Vietnam Travel in Brief 23/2
Vietnam tourism events on show at ITB Berlin
Mekong Can Tho 2008 Tourism Festival, Hue Festival and the World Heritage site of HaLong Bay will be featured during the International Travel-Trade Show in Berlin (ITB) from March 5 to 9. Vietnam Airlines and 27 tour operators and hoteliers will also join the ITB, the world's leading travel trade show.
Do Tung Lam, director of the Vietnam Administration of Tourism's Centre for tourism consulting and promotion, said the national tourism authority would also call on visitors to cast a vote for Ha Long Bay as one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. The show's organiser said around 11,000 companies from 180 countries and territories will be exhibiting their products and services at the event.
Full-moon festival kicks off in southern province
The full-moon festival, one of the largest springtime festivals, began at Chua Ba (The Lady's Temple) in the southern province of Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot township yesterday.
Built in the mid-19th century, the Chinese-style Temple worships Lady Thien Hau (Queen of Heaven). The temple is being decorated with colourful flags and lanterns.
Nine lanterns will be auctioned to raise funds for the temple. The festival also includes the Lady Palanquin procession in which attendees worship and pray for happiness.
Ho Chi Minh City launches lucky tours for festive season
The Ho Chi Minh City-based travel agency Ben Thanh Tourist is offering from now until April 30 four special tours to destinations in the south for those who want to combine travel with a pilgrimage to pray for good fortune during the Lunar New Year holidays.
One of them is a two-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang which has many Buddhist relics, such as Ba Chua Xu Temple in Chau Doc. The tour, includes a stop at this temple in the Sam Mountain, where one can pray for good fortune, and a visit to the 33-metre high statue of Mitreya on Cam Mountain. The tour costs VND991,000 per guest for groups of 10 to 14.
Ben Thanh also offers a three-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City to the Hang pagoda in Ninh Thuan Province where tourists can pray for health and happiness. After praying, tourists travel to Vinh Hy Bay to enjoy a swim in the sea, and then go on to Po Klong Garai Temple, around nine kilometres northwest of Phan Rang Town where grapes are cultivated. The tour is priced at VND1.2mil per person for groups of 10 to 14.
Laos helps restore relics from Hue City
Laos' Sekong Province has agreed to provide 150 cu.m of high quality timber for restoring a series of historical sites in the former imperial city of Hue.
Phan Ngoc Tho, head of Thua Thien-Hue People's Committee's Administration Division, said the timber would will be used for the repair of wooden structures that were damaged by floods last year. These monuments and relics are expected to receive large number of visitors to the former royal city for the Hue Festival this year.
(Source: Viet Nam News)
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