Quang Binh hires int’l consultant for developing its master plan

Children on Cua Viet beach, ​Quang Tri province (Source: VNA) Quang Binh (VNA) - For the last few years, an increasing number of students in Hai Ninh commune in central Quang Binh province’s Quang Ninh district have dropped out of school to help their parents with fishing at sea. According to the commune People’s Committee, in the school year 2016-2017, the commune had 115 students graduate from secondary schools but just 88 applied to high schools for 2017-2018. It is unclear if all of the 88 students will attend high school. Hoang Van Than, head of the commune’s Studying Promotion Association, said that after graduating from secondary schools, many local students did not want to continue their education. “Male students work at sea with their families while female students quit school and go to urban areas to seek jobs,” Than said. With the new school year fast approaching early next month, Than said that local authorities and agencies are trying to encourage children to return to school. In the past, children of poor households dropped out of schools because of financial difficulties but recently, children of well-off families have also quit school early to work, he said. Nguyen Xuan Ninh, 15 years old, of Hai Ninh commune, has worked on an offshore fishing boat for three months after he graduated from secondary school. “I won’t continue going to school because I am not good at studying. My family is not well-off…... [read more]

First flight from Chiang Mai lands at Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh Province on August 11. It’s the first international connection between central Viet Nam and northern Thailand. — Photo courtesy Jetstar Pacific The first flight between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Dong Hoi City in Quang Binh Province was officially launched on August 11 on the first air route connecting central Viet Nam and northern Thailand. Budget airline Jetstar Pacific said 350 passengers took the 1:40 hour flight from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi City and back on an Airbus A320. Jetstar Pacific said it offers one-way tickets for VNĐ620,000 (US$27.4) on the new route. Currently, two weekly flights are scheduled - on Mondays and Fridays. The company says more than 5,000 passengers have already booked flights on the newly-launched Chiang Mai-Dong Hoi. According to the provincial tourism department, the new air route will help Thai tourists travel to destinations in central and northern Viet Nam, such as Hoi An, Ninh Binh, Ha Long, Ha Noi and Sa Pa, while Vietnamese visitors will be able to take advantage of it to tour famous sites, including Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luan, Wat Phra Sigh, Wat Ung in Chiang Mai. Quang Binh Province, known for beautiful beaches, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and limestone caves, hosted two million tourists, 50,000 of them foreigners, in the first half of this year. In July, a film team from Thailand filmed the caves in Quang…... [read more]

The annual VTV International Cycling Tournament – Ton Hoa Sen Cup – will kick off on September 2 with the participation of 84 athletes. Cyclist compete at the fourth stage of the Ton Hoa Sen Cup last year.  Cyclists from 12 crews will tour through 14 stages from Hanoi to HCM City, during which they will have to conquer famous but difficult passes, such as Hải Vân which connects Hue and Da Nang, Ngang between Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces and Ru Ri in Khanh Hoa. The final is on September 17 and a total bonus of VNĐ1.2 billion (US$52,600) will be awarded to the best cyclists, of which the overall winner who bags the yellow jersey will pocket VNĐ120 million. During these two weeks, organisers and athletes will present more than 46,000 gifts and 200 bikes to poor students in localities they pass through. Martial artists to perform in Nghe An The National Traditional Martial Arts Championship will be held in Nghe An Province on August 11-15. The 26th competition has attracted more than 300 artists from 25 cities and provinces, including the strong ones such as An Giang, HCM City, Hanoi and Binh Dinh. Last year in Hanoi, HCM City topped the medals tally with 11 golds. Binh Dinh and People’s Police were second and third, respectively. Offroad Cup 2017 is open for registration The Vietnam Offroad Cup (VOC) 2017 returns next month to Dong Mo, Son Tay, Town, Hanoi. The two-day event has three categories –…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Cao Thị Ngan lost a son, but gained six other children to call her mother. Cao Thi Ngan (right) and Tran Thi Hau, an organ recipient, like mother and daughter. -- Photo vietnammoi.vn She had to deal with her intense grief and the Vietnamese tradition of burying the dead intact when took the decision to donate her brain-dead son’s organs to people needing organs to survive. Since the decision was taken, Ngan has longed to the people who received her son’s organs, to make sure that they are healthy and feeling that her son is still alive. Her dream was realised last Thursday, the first anniversary of her son’s death, at her home in Ha Noi’s Quoc Oai District. There was a lot of crying, hugging and holding hands as the organ recipients and their families had lunch together, reminiscing about the circumstances that brought them together. They all called Ngan “mother,” saying they considered her as the one who’d given birth to them. "My son died but his death was not meaningless. He has saved the lives of many people. It was on this day last year that his funeral was held. The Military Hospital 103 gave him the honour of a martyr’s funeral,” she told the Suc khoe va Doi song (Health and Life) newspaper. Ngan said she would never forget the fateful morning of July 27, when Ha Noi was hit by a tropical storm and she received a call from a relative telling…... [read more]

According to Axalis, the travel agency offering the Son Doong adventure their tours are fully booked until 2016. What is more, over a thousand international tourists who applied to take the tour were rejected due to a lack of fitness. The price of the tour is around US$3,000 per person. Son Doong cave is a very special place and only 224 tourists are allowed to enter per year. The local authority also limits the number of tours to four per month. It is hidden in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, near the Laos-Vietnam border. The name Son Doong means ‘mountain river cave’. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding the limestone underneath the mountain. It was found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and then discovered in 2009 by British cavers in an expedition led by Howard Limbert. During the first expedition, the team explored two and a half miles of the cave before a 200 foot wall of muddy calcite stopped them. They named it the Great Wall of Vietnam. Limbert says the cave is five times larger than Phong Nha cave, which was previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Son Doong is over 5km in length, 200m high and 150m wide. Due to the adventurous nature of the tour British caving expert Limbert has set many strict criteria. The tour is for tourists in good health and with a…... [read more]

