Dong Thap sees 56% increase in tourism arrivals

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap received more than 1.6 million local and international visitors in ten first months, an 56 percent rise from the same period of last year. Gao Giong ecological tourist area in Dong Thap Province (Photo: KK) Provincial expanded and upgraded detinations have recently attracted many travelers, such as The revered Nguyen Sinh Sac grave site, Xeo Quyt relic, Gao Giong ecological tourist area, Tram Chim National Park, Go Thap Archaeological Area, Sa Dec flower village, Huynh Thuy Le's ancient house. An eco-friendly tour has been launched at Tram Chim National Park in Tam Nong District. Visitors will enjoy a 12km-long route on electric car and a solar-powered boat in 35 minutes. The new service will not cause impact on environment and creatures in the national park. Tram Chim National Park was recognized as World Ramsar Site in 2012. It is spread over an area of 7,313 hectares and has abundant flora and fauna species with over 130 species of … [Read more...]

Discover seven destinations in the Mekong Delta

VietNamNet Bridge – The Mekong Delta is an area of rich natural resources and unique historical and cultural value of four ethnic groups: Kinh, Chinese, Khmer and Cham. Cai Rang floating market. The Mekong Delta Tourism Association has recently recognized seven typical tourist destinations of the Mekong Delta. The two most famous tourist sites in Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, are Cai Rang floating market and Truc Lam Phuong Nam Monastery. Cai Rang is one of the most famous floating markets in the Southwestern region. From early morning until about 8am-9am, hundreds of boats gather at the market to sell fruits and agricultural products of the region. Coming to the floating market, visitors will see the bustling atmosphere of the market and also have the opportunity to observe the life of traders on boats. There boats are like "mobile homes" on the water, with full amenities. Truc Lam Phuong Nam Monastery. Truc Lam Phuong Nam Monastery in My Khanh … [Read more...]

Dong Thap promote ecological tourism

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap considers ecological tourism a priority in the province’s Tourism Development Plan for 2015-2020. Under the plan, Cao Lanh—Dong Thap’s capital city—will feature lotus flowers and green architectures. In 2015, Dong Thap will give a facelift to most of its major tourist sites – the Nguyen Sinh Sac relic, the Xeo Quyt relic, the Tram Chim National Park, Gao Giong ecological tourist site, the Go Thap and Thap Muoi lotus field relic, Sa Dec city and Binh Thanh floating village. Sa Dec city, which has been known for its flower farms, will become a land of flowers with a flower street running from Sa Nhien to Ca Dao. The Tram Chim National Park, which is home to dozen of bird species, is another area for tourists to experience nature in Dong Thap.-VNA … [Read more...]

Memorial site for President Ho Chi Minh’s father unveiled

Locals visit the temple commemorating President Ho Chi Minh’s father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, at the site. Photo: baobinhdinh PANO – The Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee inaugurated a site commemorating President Ho Chi Minh’s father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, at the Binh Khe historical relic site in Tay Giang commune, Tay Son district, on May 23rd. The site, including a temple, a memorial house and a stele, was built from early 2014 on an area of 2.6ha at a cost of approximately VND 67 billion from the State budget and local sponsors. Being a child, President Ho Chi Minh had lived with his father in Binh Khe district (now Tay Giang commune) when Mr. Sac was appointed by the Nguyen-dynasty to be the district chief in mid-1909. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Publisher unveils books on late President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday

Books about the late President Ho Chi Minh have been introduced by the Kim Dong Publishing House on the 125th birthday anniversary of the founder of modern Vietnam and its first President (May 19, 1890-May 19, 2015). The ‘Parting moment on the Dragon House Wharf’ book by writer Son Tung, based on the screenplay ‘See You Again Saigon,’ depicts Uncle Ho’s young life. ‘Our Uncle Ho’ writen by Bich Thuan portrays the simple life of President Ho Chi Minh through memoirs and historic materials. ‘Father and Son’ features emotional stories about President Ho Chi Minh’s childhood and his father Nguyen Sinh Sac; ‘Telling Uncle Ho stories’ features tales about the revolutionary life of Uncle Ho; and ‘Uncle Ho’s Portrait’ contains humanitarian stories, among other books released on the occasion.-VNA … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta localities cooperate to boost tourism development

