Vân Long Lagoon a must-see destination in Ninh Bình

To meet the increased demand the Hai Au Aviation Joint Stock Company has revealed plans to launch a new aerial service to shuttle tourists throughout the province, allowing them to see more from the air. At a recent meeting with leaders of Ninh Binh province, company officials said they are seeking an operating license to open new sightseeing tours of the Cuc Phuong National Park, Trang An scenic landscape complex, Ninh Binh City and Yen Thang Lake. They will be using a Cessna Grand Caravan EX hovercraft with services to start as soon as the license is approved. There was no public announcement on what the prices for the tours would be. Hai Au Aviation boasts being the first to offer seaplane adventures in Vietnam and Indochina, and offers tourists the thrill of flying from low altitudes, showcasing the beauty of the region from a bird’s eye view.... [read more]

Speaking at a workshop aimed at increasing inbound tourism to the province, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien underscored the point that a refocused future strategy would be highly beneficial. She said given the importance of tourism to jobs and economic growth the priority should be to ensure that we have the right structures in place to maximise the benefits this crucial sector can bring. The province has seen significant growth in inbound visitor numbers and, more importantly, in tourism revenue over the last few years she said, adding that thechallenge is to maintain and build on that momentum and deliver a multimillion dollar thriving tourism industry for the province. Giovanni Boccardi, head of Asia-Pacific unit of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in turn said the new image should be closely interwoven with nurturing its new UNESCO world heritage status globally. The province should capitalise on the designation of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex as a UNESCO mixed natural and cultural heritage of the worldtorevamp its image through a highly coordinated effort, he added. The workshop was held by the Ninh Binh provincial People’s Committee in collaboration with UNESCO on January 22 at the Legend Hotel, Ninh Binh city as part of the festivities celebrating the province’s UNESCO selection.... [read more]

PANO - The Egyptian Nile TV Channel specializing in culture on November 19th aired a special program about Vietnam for the second time. The 30-minute live coverage featured Vietnam’s world cultural celebrities and heritage sites honored by UNESCO. In a live interview on Nile TV, Minister Counsellor Vu Thien of the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt proudly said that it is a great honor for Vietnam to have three world cultural celebrities recognized by UNESCO, namely national hero Nguyen Trai, great poet Nguyen Du and President Ho Chi Minh. He also introduced Vietnam’s world cultural and natural heritage sites awarded by UNESCO, including Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient City, My Son Sanctuary, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty and Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex. The channel also aired short documentaries highlighting milestones in Vietnam’s history, the country’s unique culture and its outstanding achievements after 30 years of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process. Translated by Lan Phuong... [read more]

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex receives UNESCO title The Saigon Times Daily The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex located in the northern province of Ninh Binh has been recognized as a world heritage site. The recognition makes Trang An the first heritage site of its kind in Vietnam. The acknowledgement of the Trang An complex is based on the principles of the Convention on the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritages including cultural, aesthetical, geological values, and the preservation of heritage. The result was unveiled at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar from June 15 to 25. The Trang An complex has become Vietnam’s 8th cultural and natural heritage site recognized by the UNESCO. The heritage site covers a large area of around 10,000 hectares, and is made up of three components within a single buffer zone, including the Trang An Ecological Area, the Tam Coc-Bich Dong River Landscape, and the Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel. The three areas share a common geological and ecological environment characterized by dramatic limestone karsts, permeated with a network of caves, and bound together by flooded inland waterways of high biological diversity. The 4,000-hectare Trang An ecological tourist attraction is the entire Trang An limestone area that is surrounded by 8,000ha, mostly consisting of rice fields. The site dates back some 250 million years and has hundreds of valleys and caves. Vietnam has five cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO including Hue Monuments Conservation Center, Hoi An Ancient Town,…... [read more]

Van Long Lake: Ideal Destination for Weekend Hideaway Van Long Lake, situated in Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, is the largest wetland nature reserve in the northern delta region of Vietnam. With a natural area of nearly 3,500 hectares, the lake is currently home to thousands of animals, plants and aquatic organisms, particularly the critically endangered Delacour langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) endemic to Vietnam. This is an ideal destination for short-time travel for it is only 80 kilometres from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. To reach the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, travellers need to follow National Road 1A to reach Gian Khau fork junction in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. Then, they will go further 10 km to get to Van Long Lake. Boat is the most popular means of transport in Van Long Lake. While metal boats rest at marinas to wait for passengers in other tourist attractions in Ninh Binh province like Tam Coc - Bich Dong or Trang An scenic landscape sites, the image of Van Long Wharf is quite different. Here, there are only small bamboo basket boats silently parking close together in the wharf and in the vast river to give a sense of countryside gentleness and peace to tourists. The basket boats move along creeks, surrounded by high-standing reeds and sedges, toward the foot of a mountain. The most beautiful scene in Van Long is seen in the summer time when lotus blossom along the way. Under the clear…... [read more]

