Mau Son Winter Tourism Festival 2015

(TITC) - On 10 January 2015, in Mau Son Tourism Area (Lang Son Province), Lang Son Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organize Mau Son Winter Tourism Festival 2015 to promote tourism potential of Mau Son, and also attract tourists and investors to Mau Son Tourism Area. The festival is expected to have the participants of representatives of People’s Committee and departments of Lang Son Province; representatives of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism and Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Hai Phong and Ha Noi; Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations; typical tourism enterprises and local media. In the framework of Mau Son Winter Tourism Festival 2015, many specific cultural and arts activities will be held, the highlight of which is the opening ceremony in the central stage of Mau Son Tourism Area with arts program titled "Majestic … [Read more...]

Lang Son Tourism & Import-export Joint Stock Co. Putting Service Quality on Top

Lang Son Tourism & Import-export Joint Stock Companyis engaged in hotel, restaurant, travel, passenger transportation, service, export of farm, forest and aquatic products and others. With dynamic development directions, the company has grown into an exemplary unit in forming a spring to push up the Lang Son economy. Mr Nhu The Cu, Deputy Director of the Company, said: After nearly 16 years, the company has invested in and restored various projects like the Bac Son Hotel, restored and built restaurants for Hoa Sim Hotel, built delivery houses, warehouses and production areas for Mau Son Wine. In 2005, the company continued investing in equipment for Mau Son wine production workshops to meet the market tastes. The training of human resources is also of the company's concerns. Annually, the firm organises training courses and sends its cadres to follow higher education classes on economic management, tourism, bartender and other aspects. In the travel, hotel and restaurant business, … [Read more...]

Officials meet with UNESCO leader

Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung (centre) meets representatives from the WFUCA and VFUA in Ha Noi. - VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang HA NOI (VNS) - High-ranking Vietnamese officials yesterday welcomed the President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) George Christophides, lauding the federation's contribution to culture, education and science. At a reception in Ha Noi, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung highlighted WFUCA's role, international position, as well as its noble missions and great contributions to the course of fostering global friendship and cultural, educational and scientific connections. Christophides affirmed that his federation would work closer with the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations (VFUA) to enhance the collaboration between Viet Nam and other countries. The UNESCO representative was accompanied by VFUA President Nguyen Xuan Thang, who reported the performance of his organisation to Chairman … [Read more...]

UNESCO hails famous VN’s ancient house as ‘impressive’

UNESCO hails famous ancient house as 'impressive'Close-up to 120-year-old Huynh Thuy Le house in Can ThoThe Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Association has listed a 119-year-old house called Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House in Sa Dec Town in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap as one of Viet Nam's most impressive destinations.Huynh Thuy Le was the inspiration for the protagonist in French writer and Le's lover Marguerite Duras's novel L' Amant. His house is famous for its unique architecture blending southern Vietnamese, French, and Chinese styles.The wooden house was built in 1895. In 1917 his father rebuilt the house like a French villa, using both eastern and western architectural elements.Last year more than 30,000 people visited the house, with the number from EU countries increasing by 20 per cent year-on-year. Vietnam Airlines increases Tet flightsThe national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will add more flights to meet the increasing passenger demand during the 2014 Lunar New Year … [Read more...]

Political Headlines January 21

Deputy PM affirms Vietnam's comprehensive integration policyVietnam remains proactive in international integration, advocating fair and mutual beneficial cooperation with all partners.Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the statement at a banquet for diplomatic corps in Hanoi on January 20.He said Vietnam has performed as a responsible member, making positive contributions to regional and the world's security and development. The country joined the UN peace-keeping activities, UN Human Rights Council, and International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. The Deputy PM said the Government and people of Vietnam will try hard to realise the set goals in 2011-15 period. With regard to external relations, the country will continue to further international integration, together with the international community, to overcome economic difficulties, narrow differences and address issues of global concern. He and Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee … [Read more...]

