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Marble Mountains – an ideal place for adventure lovers

posted Nov 26, 2016, 1:16 AM by Danang Beach

Following approval by the Da Nang authorities, the Viet Adventure Joint Stock Company recently introduced some adventure tourism activities at the Marble Mountains, especially descending from the Thuy Son peak by using ropes.

A climber descending the Van Thong Mount
A climber descending the Van Thong Mount

Mr Tran Van Khanh, a professional climbing instructor, said that he and his colleagues always instruct participants about how to use ropes and other types of equipment properly, and offer descending technique tips.  In addition to checking protective equipment to ensure the safety of climbers, instructors also consistently reassure climbers who need to overcome the fear of unexpected falls.

A group of senior high school pupils from Australia recently participated in this adventurous activity.  The participants were really excited but nervous to be descending the 30m-high Thuy Son Mount using ropes which are anchored above. 

15-year-old Lucas Gualano said that he felt very happy as he faced the challenge of descending the mountain amidst the enthusiastic cheers of his friends.  This adventurous game really helped him to feel good about himself.

The company’s Director, Vo Duc Trung, said that his company had conducted many topographical surveys and had implemented numerous mountain climbing exercises on a trial basis at this popular attraction before the new service was introduced.  The company will give top priority to offering this climbing service to foreigners who are accustomed to this type of adventurous sport.

Mr Trung remarked that mountaineering is very attractive to visitors to the Marble Mountains.  It is also very useful for international pupils who can enhance their life skills, self-confidence, and determination to overcome challenges.

The Marble Mountains boast great potential for developing a wide range of adventure sports thanks to the special and diversified natural topography.  Mr Trung, therefore, proposed that a centre for adventure sports should be established there.  He added that his company will introduce mountain climbing there, at different challenge levels, very soon.

To promote this environmentally friendly tourism product, Mr Trung suggested that importance should be attached to ensuring international standard equipment, developing professional instructors and organising climbing activities which match different terrains. 

(Source: Danang Today)

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Han River landscape designs assessed

posted Nov 26, 2016, 1:13 AM by Danang Beach

On Thursday, Da Nang People’s Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho attended a meeting to assess the entries in an international contest to design the landscaping alongside the Han River.

Chairman Tho (white) and representatives from competing consultancy unitsChairman Tho (white) and representatives from competing consultancy units

Chairman Tho remarked, “The municipal authorities have invited many famous design units from both home and abroad to participate in this international-level contest.  It provides a great opportunity for those who love Da Nang to submit their ideas for landscape improvements along both banks of the river in order to develop them as popular attractions in the future.”

The city leader also underlined the need for entrants to promote local historical and cultural traditions, and ensure a harmonious combination between the project’s modern architectural innovations and the preservation of the natural values of the river.  This aims to ensure sustainable economic development for the city.

Some selected entrants presented their ideas at the event.  In particular, the first group of designers left a deep impression on the contest’s Selection Council with their ‘Green Han River’ entry.  

A competing entry (Photo: Internet)A competing entry

The second architectural design depicted the river as a symbol of the developing urbanisation and climate change.  The work featured a harmonious combination between the modern and traditional characteristics of the city in order to create a peaceful space in the upstream parts of the Cau Do River.

The third idea proposed that there should be no more bridges built across the river because there are already many architectural works along the river, including beautiful bridges and tall impressive buildings.  This conveyed the message of helping the Han River to have its own identity, and making it a picturesque landscape.

The fourth group of designers wanted to develop the river into a ‘green corridor’ by setting up a green area.

During the first 12 days after the launch, the contest’s organisers received 39 registrations from 13 domestic registrants, including 4 from Da Nang itself, 12 joint ventures between Vietnamese and foreign businesses, and 14 joint ventures from international businesses.

The international dossiers were from France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

After 2 rounds of selection, the contest’s Selection Council has finally chosen the 7 most outstanding projects for further consideration.

(Source: Danang Today)

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Tourism projects boom on western side of city

posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:42 PM by Danang Beach

Recently, Da Nang has seen a significant increase in the number of tourism projects on the western side of the city.  Some projects have already been completed and are in operation, whilst others will be put into use very soon.