Let’s explore incredible beauty of Vietnam through following photos: A peaceful bike ride in Ninh Binh province (Photo: Michaël Garrigues / Via Flickr: lain32) Charming Nha Trang City (Khánh Hmoong / Via Flickr: hmoong) The limestone islets of Ha Long Bay (Nathan O’Nions / Via Flickr: nathanoliverphotography) Spectacular Sapa (Photo: Nathan O’Nions / Via Flickr: nathanoliverphotography) Ba Na- the world’s highest and longest cable car in Danang (Photo: Trang Nguyen / Via theguardian.com)... [read more]

Huong Tich Cave is at the center of Chua Huong (Perfume Pagoda), a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains in Hanoi’s My Duc District, around 70 km southwest of the city center. The mouth of the cave has the appearance of an open dragon’s mouth with Chinese characters carved in a wall at the mouth. The characters translate into “first-grade cave of the Southern World” (Southern World refers to Vietnam) and the carving is dated to 1770. The words are attributed to the ruler of that time, King Trinh Sam. Inside the cave are many statues, including a large one of Guanyin, an East Asian deity of mercy and a bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists, made of green stone. Among the naturally occurring features of the cave are thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. 2. Tam Coc - Bich Dong Tam Coc-Bich Dong in the northern province of Ninh Binh is dubbed “the inland Ha Long Bay”. The name “Tam Coc” refers to three caves – Ca (first), Hai (second), and Ba (third) that were created by the passage of the Ngo Dong River through limestone mountains. The caves, which are as long as 127 meters and as high as two meters, can be explored by boat. Starting at a wharf in Van Lam village, Ninh Hai Commune, the two-hour trip takes tourists along the river and through the caves.Bich Dong is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain…... [read more]

The world-renowned magazine published a much-awaited photo essay, "Fly through a colossal cave: Son Doong in 360°"on Son Doong Cave early Thursday morning, Vietnam time. This essay was presented under the Son Doong 360 project supported by the magazine. The resplendent cave is secluded in the core area of UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in the central province of Quang Binh. The essay offers a series of 360° panoramas which allows anyone with an Internet connection to gain stunning peeks into Son Doong Cave, as if they were there to take in first-hand the cave’s pristine grandeur and its picturesque surrounding areas. Readers can magnify all the photos for clearer views of details. They can also rotate the photos in 360 degrees or have an authentic taste of lifelike forest sounds including birds’ twittering, leaves rustling and springs bubbling. The NatGeo "virtual tour" also offers basic information on the grotto. Swedish photojournalist Martin Edström, the essay’s author, hopes to bring the cave to as many people as possible and wishes to document Son Doong in its relatively untouched state before any possible construction in the future might spoil the charm. He thus set out with a team in late January to Quang Binh Province to build a virtual tour of the breathtaking cave. The Son Doong 360 project was sponsored by National Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund, which was established in 1888 to encourage exploration and preserve nature and relics. So far, it has funded over 10,000 projects at…... [read more]

Two of the destinations are located in the north – the Hanoi Old Quarter, ranked 31st, and Ha Long Bay, ranked 65th in the Ultimate Travelist 2015. Two places in the central region listed in the top 500 are the historic town of Hoi An, ranked 83rd, and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, ranked 168th. The tunnels of Cu Chi, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam coast are also in the list, at 306th and 418th places. In comparison, Malaysia has three spots on the list, Singapore has two, and Thailand has eight. Last year foreign arrivals to Vietnam hit more than 7.8 million, up 4% from 2013. Between January and July this year, the figure was around 4.4 million, a 9.4% decrease annually. Lonely Planet said the rankings were compiled from the highlights found in every one of its famous guidebooks throughout the years. The list was whittled down to a shortlist and the publication then asked readers to vote for their top 20. The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia topped the list this year. Described as the “Hindu heaven on earth,” this complex of more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs that form a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia, takes the crown. In response to a question about the appeal of Vietnam to travelers, a Lonely Planet spokesperson pointed out…... [read more]

The eco-friendly vehicles, worth around VND300 million (US$13,390) each, can reach a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour and carry 12 people, including the driver. Assembled in China based on Danish technology, these electric cars need a break to recharge after every 110 kilometers. Besides visiting popular local tourist destinations, the cars travel around five main streets in Quy Nhon, which is the capital of Binh Dinh Province: Nguyen Tat Thanh, Xuan Dieu, An Duong Vuong, Le Hong Phong, and Phan Boi Chau. The service, provided by local tour operator Eden JSC, costs VND20,000 (US$0.89) per ticket, and is offered from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. The electric car model has been adopted in other places in Vietnam, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sam Son Town in northern Thanh Hoa Province, Dong Hoi in central Quang Binh Province, and Cua Lo Town in central Nghe An Province. Hanoi, which is the country’s first locale to pilot electric cars in its Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem District and around Tay (West) Lake, has seen the service embraced by locals and tourists since its launch three years ago. The electric cars have so far transported more than 1.2 million visitors and generated over VND20.4 billion (US$950,694) in revenue.... [read more]




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