Vietnam‏ stages spectacular three-in-one festival

19th Jun 2013

Vietnam's Heritage Festival 2013 is bringing holidaymakers three festivals in one.

It is among the south-east Asian country's biggest festivals and events of the year.

Getting under way on Friday (June 21), the six-day event in the central Quang Nam province comprises a trio of major happenings.

These include the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Space Exhibition, the Third International Chorus Contest, and the final night of the Third Vietnamese Ethnic Beauty Contest.

Sideline events in different localities around the province feature a chance to view some of the country's favourite cultural sites.

These include two UNESCO-recognised heritage locations, ancient Hoi An Town and My Son Sanctuary.

The former, famous for its bespoke tailors and shoemakers, boasts well-preserved architectural wonders built between the 15th and 19th centuries, including old temples and pagodas.

The town is also famed for its hand-crafted lanterns, which appear on its every corner and form a magical sight at night.

The festivities will also feature artistic performances from Vietnamese ethnic people, the Festival of the Cham Culture, a boat race, golf tournament, national beach football, and a traditional martial arts contest.

The fifth edition of the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism-organised festival is staged from June 21-26, but tourists have plenty to see and do all year round.

Holidaymakers can enjoy world-class hotels, cuisine, caves, resorts, mountains and grottoes.

A major attraction is the enchanting limestone-laced Ha Long Bay - or Dragon Bay - in the north-east of the country, with its sparkling blue waters, caves, mountains and islands.

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