Canal tour in Mekong Delta is favored by almost all of tourists. (CPV) - The Mekong Delta Tourism Association is closely associating with regional localities to strengthen promotional activities and focus on improving the quality of human resources for tourism development in the region during 2015. Currently, the association has upgraded its website, built additional specific tourism products, established model tours for Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces. In 2014, the regional tourism sector greeted more than 22.4 million tourists, a year-on-year rise of 8.3%, in which foreign arrivals reached over 1.83 million, up 10.2%. Turnover from tourism was estimated at VND6.36 trillion, a 23.5% rise against 2013. Over the past year, the association surveyed and selected 16 typical destinations in the region, seven of which are new hotspots, including Hung Vuong square, the villa of Bac Lieu mandarin's son, Nha Mat (Mat House) tourist area, Tram Chim National Park, … [Read more...]

Over 180,000 visitors to the relic site of Uncle Ho’s father

From February 19th to 24th (the 1st to the 6th day of the first lunar month), the relic site of Nguyen Sinh Sac - the father of President Ho Chi Minh, located in Cao Lanh city, the southern province of Dong Thap, attracted more than 180,000 domestic and foreign tourists, increasing 15% in comparison with that in 2014. This year, more visitors came to the site because they wanted to see the two Vietnam heritage trees, including a 287-year thistle tree and a 326-year tree as well as to admire two other over-100-year old trees that present two works of arts. The relic site of Nguyen Sinh Sac. (Photo source: Dak Lak newspaper) During the lunar new year 2015, a range of activities has been held at the site, such as photo exhibitions on daily activities and Tet activities of President Ho Chi Minh, on Cao Lanh city in the past and at present, the Communist Party of Vietnam and calligraphy./. … [Read more...]

Local authorities offered Tet gifts to social policy families in city, neighboring provinces

A delegation led by Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan visited and offered Tet greetings to leaders of the HCM City Committee for Catholic Solidarity, the Vietnam Protestant Church Association (southern region) and Ho Chi Minh City Archbishop's Palace on February 10. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council presented Tet gifts to social policy families in Long An Province. (Photo: Sggp) Mr. Le Hoang Quan highlighted the outstanding contributions and solidarity of the people of the city, the clerics and followers in solving problems of society and for maintaining and developing growth in the city. On the same day, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Van Thuong and officials paid a visit and offered Tet gifts to social policy families in Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces. The delegation supported the provinces more than VND13 billion to build gratitude houses, bridges, kindergartens and rural roads. The … [Read more...]

Dong Thap: Ancient trees win heritage honour

The 326-year-old Sop (Ficus pisocarpa Blume) tree (Source: A 287-year-old carambola tree and a 326-year-old Sop (Ficus pisocarpa Blume) tree in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap have been recognised as national heritage trees. Certificates of the recognition were handed over to local authorities by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) at a ceremony held in the locality on December 18. The trees, which are the first heritage trees of Dong Thap, are standing in the memorial site of Nguyen Sinh Sac, who is late President Ho Chi Minh’s father, in Cao Lanh city since 1977 as a gift from the Ngo Van Hay family. During the two resistance wars, the Ngo Van Hay family dug cellars under the trees to provide shelters for revolutionaries. The VACNE launched the programme to conserve Vietnam Heritage Trees in 2011. It contributes to promoting the diversification and abundance of Vietnam’s flora as well as developing … [Read more...]

Beauty of the Mekong Delta region during water rising season

Trees and plants in the region are enriched with alluvium flowing downstream during the flood season. (Cinet)- Every year, from August to November, banks throughout Mekong River Delta are submerged due to flooding of the Mekong river upstream. Because the water doesn't come all of a sudden but rises gradually, the local people don't call it the "flood season" but "water rising season". The peak of the water rising season from late October to November is ideal to discover the region's natural beauty. There are many beautiful landscapes to enjoy such as floating markets, Unicorn island, An Binh island, Vinh Sang farm, bee farm, crocodile farm, raft village, Cham Tribal village… with the attractive folk games. A typical tour around the region might start at Can Tho City and include a trip to Cai Rang Floating Market, Tra Su Cajuput Forest, Dong thap muoi, Bac Lieu Province well-known for Vietnamese Opera(đờn ca tài tử) and the relics of Bac Lieu Dude. A large number of pagodas can also … [Read more...]

