Danang seen as potential destination for second home investment

Posted by admin on March 24, 2011 under Vietnam Travel Info | Be the First to Comment

Since the first tourism properties were launched around five years ago, the local second home market segment has changed significantly.

Though in its infancy, the segment has managed to attract significant interest from local and international investors coming from international resort operators wishing to enter the domestic market. Thousands of villas and condominiums worth hundreds of thousand dollars each have gone up on the market in recent years.

In comparison to other parts of the country, the central coast city of Danang has emerged as a promised destination for not only international and local property developers but also for individual investors and well-to-do people to invest in a second home property. The second home market there is actually witnessing an increasingly strong supply given a large number of projects in the pipeline.

CB Richard Ellis Vietnam (CBRE) in its recent market research said a majority of tourism properties underway are found on the central coast, particularly in Danang City where a record high of 5,200 villas and condos were launched in the central region last year.

Among the properties underway, VinaLiving, a new residential lifestyle brand of VinaCapital, is developing The Azura luxury apartment project on Ngo Quyen Street, alongside the Han River in Son Tra District in the heart of Danang.

The 32-storey apartment building, whose project management is overseen by VinaProjects, has 213 units of one to four bedrooms condominiums and 12 penthouses, in addition to other service facilities such as swimming pool, gym, retail center, convention center and four-star hotel.

The residential project is part of VinaCapital’s World Trade Center Danang project, and one of the several current VinaLiving offerings in Danang including Norman Estates, Ocean Villas and Cham Condominiums at Danang Beach Resort. Part of this integrated project also includes the Greg Norman designed Dunes Golf Course which is now in full operation and receiving very positive international press including the most recent accolade “top 10 best new golf courses developed in the world for 2010 as voted by golf.com”.

Explaining why the group has chosen Danang for investment, Matthew Koziora, sales and marketing director of VinaCapital Real Estate Co, says unlike Hanoi and HCMC, Danang itself has a number of qualities making it the perfect location for a second home property and investment. Danang, as a location, has beautiful natural surroundings and environment and benefits from advanced infrastructure and urban planning. Therefore, it is a good place for tourism based property investments that is seeing huge growth from both domestic and international visitors to the area.

“Second home or holiday home retreats have long been considered a status symbol of the rich in the Western world, not just as a holiday house used from time to time but also as a secure investment capable of generating annual returns for the owner,” Koziora says.

To ensure the best possible chance of securing regular income for the owner, an experienced professional management company must be engaged to ensure an adequate business plan is adopted to capitalize on both increasing domestic and foreign tourist numbers coming to Danang.

Koziora is upbeat about the future leasing market in the region, saying that the tourism industry has seen steady improvement with tourist numbers last year 10% higher than forecast, according to CBRE’s research. Given its location on the “World Heritage Road” convenient to natural and cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Danang is one of the favorite holiday destinations for tourists.

For these reasons, luxury apartments in The Azura project have received positive feedback from the market since it was marketed last year, says the sales and marketing director. He reveals some 40% of the total number of apartments in the project have been sold out with prices starting from US$105,000 per unit. Most buyers are residents in HCMC and the capital of Hanoi, and overseas Vietnamese. There has been some sales to local Danang residents as well.

Commenting on the local second home market, Marc Townsend, CBRE’s managing director, said in a statement that the past number of years had seen significant activity in the second home market in terms of construction and interest coming from international resort operators looking to enter the market, but it was yet to see the true effect of this on the market due to lack of completions. Only a handful of second home projects have reached livable status in recent times.

“We are pushing construction progress on time to make clients feel secure about their investment,” Koziora says, adding that construction of The Azura has reached the 15th floor for the main areas. As scheduled, the project will be finished by Q1 2012.

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Da Nang to increase tourist information machines

Posted by admin on March 4, 2011 under Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam attractions | Be the First to Comment

Da Nang to increase tourist information machinesThe People’s Committee of the central coastal city of Da Nang has allowed the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism to go ahead and install an additional 10 tourist information machines in the city.

The machines with touch-screen computers will provide necessary information in Vietnamese and English to visitors to Da Nang City.

