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Cave Festival to kick off in Quang Binh

Released at: 05:51, 11/06/2017

Cave Festival to kick off in Quang Binh

Phong Nha Cave. Photo: Quangbinhtourism.vn

Festival to take place in "kingdom of caves" from June 16 to 25.

by Le Diem

Cave Festival 2017 will take place in the kingdom of caves - central Quang Binh province - on June 16-25.

Held biennially, the festival aims at promoting the magnificent beauty and cultural identity of the province.

The highlight of the event will be the launch of new tours and accommodation services in Quang Binh, including a tour exploring Yen Phu Lake, Hoa Son Cave, and Ruc Mon Cave, a tour exploring the culture of the Arem and Ma Coong ethnic minority groups, and a tour of the provincial capital, Dong Hoi, by electric bus, among others.

Various activities will take place in Dong Hoi during the festival.

A special arts program entitled “The Kingdom of the Caves: Great and Legendary”, with the participation of many famous artists, will be held at the opening ceremony on the evening of June 17 in Bao Ninh Square, Dong Hoi.

A 50-km triathlon (cycling-running-swimming) involving 50 athletes in combination with charitable activities are expected to provide a range of experiences for tourists.

From June 11-22, parades, a sailing competition, kayaking and other water sports will take place along the beach and on the Nhat Le River.

A cultural and tourism exchange between Quang Binh and northern Hai Phong city, meanwhile, will provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy water puppetry and Le Thuy folk songs, a national intangible cultural heritage.

Street art programs will also be held in several locations in Dong Hoi with the participation of domestic and international street art groups. An EDM Beach Party has also been organized, to create a lively atmosphere.

According to the Director of the Quang Binh Department of Tourism, Ho An Phong, the province will launch a special tourism stimulus program to mark the occasion, with discounts of 10 to 20 per cent on all tourism services for visitors to Quang Binh during the festival.

From June 1, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Vasco Airlines will jointly offer daily flights between Hanoi and Dong Hoi to meet increased demand among passengers, according to the provincial people’s committee.

Quang Binh’s tourism sector faced many difficulties and challenges last year due to environmental incidents but recovered in the opening months of this year. It welcomed more than 81,000 visitors in May, up 111 per cent year-on-year. Popular attractions include Dong Hoi city, Vung Chua - Yen Island, Phong Nha - Ke Bang Cave, Chay River - Dark Cave, and Thien Duong Cave, among others.

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