Quang Ninh tourism to grow beyond Halong Bay

Pagoda on Yen Tu Mountain in Quang Ninh province

The Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh – home to UNESCO-listed Halong Bay – is set to shine brighter as a tourist destination as it has been on the receiving end of huge investments recently.

In 4Q2018, air, sea and road connectivity to the north-eastern city was vastly improved, thanks to the opening of the Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway, as well as the launch of the Hon Gai international port and Van Don International Airport.

Pagoda on Yen Tu Mountain in Quang Ninh province

Jeff Redl, managing director of Diethelm Vietnam, said: “This opens up more opportunities for connections between Ho Chi Minh City and Halong and Van Don, where big projects are being proposed for development.”

Armand Cheveux, director of marketing at Bhaya Group, expects the new products to stimulate further investment into the area and encourage visitors to spend more time exploring Ha Long’s surroundings.

Cheveux said: “Yen Tu Mountain is an example of successful development as some hotels have been opened there to cater to (cruise travellers in Halong Bay). We believe more (of such developments) are bound to come in the future.”

Oleg Shafranov, Khiri Vietnam’s general manager, said while these developments create new tourism opportunities, care needs to be taken to ensure that environmental impact is minimised.

“This rapid development also means a heavier load on the bay. However, with sound regulating measures, this can be averted,” he said.

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