18:18 | 02/03/2016 Entertainment
Viet Nam’s tourism sector received good news in early March, which signal a promising year with eventful events.
Phong Nha listed in Top 5 incredible explorable caves
Wanderlust, an UK-based famous tourism magazine regarded Phong Nha as the best cave for fossils.
According to Wanderlust, Phong Nha's magnificent grottos are filled with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and are distinctive examples of a complex karst landform. This has resulted in underground rivers and the development of a maze of caves. It's no surprise that the caves have been granted UNESCO world heritage status.
Phong Nha is also a fossil-rich site and a location where new caves are still being discovered. The entrance to the 44.5km, nine-cave system is via an underground river that connects with the Son River – tour boats can penetrate inside to a distance of 1,500m.
Phong Nha is situated at the center of Quang Binh province in north-central Viet Nam, 500km south of Ha Noi. There are lots of trekking, kayaking and swimming opportunities locally too. Be sure to lookout for a multitude of beautiful butterflies if you are there in March, April or May.
Int’l tourists flock to Hue
The central city of Hue saw a sharp increase in the number of visitors, especially foreigners, with 100,000. During the nine-day Tet holidays, Thua Thien-Hue province served over 92,000 tourists, up 16% against the same period last year. Around 51,000 foreign tourists accounting for 55.4% of total number travelled to the central province.
The province will host the Hue international cuisine festival 2016 running from April 28 to May 2 in Phu Xuan Park within the framework of Hue festival 2016; organize the tourism promotion conference in Ha Noi and HCMC; and participate in the Viet Nam International Travel Mart 2016 and the ITB Asia-Singapore 2016.
Emirates says hello to HN
Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Ha Noi, starting August 3, 2016.
This new route will strengthen Emirates’s network of destinations in Southeast Asia, offer a new flight option to passengers travelling between Ha Noi and Yangon, and open up new connections for Myanmese and Vietnamese travellers to access Emirates’s global network.
Ha Noi will be the second destination of Emirates in Viet Nam after HCMC in 2012. Earlier, Emirates has explored transport services to Ha Noi since 2013./.