Nine ideal destinations in southwestern Vietnam

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, these following 9 ideal destinations in western regions of Vietnam are definitely the best choices. Tan Lap floating village in Long An southern province, 60km from HCM City is an attractive tourism destination. Visitors can relax by fishing, boating past lotus and water lilies, picking wild vegetables to eat with grilled fish, watching birds and visiting the local farm to see how they grow pineapples. Situated about 9km west of My Tho City, Dong Tam Snake Farm in Binh Duc Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province is the largest centre for snake rearing and snakebite treatment in the Cuu Long River Delta. The farm covers 12ha. It has separated areas to rear precious species of snakes, such as the king cobras, burrowing cobras and ringhals, another to grow medicinal plants, a hospital for snakebite treatment, a research department, an animal reserve and a snake museum. Cai Be Floating Market … [Read more...]

Four-day trip around Tra Su cajeput forest

VietNamNet Bridge – Visitors can explore more than 50% of the tourist destination in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang in four days. Day 1 Depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc at 1am 6am: Arrive in Chau Doc, check-in at the hotel, have breakfast. 8am: Go to Bung Binh Thien, the largest fresh water lake in the Mekong Delta. The lake covers about 200-300 hectares in width and four meters in depth in dry season. However, the zone is directly influenced by the hydrographic system of the Mekong River and thus the width triples in the rainy season, with the depth increasing up to seven meters. The lake is tranquil year round. When the area floods most rivers in the Mekong Delta are muddy with alluvium, the water of Bung Binh Thien remains clear and blue; a landscape endowed with the highest biological diversity in An Giang. Bung Binh Thien is a place of tranquility where visitors can discover water-lilies and lotus swaying in the wind on the lake, and the bustle of … [Read more...]

Chau Thoi Pagoda

Chau Thoi Pagoda is located on Chau Thoi Mountain in Binh An Commune, Di An District, Binh Duong Province, 82m above sea level, amidst an immense delta in the area bordering the provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City. It was initially a small pagoda built by Monk Khanh Long in 1681. Over 330 years, the pagoda has undergone many restorations and now has a large-scale architecture. To arrive in the pagoda, tourists can walk on 220 concrete steps built by monks in 1971 or drive along another path . Most tourists like taking a stroll on the path shaded by greenish trees because they can enjoy the beautiful scenery and wholesome air on the mountain. The path with 220 steps leading to Chau Thoi Pagoda shaded by rows of trees. The pagoda’s three-entrance gate. The Bodhisattva kuan-yin statue on a throne, 22.5m in height is displayed in the yard. The statues of the Buddha and his disciples sitting at the foot of a bodhi tree . The statue of Bodhissattva … [Read more...]

Visitors flock to spiritual destinations in Mekong Delta this year

HCM CITY (VNS) — Thousands of tourists travelled to spiritual destinations in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta for Tet (Lunar New Year) this year. The Tay An pagoda, Hang pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb and Ba Chua Xu Temple in An Giang Province received more than 350,000 visitors between February 8-14, said Tran Thi Tuyet Em, head of the Sam Mountain Monuments Management Board. Compared to last year's holiday period, there were 100,000 more visitors this year, Em said. Traffic congestion was worse this year because of the influx of visitors. More than 175,000 pilgrims visited Cam (Forbidden) Mountain in An Giang's Tinh Bien District between February 8-14, said Pham Van Dung, head of the Management Board of the tourist area of Cam Mountain. Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery in Can Tho City's Phong Dien District was also crowded with foreign and domestic visitors during the holiday. More than 40,000 tourists travelled to Dat Mui cape, the southernmost point of the country in Ca Mau … [Read more...]

Schedule of typical culture, sports and tourism events in 2016

Time Event Location 5 – 12 February Flower Street on Lunar New Year 2016 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 13 February Opening ceremony of Huong Pagoda Festival Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Ha Noi City 13 February Opening ceremony ofGiong Festival in Soc Temple Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Ha Noi City 17 February Opening ceremony of Yen Tu Festival Yen Tu Mountain, Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province 17 – 27 February Clipper Race 2016 Da Nang Port, Da Nang City 20 – 25 February Tran Temple Festival in Thai Binh Tien Duc Commune, Hung Ha District, Thai Binh Province 22 - 23 February Nghinh Ong (Whale Worshiping) Festival Thanh Hai Commune, Thanh Phu District and Binh Thang Commune, Binh Dai District, Ben Tre Province 22 – 27 February Seal Opening Festival in Tran Temple … [Read more...]

