Nov 11, 2011

VISIT VIETNAM, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

About Vietnam:
The only world where the life is in a fast lane, bordered landscape, colours being more vivid, more compelling history , divine tastes etc is Vietnam which is said to be the fashionable Asian dragon.
Nature has blessed Vietnam with a vainglorious harvest of seafaring mountains, a grampus coastline and the wonderful beaming rice fields. Vietnam is still a snapper. Rustic women with tapered hats still tend to their fields, children over there ride buffalos along the country paths and disable people used to scratch out a living from cureless gradients.
Vietnam is a nation with actuated dreamers who have battered war after war, survived doctrine and communism, and are now achieving good grips with the world of capitalism (wheeler-dealer). Brutally protective, the Vietnamese gracefully welcomes the foreigners who visit Vietnam.
Don’t believe the apprise or even the activistic party billboards that are as similar as the position of ‘Uncle Ho’. Believe only your senses, as Vietnam is the exotic country.
To feel the bookish, advancing, holy and divine heartbeat of Vietnam, take a stop in the old imperial capital, Hue. Home to palaces and memorials, tombs and cathedrals, and entertain the festival of HUE called as biennial arts festival .It’s the place to go for ancient, adorning and culinary stimulation.
Time to visit Vietnam:
There are two main zones in Vietnam city, north and south, where we can find the climate completely different from one place to other. So there is no particular season or even a month where we can visit both north and south regions. But comparatively Nov-Dec may be the best time where the climate will be springy.
The best destinations in Vietnam:
1. Saigon and the Environs
2. Central Highlands
3. Central Coastal Region
4. Hanoi and the North

Some of the best places to be visited:
• Tay Ninh:
The great cathedral Cao Dai is of the main attraction in Tay Ninh.
Cao Dai Great Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Dai religion and is the main attraction in Tay Ninh. The temple is built in 1955 and is detected more concretely in Long Hoa, 5-km southeast of Tay Ninh.

• Mekong River Delta:
It is said to be the rice bowl of southern Vietnam and it is an abundant area fully covered with rice fields and wandering tributaries of the Mekong River. With its vegetation the delta had become a brightful and colorful display of rural life.

• Dalat:
It was the title of the former French hill station. Just because of the cooler breeze and fresh air the people over there call it as Eternal Spring. It is popular for its beauty and the beautiful pine forests, lakes and the rolling hills.

• Hue:
Hue is the historical capital of Nguyen Dynasty. The main attractions over here are the arresting tombs. Hue has many cultural and ancient cities (places) that can be observed mostly in the villages nearby.

• Nha Trang:
It offers the advanced selection of boarding at the seaside areas in Vietnam. There are many famous beaches in this place with very lively atmosphere, seafoods, hotels, restaurents etc.
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Oct 29, 2011

Beautiful new cave discovered in Bac Kan

A new cave described as very beautiful and mysterious with a complex series of grottos has been discovered in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan.

The first cave was found when laborers were building the National Highway 3B near Ang Toong Pass.

The newly-discovered cave is 20 meters deep inside the first cave. All stalactites are still untouched and kept shimmering and shining like stars in the sky.

The first cave is 120 metres long, very spacious and is formed by three caves. The newly-explored one is 350 meters long and formed by five caves. All the walls are blue stone and in some places are mixed with soil and white stone.

The deeper the cave, the more stalactites it has. Illusionary stalactites and stalagmites in diverse size and colors make people believe they are in a lost world. As the wonderful stalactites are like long strips of curtains, patterns on the walls like bas-reliefs and stone pillars like lighting candles. Some strings are 1-2 meters long and look like lianas leaning over someone’s roof.

In some sections there are stalactites overlapping and if you knock on them it sounds like a musical instrument.

Somewhere amongst the rocks are small fresh streams which make the cave look like a water-color painting. The bottom of the cave has no mud and is very clear with stalactite layers like old coins arranged together under the pristine water surface.

