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Sep 18 2011

Introducing Vietnam

introducing vietnam

elcome to a world where the colours are more vivid, where the landscapes are bolder, the coastline more dramatic, where the history is more compelling, where the tastes are more divine, where life is lived in the fast lane. This world is Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber


Nature has blessed Vietnam with a bountiful harvest of soaring mountains, a killer coastline and radiant rice fields, Vietnam is a cracker. Inland, peasant women in conical hats still tend to their fields, children ride buffalos along country paths and minority people scratch out a living from impossible gradients.

Vietnam is a nation of determined optimists who have weathered war after war, survived colonialism and communism, and are now getting to grips with the wheeler-dealer world of capitalism. Fiercely protective of their independence and sovereignty, the Vietnamese are graciously welcoming of foreigners who come as guests not conquerors.

Don’t believe the hype. Or the propagandist party billboards that are as common as statues of ‘Uncle Ho’. Believe your senses, as you discover one of the most enriching, enlivening and exotic countries on earth.

To escape the buzz of millions of motorbikes, head west to the watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages in the Mekong Delta. There’s adventure galore to be had on Phu Quoc Island and stunning white-sand beaches to relax on. Back on the east coast at Mui Ne Beach, you’ll be faced with a similar dilemma: action or inertia?

Hoi An might weigh you down – but in a good way – you’re bound to add kilos of made-to-order clothing to your luggage. With an estimated 300 to 500 tailors working in this beautiful city, this is fashionista heaven.

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Sep 18 2011

Why travel to Vietnam?

why travel to vietnam

Vietnam has exerted itself to be a favorite destination of more and more tourists. There’s a Hanoi elegant with friendly people, a Sapa with colourful-dressed minorities, a Halong Bay with amazing caves listed on UNESCO World Heritage. There’s a Hue romantic with palace and rain, a tranquil Hoi An where you can have clothes made in one day, a Danang dynamic by Han river. There’s a Nha Trang with best bays of the world, a Saigon busy and modern like Newyork, a Mekong-delta with fascinating floating market. The North, Centre, and South of Vietnam all bear a deep cultural trace, which remains in tourists’ memories for years. With everything from mountains to seas, from cold to hot weather, from city to countryside, Vietnam has everything you may come up with!

When to Go?

Vietnam has three different regions – the North, Central and South – each with different weather patterns and different rainy seasons.  This means that there is neither a best time nor a bad time to travel to Vietnam. Hot summer or cold weather is not that big a deal. Beaches are always available from North to South. Sapa and Ba Na and Dalat all offer great places for cool temperature. You know you can find your favourite kind of weather all year round!

Sep 11 2011

Lang Co Festival expects to attract investment

lang co festival expects to attract investment

Lang Co Festival 2011 – the World Beautiful Bay will be held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 9-10 to promote tourism and encourage investment in the Lang Co-Chan May economic zone.

This year’s festival aims to evaluate to what extent the Bay can contribute to promoting tourism development two years after it was recognised by Worldbays Club as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Bays”.

Lying between Da Nang and Hue cities, Lang Co Bay, Hai Van pass, Bach Ma Natural Reserve and an ancient fishing village in this area present a wonderful view of people living in harmony with nature.

Lang Co Bay has a 13-km long beach with white sand and blue water. It has Lap An lagoon, a brackish water lagoon extended to 1,500 ha with rich natural resources.

The Bay adjacent to Hai Van Pass lies in the central area, where visitors can reach four world cultural heritages in Vietnam , namely Hue relics, royal court music, Hoi An ancient town and My Son relics, within a radius of 70 km.

It is also included in many travel tours and is the nucleus of four national tourism complexes as well as one of the three main points of Thua Thien-Hue Province ’s tourism.

Listed in a group of important natural resources, Lang Co Bay plays a decisive role in the development of the province’s tourism.

Source: VOVnews

Sep 07 2011

Travel firms, airlines, local authorities seeking to attract Japanese travelers

travel firms airlines local authorities seeking to attract japanese travelers

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese travel firms now move ahead with the plans to attract more Japanese travelers to Vietnam, after they can see the signs of recovery from the market which was once seriously affected by the catastrophes.