Event schedule in Visit Viet Nam Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – Mekong River Delta

(TITC) – Visit Viet Nam Year 2016 – Phu Quoc - Mekong River Delta with the theme "Exploring Southern Land" is a typical cultural-economic-social event with national scale hosted by Kien Giang in coordination with localities in the Mekong River Delta region, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City, provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Lam Dong and Lao Cai. In the framework of Visit Viet Nam Year 2016 will take place many activities, including 14 ones organized by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) in coordination with others ministries and departments; 13 ones hosted by Kien Giang Province, and 38 ones held by other provinces and cities. Event schedule in Visit Viet Nam Year 2016 – Phu Quoc - Mekong River Delta Time Activity Location Activities organized by MoCST in coordination with others ministries and departments February Performing poetry and calligraphy exhibition Ha Tien Town, Kien Giang Province March … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News in Brief 16/10

Exhibition displays Vietnam’s sacred objects An exhibition, introducing 14 sculptural works on Vietnam’s sacred objects, opened on October 15 in Da Nang city, the central coastal province of Da Nang. The works were selected from entries at a contest on Vietnam’s sacred objects, which was launched in July, 2015. The contest aims to encourage artisans at Non Nuoc fine arts stone village to create sculptural works consistent with Vietnam’s habits and customs at historical sites, pagodas and temples. The event, co-organised by the Da Nang municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, aims to promote the unique values of art heritage and offers visitors an opportunity to view two of Vietnam’s main sacred objects: the lion and nghe (a fictional creature). With the displays, the exhibition promises to help visitors learn about and discriminate … [Read more...]

Concert to tell Vietnamese myths

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Standpoint Theories concerts featuring Vietnamese legendary myths will return to the Ben Thanh Theatre from October 15-17. The stories will be told with music, dance and lights, performed by the X-Clown Hip Hop Dance Crew, DJ/producers Jase Nguyen and Andre Ngo and illustrator Hoang Trung of Viet Nam. Au Co, an immortal mountain fairy who married Lac Long Quan will be one of the myths portrayed. Others are about the god of Tan Vien Mountain known as Son Tinh: Chu Dong Tu, a poor fishermen who fell in love with Princess Tien Dung; Princess Lieu Hanh, one of Viet Nam's Mother Goddesses; and Ba Chua Xu, known as Lady of the Realm. Also performing are the electronic duo Space//Panther, bassist Gareth Katz, percussionist Eric Meftah and visual artist/scenographer Daniel Day Long of the US, and animator/scenographer Julien Noyer of France. The show will begin at 8 pm on October 15-17. The theatre is at 6 Mac Dinh Chi Street in District 1. Tickets can be … [Read more...]

October 12-18: Subscription Concert Vol. 85 in Hanoi

A Nhan Dan selection of noteworthy arts and cultural events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HANOI PERFORMANCE "Old Sounds of New days" at Manzi – Encounter 3: From the Delta 8 pm, October 16 Manzi Art Space 14 Phan Huy Ich street, Ba Dinh district The show will introduce the most enchanting folk melodies from the Red River Delta: ‘Trong quan’ folk singing, ‘Quan ho’ love duet singing together with other traditional chamber music pieces such as ‘Ca tru’ (ceremonial singing) and ‘Xam’ singing Featuring masters Xuan Hoach, Thanh Hoai and Thanh Binh. Charge: 200,000VND (incl. 01 free drink). Subscription Concert Vol. 85 The Grand Concert Hall Vietnam National Academy of Music 8 pm, October 15 and 16 You are invited to the concert Vol. 85 with: – Conductor: Honna Tetsuji – Soprano: Ha Pham Thang Long – Cello Soloist: Maximilian Hornung – Viola Soloist: Nguyen Nguyet Thu and the Vietnam … [Read more...]

