• Breathing new life

    Breathing new life

    A program in Hanoi aims to encourage an appreciation of Vietnam’s intangible cultural heritages among the younger generation.


  • Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue to develop maritime tourism

    Culture, sports and tourism sectors and travel firms in the central provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam have launched a wide range of activities to promote the development of maritime-based tourism, supported by UNESCO. The localities plan to develop community-based tourism in fishing villages along with introducing traditional cultural activities and trade villages to visitors. The Quang Nam Co-operative Union launched a centre displaying products from local trade villages to introduce handicraft products to domestic and foreign tourists. The two provinces have implemented a UNESCO-funded project to promote responsible and sustainable tourism development with a focus on developing green tours, to contribute to improving the livelihoods of local residents. The two provinces also boast famous beaches and world heritage sites, laying a strong foundation for the maritime and island tourism industry. Local authorities will enhance links with nearby provinces to build tourism networks in the central region.

  • Co Tu culture night debuts in Hoi An

    Co Tu culture night debuts in Hoi An

    A monthly night-time event honouring Co Tu culture will be held on the 15th day of every lunar month in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province. The next two events are slated for July 8 and August 6 at the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau Street, and the An Hoi Sculpture Garden. The monthly event aims to promote Co Tu culture and introduce the tourism potential of the mountainous districts in western Quang Nam to domestic and foreign tourists.

    The Co Tu is one of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Co Tu dance groups in the mountainous districts of Nam Giang, Dong Giang and Tay Giang will alternately perform their typical ‘tung tung ya ya’ dance at the event and also showcase their brocatelle traditional weaving technique, handicraft products, mountainous specialties, and souvenirs.

  • First-ever volcanic cave trip launched

    Tours to Vietnam’s first-ever volcanic cave network, which was recently discovered in Krong No district in the central highlands province of Dak Nong, have been opened by the Young Generation Limited Company. Consisting of 12 caves, the volcanic cave system is the largest in Southeast Asia. The new tour enables visitors to discover the C3 Cave, which measures 594 metres in length, is cylindrical in shape, and is Southeast Asia’s second longest, according to the Japan Caving Association (JCA), which has conducted exhaustive exploration of and research on the system for several years. Meanwhile, C6 Cave, located in a forest, has several beautiful old trees, lava banks, lava flows, and sinkholes, as well as hardened basalt lava from millions of years ago. Tourists will also have the chance to enjoy gong performances by the M’Nong ethnic minority people and visit other local scenic spots. The cave system is still being examined to prepare a proposal for turning it into a national geographical park as well as gaining UNESCO recognition as a global geographical park.

  • New treks around My Son Sanctuary

    A two-kilometre road connecting Khe The Bridge to the central group of the Cham towers at the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site of My Son Sanctuary has opened to give tourists more options to discover the site. Besides walking they can also use electric vehicles at the entrance to the towers. More dining, shopping and guesthouse services will be available from July to encourage tourists stay longer at the site. The world heritage site welcomed 102,000 tourists in the first four months of this year.

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