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  • RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    RACING THROUGH REMOTENESS

    The Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon, the toughest mountain bike race in the country, was held around Sapa town in the northern province of Lao Cai from 4 to 6 November and saw 50 international and local riders take part.

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  • A day in the life

    A day in the life

    Elaine Cheung accompanied a Red Dao woman as she went about her business selling souvenirs in Sapa.

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  • Do the right thing

    Do the right thing

    Responsible tourism relies on all concerned, even the tourist.

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  • Pioneering Mountain Bike Race Around Sapa

    Pioneering Mountain Bike Race Around Sapa

    Registrations are now open for the first edition of the three-day Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon to take place from November 4 to 6 in the remote mountainous region surrounding Sapa. With a backdrop of the highest peaks in Indochina and the Hoang Lien National Park deep in the far north, the bike race offers truly pioneering riding. Racers will be the first to ever take on local trails through rice terraces and among ethnic minority villages. The route covers large parts of very remote mountains, meaning competitors will see parts of this region that normally remain out of reach. Participants from Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Malaysia and Indonesia have already signed up, so the race is set to be a truly international event.

    For more visit www.vietnammountain-bikemarathon.com.

  • Lao Cai offers new tourist activities

    The Lao Cai Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has introduced new offerings to attract tourists, including horse and cart trips to ethnic minority villages in Bac Ha town and a trip to Bac Ha Tourism House to see how local wine is made. The department has also linked up with two brocade weaving villages and a traditional musical instrument village in Sapa district’s Ta Van commune to provide tourism services. The northern mountainous province is planning to develop several more tourism activities, including Lao Cai city - Bat Xat - Sapa bicycle tours, an agricultural tourism site in Bac Ha’s flower valley, and community tourism in several locations. Lao Cai has many scenic sites, including magnificent terraced rice fields, and a large number of different ethnic minorities. It has attracted more than 1.4 million tourists this year, 39.4% higher than in the same period last year.

  • Hanoi gets helicopter taxi service

    Travellers in Hanoi can now enjoy new air services to famous destinations, offered by the State-owned Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company. Flights to popular sites such as Halong Bay (Quang Ninh province), Sapa (Lao Cai province), Trang An and Bai Dinh (Ninh Binh province), and Mai Chau and the Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Plant (Hoa Binh province), at $2,640 an hour for a group of six to seven people. This is the first time a commercial helicopter service has been introduced in Vietnam’s tourism sector, where it was previously limited to the oil and gas industry, according to the company. Last August, private carrier Hai Au Aviation launched a seaplane service between Hanoi and Halong Bay, charging each passenger VND5 million ($235) for the 25-minute flight.

  • Travel Treats

    Travel Treats

    Special dishes from different corners of Vietnam can serve as an extra reason tours to places of interest are more impressive and unforgettable.

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  • A sight to behold

    A sight to behold

    As the rice is harvested in the northwest the terraced rice fields in the local area reveal their exquisite beauty.

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  • Sapa monitors tourism prices

    The prices of tourism services in Sapa district in the northern province of Lao Cai have been published officially under an instruction from the Sapa District People’s Committee. The aim of the move is to discourage overcharging of tourists at the world-famous hill town. Prices for hotels, karaoke bars, taxis, motorbikes, restaurants, beverage outlets, and other eateries are listed. The district, which has beautiful mountains, caves, forests and terraced rice fields, is home to many ethnic minority groups. At this time of year rainwater is released on to the terraced rice fields, which shimmer in the sunshine, attracting many tourists and photographers. The high number of tourists, particularly during holidays and peak seasons, has led to a shortage of accommodation and some have taken advantage to overcharge tourists.

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