Tay Ninh strives to exploit region’s tourism potential

Delegates discussed tourism development plans closely linked to the preservation of unique cultural heritage in the region. Last year, the region received more than 18 million domestic tourists and 3.6 million foreign visitors, earning over VND31,500 billion and accounting for 28 percent of the country's total tourism revenue. However, there is a huge gap between the two main tourism centres, Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, and other provinces in the region such as Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and Dong Nai. The tourism industry in these provinces has developed erratically and they have not taken action to find their own niche in the market. Services are limited and they are not very competitive. In addition, investment in improving infrastructure, preserving cultural attractions, and upgrading tourism resources does not match the region's potential. Despite being a convenient gateway to Cambodia and other ASEAN countries, tourism in Tay Ninh is still quite basic. To boost tourism in the region, participants agreed that these provinces should cooperate with each other to seek out and develop effective, sustainable long-term strategies to create an attractive environment for investment in tourism. They should also concentrate on upgrading infrastructure, promoting trademarks and developing human resources for tourism. A number of national tourism destinations in the region, such as Ba Den Mountain, Cat Tien National Park, and the Con Dao islands, also need to be developed. In addition, the southeastern provinces should offer new routes for tourists that link with other cities and…... [read more]

Departing from HCM City along highway 22, the first stop is Trang Bang town, which is home to the famous dish – Trang Bang Rice Spaghetti – a top ten Vietnamese dish having won an Asia Record Organisation (ARO) award. Continuing along highway 22, visitors will come to Go Dau town – 22km from Trang Bang. It is famous for shrimp salt.... [read more]

Ham Lon Mountain, Dong Mo, Coco Beachcamp and Trung Luong are nice places to name a few for youth to go camping with friends. With a big ground greened by trees, Ham Lon Mountain in Ham Son village, Soc Son district, Hanoi is seen as a beautiful campsite. Setting up camps before sunset and waiting for sunrise Around 40km from Hanoi, Dong Mo in Son Tay district is an interesting place for water games CoCo Beachcamp is situated in a pristine beach in Lagi village, central Binh Thuan province. Truong Luong campsite in Cat Tien village, Phu Cat district is around 30km from Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province. Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province- the highest in the southern region- is a good place for foggy landscape contemplation in early morning. Zing/VOV... [read more]

Make a pilgrimage to Thi Vai Mountain By Uyen Vien in Vung Tau A visit to the sanctuary of pagodas to explore the solemn architecture and ease the distress of bustling city life has become a popular experience of tourists today. Thi Vai Mountain in Baria-Vung Tau Province could be the ideal worship place for Buddhist monks, nuns and tourists with its ancient pagodas to see along the way when visitors trekking to the top of the mountain. The pagoda's name, Linh Son Buu Thien originates from a historical story in Gia Dinh Thanh Thong Chi, a geographic and historical book about the south of Vietnam writen by Trinh Hoai Duc in the early of the 19th century, saying that Nun Dieu Hanh was the first person who led her life for Buddha and who rescued King Gia Long (1802 -01819) in the Nguyen Dynasty from the hunt of Tay Son troops in Thi Vai mountain. The king rebuilt her secluded hut to a temple to honor the nun as well as to express his gratefulness to her. Worshippers and tourists have to climb 1,340 stone steps from the foot of the mountain to Linh Son Buu Thien Pagoda. Along the way to the upper pagoda, tourists can see flocks of monkeys playing together in ancient trees or on the mountain side. From the top of the pagoda, tourists will have a chance to take in the whole scenery of the coastal province. In the distance are Thi Vai Port,…... [read more]

Travel On National Holiday For the September 2 national holiday, Ben Thanh Tourist introduces tours combined with relaxation An Eco-tour of the Giang Dien Waterfall, 45 kilometers from HCM City, is being launched for active tourists. The Giang Dien Eco-Resort in Dong Nai Province welcomes tourists with green grass, colorful flowers and the soothing sounds of a waterfall. Tourists will find interesting activities such as visiting a flower garden, crossing suspension bridges and swimming in the waterfall. Tay Ninh-Cu Chi Tour: Tourists visiting Tay Ninh Province can discover Ba Den Mountain. Ba Den Mountain is the highest mountain in the southeastern region and is symbolic of the locale. Visits to Thanh Long Cavern, Huyen Mon Cavern, Kim Quang Cavern, Gio Cave, To Tower and Tay Ninh Holy See are included in this tour. Before returning to HCM City, tourists will visit the tunnels of Cu Chi, 70 kilometers northwest of HCM City, and discover the uniqueness of this land. Binh Chau-Ho Coc tour: In addition to its seaside attractions, Ba Ria-Vung Tau is endowed with the Binh Chau-Phuoc Buu forest, the only remaining primeval coastal forest in Vietnam. The forest, with an area of 11,293ha, features natural lakes and ponds. Tourists will visit Binh Chau hot mineral spring, a natural hot mineral spring with spouts of gushing hot water at about 80°C. The hot spring provides various services for tourists such as foot soaking, egg boiling and a hot mineral bath. Can Gio eco-tour: Can Gio, 50km from HCM City,…... [read more]