Dong Thap kick-starts the construction of new monument

PANO - Dong Thap Province on October 29th held the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a monument at Cao Lanh wharf in Cao Lanh city, Dong Thap province. Witnesses of the event gather. Photo: The project is in commemoration of the day when troops in Southern Vietnam gathered in Cao Lanh town, Long Chau Sa province (now Cao Lanh city, Dong Thap province) in October 1954 to regroup in the North. The monument is built on the area of 12,000sq.m with total investment of VND 50 billion. Its first phase is expected to be completed next year. To celebrate the event, earlier, 600 delegates, representing 13,500 the then troops had offered incense in commemoration of Nguyen Sinh Sac, President Ho Chi Minh's father. The province also met with historical witnesses and made public the memoirs about the 100 days of the gathering. Translated by Son Ca … [Read more...]

Dong Thap to Focus on Potential Tourism Development

Dong Thap is considered a locality with special natural landscapes and charming rivers carrying traits of the wetland of the wild Dong Thap Muoi. The province has many famous places to visit and typical tourism products of the land of waters. These are favourable conditions to promote the development of the province's tourism in the future. Formation of key tourism destinations In the past years, Dong Thap tourism has made significant progress and become an important economic sector in the province. Tourism areas, especially key tourism areas, have gradually been formed and developed. Currently, Dong Thap has many famous tourist places in and outside the country such as the tomb relic of Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac, Xeo Quyt Relic Zone, Gao Giong eco-tourism zone, Go Thap Relic zone, Dong Sen - Thap Muoi tourism zone, Tram Chim National Park, Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, and others. In addition, Dong Thap has many significant traditional villages in the areas such as Sa Dec … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh to get tough on foot-dragging investor

Dao Loan This strong measure is not only meant to hasten the progress of this capital-intensive tourism project, but also serves as a warning to other slow projects in the province, said Mai Thanh Thang, vice chairman of the province. This project by Vietnamese American Hotel and Resort Co. Ltd. requires nearly VND4 trillion of investment to develop facilities over 300 hectares. It has been two years behind schedule, so Binh Dinh issued a "make or break" warning, saying the project could be awarded to another investor if the current project owner fails to put it on the run before the end of this year. "Apart from this project, other slow-moving ones are also being probed. Investors may have trouble with capital shortages as the economy is still mired in difficulties, yet they cannot prolong the execution time indefinitely," he told the Daily on Tuesday on the sidelines of a press conference to introduce the upcoming International Festival of Traditional Martial Arts in Binh … [Read more...]

President inspects Tran Dai Nghia memorial site

President Truong Tan Sang on February 16 visited the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to inspect the construction work of a memorial site for Professor Tran Dai Nghia - a brilliant student of President Ho Chi Minh and a pioneer in modernising Vietnam's military technology. President Truong Tan Sang at a working session with Vinh Long provincial leaders (Source: VNA) Construction on the site started on November 24, 2013 on the occasion of the 100 th birthday anniversary of Professor Nghia. It is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2015 with a total capital of 50 billion VND (2.35 million USD). Covering an area of about 16,000 sq.m in Tuong Loc commune, Tam Binh district, the site will contain a memorial house, a gallery, a library, a conference hall and a screening room. At a working session with provincial leaders on the construction process, President Sang stressed that the cultural work aims to honour Nghia's great contributions to national liberation and … [Read more...]

