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Travel GuideMonday, 08/14/2006, 11:18

Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel goes up on historical land

Opening last week in the capital of Binh Dinh, the Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel is now ready to accommodate those who want to visit the central province, which is known as the homeland of peasant hero Nguyen Hue, or Emperor Quang Trung
Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel goes up on

Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel goes up on historical land

Opening last week in the capital of Binh Dinh, the Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel is now ready to accommodate those who want to visit the central province, which is known as the homeland of peasant hero Nguyen Hue, or Emperor Quang Trung.

The four-star hotel covers 4,300 square meters near the city's beachfront, some 30 minutes' drive from Phu Cat Airport.

It has 148 rooms of five different categories, two restaurants, two bars, a 400-seat ballroom and three small meeting rooms able to accommodate 30 to 50 people at a time.

Other facilities include steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, spa, massage and fitness rooms and a swimming pool.

The VND80-billion hotel is part of a venture of Saigontourist, Peace Tour Co. and Saigon Commercial Joint Stock Bank in HCM City, and Quy Nhon Paper Materials Co., Quy Nhon Brewery, Construction and Building Materials Co. 3, Binh Dinh Production Investment Import-Export Co. and Truong Phat Co. in Binh Dinh.

The venture also intends to spend more than VND60 billion on a four-star resort with 60 rooms in Ghenh Rang. Work on the Saigon-Quy Nhon Resort is due to begin by late this year.

By opening the Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel and planning for the resort, the venture aims to cash in on Binh Dinh's tourism potential. The province will act as an "entrepot" from where tourists can embark on exciting tours to other central and Central Highlands provinces.

Visitors to Binh Dinh can make excursions to such beautiful beaches as Bai Dai, Nhon Ly, Hoang Hau and Ghenh Rang, and Thi Nai Lagoon and Phuong Mau Peninsula.

Those who want to learn more about the province's history and culture can visit Thap Thap Pagoda, the Cham towers of Doi and Banh It, and Do Ban Citadel.

Built in 1665 in the Do Ban Citadel, the former capital of the Cham rulers, Thap Thap Pagoda is a Buddhist temple whose decoration recalls the Cham style.

Another highlight is a trip to Tay Son District, some 45 kilometers from Quy Nhon, the native land of national hero Nguyen Hue.

Nguyen Hue (1753-1792), together with his two brothers Nguyen Nhac and Nguyen Lu, led the Tay Son Rebellion against the power-usurping courtier Truong Phuc Loa. They also overthrew the Trinh and Nguyen lords.

In 1788, Nguyen Hue led a great force from Phu Xuan, present-day Hue City, north, and it took them only 35 days to crush the Qing invaders near Thang Long, present-day Hanoi, liberating the royal capital.

Nguyen Hue crowned himself Emperor Quang Trung the same year. As emperor, Quang Trung won the people's hearts and expanded agriculture and commerce. He also promoted the use of nom language.

Visitors can drop by Quang Trung Museum in Kien My Village, Binh Thanh Commune, to see demonstrations of Binh Dinh's traditional martial arts, also called Vo Tay Son, and listen to battle drum performances.

After leaving the museum, visitors can go on to Ham Ho, about seven kilometers south-west of Phu Phong Town in Tay Son District. Ham Ho is a two kilometer area of streams, waterfalls, lakes, rivers and canals.

Ham Ho between the Kut River and its twin, the Kon River, appears wild and mysterious. Tourists can camp on giant rocks jutting out of the water to enjoy boiled shellfish and baked grey mullet and Bau Da wine.

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. in HCMC is offering a four-day tour to the central coastal provinces, which takes in Quy Nhon and the nearby city of Danang and historic town of Hoi An. In Quy Nhon, tourists will stay at the Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel.

The tour usually costs some VND2.78 million, excluding airfares, but the company is discounting the tour by 7% until late November.

Saigon-Quy Nhon Hotel, 24 Nguyen Hue Street, Quy Nhon. Tel: (056) 829922. Email:  sales@saigonquynhon.vnn.vn.

Book the tour at Saigontourist Travel Service, 49 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. Tel: (08) 829 8914. Email: info@saigontourist.net.


 

 


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