Conquering mountains in Tay Ninh Province By Pham Le in HCMC Viet Adventure Co. organized a race taking 75 runners up the side of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, some 80 kilometers from HCMC, to meet the challenge of trekking up the wild, rugged terrain and climbing the countless rocky stairs. The young Ezra Szvoboda, 16,finished first after almost two hours of pounding up the craggy trails. He was followed by 13 year old Simon Art. "It was my first time hiking, it was great and so beautiful, and I'll definitely be back next year," one participant commented. The organizer says it is committed to improving the environment and to enabling communities to embrace positive change in attitudes toward environmental sustainability. To that end, with the profits made from this adventure hike, it will finance the cleaning of the mountain. Viet Adventure says the next event for nature and sports lovers is a jungle race called Madagui Trophy which will be held on February 27 and 28. For more information, visit the company's website at www.vietadventure.vn or call 08 8 512 0430.... [read more]

Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh By Dang Hoang Tham in Tay Ninh Climbing the mountain sometimes called the roof of Southern Vietnam is a once in a lifetime experience for visitors to Tay Ninh Province. About 10 kilometers northeast of Tay Ninh Town and straddling three communes, the Nui Ba mountain range stretches 24 square kilometers and comprises three mountains, Heo (Pig) Mountain, Phung (Phoenix) Mountain and Ba Den (Black Lady) Mountain. The mountains have grottoes and pagodas and ancient trees, attracting hundreds of tourists and pilgrims everyday. The 986 meter tall Ba Den Mountain with its good tourist facilities is the best option to climb. The path winding to the top passes many falls and narrow streams. Halfway up the mountain, there are some mysterious caves with giant rocks and old temples. If you don’t want the exercise there’s a cable car to the top. Along the way there are views of a waterfall, caves and forest. Once on the top, trekkers should visit the Ba Temple Complex. It contains old pagodas such as Ha Pagoda, Thuong Pagoda and Hang Pagoda and caves such as Ba Co Cave, Thien Thai Cave and Ba Tuan Cave. All present typical features of Buddhist culture and folk beliefs. Another highlight of Tay Ninh Province is the mammoth Cao Dai Pagoda that has 100-hectare grounds. The temple is a magnificent architectural work with 12 doors. Built in 1933, the pagoda is a mix of Cao Dai religion, Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, with…... [read more]

Scale Ba Den Mountain by cable car By Van Nam in Tay Ninh Ba Den Mountain, located 11 kilometers from the center of Tay Ninh township, is a magnet for tourists who can either scale the peak or go via cable car. Traveling from near the foot of the mountain to Linh Son Thanh Mau Pagoda 900 meters high near the peak of the mountain on the cable costs VND100,000 for a return journey with the ride taking 18 minutes each way. The best time to go is close to sunset as tourists can relax under the last rays of sun gleaming over leaves below with the ancient trees on mountain walls and green-mossy caves all the way to the top. The mountain has an altar where local people worship a local girl from folklore. Apparently the girl, named Ly Thi Thien Huong, loved a boy Le Si Tret who had to leave his beloved to go to war. When he was away the girl was raped by a group of local men and she never recovered and jumped from the top of the mountain to her death. Local people built her an altar and they often pray for her to have a better life. However, if you don’t fancy the cable car and love a challenge, you can try to walk all the way to the top. Conquering Ba Den Mountain is a chance to be closer to nature and have a good workout at the same time. The…... [read more]

Climbing Ba Den Mountain summit Ngoc Hung By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily Ba Den Mountain is 986 meters above sea level, the highest in the nation’s southeastern region. Those who love mountain climbing and trekking often visit the mountain as a destination for testing their physical strength and endurance. The mountain has attracted a large number of local and foreign visitors who wanted to conquer its peak. For them, Ba Den is an ideal place for climbing and trekking as it has many different routes, which allow them to have a fresh experience every time they climb the mountain. According to those who usually climb Ba Den, there are at least seven ways up to the mountain at the moment. The easiest way is to take a path leading to Ba Temple Complex because it has a staircase and a cable car system. Another route which is a bit more difficult to go is a path of utility poles which support cable lines for a mobile station on top of the mountain. Following those two routes, tourists can easily go up and down the mountain within a day. One more easy way is a waterfall path, which perfectly suits those wanting to stop by waterfalls during the trip up the mountain summit. The remaining ways are tough to climb and only recommended for those needing to challenge their mountain climbing skills and physical strength. Those choosing the hard ways should make good preparations as they will have…... [read more]

Touring Ba Den Mountain foot Tung An By Tung An - The Saigon Times Daily For years, Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province has been frequented by tourists, most of them visiting the pagoda and temple complex on the mountain.Recently, it has become a destination for young free and easy travelers who want to conquer the mountain's summit by climbing and trekking instead of taking a cable car ride. However, Ba Den Mountain has more to offer. A short trip around the area near the foot of the mountain is highly recommended for those wishing to leave the city for a day to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. Located 11 kilometers from the center of Tay Ninh City, the area around Ba Den Mountain's foot allows tourists to breathe fresh air and see the tranquil landscape with paddy fields, gardens and lakes. It takes tourists from HCMC around three hours to reach the mountain foot by motorbike following National Highway 22. Upon arrival, tourists should follow the road on the right side of the mountain to Dau Tieng Lake, which is ten kilometers away. Dau Tieng is the biggest man-made fresh water reservoir in the south, which encompasses parts of Binh Duong, Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces. Standing by the lake, tourists might be surprised and impressed by a large blue space. Despite the dry season, the scene is still breathtaking with trees, blue and clear water, buffalo herds and blue composite fishing boats waiting for…... [read more]

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