Sunday, May 5, 2024

Quang Ninh, Vietnam - The land of heritage

World renowned for Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, Quang Ninh now is increasingly recognized by domestic and international tourists as a year-round destination, thanks to diverse experiences and strategic investments by major private enterprises like Sun Group.

Bao Hai Linh Thong Tu in Sun World Ha Long

Internationally, Quang Ninh Province has been known for Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized world heritage site that consistently appears in lists of the world's most beautiful natural wonders that everyone must visit once in their life. Ha Long Bay has been an icon for Vietnam tourism, with many tourists immediately envisioning its stunning landscapes when thinking about the country.

Beyond its magnificent natural beauty, Quang Ninh province is transforming into a multi-experience destination, appealing to tourists throughout all four seasons of the year.

In Quang Ninh, tourists can immerse themselves in the spiritual culture by visiting famous temples, explore the beauty of pristine coastal and island areas, entertain at amusement parks, indulge in border shopping, or experience luxury resorts. Besides beach activities, visitors can partake in Japanese-style hot spring baths (onsen), admire Ha Long Bay from a helicopter, or take a ride on the double-deck cable car with the world's largest Guinness-recorded cabin capacity…

Discover tourism ecosystem

Setting foot in Quang Ninh in 2014 with a shared aspiration of contributing to the elevation of the region's tourism status and heritage, Sun Group created a tourism ecosystem of entertainment complexes, resorts, and infrastructure from highways to airport and seaport, allowing visitors to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle by the bay. This initiative has acted as a lever, propelling the “smoke-free industry” in Quang Ninh towards sustainable growth.

Starting with the investment in the installation of a modern lighting system, consisting of 8,888 LED lights with 16 million color variations, for the Bai Chay Bridge, Sun Group has created a new symbol for Ha Long - the capital city of the Quang Ninh province. Following this were world-class entertainment complexes, luxury resorts along with modern and synchronized transportation infrastructure and high-end real estate for tourism purposes.

The Queen Cable Car takes tourists to the entertainment paradise of Sun World Ha Long

Born in 2016, the entertainment complex Sun World Ha Long, featuring the Queen Cable Car to the park on Ba Deo Hill, Dragon Theme Park and Typhoon Water Park, opens up a journey to explore Ha Long Bay from an entirely new perspective.

Zen Garden 

The Queen Cable Car system holds the record for the world's largest capacity cabin, allowing visitors to admire the panoramic views of the world wonder Ha Long Bay from the height above. Cable car brings tourists to Ba Deo Hill to explore a miniature Japan in the Zen Garden, blacksmith village, or to contemplate and enjoy tranquility in the serene meditation space of the Bao Hai Linh Thong Tu spiritual complex. For those seeking thrilling experiences, Dragon Park with daring and adventurous rides is a must-visit, along with Typhoon Water Park featuring 20 water slides.

Every road “leads to Quang Ninh”

In addition to developing a diverse range of tourism products, Sun Group collaborates with the local community to construct comprehensive and modern transportation infrastructure, including airport, seaport and expressways, aiming to link the heritage site with both domestic and international destinations.

Van Don International Airport 

Van Don International Airport is equipped with modern automatic facilities and features an architectural style reflecting the local culture. The airport's business class lounge meets 5-star standards and boasts green spaces. The convenience and modernity of the first private airport in Vietnam have been consistently recognized by the World Travel Awards, consecutively awarded as Asia’s Leading Airport in 2020 and 2021, as well as the Asia’s Leading Business Class Lounge in 2020 and 2021.

Ha Long International Passenger Port

Not only does Quang Ninh have an international airport, but it also owns the Ha Long International Passenger Port, a specialized port constructed with investment from Sun Group. The marina and domestic port can accommodate hundreds of yachts, luxury cruises, and sightseeing boats exploring Ha Long Bay. Since its operation, the Ha Long International Passenger Port has attracted millions of domestic and international tourists to Quang Ninh, serving as a catalyst for the breakthrough of the region’s tourism. The local maritime economy has also reached new heights since the launch of the port.

Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway

On the road, the Ha Long - Van Don and Van Don - Mong Cai expressways, invested in by Sun Group, play a crucial role in connecting the Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh economic triangle, contributing to the overall socio-economic development of the province and the key Northern economic region.

Luxurious and distinctive resorts

In 2020, Sun Group launched two resorts in Quang Ninh: Oakwood Halong Resort with 67 villas and 5-star amenities, providing guests with a luxurious stay by the heritage bay, and Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh, a hot spring resort.

Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh 

Located in the center of Bai Chay, Ha Long, Oakwood Ha Long Resort brings the feeling of "home" to visitors. This is thanks to the fact that this second house is only a two-hour drive from Hanoi, the capital. From here, visitors also find it easy to go to Sun World Ha Long entertainment complex, walk along the beach or the walking street, and visit Bai Chay beach or Ha Long international passenger port to see the heritage bay.

The resort attracts families as it is full of fresh air, thanks to the large density of trees. Sixty-seven villas in the resort are luxurious and possess a series of 5-star facilities, from relaxation and entertainment to unique cuisine, and are capable of satisfying all generations in a family. Each villa, regardless of type, in addition to a system of modern rooms for private moments, also has a spacious living room, so that multi-generational families or groups of friends can gather and celebrate time together.

From Oakwood Ha Long Resort, if you want to go to the "hottest" destination in Quang Ninh, Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh, it only takes less than 25 minutes by car.

Since its introduction, Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh has become a tourism phenomenon, offering a first-of-its-kind Japanese-standard onsen experience in Vietnam. Visitors here are treated to a multi-sensory feast, combining the essence of Japanese onsen art and the breathtaking natural landscape of Quang Ninh.

Walking through the airy Engawa corridors or indulging in the baths and jacuzzis, visitors' auditory senses will be relaxed by the sound of flowing water, the melodious singing of birds, and gentle music. Their olfactory senses will be enveloped by the soothing fragrances from the spa areas or steam rooms. Most importantly, the tactile senses will be pampered by a multitude of authentic Japanese onsen experiences.

The resort features various types of mineral baths 

Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh boasts over 40 mineral baths in the Public Onsen area, where you can choose to soak in rock baths, pebble baths, barrel baths, or cave baths. You can also opt for sauna experiences in various rooms, including hot saunas, cold saunas, and Himalayan salt saunas.

Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh is also one of the few places in the world that utilizes a salty mineral source. Experts in Tokyo have analyzed and identified the Quang Hanh mineral source as one of the highest in hot spring bromine content globally. With this unique mineral composition, Quang Hanh hot springs are highly effective in supporting detoxification, reducing pain, restoring joint function, promoting blood circulation, boosting the immune system, aiding skin conditions, rejuvenating the skin, and notably contributing to a cheerful spirit and stress reduction.

If visitors wish to experience an extended mineral bath, they can choose to stay in the secluded Washitsu Villa and Yama Villa. These villas feature the precious natural Quang Hanh mineral source delivered directly to each villa, offering a range of onsen baths, saunas, cold baths, and cold immersion according to the authentic Japanese hot spring bathing process. This exclusive privilege ensures maximum privacy for the guests staying there. They can enjoy therapeutic benefits, regulate temperature, customize bathing times, and personalize the bathing space, providing the highest level of relaxation and comfort within their own "home."

Washitsu Villa 

While the Washitsu Villa boasts 37 resort villas ranging from 40m2 to 75m2, suitable for day or overnight stays for 2 adults or families with 1-2 small children, while the Yama Villa offers 30 villas with expansive sizes up to 1300m2. Yama Villa is designed for multi-generational families with larger space requirements and high-end amenities such as a spa, karaoke room, movie room, etc. Inspired by the refined lifestyles of Japanese culture, Yama Villa is not only a perfect blend of Japanese living art and resort standards but also establishes an environment of happiness in line with the philosophy of the rising sun. Upon entering the Yama Villa area, guests are immediately welcomed by an atmosphere filled with tranquility and serenity. The landscape design here focuses on creating a space with a strong meditation character, using greenery, rocks, stones, and water as the main materials to achieve harmony and balance between nature and architecture.

Yama Villa 

In addition to the luxurious healthcare experience and the tranquility of a private space, guests staying at Yama Villa also have easy access to the exquisite amenities right at the adjacent Public Onsen area. This includes two restaurants offering the flavors of Japanese cuisine, in-room dining services, and 25 treatment rooms providing traditional Japanese therapies such as Shiatsu massage, Sei-Tai massage, and facial care.

With its uniqueness and luxury in the healthcare resort experience, these high-end Japanese-style villas amidst the green valley of Quang Hanh promise to be a private haven to enjoy the sophisticated Japanese lifestyle.

Words and images supplied by Vietnam Tourism Information.


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