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However, Vinh Hy Bay remains the most attractive place where the most beautiful coral reefs in the country can be found according to a survey by the United Nations' environment program. As an eco-tourist spot in Nui Chua National Park, the bay has preserved its rural beauty with white sandbanks circling steep rocky mountains and streams babbling extensive green forests.

From Phan Rang City, the trip to Vinh Hy Bay covers a distance of 40 kilometers through rolling mountains and hills lying on deep-blue sea water.

Visitors to Vinh Hy Bay can stay at the four-star Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel, the largest accommodation base in Ninh Thuan Province under the Saigontourist Holding Company. The hotel offers participants of the "Awaking Vinh Hy" tour a variety of eco and cultural destinations as well as many interesting teambuilding games this summer.

The car journey starts in HCMC including a breakfast at Van Thanh Park and lunch at Mui Ne beach in Phan Thiet City. Travelers will reach Ninh Thuan Province in the afternoon. There they can learn about the Cham culture at Poklong Garai tower, a special building reflecting the essence of the Cham ethnic group's architecture.

On the next morning the trip to Vinh Hy Bay begins on a glass-bottom across Ba Dien (Mad lady) beach to enjoy diving, bathing, and seafood. When night falls, tourists can take part in exciting "Mission Impossible" teambuilding games and a dinner gala on the beach in front of Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel.

On the last day of the trip, tourists will go to Cham Bau Truc pottery village, one of the oldest such villages in South-east Asia where all distinctive baked products are hand-made. My Nghiep brocade village is also a must-see to learn about beautiful brocade products and some features of the Cham culture and daily life of local residents.

The package tour is priced from US$95-US$130 depending on the number of tourists and includes car, four-star hotel, food and drinks, sightseeing fees, and teambuilding games.

For more information, contact Saigon-Ninh Chu Hotel at Khanh Hoa Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province, tel: (068) 876000, email: sales@saigon-ninhchuhotel.com.vn

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/09/802629/

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Moderate quake strikes off Sumatra

(09-08 19:59)

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, but there was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage, geologists said.

The quake hit at 5.43pm (1043 GMT), 43 kilometers northeast of Pagai Utara island in West Sumatra province, the Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency said via text message.

The quake struck at a depth of 20 kilometers, it said.

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