Plans to develop Ban Gioc waterfall tourism announced

The Ban Gioc Waterfall lies on a stretch of the Viet Nam-China border in Trung Khanh District of the northern province of Cao Bang, some 90kms away from Cao Bang City. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet Detailed plans for the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourism site were announced yesterday by Cao Bang Province’s People’s Committee and the Ministry of Construction. The master plan was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in April this year. The waterfall is the fourth largest border waterfall in the world and was named one of the ten most spectacular waterfalls in the world by travel site Touropia. The announcement calls for investment to turn the Ban Gioc Waterfall into a key local and national tourism site, contributing to boosting the development of the northern mountainous province and the region. Under the plan, the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourist site will cover 1,000ha while the central area of the site will cover 156.7ha. Facilities will be also built in the zone to serve tourism, including hotels and service areas. The tourist site is expected to welcome approximately 750,000 visitors per year and have more than 1,000 rooms for tourists by 2020. By 2030, the tourist site is estimated to receive 1.2 million visitors and have some 1,750 rooms for visitors. The central area of the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourist site is set to have four areas including the Ban Gioc aterfall landscape, the landscape along the Quay…... [read more]

Ban Gioc Waterfall (Photo: VNA) Cao Bang (VNA) - The People’s Committee of Cao Bang province and the Ministry of Construction on August 17 announced master and detailed plans for developing Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site. The announcement aims to call for investment from enterprises to turn Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site into a key tourism site of the northern mountainous province and the nation, contributing to boosting the development of the province and the region. Under the master plan, approved by the Prime Minister in April this year, the Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site will cover 1,000ha while the central area of the site will cover 156.7ha. Facilities will be also built in the zone to serve tourism, including hotels and service areas. The tourist site is expected to welcome approximately 750,000 visitors per year and have more than 1,000 rooms for tourists by 2020. By 2030, the tourist site is estimated to receive 1.2 million visitors and have some 1,750 rooms for visitors. The central area of the Ban Gioc waterfall tourist site is set to have four areas including the Ban Gioc waterfall landscape, the landscape along the Quay Son River, the mountainous forestry landscape ecology and the agricultural landscape ecology. Ban Gioc is in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, on the border with China’s Guangxi province. It is 53 metres high and 300 metres wide and has three levels of smaller waterfalls. The waterfall is the…... [read more]

With a strong passion for mobility, discovery and experience, modern people can go anywhere at any time. In summer, they prefer going to the sea. In winter, upland tours are well-liked. Vietnam expects to see a 15 per cent growth in upland tours this year. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, noted that “The top task of the tourism industry in the second half of this year is to exert all the strengths to achieve the growth of least 30 per cent and this cannot be a better time for the Vietnamese tourism industry to take wings to fly.” Therefore, in addition to maintaining the charisma of central and southern coastal tourist attractions, it is also very important to boost the competitiveness of northern upland tours during the autumn-winter season to achieve this growth target. Diversified upland tours woo visitors National Day holidays will start the autumn-winter tourism season. Many have planned their travel for their families, with a majority opting out for short-day tours because they have 2-3 days off for this public holiday. In addition, there are many traditional festivals during this autumn - winter tourism season such as Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival, Halloween, Christmas and New Year with many stimulus programmes. As a result, these tours catch the fancy of foreign travellers. Weather is very good during this season and tourists can have perfect conditions to explore, experience and contemplate the scenic landscape. To…... [read more]

Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort puts on promotions Anh Tien A view of Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort - PHOTO: SAIGONTOURIST Saigontourist's Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort, adjacent to Ban Gioc Waterfall in Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Province, one of Asia’s wonders, is launching multiple promotional programs throughout this summer. Individual guests are entitled to a 20% discount on room rates in the first-night stay and 25% from the second-night stay when they check in from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and book lunch at the resort. Furthermore, they can enjoy a discount of VND400,000 on room rates when check in from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For food and beverage services, those booking tables for 20 to 50 people will be offered a 5% discount and those booking for more than 50 tables will get a 7% discount.  Additionally, a 5% discount is applicable to a beverage bill of VND200,000 to less than VND500,000. A 10% discount is for a bill from VND500,000 or above. All these promotions are valid until August 31. The 31.15-hectare luxury resort consists of 53 guest rooms and a ballroom for over 200 guests. Its restaurant serves local, Asian and Western specialties. The first four-star resort in the northeastern region of Vietnam boasts a harmonious combination of modern facilities and unique culture of ethnic minorities in the area. At the Saigon-Ban Gioc resort, tourists will have a chance to discover the stunning beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall, breathtaking Nguom Ngao Cave, and picturesque sights in the border area. Ban…... [read more]

The path leading to Phia Thắp Village, home to 50 families from the Nùng ethnic minority in Cao Bằng Province, is surrounded by green rice paddy fields. Homestay of Hoàng Ngọc Kim in Phia Thắp Villgae, Cao Bằng Province.-VNS Photo Khánh Dương Nùng people live in stilt houses right next to their fields with domestic cattle being raised in the shade under the house. Hoàng Ngọc Kim’s home stands out. Outside the newly-repaired house constructed from brightly-polished wood hangs a small sign reading “Welcome to Homestay Mr Kim”. The traditional structure of Kim’s stilt house is still preserved. The house’s first floor, which used to be a cattle holding area, has been extended to make a cozy living room with wooden tables and chairs. The well-organised second floor is where tourists can sleep, providing more than 20 mattresses and eco-friendly decoration. Each mattress is well prepared with a pillow, a mosquito net, a lamp and an electricity socket. Kim is the only one in the village with a homestay facility. Community-based tourism (CBT) projects aided by the Centre for Rural Economy Development (CRED) have been implemented in the northern mountain provinces of Hà Giang and Cao Bằng, where ethnic minorities face many disadvantages. The model aims to create sustainable income sources and employment opportunities for ethnic minority communities, improve their sanitation and natural environment, and preserve traditional cultural identities. Everyone gets involved …... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Singer Bui Bich Phuong has completed a music project called “Viet Nam – Viet Nam” that praises the beauty of the country and its culture. Traditional culture: Singer Bui Bich Phuong’s Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me) features images of Vietnamese landscapes and culture. — Still photo taken from video “My team and I want to introduce our country’s landscape and culture to young Vietnamese, especially those overseas,” said the 27-year-old. The project includes three music videos with songs that contain melodies that combine traditional Vietnamese music and pop and dance music. One video, titled Noi Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me), was released four days ago, earning more than 370,000 views on YouTube. The song was composed by Pham Thanh Ha, who is popular for songs influenced by traditional music. “I know the song’s title looks weird and does not highlight my project, but its melody is great. It’s a harmony between the [ethnic minority] Red Dao’s music and pop music,” Phuong said.   The video is about a love between a Kinh woman and a Red Dao man, and a Red Dao traditional wedding. Directed by Khuong Vu, the video captures landscapes at the Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. Phuong said that her team loved the music, costumes and traditions of the Red Dao. “I want to make impressive…... [read more]

NDO – Developing tourism at national tourist sites has brought about positive results in local socio-economic growth, but on the other hand, it has also posed concerning negative impacts on the environment, heard delegates at a conference held in Ninh Binh province, on July 28. The seminar was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) under the theme ‘Protecting the environment at national tourist sites’. Addressing the event, Tu Manh Luong, Head of MOCST’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, outlined Vietnam’s master plan for tourism development by 2020, with a vision towards 2030, with priority placed on advertising 46 national tourist sites across the country. However, one of the huge challenges facing tourist sites in Vietnam is environmental protection. At many tourist attractions, the discharge of solid waste, a lack of water closets and out-dated facilities pose a high risk of environment pollution. Therefore, he stressed that protecting the environment and ecological diversity must be key tasks at tourist sites in order to attain sustainable development and green growth in the tourism sector. Regarding the solutions to the issue, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Deputy Head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that it is necessary to compete the legal system and regulations on environmental protection at tourist sites, to tighten the management over tourist activities which have created certain impacts on the environment, increase the inspection of environmental situations at tourist attractions and strengthen international cooperation on sustainable tourism development. …... [read more]