President extends New Year greetings to border guards in capital city

HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang wished the nation's border guards a happy Tet (Lunar New Year) yesterday when visiting the Viet Nam Border Guard High Command's headquarters in Ha Noi. President Sang also inquired about preparations for the Tet festival in the border areas, while talking with officers from several border posts over the phone. Further, he reminded officers and soldiers to remain united in defence of their people. Border guards were also urged to have a thorough grasp of the Party's political guidelines on implementing defence tasks, expanding external relations and to help people with socio-economic development programmes, especially those in border areas, to improve their lives. Last year, the Border Guard provided consultations for the Defence Ministry on issues related to territorial sovereignty and borders, and coordinated with other forces in addressing problems on the sea, as well as participated in aid relief operations and search and rescue … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 12

Grammy winner to perform in Saigon barDJ Jazzy Jeff, who won two Grammy awards along with Will Smith as hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The French Prince, will perform at Lush bar on December 19.The artist, real name Jeffrey Allen Townes, began to work with Smith in 1985, and the duo had several gold and platinum albums and singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s.After they broke up in 1993, Townes established a production company called A Touch of Jazz and has won critical acclaim.The performance will start from 9pm at the bar at 2 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1.Baroque music for ChristmasThe Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra will perform A Baroque Christmas concert at the HCM City Conservatory of Music tomorrow.Its artists will perform baroque and classical compositions like Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, Carl Stamitz's Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon in B Flat Major, and Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8, also known as the Christmas … [Read more...]

Music, art show to raise funds for typhoon victims

HCM CITY (VNS)  — A music and art show will be held tonight at the Sai Gon Pearl urban area in Binh Thanh District of HCM City to raise funds for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The programme is being sponsored by the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations and the UNESCO Centre for Culture - Education. The show, which is expected to attract about 1,000 people to raise funds for the victims of the typhoon, which recently struck the Philippines. Taking part in the performance will be Gipsynation band, designer Tommy Nguyen and models and beauty queens from recent beauty contests. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the performers. All money collected at the show will be given to the Philippine Consulate General in HCM City. — VNS … [Read more...]

Researcher deciphers ancient script

HA NOI (VNS)— A book on Vietnamese ancient scripts was released yesterday in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations and Hong Duc Publishing House, with the attendance of its author, researcher Do Van Xuyen. Vowel shift:Do Van Xuyen explains his process of deciphering ancient scripts at the launch of his book. — Photo Entitled Cuoc Hanh Trinh Di Tim Chu Viet Co (An Itinerary to Find Vietnamese Ancient Scripts), the 120-page book marked 50 years of research on ancient scripts dating from the Hung Kings era (about 2000-1000 BC). Xuyen spent days and nights trying to decipher writings and ancient scripts. Through the book, he proved that Vietnamese people in the Hung Kings era had a system of written language, separate from the Chinese, used in maps, educational documents and books and on bronze drums. "I didn't look for information on available documents but I went to many places to consult old people," Xuyen said, "I tried to find a trace of … [Read more...]

UNESCO group to highlight youth’s role in sustainability

Students of the Viet Nam Forestry University plant trees to protect the environment. The upcoming 8th International Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations will discuss youths' role in sustainable development. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh TranHCM CITY — The role of youth in fostering sustainable development that balances economic and social targets will be one of the main issues discussed at the 8th International Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations in Ha Noi from August 18 to 22. Nguyen Xuan Thang, chairman of the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations (VFUA), said at a press conference held last week in HCM City that the focus on youth issues stemmed from the fact that 2011 had been designated International Year of the Youth by the United Nations. As the host organisation, the VFUA has selected and assigned singer Tran Nguyen Uyen Linh to be the Goodwill Ambassador for youth issues at this event. In this role, she would join VFUA in spreading the … [Read more...]

