International travel magazine lists Sa Pa among top 50 most beautiful small towns in the world

Tuesday, 09/05/2023 18:45
International travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai among the top 50 most beautiful small towns in the world, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Sa Pa is renowned for breathtaking green rice terraces (Photo: VOV) 

According to details given by the magazine, Sa Pa is a relatively quiet mountain town located in Lao Cai province in the nation’s northwestern region, situated far from the country’s popular beach resorts, massive metropolises, and teeming World Heritage Sites.

In addition, the resort town is renowned for its mountain vistas, green rice terraces, as well as its proximity to waterfalls and hiking trails.

The newswire also suggested that Topas Ecolodge represents the best lodge to stay at whilst visiting Sa Pa as the resort boasts a beautiful hilltop location and villas with private pools. The site is also located about 45 minutes outside of the town.

Tourists can also explore a series of popular destinations around the town, including Ham Rong Mountain, Fansipan Peak, Muong Hoa Valley, Seo My Ty Lake, O Quy Ho Pass, Silver Waterfall, and love waterfall, as well as gaining greater insights into the local life and the unique cuisine on offer in traditional villages in the area.

A part of Sa Pa look from the high (Photo: 

According to a recent report, the number of international visitors to Vietnam in April grew strongly compared to the previous month. During the past four months, the country welcomed nearly 3.7 million international visitors.

Vietnamese food outlet listed among 100 best restaurants in New York

A Vietnamese food restaurant called “Mắm” has been ranked 26th among the 100 best restaurants in New York, as announced by The New York Times, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

The most exciting Vietnamese food in town currently comes from this tiny and irregular weekend pop-up. Exactly which exciting Vietnamese food the eatery will give you, though, is hard to say, the US newspaper wrote.

"Bún đậu mắm tôm" - a Hanoi-style lunch (Photo: VOV)

Last summer, Jerald Head and his wife, Nhung Dao, specialised in bún đậu mắm tôm, a Hanoi-style lunch of creamy homemade tofu, compressed cubes of vermicelli, blood sausage, and other treats meant to be dipped in a fermented shrimp sauce whose potent, fish-market smell can become a minor obsession.

More recently they’ve been selling more clam-and-noodle soup swimming with dill. The main dish is announced and sold a few days ahead online, but keep an eye out for the surprise appetizers on offer, according to The New York Times.

The food outlet was founded by Vietnamese citizen Nhung Dao and her husband Jerald Head.

Located in the southeast of Manhattan, their restaurant is open only from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and from midday to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each set costs US$32, equivalent to VND800,000.

Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi of Japan tops the New York Times list, followed by Atomix of the Republic of Korea, and Le Bernardin of France.

The other establishments in the 100 best restaurants in New York are representatives of Italy, Puerto Rica, China, Thailand, and India.

Airbus’ whale-shaped aircraft arrives in Da Nang for first time

Airbus Beluga, the whale-shaped flying marvel, made its maiden appearance at Da Nang International Airport on May 9, with the arrival of the aircraft leaving both airport staff and passengers awestruck, Radio the Voice of Vietnam reported.

Hailed as a super transporter, Airbus A300-600ST represents one the latest cargo planes and is a commercial service provided by the European company Airbus.

Airbus’ whale-shaped aircraft arrives at Da Nang International Airport for first time


According to a representative of the airport, the Airbus A300-600ST will depart for the central city to Taiwan (China) on the evening of May 9.

Stretching for a length of 56.15 metres, Airbus Beluga is capable of handling cargo for various sectors, including military, maritime, space, and humanitarian, among others.

It stands at an impressive height of 17.25 metres, while the wing span is a stunning 44.24 metres. As one of the latest models, these super transporters offer a semi-automated main deck cargo loading system, thereby making them efficient to handle payloads.

Runner Nguyen Thi Oanh secures two golds in just 20 minutes

Vietnamese runner Nguyen Thi Oanh pocketed two gold medals in just 20 minutes at the ongoing 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 32) in Cambodia on May 9, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Oanh obtained a gold medal in the women’s 1,500m event at 5:30pm.

Nguyen Thi Oanh (centre) in the 3,000m race on May 9 (Photo: VNA)

The rescheduling of the 3,000m hurdle race to 5:50pm was unable to slow down the Vietnamese athlete, who also finished first in 10 minutes and 34.39 seconds.

Added with the success in retaining her 5,000m title on May 8, Oanh now has three gold medals at the 32nd SEA Games.

Also on May 9, Nguyen Thi Huyen and Nguyen Thi Hang respectively brought home a silver and a bronze medal in the women’s 400m event. The gold medal went to Shereen Samson of Malaysia.

In the women’s high jump, Pham Thi Diem with a result of 1.77m earned a silver medal, following a Thai athlete with 1.79m.

Vietnam also took a gold medal in eSports after defeating Singapore in the team crossfire event the same day. This was its second gold in this category.

In the men’s tennis team event, Vietnam received a silver medal after Ly Hoang Nam lost 0 - 2 to Kasidit Samrej of Thailand./.

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