Vietnam travel in brief 10/05
All-natural resort bans plastic, styrofoam
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort&Spa are making an effort to reduce the use of plastic bags and styrofoam containers by delivering all loose goods in rattan or fibre bags.
Styrofoam containers in the canteen have been replaced by reusable containers and items are carried in recyclable containers within the resort. The dustbins in the kitchen are being replaced by reusable containers to eliminate the use of plastic bags. Overall, the use of non-recyclable containers and bags has been reduced by over 90%.
Hanno Stamm, the general manager of the resort, explains, "It is not only about reducing the use of these materials in the resort, but it is about starting a change of thinking in the community."
Victoria organises a "Green Day" every year at popular nature spots near all of its six resorts and spas in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Tourism season begins in central province
A tourism festival themed River and Water Festival – Cua Lo Tourism 2008 kicked off in Cua Lo town in Nghe An Province last week.
Attractions of this year’s season in the central province include visits to President Ho Chi Minh’s native village of Sen, the hometown of great poet Nguyen Du, and Emperor Quang Trung’s Temple, and other cultural activities like boat racing and folk games.
Cua Lo, whose hotels and guesthouses have 12,000 beds, is expected to attract 1.4mil visitors, including 15,000 foreigners, this year.
Craft village info centre opens in capital
A centre to provide information about the planning and development of Vietnam’s craft villages as well as market news and updates on craft-training programmes was opened by the Vietnam Craft Village Association in Hanoi last week.
The centre will host forums to help associations and non-governmental organisations participate in activities to support craft villages in Vietnam.
Night market reopens in DaLat Vietnam
The Da Lat Night Market opened again last week after a three-year hiatus following law and order problems. The market, which has 50 booths selling food and drinks, remains open from 5.30pm to 5am.
According to the DaLat People’s Committee, the market has a management board to ensure safety and order. Market regulations stipulate that employees must wear uniforms and name tags, and booth owners must sell food and drinks at listed prices.
Ho Chi Minh City-Siem Reap bus service launched
Kumho Samco Express Co. has announced that a bus route will be launched between HCM City and Cambodia’s Siem Reap later this month for passengers flying by Kumho Asiana Airlines.
The firm, a joint venture between Kumho Samco Express, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Kumho Asiana Group, and Vietnam’s Sai Gon Transportation Mechanical Corp, has selected the backpackers’ area in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 as the point of departure and arrival.
The airlines has begun the new service since it does not fly between the two destinations.
Kumho Samco Express already operates bus services from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, DaLat, Phan Thiet, Ca Mau, and Can Tho Vietnam.
Vietnamese tourists flock to Cambodia
Vietnamese were the third largest group of tourists to visit Cambodia in the first quarter, just behind South Koreans and Japanese.
Most Vietnamese chose to travel to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and the coastal Kampongsom.
Cambodia’s Tourism Ministry plans to upgrade infrastructure and promote tourism co-operation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries – which also includes Laos and Thailand – to attract more tourists.
It expects to receive more than 2.3mil foreign tourists this year.
(Source: Viet Nam News, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/05/782314/)