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May 05 2011

Sapa in top ten tourist sites for pedestrians in the world

sapa in top ten tourist sites for pedestrians in the world

VietNamNet Bridge – The reputed travel magazine Lonely Planet has recommended ten best tourist sites for walkers, including Sapa town in Vietnam’s northern mountain province of Lao Cai.

The information was announced by Dr. Tran Huu Son, Vice Chair of the Vietnam Folk Art and Literature Association, Director of Lao Cai Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on May 4.

The ten best sites for walking in the world chosen by the Lonely Planet include: Grand Canyon (USA), Aoraki or Mount Coock (New Zealand), Lake District (UK), Torres del Paine (Chile), Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland), Brecon Beacons (Wales), Kakadu National Park (Australia), Taman Negara National Park (Malaysia), Dartmoor National Park (UK) and Sapa (Vietnam).

The Lonely Planet introduces Sapa as follows: “The Queen of the Mountains, Sapa sits regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. Welcome to the destination in northwest Vietnam, gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes. The spectacular scenery that surrounds Sapa includes cascading rice terraces that spill down the mountains like a patchwork quilt. The mountains are often shrouded in mist that rolls back and forth along the peaks, offering tantalizing glimpses of what lies in wait on a clear day”.

In 2009, readers of the Travel and Leisure magazine (USA) polled Sapa’s terraced field as one of the most grandiose terraced fields in Asia and the world. Sapa’s Fansipan Mount was among candidates for the vote of seven new world natural wonders.

For more information and pictures about Sapa, please see the links bellow:

Happy tears of a Canadian girl in Sapa

Snow falls in Sapa

Terraced fields – nature’s gift to northwestern region

Sa Pa, a natural mosaic

Mar 11 2011

Hoi An among top 10 tourist destinations

hoi an among top 10 tourist destinations

VietNamNet Bridge – The ancient town of Hoi An has made it to the list of 10 best cities for tourism by UK’s Wanderlust travel magazine.

Hoi An, in central Vietnam received 96 per cent of the vote from readers and was ranked at 2nd place.

The World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang in Laos has retained its number 1 position in Wanderlust Travel Magazine’s annual list of best tourist destinations with a score of 96.89 percent.

The other places to make it on the list are Kyoto (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), Perth (Australia), Tokyo (Japan), San Francisco (USA), Vienna (Austria), Cusco (Peru) and Aleppo (Syria).

Hoi An has previously been selected as one of Asia’s top ten destinations for 2010 by the Hong Kong online tourist magazine Smart Travel Asia. The ancient town had retained fifth place and Hanoi was noted as seventh on the tourist magazine list.

Source: SGGP/Thanh Nien

Mar 07 2011

Sea Festival to take place in Nha Trang Town

sea festival to take place in nha trang town

VietNamNet Bridge – The fifth biennial Sea Festival 2011 will be held in Nha Trang from June 11-15 with Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago as highlight.

According to the Khanh Hoa Province People’s Committee, the festival will include a photo exhibition of the Vietnamese islands, a music show, a film screening and a conference on the Truong Sa District.

Artists from France, Korea, China, Cuba, and Russia will all perform during the event.

The festival will also include a celebration of bird’s nests, a provincial beauty pageant and a Made-in-Vietnam Goods Fair on Nha Trang, Doc Let and Bai Dai beaches.

In addition, the festival will include many environmental activities, including a scientific conference on preserving Nha Trang Bay and a citywide trash pick up.

According to the organizers, the biennial festival is aimed at promoting the province’s traditional cultural values and tourism industry.

Nha Trang is one Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations.

Source: Thanh Nien

Feb 28 2011

World Heritage cave threatened by construction

world heritage cave threatened by construction

The construction of an outdoor museum is blocking and polluting the river that leads to Phong Nha CaveThe river flows inside the popular tourist site were being blocked by alluvial deposits and debris, the site’s authorities have admitted.

The management board of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park said the situation had worsened since a flood last October.

As of Thursday, tour boats had to stop outside the cave and tourists had to get inside on foot. Deposits had also mixed with many of the most beautiful sand beaches inside the cave, changing their colors.

“It’s never got this bad before,” said Hoang Van Ninh, owner of a tour boat. Ninh said the situation was getting worse after the Lunar New Year. The flows were blocked as far as one km outside the cave.

The October flood isn’t the root cause. Nguyen Van Huyen, Vice Director of the national park said the cause was the deformation of the Tra Ang Stream to which Phong Nha Cave is connected.

This stream is being reshaped and thus seriously polluted by construction activities of a museum project.

The project’s investor, 12 Corps, has authorized 185 Factory to carry out construction at the head of the stream. The latter, in turn, has contracted Tuan Cuong Ltd. to execute the project.

Tuan Cuong’s president, Truong Tuan Dung said his company couldn’t be held responsible because it didn’t sign a commitment to protect the environment as it was only a contractor. (The law requires all parties working inside the national park to sign such a commitment.)

Since construction started, local residents along the stream said native species such as leaf monkeys and pheasants had also left the area.

“Whatever they are doing there, mud is flowing here,” said Hoang Van Dai, Vice President of Phong Nha – Ke Bang Ecology and Cuture Tourism Center, which has spent hundreds of millions to clean up the river flows inside the cave.

Dai said he had informed the Quang Binh Province People’s Committee of the problem.

For his part, the national park’s director Luu Minh Thanh was surprised to know that Tuan Cuong Ltd. hadn’t signed the commitment. Thanh said he would immediately investigate the matter and ask 12 Corps to stop any harmful activity.

Source: SGTT/Tuoitrenews

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