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Wonderful sightseeing cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The shimmering bay of Ha Long with its magnificent limestone formations was the best place for the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) this January 2019. Ha Long city, the capital of the surrounding Quang Ninh province, was all set to welcome some 1500 international travel industry delegates during the week- long event.

When we arrived to the Ha Long Bay we had a wonderful sightseeing cruise trip around this area by Heritage Line boat “Jasmine” on a 2-day pre fam trip to a unique beauty spot.

First day, when the boat set sail into the Bay we have been acquainted with the facilities onboard.A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices was served in the restaurant. Savored our first hours in Halong Bay on the boat by simply letting for eyes wander around the scenery.

We arrived to the area of Cua Van, a floating shing village. From here we started to explore a cave, named Tien Ong, and the floating shing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave, Showing evidence of human civilisation dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just 5 meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters.

The voyage continued to the shing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people we have moved around in the calm sea of this secluded area and got an insight into the village life

After returning to the boat we sailed to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay revealed its most magnificent beauty – called the “blue hour”.

Second day for early risers tea, coffee and pastries was available in the dining room. A Tai Chi class was offered on the sundeck to ease mind and muscles.

The boat sailed to Ti Top Island. By tender boat we arrived to  this little landmass in the Bay. We had climbing up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where we had stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top with great panoramic views.

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless Days

 

Viet Nam, the Hosted Country of the ATF 2019

Viet Nam, the Host Country of the ATF 2019,  ASEAN Tourism Forum, take a place in Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member states of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

ATF 2019 through the 3-day TRAVEX event, 16 to 18 January 2019 welcomed 1,500 delegates, hosted buyers and exhibitors as well as international media. There were 400 hosted buyers from 53 countries including Australia, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and many others.

ATF predicted a platform for the selling and buying of regional and individual tourism products of ASEAN member countries

The ATF – TRAVEX was very well organised, and included around 100 official events and functions comprising knowledge sessions at the ASEAN Tourism Conference, and a lot of daily networking opportunities and social gatherings like friendly golf games and pre- and post-tours, gala dinners.

The ATF – TRAVEX in 2019 was a very well-organized event, offered a lot of meetings, networking opportunities, connections.

Media received the latest insights and first-hand news, updates and stories around ASEAN. Field perspectives from all 10 National Tourism Organisations and Bureaux at the Media Briefings and Tourism Ministers Press Conference were holded on TRAVEX days.

There were parties hosted by VNAT, Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City, FLC, Quang Ninh province and Brunei, the host country for the 2020 event, then the Philippines with the tradition of creating fabulous parties and night functions, and more.

The ATF – TRAVEX was very well organised event and included around 100 official events and functions comprising knowledge sessions at the ASEAN Tourism Conference, and a lot of daily networking opportunities and social gatherings like friendly golf games and pre- and post-tours, gala dinners.