Dong Thap to become tourism hot-spot

With a breathtaking natural landscape rich in cultural and historical treasures, Dong Thap province is set to become a tourism hot-spot. Dong Thap has long been known for its spectacular natural landscapes and scenic rivers with traits of the wild wetlands of Dong Thap Muoi. The province has numerous sites of interest, with many of its tourist attractions centred around its waters. As such, the province holds great potential as a unique and diverse tourism destination. Dong Thap province is home to three national parks: Tram Chim, Xeo Quyt and Go Thap. Spread over an area of 7,500 hectares in Tam Nong district, the Tram Chim National Park is a miniature version of the Dong Thap Muoi region, featuring a broad and diverse range of animals and plants indigenous to southern Vietnam. A quarter of the total bird population of Vietnam can be found in Tram Chim, with 200 different species. Many of these are protected and are listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The most … [Read more...]

Cable car opens at Cam Mountain

A trip up to Cam Mountain on the newly-launched cable car system is an ideal way for tourists to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang to celebrate the Ba Chua Xu Festival last month. The VND300 billion cable car is 3.5 km in length, with 89 cabins that can carry eight people each, for a total of 2,000 people every hour. Return tickets cost VND155,000 for adults and VND80,000 for children, down from the previous VND180,000 and VND110,000. One-way tickets to the mountain peak are VND100,000 for adults and VND55,000 for children, while tickets from the peak to the base are VND80,000 for adults and VND45,000 for children. Cam Mountain belongs to a range of seven mountains; the roof of the Mekong Delta. At some 710 metres above sea level, the top of the mountain affords views of immense rice fields, huge palm trees, and the seven mountains. A 5D cinema was also opened recently, where purchases of ten tickets get one free. Tourists can also enjoy don ca tai tu (southern opera) and … [Read more...]

Mount Sam declared a national tourism site

AN GIANG (VNS) — The Mount Sam heritage site in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang has been included in a national list of tourism destinations. Located in Vinh Te Commune in Chau Doc Town, the place boasts picturesque landscapes and a slew of architectural and cultural attractions. A spiritual festival to venerate the Holy Lady of Mount Sam was last month recognised as a national intangible heritage. Legend has it that Ba Chua Xu was a young girl who was ravished to death. After her death, her soul helped good people and chastised bad ones, and to express gratitude to her, villagers called her Ba Chua Xu and have held the festival in the fourth lunar month to worship her and pray for good health and life. The festival, which became a national event in 2001, is celebrated every year from the 22nd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month, and attracts some four million visitors. — VNS … [Read more...]

Mount Sam approved to become a national tourism site

The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has agreed to add Mount Sam heritage site in the Mekong Delta of An Giang to a national list of tourism destinations. Local authorities have been required with researching and planning the site in accordance with current regulations. The Mount Sam Mount Sam heritage site, located in Vinh Te commune of Chau Doc city, boasts a picturesque natural landscape as well as a range of architectures and cultural areas. A spiritual festival honouring the holy lady of Mount Sam was certified as a national intangible heritage on June 8. The Via Ba Chua Xu festival, which became a national event in 2001, takes place annually from the 22nd to the 27th of the 4th month of the lunar calendar. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/7

Mount Sam becomes national tourism site Mount Sam heritage site in the Mekong Delta of An Giang was recently included in a national list of tourism destinations. Located in Vinh Te commune of Chau Doc city, the site boasts a picturesque natural landscape as well as a range of architectures and cultural areas. A spiritual festival honouring the holy lady of Mount Sam was certified as a national intangible heritage on June 8. The Via Ba Chua Xu festival, which became a national event in 2001, takes place annually from the 22nd to the 27th of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, reeling in approximately 4 million visitors. Local authorities have been tasked with researching and planning the site in accordance with current regulations. Foreign publisher Hachette exhibits books in HCMC Hachette Book Group, the world’s third largest publishing house based in the U.S. and UK, is showcasing a wide section of books at Fahasa Nguyen Hue in HCMC’s District 1 until August … [Read more...]

Mount Sam becomes national tourism site

Mount Sam heritage site in the Mekong Delta of An Giang was recently included in a national list of tourism destinations. Located in Vinh Te commune of Chau Doc city, the site boasts a picturesque natural landscape as well as a range of architectures and cultural areas. A spiritual festival honouring the holy lady of Mount Sam was certified as a national intangible heritage on June 8. The Via Ba Chua Xu festival, which became a national event in 2001, takes place annually from the 22nd to the 27th of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, reeling in approximately 4 million visitors. Local authorities have been tasked with researching and planning the site in accordance with current regulations.-VNA … [Read more...]