They will be located at public places including the Da nang International Airport, Ba Na cable car station, Big C supermarket, Bach Dang hotel, Champa Museum, Ngu Hanh Son (The Marble Mountains), Dong Seaside Park, Trung Vuong Theater, the central bus station and Da nang hotel.

There were already 5 tourist information machines installed in resorts and supermarkets in the city.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam: Danang’s masterly mayor

Posted by admin on February 25, 2011 under Vietnam Travel Info | Be the First to Comment

Think investing in Vietnam is all about Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City? Think again.
Danang, Vietnam’s fourth most populous city, has been booming over recent years, thanks to its great geography, nestled between jungle-covered mountains and miles of sandy beaches.

While the beautiful setting has spurred tourism – resorts, villas and golf courses proliferate on the beachfront road south of the city – a growing number of factories have been established here to take advantage of Danang’s location in the centre of Vietnam. (danang hotels)

Danang’s success is also down to the single-minded leadership of Nguyen Ba Thanh, the head of the local government, says Peter Ryder, chief executive of Indochina Capital, an investment firm that has pioneered a number of high-profile developments in the city. He says that  Danang is regularly voted the best place to do business in Vietnam. It has the best infrastructure by far of any major urban area and the growth in per capita income has been ahead of other places in Vietnam. Nguyen Ba Thanh is the nearest Vietnam has to a Lee Kuan Yew.

Like Hanoi, the capital, and Ho Chi Minh City, the main business centre, Danang’s economy has been growing way above the national trend rate of around 7% over the last decade. From 2006-2010, the city’s economy grew at around 11% per annum and it is targeting 13.5%-14.5% growth over the next five years.

In contrast to the chaotic, traffic-clogged streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, travelling around Danang, a city of 900,000 people, is a breeze, with wide boulevards, ring roads and bridges in all the right places.

The decent infrastructure, combined with the stunning setting, is helping to attract a growing number of tourists and developers.

A golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie, and backed by Indochina Capital, sits next to another course designed by Greg Norman, and backed by VinaCapital, a rival investment group. (Nick Faldo is getting in on the act 20 miles north, in a village called Lang Co).

Small apartments in luxury beachfront developments are being sold for around $100,000 for a 50-year lease, while high specification villas are being picked up at over $1m, according to people working in the local property market.

The vast majority of the buyers are the first generation of Vietnamese “second-homers”, mostly from Hanoi (where they like to pay in cash) and Ho Chi Minh City (where they prefer credit).

But the rapid pace of construction has inevitably stoked fears about overdevelopment. A number of large projects have been halted ostensibly for lack of financing – although local cynics say that some speculators only want to give the impression of construction in order to get hold of the land before flipping it for a quick profit.

Ryder says: ” We’re definitely concerned about over-building on the beachfront. What we’ve done has been unique enough so it will still wind up doing well. But we don’t have any plans to do any new projects.”

Another developer argues that demand from cash-rich, wealthy Vietnamese who want a combined holiday home and investment will continue to support further development in Danang.

With the currency continuing to depreciate against the dollar, inflation accelerating and the stock market in the doldrums, many well-off Vietnamese still feel that property is their best bet.

Source: blogs.ft.com

Danang builds garden for doves

Posted by admin on February 16, 2011 under Vietnam Beaches, Vietnam Travel Info | Be the First to Comment

By Thanh Hai in Danang

People at release of 1,000 doves at the East Sea Park in Danang City – Photo: Thanh Hai

Nearly 1,000 doves were released last week for the launch of the “Bird garden for peace” in East Sea Park on Pham Van Dong Street, Danang City.

The project by the management board of Son Tra Peninsula and tourism beaches in Danang will be used by local residents, and foreign and local tourists.

The event last week was also to raise public awareness about protecting doves and condemned the action of killing birds in Danang.

The management board has also organized sightseeing tours to Son Tra Peninsula such as a cruise around Son Tra Peninsula, fishing with fishermen and other interesting activities for both visitors and local residents.

