A One-Week Itinerary: Things to do in Hanoi With Kids; Mary Solio; The World Is A Book

Guide and tips for visiting Hanoi with kids and teens including day trips on a one-week itinerary. See what you can do in Vietnam’s capital city.

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Traditional festival kicks off at Trang An Landscape Complex in northern Vietnam; Tuoi Tre News

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Trang An festival promotes Vietnam’s history, world heritage site; VoVWorld

(VOVWORLD) – Trang An festival opened on Sunday in Ninh Binh province to honor Saint Quy Minh Dai Vuong, a general in the reign of the 18th Hung King, who made great contributions to establishing and protecting the country.

Source: Trang An festival promotes Vietnam’s history, world heritage site

Boat tour boosts Trang An tourism; VietNam Net

The new boat tour at the tourism hub of Trang An complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh is adding more prestige to the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site while at the same time strengthening the province’s tourism brand.

Source: Boat tour boosts Trang An tourism – VietNamNet

Natural Thung Nham Bird Park a site for bird lovers; VNS

At the Natural Thung Nham Bird Park in the northern province of Ninh Bình, visitors can view bird species as well as glowing stalactites in a cave.

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Trang An tourism complex in pictures; VNA

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How to Travel and Explore Vietnam; Colleen Stinchcombe; REI Co-op Journal

Jagged limestone karsts, tiered rice paddies, pristine islands and cultural sites that date back more than 1,500 years—Vietnam has so much to offer.

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Ninh Binh targets higher tourism quality; VNA

The northern province of Ninh Binh has employed an array of synchronous measures in an effort to improve the quality of tourism services, especially at the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourism site in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district.

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Festival to help Ninh Binh promote tourism potential; VNA

The northern province of Ninh Binh will have opportunities to promote its tourism potential as a cultural, sport and tourism festival will be held in the locality later this month.

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Photo exhibition to feature famous film locations in Vietnam; VNA

A photo exhibition featuring well-known film locations across Vietnam will be held in Hanoi from October 21-31.

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Boat tour boosts Tràng An tourism; Viet Nam News

The new boat tour at the tourism hub of Tràng An complex in the northern province of Ninh Bình is adding more prestige to the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site while at the same time strengthening the province’s tourism brand.

Source: Boat tour boosts Tràng An tourism

World Heritage Site hosts Tourism Week; VNN

Ripe rice season at Tam Cốc-Bích Động tourism site inside the Tràng An Landscape Complex in northern Ninh Bình province is a highlight of the ongoing Ninh Bình Tourism Week.

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Ninh Bình, sleeping beauty has woken up; VNS

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For a thousands years Ninh Bình was Việt Nam’s best kept secret.

Hidden away just a few hours from Hà Nội, the rural masterpiece may be small in size and population, but its rugged landscapes offer visitors a massive slice of heaven.

In the past 50 years, Ninh Bình has seen more economic development and world recognition more ever than before.

Hoa Lư of Ninh Bình became the capital of the Great Việt in the 10th century after Đinh Bộ Lĩnh conquered the stagnant warring situation between 12 factions, united them and declared himself Emperor of the Great Việt land.

Đinh Tiên Hoàng became the first Emperor after one thousand years under occupation by the Han Chinese.

“Hoa Lư is naturally surrounded by many mountain ranges,” according to historical records. “The mountains and rivers gracefully intertwine, making the region a convenient base camp for both land and river transportation. The forests rest behind Hoa Lư, it faces a large flatland in front, the sea is further out but within reach.”

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Culture Ministry stops violations at heritage site; VNN

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The culture ministry yesterday announced that the recent construction at Cái Hạ Mountain inside the Tràng An Heritage Site in the northern province of Ninh Bình by a local tourism company violated the Culture Heritage Law.

Phạm Xuân Phúc, deputy head of the Inspection Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, confirmed that a team of inspectors from the ministry checked the site at Trường Yên Commune, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province.

The team saw that the Tràng An Tourism Joint Stock Company, directed by Nguyễn Văn Son, cut into Cái Hạ Mountain and constructed a staircase leading up to Huyền Vũ Peak. The staircase runs up over 1km long with 2,000 steps and handrails on both sides to serve tourists.

The company has also constructed supporting facilitieslike public toilets.

“The act violated the Law of Culture Heritage and Document No 109/2017/NĐ-CP issued on September 21, 2017 by the Government,” Phúc said.

