Tam Thanh wins major Asian award

VietNamNet Bridge – The Tam Thanh art community village in Tam Ky City of Quang Nam Province has been awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals. Handicrafts: Coracles covered with colourful paintings of ocean scenes and fishing. Vice Chairman of Tam Ky City’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Minh Nam, told Viet Nam News the award was announced at the 2017 Asian Townscape Awards session in Fukuoka City, Japan, on July 27. Nam said the prize was being awarded by UN-Habitat, Asian Habitat Society, Asian Townscape Design Society and Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre, and the ceremony will be held in Yinchuan City on September 28-29. “It’s a great honour for us. Efforts were made by local villagers, the city’s administration and artists nationwide,” Nam said. “We also expressed our thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme and Korean artists and volunteers for their decoration of the village with colourful murals on moss-covered walls in 2016,” Nam said. Tam Ky City and Tam Thanh Commune launched the fishing village of Tam Thanh as a community-based art space for eco-tourism development. It’s also the first project in Viet Nam that weaves art space into community lifestyle. The fishing village, with a population of 6,000, is known nationwide and by foreign tourists for the murals in Trung Thanh Hamlet. In March, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Việt Nam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hà Nội and local painters started painting a coracle for an exhibition in Tam…... [read more]

Diverse activities take place in Hue National Tourism Year to be launched in Hue This is the second time Royal has visited Vietnam in the past six months. Pointou-Charantes has sent several art troupes to the Hue Festival since the event was first held in 2000. A number of art troupes from the Poitou-Charentes region will join this year’s festival including Carabosse, Jazz Combo Box and Les Oreillers Rouges-Vanessa Jousseaume. Carabosse troupe has planned a spectacular performance on the Huong River with candle installations during the opening ceremony. The French artists will also set up an installation of small fires along the wall of the Hien Nhon Gate in the Forbidden Purple City and the trumpeters of Jazz Combo Box will perform in the streets and on stage at the festival. During her visit from April 7-10, Segolene Royal will visit and hold working sessions with Vietnamese leaders. This is also an opportunity for the French delegation to observe the progress of the eco-tourism development project undertaken by the Hue Tourism College and La Rochelle University.... [read more]

Tien Giang needs tour guide training for tourism Eco-tourism is the Mekong Delta’s and Tien Giang Province’s strongest advantage. The Saigon Times Daily spoke with Nguyen Ngoc Minh, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, about eco-tourism development at a seminar on the subject last week. Excerpts: The Saigon Times Daily: What are the strong advantages of Tien Giang’s tourism? - Nguyen Ngoc Minh: Tien Giang has a convenient geographic location along the Tien River with many rivers and islets such as Tan Phong, Tan Long, Ngu Hiep and Thoi Son that have created renowned fruit gardens, growing fruit like Cho Gao dragon fruit, Hoa Loc sweet mangoes and Cai Be oranges and mandarins. Local and international tourists are also interested in historic and cultural relics such as Ap Bac, Rach Gam-Xoai Mut, Truong Dinh and Thu Khoa Huan temples and traditional craft villages. The province can develop eco-tourism inherent in traditional craft villages – this is its advantage. Fruit gardens and traffic infrastructure in the province are currently underdeveloped and local government has yet to have any orchard-associated tourism projects. Are there any solutions for the problem? - Soon, the province will rearrange fruit gardens to form fruit growing areas to supply a vast amount of fruit for the market and develop eco-tourism. In the short-term, the local tourism industry plans to expand tourism products due to the province’s distinctive advantages. We are building a tourist site on Thoi Son Islet covering more than 1,200 hectares…... [read more]

Binh Chau hot springs By Salome MicMic Villaflor (*) One of the most spectacular places in the country - Binh Chau Commune - can be reached by traveling some 150km from HCMC over rocky roads. Situated in the mountains of southeastern Vietnam, the area is rich with forests and hot springs. Legend describes the thermal springs as a hot water pot that the Vietnamese "Goddess of Boiling Water" spilled into the place out of anger, a story that stretches past beyond the footsteps created by visitors. Even though the ride to Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province where Binh Chau Commune is located is long, the marvelous hot water pot of Saigon-Binh Chau - Ho Coc Eco Tours & Beach Resort eases any muscle tension caused by the journey. One can enjoy a hot water bath at 37 degrees Celsius in a swimming pool, a hot mud bath, a foot bath at the natural hot spring area, or a swim at a white sand beach. You can pamper yourself with a heavenly massage after a hot bath and when you get hungry there's that 82 degrees Celsius egg-boiling natural well … within 15 minutes you can have well-done boiled eggs. However if you prefer, there are also restaurants at the resort. Crocodile fish feeding, river fishing, billiards, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and badminton complete the adventure at Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc Eco Tours & Beach Resort, and younger visitors can visit the children's playground.Saigon-Binh Chau - Ho Coc Eco Tours & Beach…... [read more]

Phan Thiet to build green park along Ton Duc Thang Street By Khai Nguyen in Phan Thiet The Department of Planning and Investment in Binh Thuan Province has approved the installation of a green tree park along Ton Duc Thang Street in Phan Thiet City.Construction on the park, which is worth VND11 billion, began early this month. Tours to explore endless forest in offering Not only famous for its stunning beaches, deluxe resorts, sand dunes and seafood, Binh Thuan Province is also an ideal destination for exploring wildlife in endless forests. Binh Thuan is endowed with nearly 350,000 hectares of diverse eco-systems, with large forests, varied types of fauna and flora, beautiful lakes and dramatic waterfalls. Recently the province has invested in a number of eco-tourism developments, such as the primeval forest in Ta Cu Mountain, the natural wildlife preserve Ong Mountain and the poplar forests along the beaches of Bac Binh, Ham Thuan Bac and Duc Linh districts. All these projects have earned great admiration from visitors. Tours promising to introduce visitors to the fascinating secrets of nature in the scenery, wildlife and lives of ethnic people in the forests of Binh Thuan Province are being planned and developed by travel agents and investors.... [read more]