Da Nang City unveils its biggest Goddess of Mercy statue

Posted by admin on January 24, 2011 under Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam attractions, Vietnam beauty | Be the First to Comment

Vietnam’s largest Goddess of Mercy statue was unveiled during an inauguration ceremony of Linh Ung – Bai But Pagoda, located in Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang City.

The statue of the Goddess of Mercy is the highlighted feature of the pagoda. It is 69.7 metres in height and positioned on a lotus shaped platform which is 35 metres in diameter. There are 17 stories built inside the statue. Each storey has 21 Buddha idols.

The inauguration ceremony of the pagoda attracted officials, monks, Buddhists, and tourists.

Linh Ung – Bai But Pagoda is now known as one of the most significant destinations for Buddhists in Da Nang City, taking 6 years to build.

Leaders of Da Nang City created favourable conditions to build the pagoda together with financial supports of Buddhists from all over the country.

Below are some pictures from the event:

The inauguration ceremony of Linh Ung – Bai But Pagoda

The Goddess of Mercy statute which was unveiled on July 30

Tet In HCM City And Beyond

Posted by admin on January 19, 2011 under Vietnam Festivals, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam tours | Be the First to Comment

Tet in HCM City for the New Year of the Cat is going to be bigger and better than ever with lots of entertainment venues and festivals to visit. Local tour companies are offering amazing Tet packages.

The HCM City People’s Committee has announced programs for Tet Festival 2011 in the city’s downtown area, including Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2011, Bánh tét (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) festival, fireworks, the lighting city, snapshots of New Year 2011 and doorshows.

HCM City

The annual seventh Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2011 is themed “New Heights” as HCM City sets its sights on a bigger and better city. Sections of the street will be decorated in different spring themes — Hn Vit (Vietnam’s Soul), Tt phng Nam (Southern Tet), Ni vòng tay ln (Get together), Vn lên tm cao mi (Reach New Heights), Xuân an vui (Happy and Peaceful Spring). Other attractions include a flower arrangement booth, a wishing pond to collect money for charity, coffee stalls, folk music and games.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street extending down Nguyen Hue Boulevard from the City Hall to the river opens from 7 p.m., Jan. 31 till 10 p.m., Feb. 6. It will be closed to traffic for the holiday week. In addition, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 6, the nearby Le Loi Street from Ben Thanh Market to the Municipal Theater will be for pedestrians only.
The Bánh tét Festival from Jan. 26 to 31 is being jointly organized by all the city’s 24 districts. Activities will include bánh tét cooking contests and a bánh tét Tet gift drive for poor families. Saigontourist Holding Company, in cooperation with the HCM City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, will give 10,000 bánh tét to disadvantaged children.

The fireworks displays on the Lunar New Year’s Eve (Feb. 2) will take place at seven places around the city while Le Loi, Dong Khoi and Le Duan streets and Chi Lang Park on Dong Khoi Street are decorated with hundreds of lights from Jan. 26 to Feb. 13.

During the last days of the lunar year and the first days of the new lunar year, you can join the Spring Flower Festival at Tao Dan Park and Quoc Te Square, a.k.a. Tortoise Fountain, in the city’s District 1. This year the “Bird Competition” comes back after a long absence.

According to HCM City Greenery and Park Co., the event’s organizer, some highlights of the festival from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8 will be bonsai, flower and fish exhibits by locals and foreigners, an area for souvenirs, games and food at Tao Dan Park. The “Nha Rong – Ho Chi Minh Museum” miniature made from flowers and leaves by a Japanese artisan and orchids from the HCM City Orchid Club. Tortoise Fountain will be turned into a lotus pond with an exhibition titled “HCM City Socio-economic Achievement” and music performances.

Tours around Vietnam

Besides Tet programs in HCM City, tourists can enjoy Tet travel tour promotions around the country.
HCM City-based tour operator Vietravel is introducing the “Spring Travel 2011” program with over 100 tours and lucky prizes till Feb. 28. The spring heritage tour of the North will take you to Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Trang An, etc. Witness the rich history of the central region by visiting Tet festivals along the Hoai River in Hoi An Town, Danang City, citadels in Hue City and Phong Nha Ke Bang caves in Quang Binh Province. Waterfalls and thousands of flowers are symbols of the Central Highlands while opera songs for Tet are specialties in the Mekong Delta.
Vietravel is holding a Tet lucky draw with prizes including diamond jewelry, vouchers and 20,000 gifts.