Viet Nam to host 8th UNESCO World Congress

Viet Nam will host the 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) this year, said chairman of the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations, Nguyen Xuan Thang in Ha Noi yesterday. The congress also marks the 30th anniversary of the federation. The five-day congress was scheduled to be held at My Dinh National Convention Centre from August 18-22, Thang said. Youth issues would come under the spotlight, due to the fact that 2011 had been designated as International Year of Youth by the United Nations, he said. The congress is expected to draw around 300 international delegates from non-governmental UNESCO movements worldwide. The Viet Nam federation has assigned Tran Nguyen Uyen Linh, a 23-year-old singer, as an ambassador for youth issues. The WFUCA's President George Christophides said at a press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday that Viet Nam had met the criteria to successfully host the congress. Viet Nam's Federation of UNESCO Associations … [Read more...]

Lang Son Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Add: 320 Ba Trieu Street, Lang Son City, Lang Son Province Tel: (025) 3810 253; Fax: (025) 3810 970 Email: Website: Lang Son Tourism Promotion Center Add: Stand A, Dong Kinh Stadium, Lang Son Province Tel: (025) 3776 565; Fax: (025) 3776 565 Email: Website: … [Read more...]

New opportunities for Mau Son tourism

(VEN) - The Mau Son tourist area (Lang Son Province) has engaged the interests of visitors in recent years due to its inherent attractiveness, offering a potential destination for domestic and foreign investors.Inherent attractiveness In Vietnam's overall tourism development strategy and plan by 2020 with a vision to 2030, Mau Son is one of 46 destinations throughout the country having unique tourism potential and conditions to become a national tourist area. According to documents, in 1918, Khai Dinh King visited Lang Son Province and opened road to Mau Son Mountain. In 1935, Veterinarian O. Pilot built the first villa in Mau Son Mountain. The French considered this area as an ideal resort and numerous villas, gardens and playgrounds were built. Compared to other resorts in Da Lat, Ba Na, Sa Pa and Tam Dao, Mau Son liked Sleeping Beauty. This panoramic area attracted the French to Mau Son for relaxation due to the nature's preference for the climate and landscapes. Mau Son is 1,000, … [Read more...]

Festival honours fading tradition

LANG SON (VNS)— The fourth national then singing festival is being held in Lang Son Province as part of the country's efforts to honour and preserve the traditional art of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic groups in north-western Viet Nam. Then and there: Artists perform at the fourth national then singing festival in Lang Son Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung The festival was also an opportunity to prepare a dossier to submit to UNESCO to recognise the folk singing as an intangible cultural heritage, said Huynh Vinh Ai, deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. "This is a chance to honour, preserve and develop the original traditional art," said Ai. Then, accompanied by dan tinh (gourd lute) has played an important role in the spiritual lives of the Tay, Nung and Thai for centuries. The festival aims to promote the unique folk art, strongly associated with the lives of those ethnic groups, while also honouring then artists for their contributions to the preservation … [Read more...]

Moc Chau: Investment for National Tourism Site Development

Moc Chau is known as a beautiful highland with majestic scenery and fresh cool climate. These are great advantages for developing ecological tourism and building resorts. Besides, this land is also famously home to popularly trademarked products like milk and tea for building and developing into an attractive destination. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Nguyen Van Binh, Director of Moc Chau Tourist Site Management Board, Son La province, on investment plans for tourism development in Moc Chau. With a very convenient geographical location, about 180 km west of the capital city of Hanoi, Moc Chau is an important point in the Hanoi - Northwest tour itinerary (Ha Noi - Hoa Binh - Moc Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Sa Pa - Lao Cai). In recent years, the number of tourists in Moc Chau has risen quite quickly. From 2009 and early 2010, the number of weekend tourists in Moc Chau to experience and explore culture and go shopping has increased significantly. In 2009, … [Read more...]

