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Ha Long bay tours on Emeraude Classic Cruises

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm




Ha Long bay tours on Emeraude Classic Cruises


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh, one of the most famous tourist sites in Vietnam and in the world, has attracted a large number of domestic and foreign visitors.


A new tour with 3 days and 2 nights to discover the beauty of the bay on Emeraude Classic Cruises has been launched by Slow Pony Adventures Company. Formerly the tour used to last two days and one night.


Besides enjoying wine and the picturesque beauty of the bay on board the cruise, visitors can join various activities such as climbing mountains, rowing kayaks, walking or exploring beautiful grottoes and others.


Launched in 2003, Emeraude Classic Cruise with 12 Superior cabins, 22 Deluxe and 3 Suite cabins can carry 74 passengers.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in top 10 best boat journeys

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been ranked the 2nd among the 10 best boat journeys by the UK’s Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Ha Long Bay


“Bobbing on the emerald waters of Halong Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes.


There are more than 300 boats based at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf waiting to sweep you away to the World Heritage waters. Day tours last from four to eight hours, though (recommended) overnighters are also available” the magazine written.


Norwegian Fjords gets the first place. Next positions are Amazon River, South America; Franklin River, Australia; Quetico Provincial Park, Canada; Kerala’s backwaters, India; Milford Sound, New Zealand; Island-hopping, Greece; Disko Bay, Greenland; and Galapágos Islands, Ecuador.

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh. Covering on an area of around 1,553 km2, the hot tourist spot has including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone.


In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders and helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year.

Source: SGGP

Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm




Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Yang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa is famed for its pristine beauty, expansive forests, and glassy waterfalls – in fact the superlatives go on and on.


Duong Le Na, an overseas Vietnamese from the US and her friends recently decided to travel to the site. When they arrived at Yang Bay she was beside herself with joy.


“On the stone steps of the gentle slope we started our journey to Yang Bay waterfall. The fresh air the cool water, I’m in ecstasy,” she wrote in an e-mail to a friend. ‘


“The quite beatitude is broken by the roaring of the waterfall. The waterfall feeds into several small lakes below, of which the deepest is 16m. My friends and I immediately drived into the water to enjoy the coolness. We are all in agreement that this is the most beautiful place on earth,” Na wrote.


Yang Bay means “heaven’s waterfall” in the language of the Gia Rai people, one of the 53 ethnic groups in Vietnam .


The river begins at a spring some 2km higher up in the mountains. It plunges down several waterfalls into a one-metre deep crystal clear pool.


The two other major waterfalls in the area are Yang Khang and Hocho. After a refreshing dip, visitors can relax in a natural hot spring.


Yang Bay waterfall is also famed for the “lithophone” that has been erected – iron wires fastened to the cliff that play as the water passes over it.


Gia Rai residents are proud of their musical ability and are only too happy to entertain visitors. They play traditional instruments such as the chapi, t’rung, tacung flute, taleploi clarinet and the dan da (stone instrument).


Situated in Khanh Vinh District’s Khanh Phu Commune, Yang Bay waterfall forms part of the 57ha Yang Bay Tourism Park .


Locals put on a variety of activities to entertain tourists, such as pig racing and crossbow shooting. There is also a 4,500sq. m bear farm. Visitors can also feed crocodiles.


Na’s friend Ken Jones was particularly taken by the crocodile farm. “Feeding the crocodiles was fun but terrifying,” he said.


Na meanwhile fell in love with the orchid gardens.


“I have lived far from my homeland for more than 30 years. I can’t believe how beautiful and pristine this place is,” she said.


After the orchid gardens Na and her friends listened to locals playing the dan da and t’rung, which consists of five to seven pieces of bamboo of varying length that are tied together with two parallel cords. It can be rolled up. When played it is hung from a metal frame. The musician strikes the bamboo with two to four rods. The sound of the t’rung is reminiscent of running water.


“At the end of the evening, we relaxed by a campfire and sampled local culinary delicacies such as grilled crocodile and steamed bamboo filled with minced pork. Ostrich is another popular local dish,” said Na.