Another local travel giant Saigontourist Travel and Service Co. is offering 100 tour packages to enjoy the New Year of the Cat. There are nearly 20 island tours to Con Dao, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Danang. A world heritage trip in spring, the legendary Central Highlands and spring in villages in the Central Highlands. Saigontourist has also launched special tours for overseas Vietnamese returning for Tet.

Cholontourist Travel and Service Co. this year has tours to highlands and beaches, including adventure tours.


Start of year augurs well for tourist trade

Posted by admin on January 13, 2011 under Vietnam Overviews, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam tours | Read the First Comment

The number of International tourists to Vietnam in the first week of this year was up 10 – 20 per cent on the same period last year, according to initial estimates.

Doan Thi Thanh Tra, Saigon-tourist’s marketing manager, said the company welcomed more than 1,500 international tourists during the first week of 2011, the Vietnam Investment Review reports.

Last year, Saigontourist served 320,000 international tourists and gained a turnover of VND1.23 trillion (US$61.5 million), a growth of 18 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.

On New Year’s Day, the company received dozens of tour groups.

“This was a great start to the year, having many tourists come via air or boat. We expect more for the entire year,” Tra said.

The company is expected to grow by 15-20 per cent this year.

The number of international tourists to Vietnam via another large tour operator, Fiditour, also increased by 15-20 per cent during the first week.

Nguyen Thi Thuyet Mai, Fiditour’s director of Foreign Affairs and Media, said the company would grow by 20-25 per cent this year.

The company expects to serve 15,000 international and domestic tourists during the coming Lunar New Year holiday, up 30 per cent year-on-year.

Nguyen Minh Man, PR manager of Vietravel, said the company welcomed 50 international tourists on New Year’s Day.

The company has targeted 30 per cent growth in the number of tourists this year compared to 2010, Man said.

Vietravel led the tourism sector in turnover last year with VND1.45 trillion ($72.5 million), and expects to earn VND1.8 trillion this year. Tourism activities in other localities have also been flourishing.

For instance, in the first two days of the year, Halong City received 10,000 tourists from vessels, while central Khanh Hoa Province and the historic Hoi an in central Vietnam welcomed 2,000 international tourists.

According to travel companies, regular promotions and advertisements on Vietnam tourism have been the driving force behind the surge in the number of tourists.

The opening of new of international routes, including HCM City-Istanbul on Turkish Airlines on December 30 last year, Taipei-Danang City on Taiwan’s Transasia Airlines in mid-December, and HCM City-Beijing on Vietnam Airlines in mid-December, has also spurred tourist interest. Vietnam Airlines has seven direct flights to China, and it intends to increase the HCM City-Beijing route from three to four flights per week beginning in April.

Beginning November 9, Vietnam Airlines in cooperation with Vietnamtourist (Vitours) in central Danang City launched charter flights for a three-month period from Hong Kong to Danang on Wednesday and Saturday.

The airline began two charter flights per week from Seoul to Danang on January 9.

It expects to open a direct flight from Hanoi and HCM City to London this year.

Tran Chi Cuong, head of the Tourism Division under the Danang Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said the city would open international flights including Danang-Japan and Danang-Con Minh (China) to attract more international tourists.

Da Nang received 42,000 international tourists by air last year, up 250 per cent year-on-year.

At least 90 per cent of international tourists come to Vietnam by air, said Doan Thi Thanh Tra.

The additional flights this year will increase the number of international tourists to the country, he added.

Source: VNS

Danang: Nature’s Gift

Posted by admin on October 26, 2010 under Vietnam Beaches, Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam attractions, Vietnam beauty | Be the First to Comment

If you’re torn between the many options on which part of Vietnam to see, getting yourself acquainted to the wonders of Danang might complicate your travel plans a little bit more. But perhaps not. The beauty of this city has everything else you search for in other destinations. And if you learn more of it, a little exploration on what awaits you in Danang might solve your travel plans then and there.

