Hoi An named nine best city destinations with beaches around the globe

Sunday, 20/08/2023 21:30
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) of Hong Kong (China) has placed Hoi An Ancient Town in fifth position in a list of the nine best city destinations with beaches around the globe, reported Nhan Dan Online.
Any corner of Hoi An can become a poetic picture. (Photo: DUY HAU) 

The SCMP suggested Hoi An as a destination for visitors who want to mix shopping, sightseeing, and sunbathing. The article also mentioned other beautiful places around the world, including Mumbai (India), Brighton (the UK), Barcelona (Spain), Sydney (Australia), Miami (the US), Sanya (China), and Athens (Greece).

Commenting on Hoi An, SCMP wrote that it is a photogenic city on Viet Nam's central coast. An architectural medley of wooden Chinese shophouses, French colonial buildings, ornate temples, and the Japanese Covered Bridge helped the Old Town gain UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999.

Formerly one of the busiest trading ports in Southeast Asia, the Hoi An of today bustles with sightseeing tourists and features clothing tailored for a fraction of the price they would pay at home. At night, lanterns illuminate the Old Town, creating a fairy-tale feel (lantern-making workshops are also a hit with visitors).

 In the evening, the light of countless lanterns give Hoi An a fairy tale appearance. (Photo: SCMP)

"Rather than staying in the center of the city, many travelers opt for a beachside base. An Bang's white sands and sparkling blue waters have featured in CNN's list of 100 Best Beaches in the World and are only 3 kilometers from the Old Town. Hire a bike and pedal between the two", the newspaper recommended.

An Bang is a beautiful pristine beach just 3km from Hoi An City. (Photo: vietnamtravel) 

Hoi An has long been a favorite destination for domestic and international tourists. News agencies, international travel magazines based on the votes of readers and tourists always rank Hoi An in the list of famous destinations.

Last July, Hoi An was named in the list of favourite cities in Asia in the World’s Best Awards 2023 voted by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Previously, Hoi An was also honoured by Travel + Leisure many times as the most wonderful city in the world in 2019, the leading city in Asia in 2020, the top 10 Asian cities in 2018 and in 2021, or one of the 50 best places to travel in 2019.

Hanoi museums, relic sites strive to provide new experiences to visitors

According to Vietnam News Agency, various new products and services have been provided by museums and relic sites in Hanoi with an aim to lure more visitors, especially youngsters, and promote their values at the same time.

Children enjoy a game at the Vietnam Hational Museum of History (Photo: nhandan.vn) 

Recently, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam relic site has entertained young visitors with an exciting journey of “finding mascots on ancient architecture”, which is designed in the form of games on an iPad.

The game consists of six doors equivalent to six architectural styles of the relic sites, including Four Pillars, the Gate of the Temple of Literature, Dai Trung Gate, Khue Van Cac, Dai Thanh Gate and Bai Duong House.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has focused on building the iMuseum VFA multimedia voiceover application, which is available on both Android and iOS, using QR codes or identifiers for art works. The iMuseum VFA has outstanding features such as allowing visitors to view high-quality images of the works, read the contents of the introductions, locate artifacts, see display system diagrams, and distinguish rooms by colour.

With only a mobile phone or tablet with an internet connection and a fee for an application download, visitors can freely explore 100 typical works on the regular display system of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, in both direct and online forms, with multiple language options including Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Italian and German.

Based on the iMuseum VFA system, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has been developing many themed tours such as "Vietnamese Lacquer Painting" or "National Treasure", to help visitors easily access and “chat” with museum artifacts in a new way.

Children explore academic examinations in the history
at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam relic site (Photo: qdnd.vn) 

Duong Ngoc Ha from the Centre for Cultural and Scientific Activities under Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) said the linkage between the displayed artefacts and the method of visiting and studying in the museum is undergoing a strong shift. It is a shift from being aware of a cultural experience as a form of information that a museum holds and transmits to visitors, to something that can be discussed and shared. A memorable experience is always a strong attraction because it gives visitors not only knowledge but also skills and emotions.

Director of the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities Huynh Thi Anh Van said, in the context of the 4.0 revolution, the application of high technology to display and exhibit activities is one of the indispensable tools of advanced museums.

Currently, the trend of display and interpretation combined with interaction is now becoming popular in the world. New experiences for visitors can be enhanced with different forms of interpretation through interactive applications, or a combination of real artifacts and appropriate design images, thereby helping viewers feel the connection between personal perception and what they are seeing.

However, according to experts, technology is only a means to an end. They stressed the need for creative ideas, deep content and resources to carry out the ideas. They advised museums and monuments to focus on developing the quality of personnel and seeking suitable ways to call for economic and technological resources to jointly create attractive interactive products./.

Compiled by BTA