Vietnam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex has been officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Meeting UNESCO’s three criteria of which one for the cultural heritage and the others for the natural heritage, Trang An has become the 30th mixed heritage in the world and the first of this kind in Vietnam.
Vietnam has for the second time hosted the UN-sponsored Buddhist convention called the 11th UN Days of Vesak and themed as "Buddhist Perspective towards Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals". The convention took place May 7-11, 2014 at Bai Dinh Pagoda in the Northern province of Ninh Binh drawing attention across Vietnam and around the world.
The Ministry of Finance has drafted a circular to further its VAT (value added tax) refund project for foreign tourists. The project, which started in July 2012, has been offering a 30 day VAT refund to foreign tourists on locally made purchase of goods worth VND2 million, an equivalent of US$95 each. So far, refunds can only be sought from the Customs at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport and Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport. Under the new circular, more refund booths and duty-free shops will be opened at airports in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Nha Trang and a number of international seaports to provide minimum refund access. The refund timeframe will also be extended to 60 days.
For a long time, the image of young ladies with conical palm leaf hat known in Vietnamse as “Non La” has become a symbol of Vietnamese charm and beauty. Along with Ao Dai, the Vietnamese traditional long dress, the hat stands for national costume identity now broadly recognizable around the world.
On April 26, 2014, a mountain railway was officially put into use in Ba Na Hills, a famous tourist resort featuring a complex of landscaping and architectural creations in Da Nang province, Central Vietnam
The houses-on-stilts nestled between mountains, yellow terraced fields, and green primitive forests with plentiful and diversified flora create picturesque scenery. That is likely to be your first impression when visiting the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
The 19,991 hectare Con Dao National Park in the Southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has been officially named as one of 2,203 wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention. This is the sixth Ramsar site and the first sea Ramsar site of Vietnam.
Hue festival, which takes place from April 12th to April 20th, 2014, has officially completed with an impressive closing ceremony on the theme” Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development”.
MSN website has just announced the world’s 16 most beautiful lakes and Ba Be – Vietnam’s largest natural lake honored in this list.
Practicing photography and touring Vietnam at the same time will be a great choice for photography enthusiasts. Imagine you going to Ha Long Bay not just for a cruise but also for taking a grand panorama shot of the bay from a high mountaintop.