With a coastline of 30 kilometers long, Danang is known to many as among the best sea-side destinations holding the most beautiful and longest stretches of seashores. Adding to its splendor is the pleasant temperature that is as equally calm and as its waters.

An ideal and huge beach at around 900 meters in length, My Khe is the most popular beach for locals in Danang, thus could get crowded. But its smooth sand and a slight slope, along with its cool water is just too inviting, and would make anyone came and join the crowd. With few waves, bathing in My Khe beach is relaxing and safe. If you want to get away from the bustling beach scene, just behind it is a dark green forest to come close with nature. Beside the greeneries is the Kinh River where you could also enjoy a quiet moment and just waddle your way around. The beach has hotels and many other types of accommodation nearby, offering abundant services. With all the convenience, any tourists’ stay would be comfortable and always pleasant.

The beach on Lang Co is on a sand spit peninsula with a spotless lagoon on one side, and a long beach traversing the South China Sea on the other. It is known for its ever most beautiful natural landscapes and pure sea wildness. Many would say that this is one of the most beautiful places in the country, something you definitely would agree when you get to see it for yourself. As the country is yet to reach it potential as a tourist spot, this place is yet to become more magnificent than it is. While travelling between Lang Co and Danang, the ride through Hai Van Pass will be as equally unforgettable. With one panoramic view after the other, your eyes will feast on the most beauty nature can offer.

With an international airport available, Danang is well connected to other cities by air. But travelling by sea and as well as road and rail is equally as convenient. During the American War, it served as an important South Vietnamese airbase. But today, the French influence is more evident when you see the tree decked avenues and colonial houses. Cradling so many attractions, historical sites, natural scenes and of course, beautiful beaches, come to Danang to enjoy the holiday of your life, or simply just to enjoy dipping your toes in the sand and savor the sea-side air.

Indochina’s top must-see destinations

Posted by vietnamtravelblog on August 13, 2010 under Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam Travel Tips, Vietnam attractions | 4 Comments to Read

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam offer some outstanding travel gems you may not have considered.

The past decade saw a tourism boom in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. High on everyone’s lists were destinations like Cambodia’s Angkor temples, Laos’s Plain of Jars, and Vietnam’s Hoi An and Hue cities. Those sights are fantastic. By all means see them. But much of Indochina’s best still remains off the radar, while many old favorites have begun reinventing themselves since they were first thrust under the spotlight. Below are ten such places that should be on everyone’s must-see list for 2010.


A temple festival at 7th century Phnom Chhnok, East of Kampot

Kampot, Cambodia

Oozing French colonial charm, this scenic town nestled on the east bank of Kampot River is Cambodia’s most under-rated destination. If the crumbling French architecture, shady boulevards and riverfront dining aren’t cause for love at first sight, visits to Kep beach resort, the ancient Funan Empire-era temple ruins or a hike in Bokor National Park will ensure you’re permanently endeared to this Cambodian beauty spot.

Hotel Recommendation: Rikitikitavi, www.rikitikitavi-kampot.com, Kampot River Road, Kampot. Tel: +0855 (0) 12 235 102. Starting at around US$25, Rikitikitavi is a popular, smartly decorated hotel, restaurant and bar right on the riverfront.

Kon Tum
A Bahnar communal lodge in Kon Tum, Vietnam

Kon Tum, Vietnam

Guidebooks send tourists to Vietnam’s far northern hill station of Sapa for hill-tribe encounters, long overlooking the architectural extremes of Kon Tum’s ethnic Bahnar suburbs. The provincial capital is surrounded by minority villages; their log homes with white-washed mud walls are raised on poles that encircle towering communal lodges called nha rong.

Hotel Recommendation Duc Binh Hotel, 122 Phan Dinh Phung, Kon Tum. Tel: +84 (0) 60 386 2019. Starting at around US$9, in the absence of any upscale accommodations in town, this sensible budget option downtown provides all the basic comforts.

Phou Khao Khouay

The development of national parks like Phou Khao Khouay are important for the survival of Muntjac deer, which are hunted for meat and their unusual horns.

