Site to be built around Nui Coc Lake in northern Thai Nguyen province with investment of $675 million over nearly 20 years.
On February 17 the Thai Nguyen Provincial People’s Committee and the Xuan Truong Construction Company held a breaking ground ceremony for the Nui Coc Lake tourism site, with total investment of VND15 trillion ($675 million) from 2016 to 2035. Funding will come from the State budget, including the central budget and local budget, together with capital from the investors and other sources.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Public Security, General Tran Dai Quang, said the construction of the tourist site would create an international-level cultural tourism complex in the north to attract more domestic and foreign visitors.
The Minister urged local authorities to review and complete proper planning in line with the general tourism planning of other provinces in the region, while coordinating with the investor to deal with site clearance so that the project can be put into operation as soon as possible.
The Xuan Truong Construction Company, in turn, must strictly follow its commitments and focus financial resources on completing the project on schedule.
The first phase will be carried out from 2016 to 2019, in which transport links will be built, such as a 15-km approach road to Nui Coc Lake, a 35-km road around the lake, and a road linking Nui Coc Lake to the ATK Dinh Hoa historical site, together with a temple dedicated to Tam Toa Thanh Mau and a marina and bus stop, among others. It is expected to welcome its first visitors in late 2019.
The second phase will last from 2020 to 2035, with amusement parks and entertainment facilities being built around the lake, as well as landscaping, hotels, a luxury resort, and cultural tourism villages.
The project aims to connect the tourist site near Nui Coc Lake with other nearby historical relics such as ATK Dinh Hoa, Tan Trao (in Tuyen Quang province), and Ba Be Lake (in Bac Kan province), which will create a chain of ecological, spiritual, and historical tourism sites linked with Hanoi, with UNESCO recognition as a world cultural and natural heritage site to be sought.
Nui Coc Lake is an artificial lake, construction of which began in 1973 in Dai Tu district, Pho Yen town. On an area of 2,600 ha and a depth of 50 meters, it is already an interesting eco-tourism destination. The lake comprises 89 islets - some covered by trees, some home to flocks of storks, and others with mountain goats.
It includes a spiritual area featuring temples of the three holy mothers (Lieu Hanh, Son Lam, and Thoai Phu) and three saints (Cao Son, Quy Minh Dai Vuong, and Tran Hung Dao), along with a guest reception center, a five-star hotel, a 36-hole golf course, and an area of ethnic minority cultural villages.