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Home » Vietnam information » Vietnam Travel News » October-06

Can Gio to celebrate Nghinh Ong Festival

09/10/2006 (GMT+7)

Sailors and seafarers in the coastal regions throughout Vietnam have always called whales Ca Ong out of respect, since they hold a special, deep rooted, affection for them.

Can Gio to celebrate Nghinh Ong Festival
Legend has it that whales often come to help fishermen and accompany them to the safety of the shore. Gradually, the fishing folk began holding an annual festival to celebrate and remember the special animals.

In holding with tradition, the piscatorial of Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City’s coastal district, have been busy preparing for the Nghinh Ong Festival, which will take place this weekend.

The festival has come to epitomize and encompass traditional cultural values reflecting local spirit, the celebration life, and providing a chance to wish for peace, prosperity, and happiness for the whole fishing community.

This year, the activities of the festival will take place at Lang Ong Thuy Tuong in Can Thanh Town. Then hundreds of big and small boats will celebrate the festival offshore.

The annual traditional festival attracts more and more local and international tourists to the region.

On the occasion, resorts in the region are gearing up to welcome festival-goers. One of them is Can Gio Resort.

The three-star resort located on the ream of 30/4 Beach. It is designed with lines of isolated inns, and covered with green trees.  At the entrance gate, there is a big hall used for conferences and meetings. The resort features rooms that are well equipped, facing the sea or garden.

Above and beyond, this is a chance for travelers to experience the Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, which was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000. Furthermore, the region is the excursion destination for those who love nature. A canoe will take you to explore the mangrove forest, the unique zone of Rung Sac (Sac Forest), once a renowned revolution base for Vietnamese soldiers during the war.   You will also have a chance to visit Dao Khi, or Monkey Island, home to thousands of mischievous monkeys and hundreds of crocodiles.

(Source: SGT)

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