Vietnam Travel in Brief 19/04
Can Tho prepares for liberation holiday
The Mekong River Delta city of Can Tho is preparing for a festival complete with flower garlands and coloured lanterns at Ninh Kieu Wharf to celebrate Liberation Day on April 30.
The festival will include a motorcycle procession, with a fleet of 200 to 300 motorcycles decorated with lights to ride along Can Tho’s main streets, and a kite flying contest at Phu Sa Tourist Park. The opening ceremony will feature art and music and will take place at the corner of Vo Van Tan and Hai Ba Trung streets.
Golden trains ply Ho Chi Minh City-Quy Nhon route
High-quality rail vehicles called Golden Trains were put into operation on Monday on the Ho Chi Minh City-Quy Nhon Town route, serving as the country’s most luxurious trains and run on alternate days. Tickets cost VND495,000 (US$31) for a bed booking, and VND395,000 ($22.4) for a seat. The trains depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 9:50pm and arrive in Quy Nhon at 10:35am the next day, with stops at Bien Hoa, Muong Man, Thap Cham, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa and Dieu Tri stations. The return trip departs from Quy Nhon at 5:07pm, arriving in HCM City at 6:35am the following day.
Binh Thuan’s Mui Ne attracts Russian tourists
Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province has become a popular tourist destination to Russian visitors to Vietnam.
According to the general director of the Russian travel company Lanta-An, Klokov Igor Nikolaevich, the number of Russian visitors to Binh Thuan has increased since the opening of Lanta-An’s office in Mui Ne.
He said the company brings some 300 Russian visitors to Phan Thiet-Mui Ne per month, and the number could rise to 1,000 per month later this year when the weather becomes chilly in Russia.
The Hanoi-based Nhat Minh Tourism Company also brings Russian tourists to Mui Ne. Russians accounted for 11.3% of the 20,000 foreign visitors to Mui Ne in the first three months this year, according to figures from Binh Thuan Tourism Department.
Asia Money calls Sofitel Metropole Hanoi’s best hotel
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi has been awardedœ The Best Hotel in Hanoi in 2007 by the readers of the magazine Asia Money, the leading monthly capital market magazine in Asia. With 53.42% of the votes, Sofitel Metropole was praised as the highest-voted hotel in individual cities in comparison with Asia’s other largest 18 cities.
(Source: Viet Nam News)
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