Sam Son Beach in north-central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress / Le Hoang.
A carnival parade will kick off on Friday evening at Sam Son Beach in Thanh Hoa province, kicking off a tourism festival in one of Vietnam’s most popular beach destinations.
The street carnival featuring colorful flower cars and foreign dancers will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to kick off the 2020 Sam Son Marine Tourism Festival. to Thanh Hoa.
The carnival will start from the Le Loi and Ho Xuan Huong intersection and take a 2.4 kilometer route along the beach.
The opening ceremony of the festival will take place on Saturday evening and will include a special art performance and a spectacular fireworks display. A series of cultural, tourist and sporting activities will be organized during the event which will run until September.
Organized by Sun Group, one of Vietnam’s leading real estate developers, in cooperation with the Thanh Hoa authorities, the festival aims to promote the seaside town of Sam Son and revive the local tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the Covid pandemic. -19.
This is the second time that the festival is held in Sam Son, first operated for tourism by French colonialists in 1907. The city has long beaches with strong waves, beautiful mountains like Truong Le, the Trong Mai islet and Doc Cuoc temple.
A carnival parade in Thanh Hoa province in 2019. Photo by VnExpress / Le Hoang.
Since early May, all popular tourist destinations in Vietnam have reopened after months of temporary closure to contain the new coronavirus. The country has spent more than two months without community transmission, reporting a total of 352 coronavirus infections and no deaths.
With the tight restrictions that remain on international travel, the tourism industry is now focused on boosting domestic tourism as local carriers have fully resumed domestic flight operations.
With borders closed and international flights suspended since the end of March, the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam fell 48.8% year-on-year to 3.73 million.