President visits Tran Dai Nghia memorial site

Speaking at a meeting with Vinh Long leaders on February 16, President Sang conveyed the memorial site will have deep national significance, reflecting the moral code of "remembering the water source we drink" and educating future generations on the Vietnamese revolutionary traditions and Professor Nghia's diligence, creativity and dedication to his country. (VOV) - President Truong Tan Sang has visited the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to inspect the construction of a memorial site for professor Tran Dai Nghia, an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and a great scientist of Vietnam's revolution. He was the innovator of weapons during the resistance war against the French colonialists, opening a new path of development for Vietnam's military and contributing to the victory of the Vietnamese revolution. Earlier on February 15, President Sang attended a ceremony to officially unveil a memorial stele for Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of President Ho Chi Minh, in … [Read more...]

President inspects construction of memorial site for Prof. Tran Dai Nghia

(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang has made an inspection tour of the construction of a memorial site professor Tran Dai Nghia, an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and a great scientist of Vietnam's revolution. Speaking at a working session in Vinh Long province on Sunday, President Sang said the memorial site will have an in-depth significance, reflecting the moral code of "remembering the water source we drink" and educating generations of Vietnamese the revolutionary traditions and Professor Nghia's diligence, creativity and dedication to the country. He was the innovator of weapons during the resistance war against the French colonialists, opening a new path of development for Vietnam's military and contributing to the victory of the Vietnamese revolution. Professor Tran Dai Nghia (R) met president Ho Chi Minh (Photo: archive) On Saturday afternoon, President Sang attended the inauguration ceremony of a stele for Nguyen Sinh Sac, father of President Ho Chi … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 30

Da Nang flower festival opens The Tet flower festival opens at 29 March Park in the central city of Da Nang today.Over 1,000 artworks made of flowers will be on display, along with other activities such as calligraphy, painting exhibition, a bird-singing contest and cuisine pavilions.Artists from Hue, Hoi An, Ninh Thuan and Tien Giang will be participating in the festival. There will also be an exhibition of ceramics by the Cham people from coastal Ninh Thuan Province.Two locations have been prepared for launching fireworks along the banks of the Han River. Fireworks will light up the sky over the river, reflecting the colourful lighting designs of Rong (Dragon), Tran Thi Ly, Thuan Phuoc and Han River bridges.Book Road Festival opens in HCMCState President Truong Tan Sang on January 28 attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Book Road Festival in Ho Chi Minh City.  State President Truong Tan Sang (6th from R) cuts the ribbon to open the 2014 Book Road Festival - Photo: QDNDUnder the … [Read more...]

Tourist Areas in the Mekong Prepare for Tet Festival

Tourist areas in the Mekong delta are busily preparing to welcome the Tet festival 2014. Tourists are buying a souvenir when touring to a Mekong delta province (Photo: VNA) Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta officially opened its first Flower Street on January 28. It will be open for seven days of the Lunar New Year holiday. Ancient houses and ecological areas such as My Khanh, Khuong Islet and Khuong Dien will be open for visitation. Dong Thap Province tourism increased 30 percent every year compared to last year, said Deputy Director of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ngo Quang Tuyen. The province's leaders are determined to invest more in tourist areas including Nguyen Sinh Sac Monument to honor Ho Chi Minh's father, flower village of Sa Dec, Huynh Thuy Le Home Dec Town, and Tram Chim National Park where thousands of Sarus cranes reside. Bac Lieu Province in the Mekong Delta spent over VND2,500 billion (US$118,825) building 21 hectares at Nga Mat. Kien Giang Province's Phu … [Read more...]

Thousands holidaymakers in Hue City on National Day

According to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Thua Thien-Hue Province, the number of holidaymakers to Hue City on occasion of National Day are estimated at 60,000, from which foreign visitors account for one third. On September 2, historical monuments in Hue will be open free of charge for all Vietnamese visitors from 7am to 5pm. Most holidaymakers are attracted to the Royal Palace of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Royal Tombs. In related news, the People's Committee of Dong Thap Province said that since the beginning of this year, the province has attracted more than 1.1 million domestic and foreign visitors, up 35 percent compared to the same period last year. Revenue from tourisms touched VND180 billion, achieving 74 percent of this year's target plan. The province has developed many attractive tourist spots, such as Tram Chim National Park, Gao Giong Eco-Village, Xeo Quyt Relic Site, Go Thap Relic Site, Sa Dec Flower Village, and Nguyen Sinh Sac Relic Site. … [Read more...]