to Con Co Island. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam agreed with the People’s Committee of the Central province of Quang Tri’s proposal. However, the Deputy PM asked the provincial authorities to work with the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Culture – Sport and Tourism and relevant agencies in planning and building infrastructure to meet demands of socio-economic development as well as of national defense and security.Con Co Island is located to the East of Vinh Linh district, crossing the 17th parallel about 30 km from the mainland. It is considered one the most beautiful islands of the central region, with an abundant ecosystem and great tourism potential.The new tour will bring visitors to traditional hall where displays items related to the he history of the army and people of the island over the past 55 years, monument Hill 37 commemorating the soldiers sacrificing themselves to protect the island and Ben Nghe (Nghe Wharf) - Mom Ho beach.... [read more]

The Deputy PM tasked Quang Tri authorities, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and related agencies, with developing plans and constructing technical facilities to serve for tourism to the island and ensure good performance in combining the tasks of local socioeconomic development with building and consolidating national defence in the province. Con Co Island is located about 30km off the eastern shoreline of Vinh Linh District, which occupies the south of the Gulf of Tonkin and serves as a demarcation point between Vietnam and China in maritime delimitation in the gulf. The Con Co Island District was established in October 2014 in an area of approximately 2.3km2. Crossing the 17th Parallel with a key position and an important role as an international shipping line and aviation gateway, the island is considered the nation’s outpost. It has also been rated one of the most beautiful islands in the Central Region with a rare ecosystem and rich potential for tourism. Tourists to the island will have a chance to visit a traditional room storing artefacts that reconstruct the history of the army and people in the island district over the last 55 years or climb to Hill 37 to reach a memorial dedicated to fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the island. Visitors can also enjoy swimming and coral snorkelling at Ben Nghe–Mom Ho Beach, visit a primeval forest and a lighthouse on the island and enjoy dishes prepared by islanders.…... [read more]

Experience the island life of the Mekong Delta By Dang Hoang Tham in Kien Giang On my trip to Kien Giang Province, in the far south of Vietnam, I traveled to Kien Luong coastal district to see what is reputedly the most beautiful island in the Mekong Delta. To get to Hon Nghe Islet I took National Road 80 to Nga Ba Hon wharf and caught a boat. The cruise departed early in the afternoon and we seemed to get lost in a wonderland, a small Ha Long Bay in the south. The cruise glided past many islands. The famous mountainous Phu Tu Islet was to the north surrounded by many smaller islands. The little islands have weird shapes - a stone castle, a whale and there’s the coconut tree covered Ba Lua Island. After two hours we arrived at Hon Nghe Islet and went ashore in a small wooden boat. The first thing I saw, halfway up Lau Chuong Mountain, was a 20-meter-high statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha. The limestone mountain has many stalactite caves. We decided to go to the old Lien Ton Co Tu Pagoda. We had to conquer hundreds of stone steps to get the sanctuary. On the way, we passed the statue of Sakyaminu Buddha and Chuong (Bell) giant rock which will made a “boong... boong” sound like a bell when I struck it with a small rock. Further up are beautifully carved Arahat statues. The pagoda is about 20 meters inside a stone cave.…... [read more]

While real estates in Singapore, especially in Sentosa, are always hot and have seen their price rise by 300 per cent in only seven years, Singaporean investors are increasingly turning to new markets with high growth potential, such as Phu Quoc in Vietnam. In Asia, Singaporean real estates rank second after those in Hong Kong in terms of price. They have been a magnet to investors for many years. However, investors have recently started shifting focus to other regional markets to expand their portfolios. The reason is that real estates in Singapore are getting more and more expensive, despite the Singaporean government’s intervention policies, such as tightening the conditions for uncollateralised borrowing to buy real estates, and raising property ownership tax. Moreover, investors are paying a 7 per cent tax on the transaction value of their second property in Singapore, and a 10 per cent tax on the third. Singapore ranks third in the world in the number of rich people, according to a Knight Frank report. As Singaporean investors are the most nimble, these exogenous reasons, together with the hope to own prime land plots, have pushed the flow of capital outwards. Besides traditional markets, such as Phuket and Bali, Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam has become a new favourite destination for this capital flow. Phu Quoc, with its white, sandy beaches and blue coast, convinces any tourist. On the other hand, international standard villas and condotels are being pulled up, turning the most beautiful island in the Gulf…... [read more]