Co Island recognized as national relic site The Saigon Times Daily Authorities of Thanh Mien District in the northern province of Hai Duong last Sunday held a ceremony to receive a certificate recognizing Co Island as a national relic site. Located in the middle of An Duong Lake, Co Island comprising of two islets is home to a large number of different storks and herons. The island has become an attractive eco-tourism destination in Hai Duong Province and the Red River Delta, suitable for field trips of students and researchers. Vice chairman Nguyen Viet Ban of the district said Co Island possesses historical, cultural and ecological values. “The authorities will pool resources of Hai Duong Province to protect the values and promote the image of the island and tourism, aimed at attracting more visitors,” Ban stressed. The provincial government has ordered Thanh Mien District agencies to focus on protecting the environment, and effectively implementing eco-tourism development plans on the island with an aim to turn it into an ecological tourist attraction.... [read more]

Mangrove palm growing tour in Hoi An An Huy and Hai Duong By An Huy and Hai Duong - The Saigon Times Daily With an aim to protect the environment and to bring a new experience to tourists, the Centre for Natural Resources and Environment Studies (CRES) and Hoi An Eco-Tour have been organizing a new tour in which guests will be shown how to plant mangrove palms or Nipa palms in the locality since earlier this year. The tree is mostly found in Cam Thanh Village in the ancient town of Hoi An in the central coast province of Quang Nam. The location is known for its Bay Mau mangrove palm forest, a popular sightseeing spot for tourists. The forest is among various tourism products in the project to sustainably use the salt marsh area in Cam Thanh, carried out by CRES and the authority of Hoi An City. Participants in the tour have an insight into local nature and culture and they can plant trees to help preserve nature and the environment for the public good. This was such a meaningful act to ensure sustainable development of tourism, Hardy Mikkelsen, a German tourist, said of his first experience in an eco-tour to plant trees in a forest to help prevent erosion. According to Tran Van Khoa, director of Hoi An-Eco Tour, the cooperation between the company and CRES has received positive responses from local authority and people. Biological preservation and eco-tourism development are closely connected and these tasks…... [read more]

The UK’s new Daily Mail has announced the Top 10 most eco-friendly hot spots around the world, in which Vietnam ranked 10th. The news said the Mekong river cruise might be one of the most popular ways to explore Vietnam, and the country has great potential for eco-tourism development. It has protected national parks, incredible coral reefs and one of the largest lagoons in the world. Daily Mail advised travellers to consider a destination that is eco-friendly so they can explore while understanding that their presence is not contributing to ruining the environment or local culture. The remaining eco-friendly destinations are Costa Rica, Galapagos islands, Borneo (Malaysia), Peru, Patagonia, Bhutan, Slovenia, Botswana and Zambia, and New Zealand./. BTA... [read more]

Seminar highlights biodiversity for eco-tourism By Huynh Kim - The Saigon Times Daily KIEN GIANG - Delegates to a forum on Phu Quoc Island last Friday stressed the need to develop biodiversity as the foundation for eco-tourism in the Mekong Delta, saying strains endemic to each region should be preserved. At the forum, delegates proposed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and local authorities to throw their support behind projects to preserve domestic plants and animals alongside eco-tourism development. Delegates suggested many specialties in southern localities including ridgeback dog and wild rose myrtle on Phu Quoc Island, Can Gio mangrove forest in HCMC, Bang Lang stork garden in Can Tho City, or Dong Nai mango garden. They believed the distinctive animals and plants will help lure many local and international tourists to eco tours in the southern region. Phu Quoc Island government as of last August had approved 21 tourism projects covering around 1,000 hectares with total invested capital of US$1.7 billion. Most of the projects are resorts.... [read more]

By Tuong Vi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The five-star resort Sea Star Suite Saigon Hococ, which will cover nearly three hectares, got off the ground in Bung Rieng Commune, Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Saturday. The resort, consisting of a hotel and luxury apartments, is a joint project between Saigon-Binh Chau-Ho Coc Tourism Joint Stock Company and HCMC Housing Development Real Estate (HD Real) Company with an investment of VND600 billion. Sea Star Suite Saigon Hococ will have a total of 573 hotel rooms and apartments from 40 to 80 square meters to serve over 1,000 international tourists or groups of MICE (meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition) tourists. The resort will include water skiing, kayaking and jet skiing, American, European and Asian restaurants, meeting rooms for over 1,000, spas, baby sitting and playgrounds for kids. Designed and built by Australian architects and engineers, construction is inspired by images of a starfish on white sand. All the rooms overlook the Ho Coc Sea. Furama Hotels and Resorts International, under the World Hotel Corporation, will manage and operate the resort. Furama will also sublet apartments when the owners are away. With 1.5 kilometers of Ho Coc Beach, 130 kilometers from HCMC and 40 kilometers from the center of Vung Tau, Sea Star Suite is part of the Binh Chau-Ho Coc eco tourism development projects. The resort is scheduled to open in the summer of 2012.... [read more]

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