Vietnam Travel in Brief 26/10
Italian cruise ships brings 1,200 tourists to Ho Chi Minh City
Saigontourist Travel Service Co received nearly 1,200 foreign tourists who came aboard the Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra which docked at Ho Chi Minh City's Nha Rong Port on Sunday morning.
It took them on a sightseeing tour of the city and My Tho in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
The ship left for Da Nang in the evening, on to Ha Long Bay Vietnam before leaving for Hong Kong on Wednesday.
This was the first of 33 trips the ship would make to Vietnam between October and June next year, Saigontourist said.
Vietnam Airlines launches new Indochina route
The national flag carrier will begin flying from Hanoi to Luang Prabang in Laos and on to Seam Reap in Cambodia from Sunday, October 28. There will be five weekly flights on this route - on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Vietnam Airlines has said the once-weekly circular route from Hanoi to Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, and back, using a 79-seat Fokker, is profitable.
Da Nang tries to become more tourist-friendly
The Da Nang City authorities have promised 'tougher' measures against local vendors who harass foreign tourists. Task forces will be dispatched to three areas where foreign tourists congregate in numbers - the city centre, Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) and Hai Van Pass - to improve security and general order.
Educational campaigns aimed at helping citizens improve the city's image will also be started.
The city has also instructed the administrations of Hai Chau, Son Tra, Lien Chieu, and Ngu Hanh Son districts, where the above tourist hot spots are situated, to continue the fight against tourist harassment.
Illegal Korean tour guides offered a chance to become legitimate
The Social Science and Humanities University in Ho Chi Minh City has opened a course on Vietnam for Korean nationals, who want to work in the tourism industry here.
The Vietnamese tourism authority has said the course will help reduce the number Korean tour guides working illegally in the country.
Victoria hotels launch festive season packages
Victoria Hotels & Resorts is offering Festive Season packages at its six luxury retreats and beach spa resorts in Vietnam and a resort in Seam Reap in Cambodia.
The Christmas and New Year four-day, three-night package celebrates the 'Sapa Festive Season' at the Victoria Sapa Resort. It includes an overnight round-trip journey from Hanoi abroad the private Victoria Express train plus a gala dinner.
The two resorts in the Mekong Delta celebrate the Mekong Delta Festive Season with four-day/three-night packages at the Victoria Can Tho Resort and Victoria Chau Doc Hotel. It includes gala dinners and river trips to floating markets.
(Source: Viet Nam News)