To get to Yang Bay from Nha Trang City you must pass through Dien Khanh town and several villages.


Yang Bay reserve occupies 570ha and is famed for its virgin forest. It is known as Gia Rai in the local language.


Entrance tickets cost 30,000 VND for adults and 15,000 VND for children. English speaking tour guides cost 100,000 VND per hour, while Vietnamese language guided cost 50,000 VND per hour, said tourism official Hoang Van Khanh, who works for Khotoco Co.


The 800m tree-lined path to the centre is a festooned with flowers and creepers. The foot weary can catch an electric bus for 10,000 VND.


For those wanting to take a dip in Yang Khang Waterfall, swimming costumes can be hired for 60,000 VND to 70,000 VND. Floats cost 5,000 VND.


Just under a kilometre away is the Hocho Waterfall.


Yang Bay welcomes thousands of visitors each year.


“We plan to invest billions of dong in Yang Bay . We want to build a mud bath and a high-end resort,” Khanh said with a smile surveying the beautiful countryside. “Then more people will be able to enjoy the nature and the loveliness of the reserve.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

Ha Long Bay likely to win, director of New7Wonder

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Defeating 440 competitors in the vote for the seven natural wonders of the world, Ha Long Bay, has been voted in the list of 28 and likely to win in the list of new seven wonders, said Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the New7Wonder during a current visit to Vietnam.

A view of Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh

Reporter: Is there any difference between the final round, to vote for seven natural wonders of the world, and previous rounds, sir?


Jean-Paul de la Fuente: Previously, people could only vote through emails for the whole seven wonders. At the final round, they can vote for only one wonder through SMS or phone calls.


Could you predict the winning capacity of Ha Long Bay?


I could not predict the future. However, I thought that the opportunity for Ha Long Bay is very high, it depends on the vote of each Vietnamese.


After winning in the vote, will the seven wonders follow some certain regulations, sir?


Each competition has it own regulations and the New7Wonder is not in exception. However, these regulations mainly aim to encourage wonder protection. For instance, to the seven man-made wonders of the world voted in 2007, the NewOpenWorld, organizer of New7Wonder, will send inspectors to there in 2012. In case that they uncover that the wonders are changed or severely downgraded, affecting to their images as well as natures, the organization will host a vote to seek for new wonders.

Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, a UNESCO heritage site, has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders.  

Ha Long Bay

The voting, organized by New Open World, is available at http://www.vote7.com.


The positive result is thanks to Quang Ninh province’s efforts in boosting information dissemination and promotion of the image of Ha Long Bay to foreign friends.


The province has also developed tourism linkages with other provinces nationwide, especially the country’s five biggest tourism centres.


The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has planned a promotion campaign and asked Quang Ninh province to publish a tourism publication on Ha Long Bay with attached voting guidelines as well as build a game show named “Impressive Vietnam”.


Ha Long Bay is drawing the attention of tourists from both road and waterways, helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year with estimated revenue of VND2.3 trillion (US$115).

Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay likely to win, director of New7Wonder

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am




Ha Long Bay likely to win, director of New7Wonder


QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Defeating 440 competitors in the vote for the seven natural wonders of the world, Ha Long Bay, has been voted in the list of 28 and likely to win in the list of new seven wonders, said Jean-Paul de la Fuente, director of the New7Wonder during a current visit in Vietnam.


Reporter: Is there any difference between the final round, to vote for seven natural wonders of the world, and previous rounds, sir?


Jean-Paul de la Fuente: Previously, people could only vote through emails for the whole seven wonders. At the final round, they can vote for only one wonder through SMS or phone calls.


Could you predict the winning capacity of Ha Long Bay?


I could not predict the future. However, I thought that the opportunity for Ha Long Bay is very high, it depends on the vote of each Vietnamese.


After winning in the vote, will the seven wonders follow some certain regulations, sir?