Visitors at the Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park
Visitors at the Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park

For example, the Ba Na Hills Golf Club officially opened for play in March.  Developed by Sun Group, it is situated at the foot of the Ba Na Hills. The 1st phase of the 165ha project was the now completed 18-hole international-standard golf course and clubhouse, and the 2nd phase is expected to be completed by late 2018.  

The Director of Sun Group, Mr Dang Minh Truong, remarked that the newly-created venue will become one of the city’s popular tourist attractions, and will help to attract more international visitors, especially high-end ones, to the city.

Another new and impressive tourist attraction in the city is the Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park.  Nestled in the Ba Na–Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Hoa Vang District’s Hoa Phu Commune, the park officially opened to the public in April with the aim of diversifying the seaside city’s range of tourism products. 

Developed by the DHC company, the 52ha park features outdoor and indoor hot spring bathing areas, a 4-star restaurant and hotel complex, an entertainment area for children, spiritual tourism areas, and other outdoor amusement areas.

In addition, the new 200ha botanical park in Hoa Vang District’s Hoa Phong Commune has drawn a great deal of attention from both domestic and foreign investors.  Also, tourism projects near the Dong Nghe Lake in the district’s Hoa Khuong Commune, and along the Cu De river in Hoa Bac Commune, are underway.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Da Nang works for cigarette-free Asian Beach Games

posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:35 PM by Danang Beach

Da Nang, and Viet Nam as a whole, are making great efforts to make the 5th Asian Beach Games (ABG) successful and free from cigarettes.  This statement was made by the Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, Mr Vuong Bich Thang,  at a press conference in Ha Noi on Wednesday.

The fifth Asian Beach Games will take place from September 24 to October 3 in Da Nang city. (Source: youtube.com)
The fifth Asian Beach Games will take place from September 24 to October 3 in Da Nang city

During 10-day event, all athletes, coaches, referees, officials and volunteers are not allowed to smoke in public areas as well as while being on duty, said Director Thang, who is also Deputy Head of the Games organising board.

Organisations and individuals are asked to not advertise and market cigarettes in any forms and use the image of cigarettes on publications of the Games, he added.

According to the organising board, the Games will take place in Da Nang from 24 September to 3 October. Around 2,500 athletes from 42 countries and territories will compete for 172 sets of medals in 14 sports categories with 22 events.

The opening and closing ceremonies, and competitions of 4 beach sports – football, volleyball, handball and sepak takraw – will be televised.

The ABG is one of Asia's big sports events which have been established by the Olympic Council of Asia. The biennial event was first held in 2008 in Indonesia's Bali.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Traffic infrastructure sees tremendous changes

posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:33 PM by Danang Beach

Over the past 20 years, Da Nang has seen tremendous changes in its traffic infrastructure, which have significantly improved the city’s socio-economic development.

The Han River Bridge sparkling at night
The Han River Bridge sparkling at night

The city is now famous for its amazing and unique bridges.  There are many bridges spanning the Han River, and they all feature unique architectural characteristics when compared with others nationwide.

The construction of the Han River Swing Bridge, which officially opened to traffic on 29 March 2000, marked an important milestone in the development of the local traffic infrastructure. 

Following the success of this bridge, other bridges have since been built across the river.  Notable are the Thuan Phuoc, Tuyen Son, Rong (Dragon) and Tran Thi Ly bridges.  The stunning beauty of these bridges makes the river sparkle and look very beautiful at night, which helps to attract more visitors to the city.

The 3-level Hue T-junction overpass, the largest of its kind in Viet Nam, officially opened to traffic on 29 March 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang.

The city authorities have recently revealed plans to construct a road tunnel for Tran Phu, at the western end of the Han River bridge, and one at the junction of Dien Bien Phu, Nguyen Tri Phuong and Le Do.  These tunnels will help to ease the current traffic congestion in the inner-city.

In addition to gathering opinions from local residents and experts, the city authorities have approved a contest to design a road tunnel under the Han River.  The contest will be open to any domestic and foreign individuals and organisations.  The new tunnel will run under the river from the roundabout junction of Bach Dang, 3 February and Nhu Nguyet streets in Hai Chau District to the intersection of Tran Hung Dao, Van Don and Tran Thanh Tong streets on the eastern bank. 

