Sea festival opens in Nha Trang

vietnamnews Update: June, 11/2017 – 09:00

The 2017 Nha Trang Sea Festival opened on Saturday night in the central province of Khánh Hòa. — Photo

Viet Nam News KHÁNH HÒA The 2017 Nha Trang Sea Festival, themed “Extending the Circle of Friendship”, opened Saturday night in the central province of Khánh Hòa, with a wide array of artistic, cultural and sporting activities.

This year’s festival is expected to host as many as 50 art performances, exhibitions, sporting competitions and food events, the highest number of activities since its inception. The festival is expected to welcome 150,000 visitors.

The festival will include performances of art troupes from the provinces of Đắk Lắk, Thừa Thiên–Huế and Bạc Liêu, as well as five foreign troupes from Spain, France, South Korea, Australia and Russia.

The event will also include a street festival, lion and dragon dances, a fishing competition, and a cooking contest.

Chefs from the Nha Trang Tourism College will attempt to make the largest ever seafood hotpot recognised by the Việt Nam Guinness organisation.

Tourists will have opportunities to learn about Việt Nam through special events such as Trường Sa Photo Exhibition, Khmer Cultural Exhibition, art kite flying festival, and the traditional Fish Worshipping Festival, among others.

The event will also feature a beach volleyball tournament, a beach football tournament, and various folk games, such as walking on stilts, chess and rope skipping.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy PM Vũ Đức Đam said the festival aims to honour the beauty of the coastal city, thus promoting the tourism potential in Khánh Hoà Province.

Local authorities have asked agencies to take measures to stabilise prices and ensure food safety and healthcare for visitors during the festival. Almost all the three to five-star hotels in the city have been booked, local authorities said.

The festival has been held biennially since its debut in 2003.

The central province of Khánh Hòa has set a target of 5.5 million tourists this year, a rise of 17 per cent over last year, including 1.7 million foreigners, according to the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism. In the first three months of the year, the province welcomed more than 1.1 million tourists, up 26 per cent over the same period last year, and earned VNĐ3.4 trillion (US$149.8 million) in tourism revenue.

Foreign tourists reached 500,000, a surge of 85 per cent year-on-year, mostly from China and Russia.

The province is seeking government recognition of Nha Trang as a marine eco-tourism urban area and the northern Cam Ranh peninsula tourism zone as a national tourism site. VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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