 

 

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Trang An complex opens new waterway for tourists; VoV

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On February 10, Xuan Truong Construction Company opened the third waterway for operation at Trang An eco-tourism site to serve tourists visiting the Trang An Scenic Landscape complex.

On the route of the new waterway, visitors will begin their boat journey by embarking at Trang An wharf before being ferried to destinations such as Trinh Temple, May cave, Tien stream, Dia Linh cave, Dai cave, Hanh Cung Vu Lam and the filming location for Kong: Skull Island. The duration of the journey is about 3-4 hours.

Trang An eco-tourism site is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape complex and located in Ninh Binh province, covering an area of 2,200 hectares.

About 90km away from Hanoi, the complex was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. According to the plan for development, Trang An eco-tourism site will ultimately have nine tourism waterways and two road routes. The opening of the latest route will help increase the number of waterways for tourism in Trang An to three.

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UNESCO discusses new approach to study Vietnam’s heritage; VNA

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Hanoi (VNA) – The UNESCO Office in Hanoi and Vietnam Cultural Heritage Conservation Support Fund has held a round-table meeting to discuss a new approach to study Vietnam’s heritage.

The January 16 meeting marked the beginning of a series of regular discussions on heritage-regulated issues, aimed at satisfying the demand for exchanging information between specialists and mass media. It was attended by UNESCO representatives in Vietnam, representatives of the management boards of Vietnam’s world heritage sites as well as heritage specialists.

A report generalising the studies conducted by Lucerne University (Switzerland), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and UNESCO Office in Hanoi, distributed at the discussion, points out the necessity to amend and supplement the framework of Vietnam’s laws to match the policy on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention, which has been adopted by UNESCO.

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Trang An landscape complex features outstanding universal values; Nhan Dan; VietNamNet

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Trang An landscape complex has met the criteria of UNESCO on outstanding universal values of World Heritage, for this reason, the complex has been officially recognised as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

The recognition is based on the principles of the Convention on the Protection of World Culture and Natural Heritages including cultural, aesthetical, and geological-geomorphic values and the preservation of heritage.

This is the first time a Vietnam tourist site has became a world mixed natural and cultural property.

Located in northern Ninh Binh province, the turbulent movement of earth crust of hundreds of million years ago has endowed the province with a unique nature of caves, mountains, lakes and historical relics.

The complex consists of three adjacent areas.

 

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11 Things to Do in Hanoi That You Shouldn’t Miss; Barbara Wagner; Adventure In You

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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the second biggest city in the country. It is an interesting mix of the East and the West with noticeable traces of the communist influence as well as the French invasion. It is a favored destination for tourists. In fact, TripAdvisor named Hanoi to be the 8th most popular destination in the World in 2016. Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese for a long time, later by the French and also by the Americans in the 20th century. You can see the influence of each invading country on Hanoi today as well as the impact of the Communist influence. If you’re looking for ideas on what to see and do while in this bustling city, here are a few of my top suggestions.

Things to do in Hanoi

Visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

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Northern Vietnam in one week: The ultimate guide; Ellie Abraham; Intrepid Travel Blog

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NOTE: This trip was inspired by our 8-day Treasures of Vietnam trip.

Stretching 1,650 km from north to south, Vietnam is packed full of wonderful sights and experiences that are not to be missed. Because of this, coming up with an itinerary that fits such an array of beauty and culture into just a week or so can seem pretty daunting. But if you’re short on time and don’t have much annual leave, you don’t need to worry.

We’ve compiled a handy seven-day guide for your whistle-stop tour of Northern Vietnam.

From big cities brimming with foodie fun, to landscapes so surreal they will blow your mind, Northern Vietnam sure won’t disappoint.

Day 1: Sapa

We start in Sapa – our northernmost location, close to the border with China. This region is home to many indigenous hill tribes and is well known for its hiking.

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An Ancient Pagoda in the World Heritage Site of Trang An; VietNam Breaking News

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Though the Tam Coc grotto is more popular than Bich Dong in NinhBinh province, about 120km to the south of Hanoi, the latter is still visit-worthy and in fact, still a favourite destination among tourists.
Bich Dong pagoda, also known as “Bach Ngoc Thach Son dong” (lit. a stone pagoda is as beautiful as jade), is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex which was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014. The pagoda was built in a grotto on the Ngu Nhac Son mountain range in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district which was dubbed “Nam thien de nhi dong” (the most second beautiful cave under the southern sky) by lord Trinh Sam (1767-1782).

According to Monk Thich Dam Tho, head of the pagoda, Bich Dong was a small pagoda at the peak of the mountain.

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