Early September will see the inauguration of Bach Dang Bridge in the province of Quang Ninh, home to the world famous Ha Long Bay. It will be followed in December with the official opening of Ha Long Bay Van Don International Airport.
Bach Dang Bridge
The Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long has decided to speed up the opening of both infrastructures to be sure that tourists would enjoy the facility before the high season kicks off.
Shrinking distances will be the most impressive result following the opening of Bach Dang Bridge on September 2. The bridge has a length of 5.41 km and has been constructed by Japanese investors. The bridge structure with its four continuous cable-stayed spans is considered as an exceptional piece of art. Bach Dang bridge fills an important gap into the new highway connecting Halong City to Hanoi and Haiphong.
The highway will sharply reduce travel time between Hanoi and Haiphong to Ha Long Bay. The 5.4km-long bridge, spanning over the Bach Dang River, will shorten the distance from Haiphong to Quang Ninh’s Halong city from 75 km to 25 km, and from Hanoi to Halong from 180 km to 130 km. Travellers will consequently reach quicker Halong Bay, Mong Cai City, and Van Don district, the three being very popular with tourists.
Van Don International airport
By December, Ha Long Bay will also see the opening of its new international airport. Commercial flights are due to start by late 2018. The first phase of the airport is due to accommodate up to 2.5 million passengers with a plan to double the capacity of the airport by 2030. Van Don International is part of the government’s plan to develop five new airports over the next decade.
Van Don International Airport recently conducted test flights with success. The airport will be able to receive international flights and it is likely that the airport will be linked to Bangkok as well as Chinese cities among its first international destinations.
The province of Quang Ninh is likely to see a boost in tourist arrivals as the destination remains extremely popular thanks to the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay but also to a coastline with some 2,500 islets as well as national parks.
The province expects to welcome in 2018 over 12 million travellers including four million foreigners. By 2020 and thanks to the opening of the bridge and the airport, the province could welcome 15 million travellers.