The local authorities have alerted related agencies to protect and develop the caves into a tourist destination for Bac Kan Province. They have to make sure locals don’t steal the precious stalactites as they try to keep the caves in their original condition.

Bac Kan is a mountainous province famous for its beautiful landscapes, rich forest and mineral resources.

It also has Ba Be Lake which was recognized as a national historic cultural heritage in 1996 - but it is best known for its miraculous underground caves such as Poung, Tien, Na Phoong, Ba Cua, Son Duong, Nang Tien and Tham Long.

(source: VOV/SGT)

Sep 24, 2011

Vietnam joins Top Resa tourism fair in France

Vietnamese tourism companies - including Vietnam Airlines, Vietnamtourism, Luxury Travel, Au Co Gulf of Tonkin and HG Travel - are attending the 33rd Top Resa Tourism Fair in Paris, France from September 20 23.

Top Resa tourism fair, which is one of the world’s biggest annual tourism fairs, is being attended by top travel agencies and tourism service providers from 160 countries and territories around the world.

During event, participants will display products and services and introduce traditional culture and tourism attractions in their countries.

Pham Ha, a representative from Luxury Travel, said that Top Resa Tourism Fair offers a good opportunity for Vietnam to develop its tourism trademark and to introduce the country to international visitors.

(Source: VOV)

Sep 5, 2011

Thua Thien-Hue urged to promote tourism

Thua Thien-Hue province should promote its advantages in tourism, high-tech industry and bio-tech for sustainable development.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement at a working session on Sept. 2 with key officials in the central province on socio-economic development and a Politburo decision on turning Thua Thien-Hue into a centrally-run city.

He instructed the province to build mechanisms to mobilize resources for urban infrastructure development, especially the transport system, as well as pay attention to developing a new style of rural area, culture, education and training and health services.

The PM also asked provincial officials to focus on easing difficulties in agricultural production, business and production promotion, while maintaining market price stability.

PM Dung hailed efforts of the Party organization, authorities and people of Thua Thien Hue with encouraging achievements in many areas, including high per capita income and poverty reduction.

The province needed to review its plan to effectively implement the Politburo’s decision on construction and development of Thua Thien-Hue province and Hue urban city by 2020, he said.
Thua Thien-Hue would become one of the country’s hubs of culture, tourism, science and technology, health and education and training.

In the first eight months of this year, the province continued to register economic growth, keeping the economic restructuring programme on track. Its total retail sale and service turnover rose 22.2 percent over the same period last year; exports were up 53.8 percent and industrial production was up 12.45 percent. The number of foreign tourists to the imperial city of Hue increased 6.2 percent in the reviewed period.

This year, the province was expected to register an average per capita income of 1,300 USD, reduce the poor household rate to 9.16 percent and generate jobs for 16,500 local people, with a trained worker proportion of 44 percent.

Also the same day, Prime Minister Dung offered incense to commemorate martyrs at the Chin Ham historic relic site in Hue city.

Later that day, he inspected the Bach Ho bridge project, spanning the Huong river in the city.

(Source: VN+)

Jun 15, 2011

Airlines resume services to Phu Bai airport in Hue

Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific has resumed their flights to Phu Bai Airport on June 14, a month after they had to suspend services to the destination in central Vietnam’s Hue City as the airport was closed to have its only runway upgraded.

Dinh Viet Thang, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, confirmed about the re-opening of the international airport in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Vietnam Airlines said that it would provide four daily flights to Hue from Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC and three from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Vietnam’s low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific flies two times a day between HCMC and the former imperial capital city.

Jetstar Pacific said that it had to call off services to Hue during the closure of Phu Bai but still sold tickets for its flights from June 14.

The shutdown of Phu Bai Airport from May 13 to June 13 has prompted an outcry from both airlines and tour operators because they said they had not been given enough time to adjust their business plans and cope with the closure of the 2,700-meter-long runway at the airport.

A number of travel agents had stopped receiving bookings for the flights more than a week ahead of the closure day since Middle Airports Corporation previously had announced a plan to upgrade the airport’s runway from May 5 to June 5. But this intention did not happen until May 13.

