Diverse tours offered to entice visitors

By VNA   October 23, 2023 | 10:03 pm PT
Diverse tours offered to entice visitors
Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi is lit up at night. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Hanoi and HCMC are running night tours while some provinces have launched cultural-historical festivals to attract tourists.

A tour to explore Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi at night was piloted on Oct. 22 with the participation of many travel agencies.

The project aims to promote the unique value of the special national relic site Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, towards attracting more visitors to the site at night, and diversifying tourism products in Hanoi.

This would be the fourth night tour in Hanoi. The first three are tours of the Hoa Lo Prison Relic Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the Vietnam Museum of Literature.

The tour's organizer wants to offer a unique and different experience for tourists by using modern 3D mapping technology, which displays vivid images to tell different stories about Confucianism and the country's history and sages.

Iconic structures within the site, such as Khue Van Cac (the pavilion of the constellation of literature), Vuon bia Tien si (Garden of doctoral steles) and Thien Quang well are effectively utilized to express the value and significance of study.

A night tour of the Old Quarter will be launched by the municipal Department of Tourism on Oct. 28-29, offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy a dazzling light feast, a stellar traditional musical performance, and a tea culture space.

Tran Trung Hieu, deputy director of the department, said the tour is expected to bring a new experience to visitors, helping improve the attractiveness of the capital city's tourism.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the night tour "the moon above the resistance zone" has been recently introduced, giving visitors a deeper insight into the life in the resistance zone where locals dig the tunnels, knitted bamboo and rattan products and pound the rice grains, while the youth voluntarily registered for military service.

The northern mountainous province of Son La organized its first coffee festival and set up a tour for coffee lovers with a view to branching out its coffee brand in tandem with tourism development.

While in Lao Cai, an array of tours have been developed to take visitors to the best places for cloud hunting, terrific terraced rice fields, and tranquil villages to discover diverse indigenous cultures.

At the same time, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the south central province of Binh Thuan organised a kite flying festival in response to the Visit Vietnam Year 2023 themed "Binh Thuan – Green Convergence."

The event created a playground for kite lovers across the nation, then drew the attention of locals and businesses.

Experts said although it is necessary for localities to develop their own tourism products, they should work together to form complete tours, helping increase regional tourism competitiveness.

A cooperation mechanism should be outlined, in which promotional pricing and time as well as measures to ensure service quality are clarified.

Besides capitalizing on local resources, applying preferential policies is seen as a good measure to boost tourism during the off-peak time, they said.

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