Over the past 20 years, a total of 800 roads have been built or upgraded, which has ensured the smooth movement of vehicles from the city centre to the outer rural and mountainous areas.

The 1st stage of a ring road on the southern side of the city has been completed, whilst site clearance work is now underway to begin the project’s 2nd phase.  Also, the northwest approach road to the Hue T-junction overpass, and the north-west traffic axis No 1, have both been completed.

In addition to the building of the city’s Tran Dai Nghia Street connecting with Hoi An and Dien Ban District, both in Quang Nam Province, a section of the 14B Highway linking the city’s Tuy Loan village and the province’s Ha Nha Bridge has been widened.

As for transport links north to Thua Thien-Hue Province, a new road tunnel will be constructed under the Hai Van Pass.  The new tunnel will be parallel to the existing one, and it will help to considerably shorten the travel time between the 2 localities.

(Source: Danang Tourism)


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New attractions for visitors

posted Jun 11, 2016, 12:10 AM by Danang Beach

Work started last Sunday on the Cocobay Entertainment and Tourism Complex along Truong Sa in the Hoa Hai Ward of Da Nang’s Ngu Hanh Son District.

Developed by the Empire Group, the 11,000 billion VND complex will cover an area of 31ha, including a 600m-long beachfront.

Inspired by Las Vegas, the entertainment heaven of the world, the site will feature a 1,200-seat indoor performance area and 2,000-seat outdoor area, both offering attractive daily entertainment shows.

In addition, there will be a large square for the organisation of various tourism events, the longest walking street in Viet Nam, a beach club, the luxury Vinpearl Riverfront Condotel Da Nang Apartments, and the Boutique hotel.

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An architectural model of the Cocobay Entertainment and Tourism Complex

The first phase of the project, which will open to the public next year, includes the 2,000-seat outdoor entertainment area, the beach club, the large square, the walking street, the 1,500-seat Fishing Boat Restaurant, and the top-class Coco Ocean Resort and Spa.

Once fully operational, the new complex will offer hundreds of attractive entertainment services and is expected to attract a large number of visitors.

Previously, on 3 June, the Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park, nestled in the Ba Na–Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang’s Hoa Vang District, officially opened to the public.

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A scene from the opening ceremony of the Nui Than Tai Hot Spring Park

Developed by the DHC Suoi Doi company, the over 500 billion VND, 165ha park is made mainly from eco-friendly materials, including natural-stone bathtubs carved by craftsmen from the city’s Non Nuoc stone carving village.

The new park offers a wide range of healthy bathing services, including special hot minerals, mud, herbal, tea, milk and beer baths.  Most notably, there is an Onsen, which highlights the virtues of ‘naked communion’ for breaking down barriers and getting to know people in a relaxing atmosphere.

Boasting the ancient architectural styles of Hoi An and Japan, the park features outdoor and indoor hot spring bathing areas, a 4-star restaurant and hotel complex, and outdoor amusement areas.

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Visitors at the Park

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Da Nang to feature street music by Han River

posted May 24, 2016, 8:40 AM by Danang Beach

Being the first of its kind in Da Nang, Street Music, held by Da Nang Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism is taking place on Bach Dang street twice per month (on Saturday of the 2nd and the 4th week), from March to August, 2016. The program is considered a new tourism product of and the highlight for the most beautiful street in this coastal city.

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Street Music taking place on the riverside street Bach Dang attracted a number of tourists and locals. Featuring gentle Vietnamese folk songs and vibrant Flamenco music, the show satisfied appetites of different music lovers.

According to Ho Van Anh, the director of the Da Nang Events and Festivals Organization Centre, each show will feature a specific theme to make up the diversity of the whole program. The stage is changed and redesigned to match different the themes. With the participation of both professional artists and amateurs, Street Music promises to give an exciting and close musical atmosphere.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Free toilet services to visitors

posted May 24, 2016, 8:35 AM by Danang Beach   [ updated May 24, 2016, 8:38 AM ]

Since August 2015, a total of 80 hotels, guest houses, coffee shops and restaurants across Da Nang have offered free use of their restrooms to domestic and foreign visitors. These tourism service providers display the ‘Comfort as Home’ slogan on their doors. The aim of the scheme is to provide toilet facilities for visitors to the city, as well as to encourage an image of the city being helpful and friendly towards visitors to stimulate tourism.