Each competition has it own regulations and the New7Wonder is not in exception. However, these regulations mainly aim to encourage wonder protection. For instance, to the seven man-made wonders of the world voted in 2007, the NewOpenWorld, organizer of New7Wonder, will send inspectors to there in 2012. In case that they uncover that the wonders are changed or severely downgraded, affecting to their images as well as natures, the organization will host a vote to seek for new wonders.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Ha Long Bay ranks 2nd in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Vietnam ’s Ha Long Bay won second largest number of international votes over the past four weeks in the campaign voting for the world’s seven new natural wonders.

                          Ha Long Bay

The information was released by the NewOpenWorld on its website www.new7wonders.com on August 16.


The voting for Ha Long Bay has achieved satisfactory results in several countries like Japan , the Republic of Korea , France and Mexico .


Recently, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked with the Ha Long Bay Management Board to open a photo exhibition in New York City of the US from August 11-18.


In the coming time, a wide range of activities to vote for Ha Long Bay will continue to take place in many countries across the world.


To voted for Ha Long bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, please visit the website www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/vote_on_nominees.

Source: SGGP

Photos of Halong Bay on display in New York

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

A photo exhibition on Ha Long Bay opened in New York on Aug. 11 as part of campaign to vote for the Vietnamese bay as world natural wonder.

Halong Bay

Fifty photos, depicting the beauty of the Bay, as well as its potential for tourism, bio-diversity and plentiful flora and fauna are on display.


At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Bui The Giang, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam at the UN, stated that the beauty of Halong has been not only in Vietnamese people’s mind, but also attract foreign friends, including Americans. He stressed that the exhibition was held as the fine development of bilateral relations between Vietnamese and American people.


The exhibition will last until Aug. 18.

The final voting stage for world natural wonders will take place between 2010 and 2011.


To voted for Halong Bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, please visit the website www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/vote_on_nominees.

Source: SGGP

Another luxury cruise ship docks in Ha Long bay

In Vietnam Travel on March 11, 2010 at 5:03 am




Another luxury cruise ship docks in Ha Long bay


QĐND – Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

An American luxury cruise ship Nautica docked at Cai Lan port, bringing 1,000 foreign tourists to the world heritage site of Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh for the first time on March 9.


During their stay in Vietnam hosted by Tan Hong Company, the tourists will visit the beautiful landscapes of Ha Long Bay, the capital city of Hanoi and the port city of Hai Pong.


Ha Long Bay has so far this year welcomed several foreign cruise ships carrying thousands of holiday-makers.


Quang Ninh strives to welcome 5.2 million tourists, including 2.4 million foreign visitors this year.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Oyster lime sours beautiful Lang Co Bay

In Vietnam Landscapes on October 18, 2009 at 3:03 am




Oyster lime sours beautiful Lang Co Bay


QĐND – Saturday, October 17, 2009, 19:24 (GMT+7)

The scenic Lang Co Bay is fast losing its beauty from pollution caused by waste from oyster lime ovens.


To make matters worse, local government officials are at a loss because they have no alternative livelihood to offer to enable the closure of surrounding factories and processors.


Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, is home to nearly two million tons of oysters. Despite district officials enacting a ban on oyster fishing in 2004, local manufacturers have turned the district into an oyster lime industrial zone.


Dozens of boats are anchored around the bay for daily fishing, while oyster lime processing ovens burn constantly in the background.


Hung, a local resident, said the limekilns operate overnight. “I can drag out a clot of lime from my nostrils when I wake up. The children just cough throughout the night.”


According to the residents, district authorities have failed to offer them new jobs after a 2004 ban on oyster fishing took effect, so they continue with their old activity.


Those with personal fishing boats can make VND400,000-500,000 (US$22-28) a day, while oyster transporters can earn around VND100,000.


A village head from the district, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had seized many machines used to make the lime, but asked: “How can residents survive if we ban them [from producing oyster lime] and not offer other opportunities to make a proper living,” Phap Luat newspaper quoted him as saying.

Source: Agencies

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