They were invited by the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) to attend the annual festival, which takes place on the tenth day of the third lunar month. On the way from Hanoi to Cao Bang province, a delegation comprised of 65 representatives from different countries visited a number of historical relics such as the Ban Gioc waterfall, Pac Bo revolutionary resistance base, and Dam Thuy border guard station. Tran Van Ba, a Vietnamese living in Russia and also chairman of the Haiphong-born Vietnamese association, said that they always turn their minds to the homeland and are happy to join millions of fellow countrymen in the pilgrimage. Le Van Duyen, 84, from the US, expressed warm sympathy for the hard life of people and soldiers in the border areas and great admiration for those who have laid down their lives for the protection of Vietnam’s territorial integrity. Duyen says the journey back home has made him better understand the importance of the border demarcation between Vietnam and China. “After returning to the US, I will tell other Vietnamese nationals about what I’ve seen with my own eyes in the homeland,” he added. All delegates were deeply moved to see the Pac Po historical relic site where late President Ho Chi Minh once lived and led the Vietnamese revolutionary movement. “During my childhood, my grandparents, parents and neighbours told me about President Ho and his great service to the nation. These stories have become a major theme for talks among…... [read more]

The government leader made the recommendations during his visit to the province on June 25-26 to discuss the province’s socio-economic development from now until 2010. The PM said Cao Bang, which shares 300 km of borderline with China, is one of the poorest provinces in the country. The province registered an economic growth rate of more than 11 percent and had an average per-capita income of US$340 last year. Cao Bang is capable of being self sufficient, its industry and service sectors have developed and the province has paid attention to developing education and culture and upgrading its infrastructure. However, economic targets set by the province remain too low. The PM asked the province to review its plan regarding the current situation and to upgrade environmental protection efforts. He spotlighted the advantages of the province's proximity with China, which he said would create favourable conditions for tourism and services development. The government leader proposed the province give equal priority to industry, agriculture and services in its economic development plan, and to hook up with the central authorities to tap its ability to develop hydroelectricity and mining. He asked the province to call on parties to develop industry and services while ensuring environmental protection and sustainable development. Priority will be given to developing the Ban Gioc waterfall, including the construction of a route linking National Highway 3 to the waterfall for tourism purposes, he said. PM Dung said that the provincial authorities must work closely with relevant ministries and agencies to…... [read more]

Following are excerpts from the interview. VOVNews: What is your assessment of the event? Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vu Dung Mr Dung: It is not only an important event but also good news, particularly for those involved in land border demarcation because no one really thought that the demanding work could be done on schedule. However, showing a great deal of determination, Lao Cai province has already completed its marker posting ahead other northern border provinces among which Ha Giang and Lai Chau expect to complete their work on schedule. VOVNews: Could you brief us on the progress that Vietnam and China have made in planting land border markers so far? Mr Dung: Vietnam and China share nearly 1,400km-long borderline that was once demarcated in a treaty signed by France who then ruled Vietnam and the Chinese Qing Dynasty (called the France-Qing treaty) in the late 19th century. However, many land border issues have occurred during the past century, requiring both Vietnam and China to sit down at the negotiating table and construct a new treaty. After a new pact was signed in 1999, we agreed to speed up the border demarcation work and have completed 85 percent of the work. I hope that with more effort we will finish the remaining 15 percent of our mission in 2008.VOVNews: Both countries have not yet reached a consensus on several points (Point C) for the marker posting. What will we do to overcome this challenge? Mr Dung: Formerly there were…... [read more]

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