Phou Khao Khouay National Park, Laos

Phou Khao Khouay, or ‘Buffalo Horn Mountain’ Nature Reserve is Laos’s most accessible protected area, just 40km (25 miles) from Vietniane. Rounding out the attractions are wild elephant herds, Hmong village homestays and cascading waterfalls. The sandstone mountain range hides a further treasure-trove of biological diversity, including white-cheeked gibbons, clouded leopards and green pea-fowl.

Hotel Recommendation: Ban Pako Eco-Lodge, www.banpako.com, Ban Nabong, Pak Ngum District, Vientiane Province. Tel: +856 (0)21 45 1841. Starting at around US$29, this true eco-lodge leads treks in the park and a variety of relaxing activities.

For more information visit: www.trekkingcentrallaos.com and www.ecotourismlaos.com.

 Chau Doc

A sphere of writhing dragons forms a walk-in chapel at a Buddhist pilgrimage site near the foot of Chau Doc’s Sam Mountain.

Chau Doc, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta town of Chau Doc sits like an island above endless rice-paddies, rivers, canals and flood-plains. Its atmospheric synthesis of Khmer, Muslim Cham, Vietnamese and French cultures is key to its charm. Take a ferry across the Bassac River to visit Cham villages; their wooden stilt houses decorated with little rooftop spires, crescent moons, and stars, or head to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sam Mountain for vast sunset views.

Hotel Recommendation: Victoria Chau Doc, www.vietnamhotels.net/chau-doc/victoria-chau-doc-hotel/. Add: No.32 Le Loi Street, Chau Doc. Tel: (+84) 437 925 079/80. Starting at around US$138, Victoria is Indochina’s premier hotel and resort chain. Their Chau Doc location is typical: luxurious and perfectly situated on the Bassac riverfront.

Phnom Penh

A renovated villa in downtown Phnom Penh, with a tuk-tuk taxi in front.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Though the pain of genocide will take generations to heal, with the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Phnom Penh is turning a new corner and taking leaps toward the future. No longer just a transportation hub between Bangkok, Siam Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia’s booming capital is now a entrepreneur’s playground and a fashionable destination for boutique hotels, international cuisine and trendy shops selling some of the region’s best silk.

Hotel Recommendation: Raffles Hotel Le Royale, www.raffles.com, 92 Rukhak Vithei, Phnom Penh. Tel: +855 (0) 23 981 888. Starting at US$179. For a sense of history, atmosphere and romance, no hotel is better than Raffles.

 Mui Ne

Musicians in the Nghinh Ong Festival parade around the Ca Ty River, just West of Mui Ne in downtown Phan Thiet City. The festival combines elements of Chinese mythology and a local whale-worshiping cult.

Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam

It took a solar eclipse and 15 years to turn an isolated coconut grove into Vietnam’s top beach resort (Mui Ne was the preferred spot to observe the October 1995 eclipse). Though renowned for its kite-boarding, Saharan dunes and year-round sunbathing, the area’s cultural richness is yet unexploited by the tourism industry. Summer brings several fishermen’s whale-worship festivals, while the fall brings the Hindu Cham New Year and a Sorcerer’s festival.

Hotel Recommendation: Sailing Club Resort & Day Spa, http://vietnamhotels.net/phan-thiet/sailing-club-mui-ne/, 24 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. Tel: (+84) 437 925 079/80. Starting at $72,  elegantly landscaped tropical gardens afford maximum privacy. The poolside bar and elegant Sandals Restaurant offer broad sunrise views of the beach.

For more information visit www.Vietnamhotels.net.


Danang’s riverfront is developing quickly.

Danang, Vietnam

Often overlooked for neighboring Hoi An, Vietnam’s third-largest city has quietly blossomed into an off-the-radar resort destination with intriguing attractions like the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Ba Na Hill Station and Monkey Mountain. Danang’s China Beach, namesake of the old ABC television series, now hosts the new Montgomerie Links golf course and the luxurious Furama Resort.

