More and more provinces are closing tourist sites as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19



An aerial view of Tam Coc-Bich Dong, a popular tourist attraction in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by Shutterstock.

Many localities that have yet to record cases of Covid-19 amid the new outbreak in Vietnam have closed tourist attractions over fears of a further increase in community transmission.

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang, which borders Cambodia, on Monday closed its popular Sam Mountain pilgrimage site where the deity of prosperity, Ba Chua Xu, is worshiped.

He also suspended the opening ceremony of the Ba Chua Xu festival which will be held from June 2-7. Each year, the festival attracts around five million visitors.

Authorities in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have halted visits to the Con Dao Special National Relic on Con Dao Island.

The southern province of Phu Yen, home to tourist destinations such as Da Dia Reep, Vung Ro Bay and Cape Dai Lanh, closed all tourist attractions and religious sites on Monday.

Khanh Hoa Province, home to Nha Trang and a number of charming islands, has banned entry to Binh Ba Island, known as Lobster Island.

VinWonders, an entertainment site in Nha Trang owned by the Vingroup conglomerate, closed until further notice on Saturday.

Quang Binh, nicknamed “Cave Kingdom”, has suspended visits to Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave, Hang Toi (Dark Cave), Nuoc Mooc Spring, Ozo Treetop Park and some tourist areas crowded, but still allowed other adventure tours (for a maximum of 19 people) including the conquest of Son Doong, the largest cave in the world. The central province is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and numerous limestone caves.

The northern province of Ninh Binh, about two hours from Hanoi, has also closed all tourist sites, including the UNESCO-recognized Trang An scenic landscape complex.

Since April 27, the date of the start of the new wave of Covid-19, there have been 502 cases of community transmission in 26 cities and provinces.



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