According to Nguyen Van Tran, General Director of APEX travel firm, specializing in the Japanese travel market, the number of Japanese travelers to Vietnam once dropped significantly earlier this year, just several months after the catastrophes took place. However, the number of Japanese travelers to Vietnam has increased again since July. Tran has reported the 20 percent increase in the number of Japanese travelers in comparison with the same period of 2010.

In general, Japanese travelers can get the visas for staying in Vietnam for 15 days. However, Tran believes that 15 days is not long enough and cannot meet the demand in the new circumstances, when Vietnam has become the places, where travelers transit before traveling to other South East Asian countries.

Therefore, APEX has proposed the government to extend the visa validity for Japanese travelers to 30 or 60 days. Statistics show that Japanese travelers stay in Vietnam for 7-10 days on average.

Prior to that, on July 24, representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the national flag air carrier Vietnam Airlines left Hanoi for a five day trip to Japan, where they planned to meet some partners and travel firms in an effort to attract more Japanese travelers to Vietnam in the post-catastrophe period.

VNAT’s Deputy General Director, Hoang Thi Diep, said that the number of Japanese travelers flying with Vietnam Airlines decreased by tens of percent after the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011. Therefore, the national flag air carrier has decided to join forces with VNAT to revive the Japanese market.

A workshop was held in Hoi An ancient town just several days ago to discuss how to attract Japanese travelers.

Hoi An, which has great potentials and opportunities to attract Japanese travelers, has not been satisfactory with the number of Japanese travelers to the ancient town.

In fact, Japan always ranked the sixth among the 10 top markets for Hoi An in 2006-2010. However, the number of Japanese travelers staying in Hoi An was always much lower than the numbers of travelers from other markets in the top 10. Japanese travelers just account for five percent of the total foreign travelers, while the number of Japanese travelers never exceeded 20,000 a year.

However, Vietnamese travel firms still keep optimistic about the potential market. Nguyen Son Thuy, Business Director of the Hoi An Tourism and Service Company has quoted the statistics by the General Statistics Office, as saying that the number of Japanese travelers in the first seven months of 2011 increased by 11.7 percent over the same period of the last year.

According to travel firms, Japanese travelers always go in groups and mostly book tours with prestigious travel firms. In most of cases, the groups of travelers go together with the tour guides speaking Japanese. Japanese travelers like local specialty food, ecological and cultural tours, and like to join cultural exchange with local residents.

According to Fukui Yuta, an expert from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), 15 million Japanese travel abroad a year, and 3.5 million of the travelers go to South East Asia. However, Vietnam just ranks the 16th among the destinations of Japanese tourists.

He went on to say that if Hoi An can provide high quality services and products which reflect the special characteristics of the area, it would be successful to attract Japanese tourists.

“Please preserve the character of the local culture, upgrade the quality of services and diversify products, and Hoi An will surely become the attractive destination to Japanese, or any foreign travelers in the world,” he said.

The Hoi An’s authorities have also been urged to step up the teaching of Japanese language at local schools, which will help provide more staff who can speak Japanese and serve Japanese travelers.

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Mar 11 2011

Hoi An among top 10 tourist destinations

hoi an among top 10 tourist destinations

VietNamNet Bridge – The ancient town of Hoi An has made it to the list of 10 best cities for tourism by UK’s Wanderlust travel magazine.

Hoi An, in central Vietnam received 96 per cent of the vote from readers and was ranked at 2nd place.

The World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang in Laos has retained its number 1 position in Wanderlust Travel Magazine’s annual list of best tourist destinations with a score of 96.89 percent.

The other places to make it on the list are Kyoto (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), Perth (Australia), Tokyo (Japan), San Francisco (USA), Vienna (Austria), Cusco (Peru) and Aleppo (Syria).

Hoi An has previously been selected as one of Asia’s top ten destinations for 2010 by the Hong Kong online tourist magazine Smart Travel Asia. The ancient town had retained fifth place and Hanoi was noted as seventh on the tourist magazine list.

Source: SGGP/Thanh Nien

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