Ba Chua Xu festival recognized as intangible heritage

The Saigon Times Daily The festival, which has become a national annual event since 2001, takes place from the 22nd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month, and lures around four million visitors. Legend has it that Ba Chua Xu was a young girl who was ravished to death hundreds of years ago. After her death, her sacred soul helps the good villagers and chastises the bad. To express gratitude to her, villagers call her Ba Chua Xu and have held festivals in the fourth lunar month to worship her and pray for good health and better life. On these days, people choose seven boys and nine girls who are virgins to carry a palanquin ritual to her statue. They bathe her statue and give her a new costume. There are also traditional music performances to serve her soul. This year’s Ba Chua Xu festival will reproduce traditional rituals from June 8 to 14, or from the 22nd to the 28th day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar. The festival will also feature a range of cultural … [Read more...]

Taking a new cable car ride to Cam Mountain

Kieu Giang An entrance leading to Cam Mountain’s cable car station in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang The cable car system to Cam Mountain which was invested by the An Giang tourism development firm is located in An Hao Commune, Tinh Bien District of An Giang Province. Cam belongs to the seven-mountain range, the roof of the Mekong Delta region. The system is 3.5km in length with two stations and 89 cabins that can transport eight people each. The VND300-billion project was designed by French firm Pomagalski with a capacity of 2,000 people an hour. Tourists who sit in a cabin to the peak of Cam Mountain which is about 710m above sea level are able to admire the immense rice fields in beautiful green and yellow colors under the sunlight and some clusters of huge palm trees in a distance and a panoramic view of the popular Seven Mountains - Thien Cam Son, Ngoa Long Son, Ngu Ho Son, Phung Hoang Son, Anh Vu Son, Lien Hoa Son and Dai Anh Son. They can also see wild … [Read more...]

Mount Sam’s spiritual ceremony becomes national heritage

A corner of the Mount Sam Ba Chua Xu Temple (Photo: VNA) A spiritual festival honouring the holy lady of Mount Sam in Chau Doc city, in the Mekong Delta of An Giang was certified as national intangible heritage on June 8. The Via Ba Chua Xu festival, which has became a national event since 2001, annually takes place from the 22 nd to the 27 th of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, reeling in approximately 4 million visitors. The event goes through a number of rituals, most importantly the rite of statue bathing on the opening day, which fell on June 8 this year. According to a popular mythology, the goddess statue was discovered by locals at the top of Mount Sam, and then carried to the foot of the mountain, where she has been housed and worshipped until today. The festival also features a range of cultural activities, including musical concerts, a dragon-dance performance and a boat race. The local authority is carrying out a master plan on developing Mount Sam tourism … [Read more...]

Ba Chua Xu festival recognised as National Intangible Heritage

The procession of the goddess’s statue NDO – The Ba Chua Xu temple festival (also called the Via Ba ceremony) was officially recognised as a National Intangible Heritage at a ceremony held on June 8 in Sam Mountain ward, Chau Doc city, in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. The festival is held annually at the Ba Chua Xu temple in the city from the 22nd to 27th days of the fourth lunar month to pay respects to Ba Chua Xu who is known as the goddess of the realm. Legend has it that local people found a statue of a woman that dates back to the sixth century and they built a temple to place the statue with the hope that she would bring them better lives. People around the country have flocked to the event to join numerous traditional rituals including a procession of the goddess’s statue from the top of Sam Mountain to the temple to cleanse the statue. The festival also features a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Sharing Chances of Success with Sao Mai Group

Recently, Professor Kenneth A. Gabriel from the United States-based University of Maryland, who is currently the President of AMVI LLC, led a working visit to Sao Mai Group. He was accompanied by leaders of the Vietnamese Business Association in the US. The visit, followed by his talk, drew special interests in the context of Vietnam integrating more deeply and broadly into the world. Support for Sao Mai Group As a mentor and a strategic partner of Sao Mai Group, Prof Kenneth A. Gabriel pledged to support the group to tap and develop the US market and train high-quality human resources. He also advised Sao Mai to invest and build an international university in the Mekong Delta with curriculum exchange with some leading universities in the US; and invest in a world-class hospital in the Mekong Delta. In addition, he would introduce some elite CEOs from the US to the leadership board of Sao Mai Group. According to Prof Kenneth A. Gabriel, Sao Mai Group has sufficient factors to make … [Read more...]