• Hoa Binh launches smart tourism portal

    Hoa Binh launches smart tourism portal

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:53 PM

    The people’s committee of northern Hoa Binh province has introduced a smart tourism portal at https://hoabinhtourism.vn to promote smart local tourism development.

    The portal provides visitors with useful information about the province’s history, culture, and famous sites. It also helps them make travel plans based on recommendations on accommodation, restaurants, shopping, hospitals, bus stations, and ATMs, etc., which are all shown on digital maps.

    It also provides other smart features such as 360-degree photo and video collection, translations, e-payment services, weather forecasts, and suggested itineraries. Visitors can also provide feedback to help improve service quality in the province.

  • Bilingual sketch book on Hanoi released

    Bilingual sketch book on Hanoi released

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:06 AM

    A Vietnamese and English-language book featuring more than 200 sketches of Hanoi’s streets along with emotional essays about the capital has been published.

    Entitled “Pho Co Ha Noi - Ky Hoa va Hoi Uc” (Hanoi’s Old Quarter - Sketches & Memories), the book is a collection of works from 60 authors, writers, architects, and amateur and professional painters of the Urban Sketchers Hanoi group. Pictures were drawn using various materials such as water colors, pencils, and wax, creating an interesting look at the beauty of Hanoi from different artists.

    Established in 2016 and with nearly 4,000 members, the Urban Sketchers Hanoi group has hosted various painting events to snap images of Hanoi, especially old lifestyles and old buildings that are gradually disappearing in the process of urbanization.

  • Royal Medical Hall opens in Hue

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:03 AM

    Dai Nam Thai Y Duong (Dai Nam Royal Medical Hall) was opened recently at 2 Doan Thi Diem Street in the central city of Hue as a new tourist site introducing traditional Hue medicine and recreating royal medicine prescriptions and treatment from the olden days.

    Visitors can learn about the history of Hue medicine in the ancient oriental medicine space in a “Ruong” house (Vietnamese wooden house) and local herbal remedies used in oriental medicine.

    They can also undertake an examination and treatment by royal physicians, who prepare necessary medicines for any ailments found, as well as enjoy royal tea and explore the process of making traditional essential oils for therapy.

  • Walking & cycling tours open along Hoa Binh’s Da River

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:52 PM

    The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in northern Hoa Binh province, in cooperation with the people’s committees of Hoa Binh city and Cao Phong, Mai Chau, Da Bac, and Tan Lac districts, has recently opened two tours - one walking and one cycling - along the banks of the Da River in the Hoa Binh Lake Tourism Area.

    Both tours give tourists the opportunity to visit outstanding local sites and also villages, to learn more about the daily lives of local people, who are mostly members of the Muong ethnic minority. They can also discover their unique cuisine and homestays in stilt-houses. Other activities include kayaking, rafting, fishing, gardening, and swimming in streams.

    The tours are expected to attract more tourists to discover the area and the culture and lives of the Muong people.

  • First private library on American War opens

    First private library on American War opens

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:05 AM

    The first private library in Vietnam on the American War has been opened to the public by a retired general, which archives and exhibits over 10,000 books, journals, and publications. The library is on the 2nd Floor, Almaz Market, Vinhomes Riverside, in Hanoi’s Long Bien district.

    Documents and objects at the library were collected by former Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Van Huong and his friends. Most are in English from American authors, including politicians, historians, governmental officials, and military commanders, who have studied the war, providing a rich and precious documentary resource with different perspectives for researchers and people interested in the history of the war.

    The library also showcases digitalized maps of Vietnam and Southeast Asia from ancient times and in the modern era, two cartographic collections of Vietnam’s territory drawn by the US’s Cadastral Agency and Army during wartime, 100 posters depicting global support for the struggle of the Vietnamese people for peace and independence, stamp collections issued by Vietnam and other countries to mark major historical events in Vietnam, and collected artifacts that are personal belongings and military equipment of Vietnamese combatants taken by American troops on the battlefield.

    The library will work with other agencies in the future to produce films about the war as well as showcase war objects and items to help families of missing Vietnamese soldiers find them.

  • First night pedestrian malls open in Cao Bang and Vinh

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:02 AM

    The first night-time pedestrian malls have been opened in Cao Bang city in the northern province of the same name and Vinh city in north-central Nghe An province.

    In Cao Bang, the pedestrian mall and food market along Kim Dong Street is open from 7pm to 11pm every Friday and Saturday, with 70 stalls serving local specialties and souvenirs. There are also cultural activities, street art, and folk games.

    The pedestrian mall in Vinh is along Cao Thang Street and open from 6.30pm to 11pm daily. There are 114 stalls with snacks and drinks, local specialties, footwear, clothing, souvenirs, and cultural and arts activities.

    The new vehicle-free streets aim to provide residents and visitors more entertainment at night as well as promote the local cultural identity, cuisine, and specialties.

  • New pedestrian bridge opens at Phu Tho tourist site

    New pedestrian bridge opens at Phu Tho tourist site

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:50 PM

    A pedestrian bridge across Dam Ca Lake in northern Phu Tho province has been opened to the public, providing both local people and tourists with a new sightseeing spot.

    The bridge has a length of 178 meters and an average width of 4.5 meters, while a seven-story tower has been built in the middle of the bridge with an illuminated glass globe at the top. There will also be a network of decorative lights, synchronized with the architecture of both the bridge and the tower.

    The new bridge is expected to contribute to making Phu Tho, home of the Temple for the Hung Kings - the first emperors of Vietnam - greener and more beautiful, friendly, and hospitable.

  • HCMC to pilot sightseeing double-decker buses

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:04 AM

    Double-decker buses will be trialed shortly in Ho Chi Minh City, providing more options for tourists sightseeing around town. With free wi-fi, LED screens, and speakers introducing the history, culture, and features of each destination, the 63-seat buses will run along two routes.

    The first is the Sai Gon - Gia Dinh city tour, operating from 9am to 5.45pm every day with 35 minutes between arrivals. It begins and ends near the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theater on Dong Khoi Street, passing through destinations such as Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Nha Rong Wharf, Tran Hung Dao Statue, Thao Cam Vien, the National Historical Museum, the War Remnants Museum, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ben Thanh Market, Thong Nhat Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Sai Gon Central Post Office.

    The second is the City Tour Hop on - Hop off, beginning and ending at the Sai Gon Central Post Office with the same schedule, including stops at the Sai Gon Central Post Office, the National Historical Museum, the War Remnants Museum, Bui Vien Walking Street, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ben Thanh Market, Bitexco Financial Tower - Skydeck, Tran Hung Dao Statue, Bach Dang Wharf, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, and the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theater.

    Earlier, Hanoi and northern Ha Long city also launched similar services that were warmly received by visitors.

  • Bat Trang introduces new sites and smart services

    Bat Trang introduces new sites and smart services

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 09:36 AM

    Bat Trang ceramic village, a popular tourist attraction on the outskirts of Hanoi, has opened a number of new sites in the village to update its appeal, including the “Bat Trang - Chieu Market” cultural, tourist and trade complex, a ceramic space of famous artisan To Thanh Son, Trang An ancient house, and more shops and restaurants.

    It also introduced a smart tourism package that includes free wi-fi, automated tour guides, a tourist information portal, a Bat Trang tourism app, a virtual reality tour of its villages, smart electric cars, and a smart bike system.

    A commune on 164 ha in the capital’s Gia Lam district, Bat Trang is home to the famed ceramic villages of Giang Cao and Bat Trang and known for its lively and sophisticated pottery items. It is also an architectural treasure of ancient houses and lineage halls built with ancient bricks.

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