Reclining Buddha attracts tourists
Thousands of tourists are flocking to Ta Cu Mountain in Binh Thuan Province to visit the largest statue of a reclining Buddha in Viet Nam.
The white stone statue of Buddha entering Nirvana lies just below the summit of the mountain, which is 700m above sea level and 170km north of HCM City.
The statue, which is 49m long and 18m high, was sculpted in 1962 as part of a complex including the Linh Son Truong Tho and and Linh Son Long Doan pagodas.
To reach the statue, visitors can either hike up through the forest for two to three hours or take the 1.64-km cable car system that carries them to the mountain top.
One million attend Hue Festival
The nine-day Hue Festival 2006 ended last Sunday, attracting more than one million visitors, including 150,000 foreigners from 52 countries and territories.
The ceremony began on a stage by the Huong River with a dance performance of a pair of dragons and phoenixes, symbolising royal power and beauty. The next festival in Hue will kick off on June 3, 2008.
Da Lat caters for football fans
Saigontourist offices in Da Lat and Nha Trang have set wide-screen TVs from 8-11 pm in several hotels so tourists won’t miss a minute of World Cup football. The four-day tour of Da Lat costs from VND1,010,000 (US$63) to VND2,165,000 ($135) while the four-day package of Nha Trang is VND1,126,000 to VND2,825,000, depending on hotel quality.
Indochina motorcade a success
A motorcade of autos left HCM City last week, travelling 2,500km through Viet Nam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, and then returned to HCM City on Thursday.
Some 100 Vietnamese tourists drove their private cars on the tour, which was organised by the HCM City-based Volunteer Youth Tourism Company (VYC). VYC said similar eco-tourism tours and regional routes during the dry season would also be offered.
US$900m construction in south
Two local companies plan to invest US$900 million in a deluxe resort in Dat Do District in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The 120ha Seadragon Hill Resort, which will include five-star hotels and villas, shops, restaurants, a casino and an entertainment centre, will open in 2012. — VNS
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