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Việt Nam makes waves with improved waterway tourism

Việt Nam makes waves with improved waterway tourism. VNA Photo.

HCM CITY – The second HCM City River Festival 2024 will take place from May 31 to June 9, at Nhà Rồng - Khánh Hội Wharf, Sài Gòn Cruise Port, and other tourist venues, featuring a wide range of culture, cuisine, and entertainment activities.

This year’s festival is expected to turn the southern metropolis into a popular destination for waterway tourism. A signature show called The Story of a River, the highlight of the festival, will tell the story of historic boats associated with the locality.

The first river festival was held in 2023. More than 6,000 spectators took in five spectacular performances in the event, recreating cultural and economic activities, and lifestyles of river dwelllers of Sài Gòn - Chợ Lớn - Gia Định - HCM City about three centuries ago. This was the first time an art show had been performed on a stage built on the Sài Gòn River with a diverse combination of performance technologies and a harmony of entertainment and historical elements.

According to Lê Hải Yến, general director of this year's festival, nearly 1,000 professional and amateur performers will participate at the event. The outdoor performance space at Nhà Rồng Wharf- Khánh Hội - Sài Gòn Port will be transformed into a large film studio, promising to wow spectators. 

The festival will tell modern historical stories about the special boats that used to come in and out the Saigon River, associated with important milestones of the nation.

Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hoa, Director of the municipal Department of Tourism, said that the city's tourism sector expects this year's festival will continue to attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists, contributing to the growth of the sector in the time ahead.

Meanwhile, Đà Nẵng has undertaken landscape planning on both sides of Hàn River, to improve local tourism development. The city will rebuild the area into an urban center with administrative-political offices, financial center, and a gateway to riverside and coastal tourism. The area is also being upgraded to host both national and international convention and conference centres.

The central city is implementing a nearly VNĐ400 billion (US$15.7 million) project to light up the Hàn River with horizontal bridges. In 2024, the two banks of the Hàn River will be the venues for 55 periodic and annual cultural events and festivals organised by agencies, units and localities. The Hàn River, the "heart"of the city, is blowing fresh air into Đà Nẵng tourism.

Its neighbouring city of Huế is also organising river tours by yacht. Tourists will have a chance to enjoy the scenery on both sides of the Hương River. Parks and open spaces along the banks of the river have been redeveloped to promote festive, entertainment, and sports activities and fairs.

In the coming time, Thừa Thiên - Huế province will invest in a number of new marinas to bring tourists to relic sites such as Hổ Quyền, Thủy Biều community tourism village or Khai Dinh Tomb.

In the northern region, Phú Thọ province has co-operated with Yên Bái and Lào Cai provinces to build tourism products along the Red River connecting cultural values between the three provinces to serve tourists with many attractive tourism programmes.

Attracting international tourists to relic sites and cultural heritages also brings income to local people, and contributes to creating motivation for people to maintain and develop traditional crafts, and promote the value of cultural heritages. - VNA/VNS

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