Microsoft Travel lists Da Nang Mountain among Asia's most scenic places

Friday, 12/05/2023 18:39
The central coastal city of Da Nang City has been listed by the Microsoft Travel news site among the eight places with the best scenic mountain views in Asia, said the Vietnam News Agency.

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It wrote: “To the west of the city is a hill station and resort called Ba Na Hills, where you can find the majestic Golden Bridge. You can take a cable car ride to and from the resort.”

Ba Na Hills, around 25 kilometers from downtown Da Nang, lies 1,400 meters above sea level and has a complex of luxury resorts, theme parks, and amusement facilities.

In 2018, the 150-metre-long Golden Bridge, designed like giant hands from fiberglass and mesh wire, was built on Ba Na Hills and quickly became one of the tourism symbols of the city.

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Another leading attraction in the city are the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills with pagodas on top and hidden caves with Buddhist shrines.

Other destinations in the list are India's Srinagar and Gangtok, China's Huangshan and Lhasa, the Philippines' Baguio, and Nepal's Kathmandu.

Vietnamese shrimp products account for highest market share in RoK

The Republic of Korea (RoK) imports over 100,000 tonnes of shrimp worth between US$800 million and USS$1 billion each year and Vietnamese shrimp products always account for the highest market share at over 50%.

Shrimp represents a key export seafood product of the nation, with the annual export turnover of this item accounting for 40% to 45% of the total export turnover of the entire seafood industry.

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Vietnamese shrimp is currently exported to 100 countries in the world, with the five largest markets including Europe, the United States, Japan, China, and the RoK.

Vietnamese shrimp exports to the RoK reached US$468 million in 2022, up 26% compared to the previous year.

The initial two months of 2023, Vietnamese shrimp exports to the Korean market reached just over US$46 million, a decline of 25% over the same period of 2022.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has requested that the Vietnamese Government and competent agencies propose that the Korean side consider the abolition of quota placed on shrimp imports from Vietnam, or alternatively devise solutions related to the adjustment of the tax rate to 0% for Vietnamese shrimp in the Vietnam – Korea Free Trade Agreement (VKFTA).

In order to improve market share for Vietnamese shrimp, the Vietnam Trade Office in the RoK also recommended that ministries, and localities move to implement trade promotion activities for shrimp products in the Korean market. This includes attending a number of prestigious seafood fairs, as well as organising a broad array of promotional activities, marketing, and tasting products processed from shrimp.

This helps shrimp exporters research and develop new products in order to support logistics costs and costs for attending trade promotion activities in RoK.

Da Nang and Sa Pa among top destinations for Vietnam summer trips

A large number of Vietnamese tourists have chosen Da Nang and Sa Pa as destinations for their summer trips, Radio the Voice of Vietnam qouted a recent survey conducted by Southeast Asia research and analytics firm Milieu Insight.

According to the survey, up to 43% of the respondents selected the central coastal city of Da Nang for their summer vacation.

The northern mountainous resort of Sa Pa ranked second with 33% of the respondents selecting the destination, followed by Nha Trang with 30%, Da Lat with 29%, and Phu Quoc with 22%.

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Most notably, Ho Chi Minh City was at the bottom of the list as it was selected by only 9% of the respondents.

The survey indicates that nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they plan to go on vacation for between four and four days this summer, while up to 59% intend to make between two and three domestic trips during the course of the year.

Just 12% of the respondents revealed that they will only travel in the country once for the entire year.

The survey also shows, Vietnamese travelers give top priority to factors such as costs, weather conditions at tourist attractions, and sightseeing tours when planning a trip.

Furthermore, delicious food is also an important criterion, with 57% of the respondents choosing to take a food tour during their trip. This figure makes up the largest proportion among the surveyed travel experiences.

Milieu Insight also conducted a survey for travelers aged 20 to 65 in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia about their travel plans this summer.

A prominent indicator is that 52% of Vietnamese tourists are willing to make use of air transport for domestic travel, ranking first among the countries with surveyed respondents.

ASEAN consumes half of Vietnamese fertilizer exports

April witnessed Vietnam export fertilizers to nine markets, with six ASEAN member states alone consuming 66,648 tonnes, or 50.5% of the country's overall fertilizer export market share, reported Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Vietnam shipped 131,913 tonnes of fertilizers worth US$48.48 million abroad in April alone, down 22% in volume and 51% in value year on year.

In the first four months, it exported 537,269 tonnes valued at US$232.16 million, declining 17.1% in volume and 43.6% in value respectively compared to the same period last year.

ASEAN consumes half of Vietnamese fertilizer exports (Photo: 

Among the six ASEAN consumers of Vietnamese fertilizers in April, Cambodia took the lead with 46,284 tonnes, and it was the only regional market that has recorded a fertilizer import volume of over 10,000 tonnes from Vietnam.

Cambodia was followed by Malaysia (8,128 tonnes), Laos (7,883 tonnes), Myanmar (3,075 tonnes), the Philippines (1,062 tonnes), and Thailand (216 tonnes).

Vietnam also exported fertilizers to Taiwan (China), the Republic of Korea, and Japan with volumes of 692 tonnes, 3,320 tonnes, and 602 tonnes, respectively. All three markets endured a decline in import volume with 4%, 82%, and 49% year on year./.

Compiled by BTA