Depressed domestic tourism: Overslept myths

VietNamNet Bridge - Lacking of comprehensive services for the development of tourism, many historical monuments and beauty spots like Ba Gioc waterfall, Truong Son - Ho Chi Minh trail are out of reach of many Vietnamese people. Dilapidated shops on the path to Ban Gioc waterfall. Going to see "the shape of the Fatherland" has long become a healthy movement of young people. Their destinations are the border landmarks, historic roads and historical sites. However, these are remote and hardly-to-come places because of lack of information, services and bumpy roads.  Too risky, lack of everything. In addition to the four points of the Southernmost point of Ca Mau, the Northernmost point of - Lung Cu (Ha Giang), the Easternmost point of Mui Doi  (Khanh Hoa) and the Westernmost point of A Pa Chai (Dien Bien), there are also Trang Vy cape (Quang Ninh), Lung Po intersection (Lao Cai) and Indochina intersection (Kon Tum) as the locations that shape the country. The Northernmost Point, … [Read more...]

Snow covers Mau Son as temp drops to minus 1°C

Affected by a cold front that is raging in northern Vietnam, the Mau Son mountain area in Lang Son Province has been experiencing a chill at minus 1-2 degrees Celsius since Thursday afternoon, with snow covering the entire area, including the Mau Son Tourist Center. >> Chill continues in North, with minus 2.5°C temp in Mau Son The temperature in the area has continuously dropped over the past three days, together with drizzle, resulting in snow that has fallen thickly and reduced visibility to only 2-3 meters. This is the lowest temperature since 2009, the provincial Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center said, On Tuesday, the temperature there was higher, at minus 2.5 degrees. Attracted by snow, which is rarely seen in a tropical country like Vietnam, thousands of travelers flocked to the area, in Loc Binh District, to contemplate the spectacular snowing landscape. Dang Tang Phuc, the owner of Huong Son Hotel in the district, said all hotels and restaurants in the area … [Read more...]

Five harshest lands in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - They are the areas with severe weather and soil conditions where it's very hard for people survive and live.Dong Van rock plateauPhoto: Reds.vnDong Van rock plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has only arid and rocky mountains, hindering locals from agricultural activities. Ethnic people here have to carry soil from other places to ram into rock holes to grow crops on the slopes.Hoang Lien Son mountain range Photo: Reds.vnHoang Lien Son mountain range is situated between the two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, extending to the west of Yen Bai province, where is the home to the 3,142m Fansipan peak, the roof of Indochina. This area has very few inhabitants because of the rugged terrain and cold climate in winter.Mau SonPhoto: Reds.vnMau Son mountain area is around 800-1000 m high, located in the northeast of Lang Son province, in the districts of Cao Loc and Loc Binh, 30 km to the east Lang Son city, close to the Vietnam - China border. It is … [Read more...]

Beautiful frost patterns in Mau Son

A long spell of cold weather in Mau Son mountainous area in the northern province of Lang Son, where temperature even falls below 0 degree, leaves frosty patterns on tree branches. At 3am on January 7, ice starts appearing in Mau Son mountainous area Thick ice on trees All are covered by ice A tree branch frozen on a car Mr. Thinh, a Hanoian, arrived in this area four days ago to contemplate the beauty of ice Despite the cold weather, many people flock to Mau Son mountain top with the hope of seeing the frost Later the same day, in some trees sheltered from the wind are still covered in forest Then, it gradually thaws Early on January 8, all ice melts, however, as some say, with intensified cold in the upcoming days, the frost may appear again. … [Read more...]

Famtrip Helps Strengthen Vietnam Tourism Competitiveness

In an effortto boost tourism, Vietnam has organised many famtrip tours to many destinations. Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Doan Ngoc Tung, Vice President of Hanoi Unesco Travel Club, to learn about the effectiveness of the famtrip model. Giang Tu reports. Recently, many famtrip tours have been organised, as Vice President of the Hanoi Unesco Travel Club, how do you evaluate the significance of the practices of Famtrip tours? The strengthening of the organisation of the famtrip tour in recent years has helped enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry. I highly appreciate all famtrip tours that were initiated and organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Departments of Tourism, and other provincial departments in the recent time because of their high efficiency. Travel agencies that joined these famtrip tours will have opportunities to visit scenic landscapes and experience tourism activities and explore a series of new local attractions, … [Read more...]