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Free toilet facilities helps to promote the hotel’s name and advertise itself to more visitors. He added that his hotel also offers free drinks and a facecloth to toilet users.

The Head of Hai Chau District’s Culture-Information Office, Mr Mai Cong Nghi, said that 6 months after the launch of the scheme by the district’s Business Association, the free toilets programme has received much appreciation from visitors on social networking websites.  He said this scheme will help visitors feel more comfortable and satisfied with the city’s tourism services.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Da Nang eyes 8 million tourists by 2020

posted May 14, 2016, 12:49 AM by Danang Beach   [ updated May 14, 2016, 12:50 AM ]

Da Nang has set out its goal of welcoming 8 million tourists per year by 2020, two millions of whom are foreigners. This will help the city generate 27.4 trillion VND (1.2 billion USD) in revenue.

In order to achieve the ambitious goal, the municipal authorities will focus on measures to turn Da Nang into an interesting and prestigious tourist destination.

Those measures include the creation and promotion of high-class tourism products, ensuring security, and keeping the city clean.

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will regularly organise the “Green, Clean, Beautful Sunday” campaign which is a part of the city’s “The Year for Culture and Urban Civilisation” programme.

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Foreign visitors enjoying a city tour by cyclo (Source: agendatourvietnam.com)

The department also plans to install security cameras at such popular tourist attractions as the Marble Mountains and the Hai Van Pass to ensure the safety of visitors.

The department Deputy Director Tran Chi Cuong said that tourism promotion programmes would be organised at travel fairs in major markets like China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Southeast Asian countries, Europe and North America .

Leaflets, books, films and video clips featuring the city’s tourism will be introduced to domestic and foreign visitors through local and international channels, Deputy Director Cuong said.

In addition, focus will be on enhancing the effective operation of the tourism information centres and representative offices in foreign cities in order to appeal for FDI inflows from international businesses.

According to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city received 1,040,169 domestic and foreign visitors, up 19.6% compared with the same period last year and fulfilling 20.2% of the year’s target. This helped the city’s tourism sector to earn over 3,016 billion VND in revenue, up 17.5% against the same period last year and also fulfilling 20.2% of the year’s target.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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Specialised shopping area gets underway

posted May 14, 2016, 12:44 AM by Danang Beach

The establishment of a specialised area selling fashion products along a section of Le Duan Street, between its intersections with Tran Phu and Ong Ich Khiem streets, began at the end of August and is expected to be completed by the end of December.

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Mr Nguyen Dang Huy, the Head of the city’s Rural Transportation Management Unit responsible for managing the project, said that aesthetics and comfort are decisive factors in ensuring the success of the new shopping area. He added that the existing kerbs will be replaced, but the width of the pavement will remain unchanged. However, the existing pavement tiles along the section will be replaced by pre-cast terrazzo ones to give high aesthetic value. In addition, the existing trees along the section will be replaced by Madagascar almonds, with diameters of between 10cm and 15cm, and the planted areas will be covered by lids made of fibre-reinforced plastic, a composite material with high aesthetic value, to create a safe and comfortable space on the pavements for pedestrians. Parking spaces for motorbikes will be created next to the new kerbs.

Specialised shopping area gets underway
An architect’s impression of the street
Also, the existing lighting system along the section will be replaced by LED (light-emitting diode) lamp-posts. Signposts, litter bins, decorative lights and benches where people can sit to relax or sightsee will be positioned along the pavements. Specific regulations about the colour and size of the fashion shops’ billboards will be issued soon.

Following recent approval by the city authorities, all types of trucks will be banned from the section during rush hours, and trucks over 3.5 tonnes are not allowed at any time. Cars, 24-seater vehicles and tourist coaches will be required to park in designated spaces on Chi Lang Street.

(Source: Danang Tourism)

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