The temporary closure of Phu Bai forced Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific to operate more flights to Danang Airport to meet rising demand for air travel to the central region. During the upgrade period, Vietnam Airlines had 11 daily flights to Danang from HCMC and nine daily flights from Hanoi while Jetstar Pacific performed four daily flights from HCMC to Danang and two from Hanoi.

Thua Thien-Hue province’s authorities, airlines, travel companies and hotels in central Vietnam arranged buses to transport passengers some 100 kilometers between Hue and Danang when the runway of Phu Bai Airport was upgraded.

Middle Airports Corporation completed the runway upgrade last week at a cost of some VND15 billion (around US$730,000). The upgrade now allows Phu Bai International Airport to handle Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft during the daytime and at night.
(source: VNA)

May 13, 2011

Exhibition on late President Ho opens

An exhibition themed, “President Ho Chi Minh on a national liberation path” was opened at Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on May 11.
Mr. Truong Tan Sang cut Exhibition Opening Ribbon
The event, jointly held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Party Central Committee Office and the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, aims to celebrate the 121st birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh and 100th anniversary of the day President Ho left the country to seek a way for national liberation.
 
The exhibition is showcasing nearly 200 documents and items, which provide an introduction to the process of seeking a pathway for national liberation by the late President Ho and marks his affirmation that only proletarian revolution could save the country and liberate the nation.
 
The exhibition also highlights the late President Ho’s role in the national construction cause as well as his contributions to the common struggle for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.
 
Also on show at the event are major achievements in all fields recorded by the country’s Party and people during the renewal process.

(Source: VNA)

May 5, 2011

Vietnam in Thai media spotlight

Vietnam’s land, people and famous tourism sites have been given wide coverage in the Nation, Puchatkarn and other major Thai newspapers.
 
In a recent issue Pisanu Chanvitan wrote about the Vietnamese people’s daily life and Hanoi’s old quarter and cuisine.

 He said Vietnam has a long history of struggle against foreign aggressors and praised its tradition of patriotism and heroism.

 Know as a former ambassador to Vietnam, Pisanu is now holding the post of vice secretary at the Thai Foreign Ministry. All his writings will be published in a book to mark the 35th anniversary of Vietnam-Thailand diplomatic ties. He hoped his book would help Thai people gain a better understanding of Vietnam in the past, at present and in future.

 On the occasion, the Thai Foreign Ministry will oragnise a wide range of activities, including a seminar on investment and business opportunities in Vietnam, and photograph and painting exhibitions on Vietnam.

 The Puchatkarn newspaper on May 2 ran an article introducing Hanoi 36 old streets and guilds and tourism sites, like the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Uncle Ho’s house on stilts, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Temple of Literature.

(Source: VOV)

May 2, 2011

Many activities for sea festival in Nha Trang

Khanh Hoa Province authorities have approved a program for the Sea Festival scheduled for June 11 to 15 in the tourism city of Nha Trang, including cultural activities, art performances, sports, and tourism promotion.
On June 2, or a fortnight before the official festival, several activities will be held to welcome the main event, including a fishing tour at night, a sea tour at night, a martial art performance on the seaside, an art picture market, and calligraphy exhibition. There will also be a display of Champa culture, a photo exhibition, a fair for high-quality Vietnamese goods, and music concert and comedy shows.

The main festival will feature a film week, Lu Cam porcelain exhibition, Champa pottery and brocade display, a street photo exhibition, fireworks displays, water-motorbike performance, a food court and a fashion show among others. According to the organizer, the topic on Truong Sa Archipelago will be highlighted during the festival.

France will participate in the festival with music performances, photography talks, and French language discussions.

On this occasion, the diving center Vinadive under Vietravel Nha Trang branch will organize underwater weddings for ten couples on June 15 at Nha Trang Beach to promote sea tourism in Nha Trang to domestic and foreign tourists.

(Source: SGT)

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