Hotel Recommendation: Furama Resort Danang, http://vietnamhotels.net/da-nang/furama-resort/, 68 Ho Xuan Huong, Danang.Tel: (+84) 437 925 079/80 . Starting at around US$195, Furama is synonymous with 5-star beach-side opulence.

Golf Recommendation: Montgomerie Links, www.montgomerielinks.com, Thon 1, Dien Duong, Dien Ban, Quang Nam Province. Tel: +84 (0) 510 394 1942

Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang

A chapel at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Yes, Luang Prabanag has magnificent Buddhist temple architecture and the morning monk procession has erupted into one of Asia’s biggest, and at times circus-like, photo-opportunities. This cultural epicenter’s exalted perch on the banks of Mekong and Khan rivers, surrounded by mountains, doesn’t hurt the ambiance either. What is relatively new however are all the upscale spas, boutique hotels, great restaurants and the ever-expanding handicraft night market. This UNESCO World Heritage City is ground zero for the new Indochina Chic.

Hotel Recommendation: The Chang Heritage Hotel, www.the-chang.com, 93 Unit 03, Phoneheuang Village, Luang Prabang. Tel: + 856 (0) 71 253 553. Starting around US$60, this cozy colonial inn is a sister hotel to the nearby Chang Heritage Hotel. Perfectly located in the old town near Wat Xieng Thong and overlooking the Khan River.

Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon is blessed with immediate access to several sprawling sandy beaches.

Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Warm, dry weather for most of the year, with deep blue skies and clear waters, makes the beach town of Quy Nhon a prime holiday destination. It’s also one of the country’s most archaeologically significant cities, with half a dozen ancient Cham temples and the Cha Ban Citadel ruins all within a few hours’ drive.

Hotel Recommendation: Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel, http://vietnamhotels.net/quy-nhon/sai-gon-quy-nhon-hotel/, 24 Nguyen Hue, Quy Nhon. Tel: (+84) 437 925 079/80. Starting at US$40, this government hotel is the nicest in town, just across the street from the municipal beach.

Jungle Beach

Sometimes the only living relatives to be seen from Jungle Beach are the monkeys.

Jungle Beach, Vietnam

Vietnam’s finest beach is hidden about an hour north of Nha Trang on a remote stretch of the Hon Khoi Peninsula. The boundaries of air and water are indistinct in the crystal sea, where night swimming with bioluminescent algae is on the regular activities list. The most intriguing views from this unique bamboo cabana homestay are the troupes of Black-shanked Douc Langurs, one of Indochina’s rarest primates.

Hotel Recommendation: Jungle Beach, www.junglebeachvietnam.com, Ocean Road, Ninh Phuoc Village, Khanh Hoa Province. Tel : +84 (0) 58 362 2384. Package rates include three meals and limitless lemonade.

(Source: www.cnngo.com)

Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam

Posted by vietnamtravelblog on August 12, 2010 under Vietnam Destinations, Vietnam Travel Info, Vietnam Travel Tips, Vietnam attractions | Be the First to Comment

This week the NYT headed off-the-beaten-path in Vietnam in search of a little respite from the hustle and bustle that is the rest of the country, and where they found it may be a little surprising: Con Dao (in Vung Tau province) — the infamous island chain known more for their prisons than for their visitors.

Until recently, the isolated 16-island archipelago of Con Dao (its largest island, Con Son, is commonly called Con Dao Island), 110 miles off the mainland’s southeastern coast, was a place most Vietnamese wanted to forget. For 113 years, this island was home to one of the country’s harshest prison systems, established by French colonists in 1862 and later ruled by South Vietnamese and American forces until Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, at which point the prisons were closed.

Not surprisingly, with this history, few visitors visit the islands to this day. In fact, only about 20,000 visitors stopped by last year, and of those only 2,600 were foreigners. (They compare that number to the millions that head to the popular beach destinations Nha Trang and Danang every year.)

And what should you expect to find? Try some of Vietnam’s best coral reefs, empty beaches, varied wildlife, and a huge expanse of protected land (83% to be exact, including the country’s only marine reserve). In short, go to escape, go to avoid tourist, and just go.

Source: theexpeditioner.com