#Vietnam’s Golden Bridge among Time’s top 100 destinations this year

Just months after it opened to public, Vietnam’s amazing Golden Bridge continues to grab the world’s attention.

The Time magazine has listed it in its list of top 100 World’s Greatest Places for 2018.

Remarking on its architectural creativity, the magazine’s Julia Zorthian
notes: “The two massive stony hands emerging from the mountains of
central Vietnam may look mossy and cracked like ancient ruins, but don’t
be fooled: they’re brand-new wire mesh and fiberglass supports for a
striking footbridge that opened in June.”
Images of the two giant hands holding up the 150 meters long bridge at
Ba Na Hills near Da Nang have gone viral and many international media
outlets have remarked on the bridge, including AFP, Reuters and CNN.
Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture that designed the pedestrian walkway, told Reuters that the bridge was designed to stimulate the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land.”
Other places on Time’s list include the Macan Museum in Indonesia and Tianjin Binhai Library in China.
According to Time, editors and experts at the magazine
evaluated the entries based on quality, originality, innovation,
sustainability and influence.
Offering grand views of mountains and forests from a height of almost
1000 metres above sea level, the bridge is set to attract increasing
numbers of tourists to Da Nang and Ba Na Hills.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reported that Ba Na Hills attracted 2.7 million visitors in 2017.
In the first six months of this year, more than 1.7 million of four
million plus people visiting Da Nang also visited Ba Na Hills.



#Vietnam trip among the easiest on the pocket

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A leading Indian news site has introduced Vietnam as a “super cheap” travel destination for budget-conscious globetrotters.

Indian newspaper News Nation has picked Vietnam among the top five most affordable places to visit.

It highlights Da Lat city in the Central Highlands for its natural beauty and cool weather all year round. 

It notes that the Hang Nga Guesthouse, dubbed “the Crazy House” is highly recommended, with U.K. travel magazine Lonely Planet recognizing it as being among the 120 most breathtaking human constructions on earth.

Once forgotten, it has now emerged as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam’s city of love, where visitors pay VND50,000 ($2.2) for an entrance ticket.

News Nation also tells its readers that Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, has done well to retain some of the French cuisine from the colonial days. You can find “some great patisseries producing croissants,” the site says.

It also recommends people trying a pint of Vietnam’s most popular brew, bia hoi, which can be found every corner around Hanoi. And it’s also cheap: VND5,000 (22 cents) a pint.

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Other budget destinations that it recommends include Cambodia, Greece, Ireland and Bolivia.

It’s not the first time Vietnam has got rave reviews from global travel magazines as a low-cost travel destination.  

The U.S. magazine Forbes last year ranked Vietnam as one of cheapest places to visit in 2017. 

The Expat Insider 2017 survey found Vietnam was the cheapest place to live for expats.

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#Vietnam – Cat Ba Island

Vietnam - Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is the biggest island in the world famous Ha Long Bay, so it is easy to understand why it is well known to most tourists who visit Vietnam.

This has helped add comforts and conveniences for the visitors. These days, in the heart of the island, Cat Ba Town, hotels and homestays are no longer an unknown development.

At the same time, nature lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because it is still several steps away from becoming an urban jungle. This is because almost half of Cat Ba and its adjacent waters belong to a national park established in 1986 to protect the island’s diverse ecosystem.

A few days of proximity to nature in Cat Ba, therefore, can comfortably rejuvenate you.

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There are several ways to reach Cat Ba from the capital city of Hanoi.

You can get a bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong and take the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway or National Highway No.5 to get to Hai Phong City.

With the grand opening of the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Bridge in Hai Phong last year, getting to Cat Ba Island is easier and faster.

The bridge, the longest sea crossing bridge in Southeast Asia, is connected to the Hai Phong-Hanoi Expressway, allowing vehicles to travel all the way from the capital city to an island named Cat Hai, from where you can take a ferry at the Got Wharf to Cat Ba.

The ferry operates all day and will take you around two hours in total.

In case you do not want to travel via the cross-sea bridge, you have the option of taking a high-speed boat from the Binh Wharf in Hai Phong City. A boat departs every two hours, and tickets cost VND250,000 ($10.77) per person. The traveling time is around 45 minutes.

From Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly directly to Hai Phong and take one of the steps mentioned above.

You can also travel to Cat Ba from Ha Long Bay. Catch a ferry from Tuan Chau Island to reach Gia Luan Port and take a cab to Cat Ba Town.

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