MESSAGE FROM MINISTRY OF CULTURE, SPORTS AND TOURISM
ASEAN as a co-operative effort turns 52 this year. The vision and reality of collaboration among the 10 Member States have made an indelible impact on promoting this region as a single tourist destination. Yet, we are mindful that there is still much more to be done.
Themed ASEAN: The Power of One, this ATF 2019 is all about embracing strength in unity. Tourism is a common driving force across Member States, positively contributing to the region’s socio-economic development. With the push towards increasing intra-ASEAN travels, in addition to international inbound arrivals into the region, the opportunities for business, cultural exchanges and understanding within the region must heighten in tandem with the rest of the world. Together, ASEAN Member States can build a stronger and more powerful position on the world stage with meaningful initiatives that boost tourism growth while preserving our unique and collective heritage, identity and culture for the next generation to experience.
This 2019, in line with Viet Nam’s hosting of ATF, an honour that takes place once every decade, we invite you to start or rejuvenate your journey of this region here in Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our country’s natural beauty, warm people and endless adventures await.
H.E. Nguyen Ngọc Thien
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam
WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Viet Nam has over 540 tourist destinations and attractions within the country that can be classified as cultural, sea, natural & ecological, and sports & recreation tourism. Among them are 24 world heritage sites. These are the top 8:
- Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
- Complex of Hue Monuments
- Ha Long Bay
- Hoi An Ancient Town
- My Son Sanctuary
- Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
- Trang An Landscape Complex
Latitude: 102º 08′ – 109º 28′ east
Longitude: 8º 02′ – 23º 23′ north
Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Viet Nam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.
Length (North to South): 1,650km
Width (East to West): 600km at the widest point in the north, 400km in the south, and 50km at the narrowest part, in the centre, in Quang Binh Province.
Inland border: 4,510km
Topography: Three quarters of Viet Nam’s territory consists of mountains and hills. Viet Nam is divided into four distinct mountainous zones: The Northeastern Zone (Viet Bac), The Northwestern Zone, The North Truong Son Zone and The South Truong Son Zone. Viet Nam has two major deltas, including the Red River Delta in the north and the Mekong River Delta in the south.
Resources: Viet Nam has a variety of mineral resources. Located beneath the subsoil are precious stones, coal and valuable minerals such as tin, zinc, silver, gold and antimony. Viet Nam also has large deposits of oil and gas on its offshore islands and on the mainland.
Viet Nam is also a transport junction from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
DESTINATIONS & TOURISM APPEAL
Administrative Units: 63 provinces and cities
National Capital: Ha Noi
Tourism Appeal: Its diverse natural environment, geography, history, and culture attract tourists throughout the year. The country boasts long coastlines, forests, and mountainous regions with numerous magnificent landscapes. It also has a long history and diversified culture with a variety of ancient architecture constructions, and wonderful legends.
PEOPLE & CULTURE
Population: 92,695 thousand inhabitants (2016)
Nationalities: 54 different ethnic groups. Kinh (Viet) people make up nearly 90% of the whole population, and 53 other ethnic groups represent over 10%.
Religion and Belief: Buddhism (which fuses forms of Taoism and Confusianism), Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism), Islam, Caodaism and the Hoa Hao sect
5 MUST-VISIT ATTRACTIONS IN QUANG NINH PROVINCE
HA LONG BAY
QUANG NINH’S MOST FAMOUS UNESCO NATURAL WONDER
Home to a legendary world of stone islands and grottos that tell over a thousand stories of life’s historical and geological evolution on earth. This World Heritage Site since 1994 is undoubtedly an instagrammable hot spot for nature lovers, adventure goers and anyone with a penchant for bio-diversity at its best. Comprising of 1,969 islands with rich tropical marine eco-systems unique to its waters, Ha Long Bay embodies immense prehistoric cultural value and glorious imprints of its victories in the country’s struggles for national defence and construction. The islands’ setting in alluring emerald waters and illusion of changing shapes and hues at different times of the time guarantee unique experiences with every visit. Ha Long Bay’s most attractive cave systems are: Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Trinh Nu (Virgin Grotto) and Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto).
YEN TU MOUNTAIN
VIET NAM’S BUDDHIST LAND
As Quang Ninh’s most famous mountain, Yen Tu (meaning Bronze Pagoda) is appreciated not only for its natural landscape and stature but also for its significance as a historically preserved relic. The monument’s legacy of white cloud covered mountain tops has earned it the name Bach Van Son (literally translated to mean the same). Journeying to the top of Yen Tu is approximately 6,000 meters or an estimated 6 hours of continuous walking on thousands of stone steps.
YEN DUC VILLAGE IN DONG TRIEU DISTRICT
A DAY IN THE LIFE
This one of the few villages in Vietnam that still retains its authentic lifestyle. Located on the highway between Hanoi and Halong capital city in the Red River Delta, Yen Duc Village is the epitome of Vietnamese rural living with its charming rice fields, traditional houses and gardens and friendly locals whose lives revolve around rice cultivation and farming activities.
BINH LIEU DISTRICT
AMONG QUANG NINH’S NEWEST ATTRACTIONS
Ranked top of Viet Nam National Radio Station’s list of best 2016 travel destinations, Binh Lieu is renowned for its fresh air, beautiful landscapes and ethnic minority groups. Visitors especially love Binh Lieu’s great mountains, green rice fields and blooming reed fields of white flowers in late autumn and early winter. The district is situated about 70km from Ha Long capital city.
CO TO ISLAND
INTERNET-READY ISLAND EXPLORING
Co To Island fascinates tourists with its white sandy pristine beaches and blue waters. While there, be sure to discover Co To big island, Co To small island, Thanh Lam island, Tran island and numerous other small islands. Must-do activities include swimming, hiking through natural forests, exploring lighthouses, piers, fishing villages, the bay, and natural rock formations. Keeping your social network updated on-the-go is also possible as wifi is available everywhere in the island.
ACCESSIBILITY TO HA LONG BAY
Via Van Don International Airport (Doan Ket Commune, Van Don District)
Located 50km from Ha Long city
From Ha Noi
Private car and coach/bus options are available. Prices range from 100,000 – 240,000 VND (USD 5 – 12) for a one-way ticket by coach/bus from Ha Noi terminals such as My Dinh Bus Station, Giap Bat, Gia Lam Terminal to Ha Long City (Bai Chay bus station), and about 1,400,000 VND to 1,600,000 VND (USD 70 – 80) by private car or taxi.
From Hai Phong City
Taxi and coach/bus options are available. Prices range from 60,000 VND (USD 3) by coach/bus, to about 800,000 VND (about USD 40) by taxi.
From Mong Cai City
Taxi and coach/bus options are available. Prices range from 170,000 VND (USD 9) by coach/bus, to 1,500,000 VND (USD 75) by taxi.
From Ha Noi
45 minutes by Hai Au Seaplane (includes 15min scenic tour of Ha Long Bay)
Available from Cat Hai (Got wharf), Cat Ba (Gia Luan wharf), Quan Lan wharf (Van Don district), Ngoc Vung wharf (Van Don district) and Cai Lan International Port. High speed boats from Cat Hai, Quan Lan and Ngoc Vung will arrive at Ha Long Bay’s Hon Gai wharf, while ferries from Cat Ba will arrive at Ha Long Bay’s Tuan Chau ferry terminal.