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Hopes for more Singapore visitors to Viet Nam

Update: June, 14/2015 - 12:00

Viet Nam is hoping that tourists from Singapore will come and visit the famous Son Doong Cave.

Tourism officials from Viet Nam are in Singapore to spread the word about what a lovely place Viet Nam is to visit.

 Many visitors have been interested in the cave  since they saw it on American television.

First discovered in 2009, Son Doong is the world's largest cave, attracting tourists with its stunning beauty.
First discovered in 2009, Son Doong is the world's largest cave, attracting tourists with its stunning beauty. - File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam launched on Thursday a tourism promotion programme in Singapore, introducing a tour of the spectacular Son Doong Cave to tourists from Southeast Asian nations attending the 28th SEA Games.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, also held talks with Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang, on measures to spur bilateral tourism co-operation.

The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and several travel agencies used the opportunity to promote the nation's tourism sites and explore co-operation opportunities.

Anh said that the country would co-operate more actively with Singaporean travel agents to encourage more Vietnamese citizens to Singapore, and create favourable conditions for attracting more Singaporean tourists to Viet Nam.

"Viet Nam is an attractive destination with rich natural resources. It has a diverse culture with original festivals and beautiful traditions of 54 ethnic groups," he said.

Singapore is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors from ASEAN and other countries during the 28th SEA Games, which runs until June 16. This offers VNAT the chance to promote tourism to Viet Nam from Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.

In 2014, Viet Nam welcomed 202,500 Singapore visitors, marking an increase of 3.4 per cent over 2013.

The Culture Minister promoted Son Doong, the world's biggest cave located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province.

He said the cave's images had strongly impressed Singaporeans and nationals of other ASEAN members.

Howard Limbert of the British Cave Research Association, head of the Son Doong Cave adventure team, talked about the tourism potential in central Quang Binh Province.

He also announced a plan to screen a film on the cave on Singapore's TV5 channel.

New cave tour

First discovered in 2009, Son Doong is the worlds' biggest cave, more than 200m high, 150m wide and 5km long. It has its own river, jungle and climate.

More than 600 tourists including 70 Vietnamese have had the opportunity to enter the cave since Quang Binh Province launched an adventure tour to the cave in September 2014.

The tour lasts 5 days and 4 nights and costs US$3,000 for one person. Only 10 people can take part in one tour.

"Each person will experience magnificent things that they almost cannot believe it's true when crossing the 8km length of the cave. Tourists can watch and take photos of many animals, trees and many other beautiful spots in the cave. These will be unforgettable souvenirs", said Ho Khanh, a local resident who discovered the cave.

A rush to visit the cave was sparked after popular American television channel ABC News broadcast live images on May 13.

Maria Stefanopoulos, production manager with ABC, said that the cave was "too beautiful" and a dream for those passionate about making new discoveries and enjoying new adventures. — VNS

 

GLOSSARY

 

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, also held talks with Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang, on measures to spur bilateral tourism co-operation.

To spur tourism co-operation means to get it into action.

Bilateral means to do with an agreement between two governments.

Co-operation means working together.

"Viet Nam is an attractive destination with rich natural resources.

Natural resources are things of value that come from nature. They include minerals, such as gold and silver but, in this case, it also means natural attractions such as waterfalls and caves.

It has a diverse culture with original festivals and beautiful traditions of 54 ethnic groups," he said.

An ethnic group is a community that has the same language, religion and cultural background that may be different to most people around them.

The Culture Minister promoted Son Doong, the world's biggest cave located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province.

To promote the caves means to say good things about them to encourage people to come and visit them.

Howard Limbert of the British Cave Research Association, head of the Son Doong Cave adventure team, talked about the tourism potential in central Quang Binh province.

If there is tourism potential in central Quang Binh Province, there is a possibility for tourism there.

First discovered in 2009, Son Doong is the worlds' biggest cave, more than 200m high, 150m wide and 5km long. It has its own river, jungle and climate.

Climate means the general weather conditions in an area over a long period.

"These will be unforgettable souvenirs", said Ho Khanh, a local resident who discovered the cave.

Souvenirs are gifts you buy to remind you of a place you have visited.

Maria Stefanopoulos, production manager with ABC, said that the cave was "too beautiful" and a dream for those passionate about making new discoveries and enjoying new adventures.

 

People who are passionate about making new discoveries are so keen to do so that they will not let anything get in the way of their efforts.

 

WORKSHEET

 

Find the followings words in the Word Search.

 

1.  The name of an American television channel.

2. A gift that may remind you of where you have travelled.

3. People who are on holiday and other types of visits to places away from their homes.

4. An exciting experience that could be risky.

5. Events at which people come together to be happy, to buy and sell things and, sometimes, to show off their heritage.

 

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1. ABC; 2. souvenir; 3. tourists; 4. adventure; 5. festivals.

 

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