Photos of a luxury hotel on a limestone hill in Ha Long Bay that recently went viral are fake, local officials said.
In recent days some tour companies have posted the photos and said Fantasy Ha Long Bay hotel is set to open in 2024.
Some photos also show a panoramic view of the UNESCO world heritage bay thanks to its glass facade.
The photos quickly caught the public eye, and questions have been pouring in about its location and room tariffs.
But on Thursday Pham Ngoc Thuy, director of the Quang Ninh Province Department of Tourism, said such a hotel would never be built in the core area of Ha Long Bay and warned tourists against being scammed.
Bui Thanh Tu, marketing director of tour service provider Best Price, said some people could post these photos to trick tourists into booking rooms.
A two-hour drive to the east of Hanoi, Ha Long Bay was voted among the world’s seven new natural wonders by Swiss organization New Open World in 2011.
Its popularity rose after Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” was filmed there in 2017.