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Int’l parachute performance puffs up in Nha Trang
Khanh Hoa Province has announced that an international parachute performance will take place in the coastal city of Nha Trang Vietnam from March 1 to 7.
This is the first time that such a performance has been organised in Vietnam. Some 160 international parachutists will join the event, participating in a number of performances including exact landing, tumbling and freestyle.
A musical performance and a test jump is scheduled for February 22.
TransViet offers journalists Macau budget tours
The Ho Chi Minh City-based travel agency TransViet in co-ordination with Viva Macau airline has launched two inexpensive tours of Macau organised for journalists.
The three-day two-night package will depart from Ho Chi Minh City on February 13, 15 and 18. Tickets are priced at US$125 per visitor, including accommodation at a five-star hotel, excluding taxes.
The four-day, three-night tour that will depart Ho Chi Minh City on February 15 and 17 is priced at $190 per visitor, exclusive of taxes. Further information is available through contacts with TransViet at 170 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. Phone: 84 08 833 0707.
Dialogue group makes AO tours of Vietnam
A group of 10 US and Vietnamese citizens has been touring the country since June 28 until today to research the environment and humanitarian issues caused by Agent Orange (AO) during the war. They are collecting information, exchanging ideas and meeting with AO victims. They have visited Thien Phuoc Charity House in Cu Chi, which cares for young AO victims, and will continue their trip to the provinces of Dong Nai and Quang Ngai and to the cities of Da Nang and Hanoi Vietnam.
Hoi An tailor shop listed in world’s 25 best
A tailor’s shop in the historic town of Hoi An Vietnam was voted second among the world’s 25 best tailor shops, according to the British Sunday Times magazine.
The Bao Khanh tailor shop at 101 Tran Hung Dao Street was also voted provider of best quality goods and services a in Vietnam. The prices are reasonable and sales people are friendly and hospitable, according to the magazine.
"I’m more than surprised to know about this. It’s not only a great honour for me but also the town for the Tet holiday," shop owner Trieu Quoc Binh said.
The tailor’s shop started business in the early 1990’s specialising in western style clothing and traditional costumes for local customers. Its name and trademark has become well-known throughout Vietnam and among international tourists.
Hoi An was also recognised recently as one of Vietnam’s most charming towns by the Belgium Le Soir newspaper.
Vietnam Airlines adds 212 flights for Vietnam Tet
Vietnam Airlines has announced it will increase its flights for the second time to meet the demand for travel during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays. The airline will add two round-trip flights on the Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi route and one round-trip on the Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang route with 214 seats.
From February 2-5 and February 11-14 the Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi route will have two more daily round-trip flights by B777 aicraft with more than 300 seats. With these, the total flights over the period will be 212, with a total of 28,000 seats.
Black Box Culinary Challenge returns to Ho Chi Minh City
The Black Box Culinary Challenge began to test local young chefs in a unique catering contest at Ho Chi Minh City’s Majestic Hotel on Wednesday. Organised by Meat and Livestock Australia, the event will determine which chefs represent Vietnam at the global finals in Dubai this May.
Participants in this year’s competition include culinary teams from the Majestic Hotel Sai Gon, Park Hyatt Hotel Sai Gon, Equatorial Hotel and others (hotels in Ho Chi Minh).
The competition was developed in 1996 to showcase the quality and versatility of Australian meats and other ingredients to the international food service sector.
Vietnam’s largest aquarium opens to public
The biggest-ever aquarium in Vietnam officially opened yesterday at Vinpearl Land resort in the southern coastal city of Nha Trang.
The aquarium covers an area of 3,400sq.m and houses around 200 species of water-dwelling creatures from northern and southern Asia, the Amazon basin and Vietnam’s coastal areas.
Later this year, a venue for dolphin performances will be completed in the aquarium’s Water World area.
(Source: Viet Nam News)
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