Vietnam Travel in Brief 09/08
New package tour for ladies
Victoria Hotels&Resorts in Vietnam and Cambodia is offering a new three-day getaway package just for ladies from now until September 30. The new package includes accommodation with daily breakfast and a dinner, a spa package and diverse excursions and activities such as Apsara dances and tai chi classes, and boat cruises, depending on the chosen destination. The package is priced from US$182, based on a twin share.
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia join in promoting tourism
Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian tourism experts met in Central Highlands Gia Lai province on August 8, to find ways to promote tourism between the three countries.
Delegates called for governments to increase infrastructure investment for the tourism sector and encourage both local and foreign companies to invest in the three countries’ economic development triangle.
The triangle area includes Vietnam’s provinces of Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak and Dak Nong, Lao provinces of Atopu, Sekong, and Salavan, and Cambodian provinces of Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, and Mondunkiri.
At present, Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces of Vietnam arrange tours to Cambodian and Lao localities through the Bo Y border gate.
More daily buses to Phnom Penh
Sai Gon Passenger Company increased its daily runs between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to seven bus trips on August 1. Buses leave Ho Chi Minh City at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.30, and 13.00, while departure times from Phnom Penh are at 6, 7, 8, 9, 11.30, 13.00 and 14.00. Tickets are US$12 apiece.
The Kumho Samco Company also opened its Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap route. Its daily buses depart from 305 Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 for Phnom Penh at 8am, and from 345 Sihanouk Boulevard in Phnom Penh for Ho Chi Minh City at 3pm. Tickets are $12 each.
Dragonair ups services out of capital
Dragonair has announced a new series of daily flights to and from Ha Noi starting October 26, 2008.
Operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, Dragonair will transport business and leisure travellers on long-haul flights between Ha Noi and North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Ha Noi is the eighth new destination for Dragonair, since it became part of the Cathay Pacific Group.
3.5 million tourists visit Ba Ria – Vung Tau in first six months
The Ba Ria – Vung Tau tourism sector greeted more than 3.5 million tourists in the first six months this year, 63.15 percent of the yearly target and a 12.8 percent increase year on year, said the provincial tourism department.
Of this figure, nearly 160,000 foreign tourists came the province, a 12 percent increase year on year. Total tourism turnover reached an estimated 591.667 billion VND, also a 12 percent increase year on year.
Also in the first six months of 2008, sites of 9 more projects were approved, raising the total projects to 89, with a total site of more than 1,131 hectares and a total registered capital of more than 12.9 trillion VND. Constructions of two projects, Osaka tourism area and Bai Dat recreation area, were kicked off, raising the total projects, which are being implemented to 23.
Till June 10, the province had 135 tourism businesses, 119 hotels and resorts with 4,676 rooms, 97 ranked hotels with 77 four-star above hotels.
Le Parfum offers new menu
Le Parfum, the distinguished riverside eatery at La Residence Hotel&Spa, debuted a new menu and a new chef in July. Presiding over the kitchen is Louise Serfontein, a chef who most recently ran her own fusion restaurant in Mosell Bay, South Africa and who previously served as chef at Ninth Avenue Bistro&Bar, a top-rated restaurant in Durban.
The menu includes a generous list of pasta options, soups, bisques and a wide-ranging suite of desserts. Beyond the dining room, Le Parfum offers cooking classes that route participants on a culinary journey from the restaurant, through the imperial capital by cyclo, to the Ben Ngu Market and back to the hotel’s kitchen for a hands-on lesson in Vietnamese cuisine.
(Source: VNS, VNA, URL:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/08/797992/)
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