Laguna Lang Co marks five-year anniversary in Vietnam

11:25 | 17/06/2018
After receiving the license to run casino business, Laguna Lang Co, the first integrated resort in Vietnam, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a series of sensational events in late May 2018.

Five years ago, the integrated resort was established in Lang Co Bay, a destination known for its untouched natural beauty and unique culture.

Lang Co was first discovered by King Khai Dinh, the 12th King of the Nguyen dynasty, and the destination retains its original charm, nestled in a rural setting with picturesque countryside and the natural elements of Feng Shui.

Laguna Lang Co has been operating two luxury hotels branded Banyan Tree and Angsana, an 18-hole par-71 championship golf course designed by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, luxury private villas and residences, convention facilities, and recreational activities.

“As we turn five years old with many significant achievements under our belt, we now look forward to the next exciting phase of our development. It is our time! It is also the time for Hue and the province of Thua Thien-Hue to have its moment in the sunshine,” shared Gavin Herholdt, managing director of Laguna Lang Co. “In 2018 we have gone from strength to strength. We have alliances with new strategic partners. We have a long list of events planned with the main focus on golf, fashion, and music, and in particular, the connection between them.”

The first fashion show in Vietnam on a golf course

The Spring-Summer 2018 fashion show by fashion designer Do Manh Cuong on May 26 was held on a beautiful summer afternoon to become the first fashion show in Vietnam to be hosted on the fairway of a golf course.

The trendsetter, Do Manh Cuong, presented his new collection on a unique runway in front of the stunning backdrop of green forests and blooming yellow rice fields at the 3rd hole of Laguna Golf Lang Co. The golf course is known as Sir Nick Faldo’s favourite course design, surrounded on three sides by mountains as well as the sparkling East sea.

The fashion show welcomed more than 300 VIP guests and all were treated to a colourful performance of a three-part collection that included 130 designs. The last part was the most impressive collection featuring golden costumes with a symbol of the king and royal land and dragon phoenix patterns.

The design in which Do Manh Cuong successfully mixed traditional materials with a distinctly modern look, deeply impressed guests. Do Manh Cuong has managed to convey his respect to the traditional natural and cultural values of Hue through his creative modern artwork.

laguna lang co marks five year anniversary in vietnam
The first fashion show on a golf course in Vietnam

Receiving new investment certificate and increasing investment capital

Following the impressive fashion show on the golf course, a handover ceremony of the amended investment certificate for the Laguna Lang Co project was conducted.

This investment certificate and the casino license were presented by Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao to executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings Ho Kwon Ping at Laguna Lang Co.

The project expansion from 2018 to 2022 will see investment capital increase from $875 million to $2 billion and includes a casino operation on its existing land. Integrating a casino within the beach-golf resort which is in close proximity to three UNESCO Heritage Sites provides a unique cultural, sporting, and entertainment experience that will further boost tourism for the Thua Thien-Hue region and attract global travellers.

The three-kilometre long site is sufficiently large to enable the development and operation of the casino while retaining the essential ambiance of a beach and golf resort that is stylish and sophisticated, yet contains areas and products that are family friendly.

It is intended that the casino will be one of only a few luxurious international-scale casinos based in Vietnam, supplying 200 live tables and 2,000 slot machines when fully developed. Once its Phase two is completed, Laguna Lang Co will add in its project three large luxury hotels, MICE facilities, luxury private residences, sporting and entertainment activities, and a casino centre which will increase global awareness of the resort and allow it to be promoted as an integrated holiday destination.

Tradition meets modernity at gala dinner

The gala dinner celebrating the fiftih anniversary of Laguna Lang Co was a perfect and harmonious blend of eastern and western cultures. The traditional values and contemporary tastes were blended in a beautiful outdoor setup, delectable cuisine, and distinctive art performances on the Central Lawn of Angsana Lang Co.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of the waves on the beach while experiencing times past with traditional fan dance performances, and contemporary moments with a Thai fine dining set menu and an amazing four-hand piano performance by Tuan Manh and Ngoc Phi, as well as the angelic voice of singer Ngoc Mai. The classical and elegant violin performance of Quang Phuc also delighted gala diners.

Banyan Tree Belt—tournament hosted on Faldo’s favourite design

The Banyan Tree Belt golf tournament was organised to appreciate and recognise Laguna Lang Co's investors, along with many of its key business partners who have always supported Laguna Lang Co on its journey of development. The 18-hole tournament took place on May 27 on a beautiful summer day in Lang Co.

The tournament has been launched with a perpetual belt as the trophy paying homage to the trophies used at the commencement of golf tournaments over a century ago.

While the winner each year will have his name engraved on the belt which will be displayed in the Golf Clubhouse, he or she will also receive a replica to take home.

This Banyan Belt tournament will in future years be used to showcase the Banyan Tree Resort group that is so highly regarded in Asia and increasingly around the world, with many prizes being holiday vouchers to experience the resorts in exotic locations like the Maldives, Seychelles, Mexico, and Morocco.

laguna lang co marks five year anniversary in vietnam
Banyan Tree Belt golf tournament

By Bich Thuy

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