International travelers do not need permission to visit Co To Island anymore. Located in Quang Ninh Province, Co To is often regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Viet Nam. Co To Island District actually comprises a large Co To Island, small Co To Island, and many other smaller islands. Besides magnificent beaches, key attractions in Co To includes natural forests, lighthouses, memorial statue of Ho Chi Minh, fishing village, Rock Garden, etc. In the past, foreign visitors were required to hold a permit to enter Co To Island, according to the Decree No. 71/2015/ND-CP of Viet Nam Government, dated on Sep 3, 2015. However, on Jul 15, Quang Ninh Province’s Police Department announced that Co To Island District is now a local tourism site in accordance with Decision No. 1288/QD-UBND of the provincial People’s Committee. Accordingly, foreign tourists can freely visit the island without asking for permission from local authority as before, said Hoang Ba Nam, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Co To Island District. During the first half of this year, Co To welcomed nearly 15,000 visitors, most of which are domestic tourists. The new announcement is expected to attract more international tourists to the island. In 2016, Co To aims to receive approx. 250,000 tourists.... [read more]

Kusto Home has built an ideal island for family with high living standard, green and peaceful environment. Sponsored Children's playground with family oriented and fresh-air spaces are valuable in Ho Chi Minh City and Diamond Island phase 2 will bring resort-style and cozy surroundings with Hawaii tower, which will be officially introduced on July 24, 2016. As the first building of phase 2, Hawaii is a 25-story tower with a total of 177 luxury apartments and offers a variety of sizes between 55 to 450 square meters for customer’s choice. The special offer selling price of Hawaii tower is at VND2.2 billion (nearly $99,000). Diamond Island Phase 2 - developed by Kusto Home - includes five towers named after five most beautiful islands in the world: Hawaii, Bora Bora, Maldives, Bahamas and Canary. This naming supports the message from Kusto Home about their wish to turn Diamond Island into an ideal island for family, especially kids. The new image of Diamond Island People who care about health are looking for a project allowing them to enjoy their life in accordance with a higher standard of living, especially when the level of environmental and noise pollution in HCM city have been quickly reaching the worst level in the world, according to the research of Yale University and Columbia University in 2012. Mr. Murat Utemisov, Chairman of Kusto Home, said: "From my personal perspective, besides exclusive location and luxurious design, the factor that decides the level of a real estate project is…... [read more]

Kusto Home, a member of real estate corporation Kusto headquartered in Singapore, has announced the second phase of Diamond Island, a brilliant residential project located in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City. Hawaii tower adopts mainly resort-style design elements, putting family in the centre. Hawaii tower has 25 stories with a total of 177 luxury apartments between 55 to 450 square metres. The launch offers special celebratory prices starting from VND 2.2 billion ($100,000). The second phase of Diamond Island includes five towers named after the five most beautiful islands in the world: Hawaii, Bora Bora, the Maldives, the Bahamas, and the Canary Islands. This choice of names conveys Kusto Home’s wish to turn Diamond Island into the ideal resort island. It is estimated that there are only enough playgrounds to accommodate 7 per cent of Ho Chi Minh City’s population of children. According to Kusto Home’s chairman Murat Utemisov, besides exclusive location and luxurious design, the factors that decide the level of a real estate project are building density, the amount of green space, and high quality facilities in this order. “Diamond Island does not only possess an exclusive location as the only island in the middle of District 2 with all 3 sides facing waterfront, but it also boasts other features that are essential for a luxury river-side apartment, that no other project in Ho Chi Minh City has,” Utemisov said. Understanding that family is the core of Vietnamese cultural values, especially when it comes to the…... [read more]

If you want to experience the thrill of walking through the sea to an isolated island, then Nhat Tu Son (First Word Mountain) in the central coastal province of Phu Yen offers the perfect answer. An underwater "road" will take you to an island still largely untouched by modern-day life. But don't worry, sharks rarely visit the area. The island's name originates from the fact that it looks like the word ‘First’ in Mandarin. According to locals, it helps protect nearby fishing villages from strong winds.... [read more]

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