Vietnam’s town honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022

Sunday, 13/11/2022 16:00
Vietnam’s Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province has won the award for world’s leading town destination 2022.
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Vietnam’s town honoured as world’s leading town destination 2022 (Photo: langngheviet.com.vn) 

The information was announced at the 29th World Travel Awards ceremony held in Oman on November 11, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

The town beat seven other rivals to come first in the category including Český Krumlov Region of the Czech Repubplic, Hāna, Maui, Hawaii of the United States, Jajce of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sauraha of Nepal, Shirakawa Village of Japan, Talkeetna of the US, and Wanaka of New Zealand.

Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province is located on the Tam Dao mountain range over 1,000m above sea level. It’s one of the most attractive destinations in northern Vietnam.

In Tam Dao, there are three mountains, Thach Ban (1,388m), Thien Thi (1,375m), and Phu Nghia (1,400m), rising above the sea of clouds like three islands. That is the source of the Vietnamese name “Tam Dao,” meaning “three islands.”

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Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province (Photo: vinhphuc.gov.vn) 

This marks the first time Tam Dao has been awarded the world’s leading town destination.

The annual awards are based on votes cast by travel industry professionals and the public.

The World Travel Awards, launched in 1993, acknowledge excellence in the tourism industry, and have been described as the "travel industry's equivalent of the Oscars."

Vietnam named among Top 10 Asian countries with most beautiful women

Vietnam has ranked third in the list of Top 10 Asian countries with most beautiful women by US travel website Wonderslist.

The site stated that Vietnamese women were featured on various media outlets for their incredible beauty and personality, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

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Vietnam named among Top 10 Asian countries with most beautiful women (Photo: congly.vn) 

Their faces are known for their high cheekbones, wide eyes and long eyelashes – all of which add some extra zing to their appearance, according to the website.

The Republic of Korea topped the list for having the best-looking women who have their natural beauty, cultural influences, and their strong independent spirit.

India came second in the list. The beauty of Indian women has caught the attention of many people over the years. Some attribute this to their cultural background and their traditional dress, while others say it’s simply the result of good genes, the website wrote. 

Others in Top 10 Asian nation with most beautiful women include the Philippines, Laos, Pakistan, China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan).

Americans, Vietnamese book most Son Doong tours for 2023

Nearly 80% of bookings for tours to the world's largest cave Son Doong for next year have come from Vietnamese and American tourists, according to travel agency Oxalis.

Oxalis, the only firm to offer Son Doong expeditions, said 900 visitors have booked for the tours, with 40% of them or 360, being Vietnamese.

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Son Doong Cave (Photo: Oxalis Adventures-Ryandeboodt/VNA) 

Among foreign nationals, Americans topped the list with 330 bookings, followed by Australians and Singaporeans with 45 each, reported by Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

This year, 1,000 joined the Son Doong tours, including 91 foreigners.

Son Doong, part of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh, has catapulted to global fame since it opened to tourists in 2013.

Provincial authorities only allow tours to the cave between January and August, with the cave closed during other months to allow its ecosystem to recover. Visitor numbers are also limited to 1,000 per year.

A four-day-three-night expedition of Son Doong Cave cost around US$3,000 before the pandemic, which will be the same price for 2023.

Vietnam Int’l Fashion Week returns to Hanoi

Eighteen Vietnamese and international fashion designers and brands will take part in the Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week (AVIFW) Fall/Winter 2022 held in Hanoi this month after a three-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fashion week with the theme of “Taste of Heritage” will showcase hundreds of new designs, mostly honouring Vietnam’s traditional culture and heritage, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Vietnamese designer Hoang Minh Ha will open the AVIFW Autumn/Winter 2022 with his collection “Suong” (Fog).

The collection will feature ready-to-wear designs for women inspired by the natural landscapes of the north of Vietnam. All designs will be made from sustainable materials.

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Vietnamese fashion designer Vu Lan Anh presents Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) designs at the AVIFW Fall/Winter 2022. Photo courtesy of Multimedia JSC 

Ha, a graduate of the HCM City University of Architecture, became famous after becoming the winner of Project Runway Vietnam 2013, the Vietnamese version of the American TV reality series Project Runway.

His collections have been presented at Tiffany’s Fashion Week Paris and Vietnam International Fashion Week.

The fashion week will feature new collections from designers Fredrick Lee from Singapore, Priyo Oktaviano from Indonesia, and Jovana Benoit from Haiti with brand Jovana Louis, and Italian brand Paul & Shark.

International designers will join with Vietnamese colleagues such as Duc Hung, Hoang Hai, Ha Linh Thu and Adrian Anh Tuan.

Young designers from the Hanoi-based London College for Design & Fashion will have opportunities to showcase their designs at the fashion week.

Le Thi Quynh Trang, President of the Vietnam International Fashion Week and Council of ASEAN Fashion Designers, spoke at the AVIFW Fall/Winter 2022 in Hanoi on November 4.

“The Vietnamese fashion industry has earned remarkable achievements in recent years, so we need to continue to promote designs carrying Vietnamese cultural identity to the international market,” she said.

She emphasised that Hanoi was not only the capital of the country but also a cultural and fashion hub. “Therefore, we decided to bring fashion week back to Hanoi with the theme of “Taste of Heritage” to inspire designers to create items promoting Vietnamese culture and heritage.”

Trang added that the organiser cooperated with Meta Platforms Inc to promote the AVIFW Fall/Winter 2022 on social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, and Reels. The campaign aimed to help the Vietnamese fashion industry and designers be able to approach millions of social network users around the world.

The Vietnam International Fashion Week was first held in 2014, and quickly became the leading fashion event in ASEAN. It ranks fourth in Asia after Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai fashion weeks.

A contest to discover the best street style looks will be held at Trang Tien Plaza in Hoan Kiem District during fashion week.

The AVIFW Fall/Winter 2022 will take place from November 23-27 at the Quan Ngua Sports Centre in Ba Dinh District./.

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