Con Dao named one of 16 best island vacations in world

Monday, 30/01/2023 18:30
Tourism magazine Condé Nast Traveler (CNTraveler) of the United States (US) named Con Dao Island in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau as the top 16 best island vacations in the world.

Nhat Beach in Con Dao (Photo: 

According to the publication, in its location off the nation’s southern coast, Con Dao is a small island with very little commercial development.

“With this, the beaches are quiet and the few resort options allow for a special retreat,” says Condé Nast Traveler.

According to Radio the Voice of Vietnam, the article noted that the beaches are typically long with soft sand, making them perfect for light water sports like SUP and kayaking.

Condé Nast Traveler stated that the downtown area boasts a quaint seaside atmosphere with small restaurants, whilst there are also plenty of historical connections for visitors to explore.

According to the magazine, a visit in August can allow holiday goers to have the chance to watch turtles hatch.


The colorful world under the sea Hon Cau - about 8km northeast of Phu Hai, the largest island in Con Dao (Photo:

“Stay through the morning when the turtle sanctuary supports the release of the hatchlings and watch them find their way to the big blue sea,” it suggested.

From those visitors interested in history, they are recommended to pay a visit to Con Dao Prison, a site built during the French colonial era and used through the Vietnam-American War.

Rounding off the list of the top 16 best island vacations in the world are Big Island of Hawaii, Mallorca of Spain, Koh Samui of Thailand, Vancouver Island of Canada, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador, and Vega Island of Norway.

Vietnam posts trade surplus of 3.6 billion USD in January

Despite decreases in both imports and exports, the country still enjoyed a trade surplus of 3.6 billion USD in the first month of 2023, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

The office reported that in the month, total import-export turnover reached 46.56 billion USD, down 17.3% over the previous month and 25% year on year, with exports dropping 21.3% to 25.08 billion USD, and imports falling 28.9% to 21.48 billion USD, reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

While the domestic sector saw a trade deficit of 1.04 billion USD, the foreign-invested sector (including crude oil) posted a surplus of 4.64 billion USD.


Vietnam posts trade surplus of 3.6 billion USD in January (Photo: VTV)

Experts attributed the result to the long New Year and Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays, which were all in January, reducing the number of working days. Last year, the Tet holiday fell in February.

The GSO reported that the manufacturing-processing sector earned the highest export revenue with 22.32 billion USD, accounting for 89% of the country’s total.

Meanwhile, there were three goods groups with imports of over 1 billion USD.

In January, the US remained the biggest importer of Vietnamese goods with a revenue of about 7.6 billion USD, while China was the biggest exporter to Vietnam with 8.1 billion USD.

The GSO held that many countries are facing the threat of inflation and economic recession, leading to reduction in global consumption, thus affecting Vietnam’s import-export activities.

Export activities showed signs of slowing down from the fourth quarter of 2022 with fewer orders, it said, adding that 2023 is likely to be a tough year for Vietnam’s import-export.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam’s exports depend on many outside factors, but tax reduction from free trade agreements that Vietnam has joined and the strengthening of socio-economic recovery and development will motivate exports this year.

In 2023, the MoIT sets a target of a 6% rise in goods export revenue, with trade surplus maintained.

January FDI nears 1.7 billion USD

Vietnam attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) worth 1.69 billion USD as of January 20 this year, down 19.8% annually, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

In the month, local authorities granted licences for 153 new FDI projects worth 1.2 billion USD, up 48.5% in number and 3.1 times in value, said the Vietnam News Agency.


January FDI nears 1.7 billion USD (Photo: 

Among these projects, those related to wholesale, retail, and repair of automobiles and motorised vehicles accounted for the lion’s share of the total registered sum, at 54.1% or 651.9 million USD. They were followed by those in the processing and manufacturing industry, which together registered 351.2 million in capital.

Also in January, 28 foreign countries and territories invested in Vietnam. Singapore was the largest with 767.6 million USD, followed by China with 198.2 million USD.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese investors poured 126.7 million USD on their projects overseas, increasing by 3.4 times against the same month in 2022.

Cold wave grips northern Vietnam before drizzling rain falls

The ongoing strong cold spell is sweeping across northern Vietnam and is expected to last for a couple of days before drizzling rain hits the region, Radio the Voice of Vietnam quoted the information of national weather forecasters.

The northern region has endured a number of subsequent cold air waves for the past few days, causing temperatures to drop sharply.

The latest strong spell hit northern localities on January 27, plunging the temperature to a low of 7 degrees Celsius in the highlands and 10 in the lowlands.


Northerners still feel the chill before drizzling rain hits, starting on February 1. (Photo: VOV)

Despite the sunrise, northerners still feel the chill, even in Hanoi where the temperature falls to as low as 10 degrees Celsius in the morning.

The cold, dry weather is forecast to last till the end of January before daytime temperatures will rise sharply accompanied by drizzling rain and high humidity.

Elsewhere the ongoing cold spell has also impacted the Central Highlands, but local people only felt the chill early in the morning and at midnight, while daytime temperatures rose to 23 – 26 degrees Celsius.

The cold weather from the north has also hit southern localities, sending temperatures falling slightly during the day.

According to the national weather bulletin, southerners endured mild weather early in the morning and at night with temperatures ranging from 20 to 23 degrees Celsius. However, daytime temperatures rose quickly to 27 – 30 degrees Celsius or even more than that.

The southern region may receive unseasonal thunderstorms on February 1-2, said weather forecasters./.

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