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Sep 19 2011

Cruise around Nha Trang Bay in Vietnam

cruise around nha trang bay in vietnam

Cruise around Nha Trang Bay in Vietnam

About 450 kilometers north of HCMC, on National Highway 1A, Nha Trang City is known for its eucalyptus trees, white sand dunes, lagoons, beaches and Islets. It’s the home of aloe wood trees and yen sao (bird’s nest).

Tourists to Nha Trang should not miss a cruise around Nha Trang Bay to explore the four islets: Mun Island, Mot Island, San Island and Mieu Island.

The Mun Island is popular for scuba diving. Formed by piles of giant black rocks, the islet looks amazing surrounded by pure blue water, white sand and millions of pebbles.

Tourists can dive to eight to ten meters to admire colorful corals and fish. Scuba diving, along with diving instructions and equipment, costs about VND500,000 per person.

A motor boat trip or a parachute trip costs VND300,000. For those unafraid of heights who have a bigger budget a balloon will take you up to see an amazing birds-eye view of the Bay.

The next stop is Mot Island where boats anchor together like a large floating raft. Tourists can enjoy some local specialties and attend a wine party. A wine party is a drinking game where you throw a buoy into the sea and put some bottles of wine on it. The aim is to get the bottles of wine out of the buoy. The game is usually played with loud music playing and is lots of fun.

After Mot island the cruise goes to Soi Island for a lazy break on the beach’s deck chairs. Wooden boats are available to rent to drift along the beach and collect colorful pebbles.

The cruise ends with a visit to Tri Nguyen Aquarium. For ticket cost of VND25,000, follow the tour around the mountain to a gate in the shape of a giant fish’s mouth. Designed as an eighteenth-century battle ship, the aquarium has a wide array of fish, corals and other marine species. The souvenir shop offers handicrafts such as mother-of-pearl encrusted paintings, pearl-made jewelry, brocade cloths and scarves.

Come to enjoy, you will like it very much. Please be kindly advised that  you should apply for visa before coming to Vietnam.


Mar 11 2011

Travel firms decry lack of port as more cruise ships arrive

travel firms decry lack of port as more cruise ships arrive

Local tour operators serving foreign cruise ships have reported a strong rise in cruise passenger arrivals, but the lack of a capable terminal for such vessels will hinder the development of this tourism segment.

Saigontourist, Viet Excursions, and OSC Travel among others said they are happy with the steady increase in cruise ship arrivals this year, but only medium-sized cruise ships can make port calls in HCMC, while bigger ones have to dock at faraway cargo seaports.

Phan Xuan Anh, chairman of Viet Excursions, said his company was serving many ships in the first quarter of this year, such as Queen Elizabeth, Queen Marry 2, Arcadia and Artemis, with each of them carrying 1,500 to 2,500 guests.

“The good sign is many ships are making regular trips to the country. Our guests not only stay onboard such ships as usual, but many of them now choose to stay at high-end hotels. The business for this year is much better,” he said.

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. is also a strong player in catering to cruise ships. The company expects to serve nearly 20,000 cruise passengers in the first quarter of this year, up 5% year-on-year, but the growth would accelerate since this May, and may reach a three-year high rate of 20% for the whole year, the company said, said an executive of the company.

This year has also seen several cruise ships making their first trips to HCMC, like Princess Daphne, Pacific Venus, and Bremen, said Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing manager of Saigontourist.

“The number of port calls is higher and tourists’ stay longer than in the past. We will serve more guests in the coming months,” Tra said.

However, tour operators said the country still lacks special-use cruise passenger terminals and services to meet the higher demand of tourists.

Anh of Viet Excursions said big cruise ships like Queen Marry 2 cannot dock at Saigon Port in the center of HCMC as the low clearance of the Phu My Bridge blocks their passage. Therefore, the ship has to dock at Phu My Port in the neighboring province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Viet Excursions has to transport tourists from the port to HCMC by car.

Tra of Saigontourist said that some big ships had decided to go to the central city of Danang because the ships cannot drop anchor at ports in HCMC.

“It pushes up the cost. HCMC still lacks shopping and other services for the visitors,” Tra said.

Source: SGT

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