Canadian magazine lists Ninh Binh among world's top 10 best hidden family vacation spots

Thursday, 25/05/2023 19:15
Canadian magazine The Travel has named the northern province of Ninh Binh among the world's top 10 best hidden family vacation spots to visit in 2023, Radio the Voice of Vietnam reported.

Tam Coc rice field in Ninh Binh province’s Hoa Lu district (Photo: VNA)

According to the rankings Ninh Binh is placed at fourth in the list.

The Travel shared that the scenic nature found in Ninh Binh is one of the most attractive things about the locality, whilst it also boasts a fascinating history and an amazing culture.

“Both kids and adults will enjoy marveling at the stunning caves, hiking through the lush forests, going rock climbing, and enjoying a boat ride along the Tam Coc River,” says the magazine.

The northern province of Ninh Binh was the location of 2016 Hollywood movie "Kong: Skull Island" and is blessed by nature with plenty of fascinating natural landscapes, including Cuc Phuong National Park, Mua Cave, and Chau Son Cathedral.

 A corner of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (Photo: VNA)

Other destinations named in the list include Antigua and the British Virgin Islands of The Caribbean, Haida Gwaii and Banff of Canada, Taveuni of Fiji, Cappadocia of Turkey, the Etruscan Coast in Tuscany of Italy, Krakow of Poland, along with Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie of China.

Vietnamese film leaves positive impression at Cannes Film Festival

Following on from its global premiere on May 24 at the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, Vietnamese movie “Ben Trong Vo Ken Vang, known as “Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell” in English, received a five-minute standing ovation from audiences, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Directed by Pham Thien An, the movie tells the story of a journey taken by a young man named Thien who is tasked with delivering his sister-in-law's body to their countryside hometown following a tragic motorcycle accident.

Taking place amid the mystical landscapes of rural Vietnam, Thien begins a search for his older brother, who vanished years ago.

The film was produced by Vietnam’s JK Film and Singapore’s Protocol in co-production with France’s Deuxième Ligne Films and Spain’s Fasten Films.


Vietnamese movie “Ben Trong Vo Ken Vang, known as “Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell” in English, receives a five-minute standing ovation from audiences. (Photo: VOV) 

It took a total of four years to complete the movie, with three shootings taking place in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The movie will be the Vietnamese representative competing for the Camera d'Or Award.

Director Pham Thien An was born in Lam Dong province in 1989. He won a number of awards, including the 48 Hours Film Project in Ho Chi Minh City and top prize at the CJ Short Film Making Project, one of the top short film contests in the nation.

In 2015, he moved to the United States and continued to work as a freelance filmmaker.

His latest short film, Cam Lang, known as “The Mute” in English, was screened as a World Premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest in the US in 2018. It also competed at 15 international short film festivals, including Winterthur in Switzerland, Tampere in Finland, Encounters in the UK, and Aspen in the US.

Vietnam remains leading destination for foreign investment inflows: experts

Vietnam has yet to lose its advantage as an attractive destination for foreign investment flows, although in the short term, investors are taking a careful consideration before making their decision, the Vietnam News Agency qouted the sayings of Lecturer Nguyen Xuan Thanh from the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management.

In addition to a common trend of decrease over the globe, unnecessary procedures, tax incentives and low licensing are making investors hesitate. However, in the long term, Vietnam remains a country with various advantages in investment attraction, Thanh stressed.

Sharing the same view, Michael Kokalari, chief economist at investment fund VinaCapital, said that Vietnam will continue to be a prime destination for FDI, particularly from multinationals looking to produce exports and seeking an alternative and/or additional manufacturing base to China, for the foreseeable future.


Vietnam remains leading destination for foreign investment inflows (Photo:

According to him, the new global corporate minimum tax (GMT) is unlikely to impede FDI inflows to Vietnam, given the fact that tax incentives are not the primary attraction for setting up a factory in the country

In 2021, over 100 countries, including Vietnam, agreed to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s proposal for the GMT that will impose a 15% minimum corporate tax rate on income for companies with consolidated incomes above circa 850 million USD starting from 2023. The implementation of this agreement was subsequently delayed to 2024.

Some observers have also noted that planned FDI into Malaysia and Indonesia surged during the last two years, while Vietnam’s registered FDI was essentially flat. However, investments into Malaysia and Indonesia were largely channelled into the production of goods Vietnam does not make, including electric vehicle batteries.

Kokalari said Vietnam had attracted far more than its “fair” share of FDI since the US-China trade tension emerged in 2018.

The economist also mentioned Tim Cook’s visit to India in April, which spawned a plethora of articles on the intentions of Apple and others to build new factories in the country. But it is important to note that most products of those factories will be sold in the Indian market. In short, new investments to India are not being motivated by the “China 1” investment strategy that has driven FDI inflow into Vietnam over the last decade, particularly at an accelerated pace since the start of the US-China trade tension.

“We do not see India threatening Vietnam’s FDI inflow and continue to believe FDI is likely to remain one of Vietnam’s key growth drivers for years to come. The current wave of new FDI announcements in India should not be viewed as taking investment away from Vietnam,” Kokalari stressed.

Last month, Apple supplier Quanta Computer signed an agreement with the People’s Committee of the northern province of Nam Dinh on developing a large-scale computer factory at My Thuan Industrial Park.

In February, Nam Dinh’s neighbouring province of Thai Binh also granted an investment license to a 260-million-USD factory of Compal, another partner of Apple.

Meanwhile, the US multinational technology company’s leading partner, Foxconn, is also planning to build a project in the central province of Nghe An, after successes of its projects in northern Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces.

Local photographer wins prize at international photography awards

Vietnamese photographer Phan Thi Khanh claimed a top prize at the Pink Lady Photographer of the Year, the world's leading photography competition, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.


Vietnamese photographer Phan Thi Khanh with her entry "In the Storm" wins prize at Pink Lady photo contest. (Photo: VOV) 

Her entry "In the Storm" was honoured in the Bring Home the Harvest category. Images entered in the category depict parts of the process of harvesting and gathering crops.

The results were recently announced, with Khanh being the only Vietnamese photographer to win a prize this year.

Pink Lady photo contest was first launched back in 2011 and is open to both professional and non-professional photographers worldwide.

Since 2011, over 80,000 images and films have been submitted from 96 countries./.

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