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New rule on environment impact evaluation comes out 

Tourists to Vietnam frequently make time to visit some of the central coastal provinces World Heritage Sites that include Hoi An ancient town, My Son, and the ancient imperial capital of Hue
New rule on environment impact e

New rule on environment impact evaluation comes out 

Tourists aboard a boat going to Ngoc Island

Tourists to Vietnam frequently make time to visit some of the central coastal provinces World Heritage Sites that include Hoi An ancient town, My Son, and the ancient imperial capital of Hue. However, this summer season Ben Thanh Tourist have added another attraction, named Ngoc Island to the usual itinerary, in an effort to offer something fresh and new for those travelers who have already visited the region once or fancy something different.


The island, which is located in between Danang and Hue, is just 20 minutes by boat from Lang Co Beach in Thua Thien Hue Province.


As part of their four-day three-night World Heritage Sites tour program of the central region, Ben Thanh Tourist is now also offering tourists a day to explore the idyllic, seldom visited island.


Although Ngoc Island only covers 60,000 square meters, it reaches up to an altitude of 235m above sea level and is a home many sea creatures including lobsters, grouper fish, abalone and holothurians or sea cucumbers. So, if you are able, you should visit the island, as tourists are able to enjoy net or line fishing, or diving to see at close range up to 144 kinds of amazingly colorful, polychromatic coral.


Younger tourists may also fancy a good old fashioned desert island adventure, or want to try their hand at some sea sports activities such as kayaking, jet skiing or fly fishing.


The Ngoc Island excursion is only one part of the more conventional tour that potters around Quang Nam Province, Thua Thien Hue Province and Danang City taking in the ancient relics and sites, which maybe a bit less energetic and so of greater interest to older travelers. Obviously, the ancient town of Hoi An and the former imperial capital of Hue are the two biggest draw cards, and most visitors instantly fall in love with these beautiful destinations.


In Hoi An one can easily slip back in time to visit a glorious past hundreds of years ago, simply by strolling down one of the lanes or stopping to visit one of the old wooden houses or temples, or stopping off by the Chua Cau (bridge pagoda), built in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by Japanese merchants to cross one the town�s streams as it flows into the Hoai River.


Chua Cau has a distinctive architecture representing its origins that include yin-yang roof tiles and a small temple. The bridge has been delicately craved from wood that has stood the test of time and witnessed many changes, perhaps because it is protected by two wooden guardian dogs and monkeys who stand at either end guarding the bridge against evil.


The ancient capital of Hue, on the other hand, is altogether much grander, as one would expect from an Imperial City. The city boasts many stunning temples, palaces, and the royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty kings, each with delightfully unique and aesthetically pleasing architectural styles or features.


The Ben Thanh tour visits several of the most popular sites including the Royal Palace Citadel, the Moon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace and Thien Mu Pagoda.


Evenings amongst the tranquility of Hue are equally agreeable, and tourists can enjoy a trip on the Huong River in a boat to better see Trang Tien bridge and enjoy some traditional, regal Hue music whilst releasing flower garlands and coloured lanterns to pray for blessings, ancestors and the future.


The night finishes up at Hue�s famous Dong Ba market, where visitors can buy local specialties such as Hue non la (hats made from latania leaves), or m� x�ng (sesame candy) for presents.

Ben Thanh Tourist is currently organizing the above tour for VND3,819,000 per person for groups of between eight and ten, which includes return travel by plane to HCM City.

For more information about the new tour or other similar group or individual tours, contact Ben Thanh Tourist on tell: 08 520 20 20.

 


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