PANO – On May 23rd, the Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam - in association with the Department of Fine Arts, Photography, and Exhibition (DAPE) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism - opened its 1st exhibition, "Vietnam World Heritage Sites", at the Yoondang Art Hall in Seoul, Republic of Korea (RoK). The exhibition displays 100 photos of 16 Vietnam World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. The photos feature the Hue Monuments Complex, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Nha Nhac – the Vietnamese Court Music, the Space of the Gong Culture in the Central Highlands, Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi, the Giong Festival, the Art of Don Ca Tai Tu - Music and Song in the South of Vietnam, Trang An Scenic Landscapes, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, and Vi and Giam Folk singing of Nghe Tinh. According to Park Nark Jong, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam, this is the first time images of Vietnam have been showcased in the RoK. He hopes the same event will be held more frequently in the future to promote cultural cooperation between Vietnam and the RoK. The event is part of the 2016 Vietnam tourism promotion program. Most of the photos were selected by DAPE through a contest about Vietnam Heritage Sites in 2011. The exhibition closes on May 30th. Translated by Lam Anh... [read more]

While the Tam Coc – Bich Dong area in the UNESCO recognized Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in the northern Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh has been known for its beauty during the harvest season, visiting the area in May during the green rice season offers a unique experience amongst the paddies. An ideal place for enjoying the green rice fields is the Mua Cave complex – an area composed of intricate cave systems and Limestone Mountains. No one knows the true story behind the complex’s name, but locals believe that it was in this area that King Tran enjoyed musical performances, lending itself to the name "Mua," which means "dancing." A winding road leads to the top of the Mua Mountain in the complex, where several towers are located, prompting visitors to take on the adventurous challenge to reach the peak. Few visitors accept the challenge, leaving the mountain as a quiet and peaceful sanctuary to enjoy the view of the mountain-flanked rice fields below. The Ngo Dong River weaves through the limestone mountains, dotted with wooden boats that glide slowly between the fields. By June and July, the area will change colors from green to yellow, marking the beginning of Ninh Binh’s harvest season. Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre : Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - State President Tran Dai Quang attended a ceremony and beat a drum to open the Truong Yen Festival 2016 at the Hoa Lu ancient capital historic site in the northern province of Ninh Binh on April 15. Attending the event was Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue. Truong Yen Festival 2016 took place from April 15-17, aiming to commemorate King Dinh Tien Hoang who established the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam in 968. Addressing the opening ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Dien highlighted the great role and accomplishments of King Dinh Tien Hoang in quelling internal revolts 1,048 years ago. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh ascended to the throne and took the name of King Dinh Tien Hoang and reunified the country under the name of Dai Co Viet whose ancient capital is Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province. The location of the kingdom was based on the favourable geographical conditions of the Ninh Binh province. During his 12-year reign, which ended in 979, King Dinh Tien Hoang built a strongly-institutionalised dynasty with a well-arranged administration and strong military force, and prioritised making use of natural land reserves while developing economy, culture and arts. With its salient and everlasting values, the Hoa Lu ancient capital was recorgnised as a national historic and architectural site by the Prime Minister. It is part of the Trang An scenic landscape complex, which was recognised as the world Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Truong Yen…... [read more]

State President Tran Dai Quang beat a drum to open the Truong Yen Festival 2016 at the Hoa Lu ancient capital historic site in the northern province of Ninh Binh on April 15. This year’s festival took place from April 15-17, aiming to commemorate King Dinh Tien Hoang who established the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam in 968. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Dien highlighted the great role and accomplishments of King Dinh Tien Hoang in quelling internal revolts 1,048 years ago. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh ascended to the throne and took the name of King Dinh Tien Hoang and reunified the country under the name of Dai Co Viet whose ancient capital is Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province. The location of the kingdom was based on the favourable geographical conditions of the locality. During his 12-year reign, which ended in 979, King Dinh Tien Hoang built a strongly-institutionalised dynasty with a well-arranged administration and strong military force, and prioritised making use of natural land reserves while developing economy, culture and arts. With its salient and everlasting values, the Hoa Lu ancient capital was recorgnised as a national historic and architectural site by the Prime Minister. It is part of the Trang An scenic landscape complex, which was recognised as the world Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Truong Yen festival has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. On…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Record Organization (VietKings) has nominated four special destinations among the top 100 most attractive destinations in the world. The top destination - Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, in the northeast of Vietnam, is 165 km from the capital of Ha Noi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1,600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate. The property’s exceptional scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. The outstanding value of the property is centered around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying spectacular pillars with a variety of coastal erosional features such as arches and caves which form a majestic natural scenery. The repeated regression and transgression of the sea on the limestone karst over geological time has produced a mature landscape of clusters of conical peaks and isolated towers which were modified by sea invasion, adding an extra element to the process of lateral undercutting of the limestone towers and islands. Halong Bay is also one of the cradles of ancient Vietnamese people, with three prehistoric cultures in succession, from 18,000 to 3,500 years ago, including Soi Nhu, Cai Beo and Ha Long culture. With its unique value, Halong Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural…... [read more]