Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Blockhouse coffee shop in Hanoi

Blockhouse coffee shop in Hanoi

At this coffee shop, you will sit down near a black loophole to sip a cup of black coffee and see the sunset on the West Lake. At the crossroad between To Ngoc Van and the road around the West Lake, there is a special coffee shop inside a blockhouse. This blockhouse is called “Mother […]

Ha Long Bay enters finale of new world natural wonder poll

Ha Long Bay enters finale of new world natural wonder poll

VietNamNet Bridge – Chairman of New7Wonders organization, Bernaro, presented a certificate to certify that Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay enters the final round of the poll on the seven new natural wonders of the world, to Quang Ninh province’s authorities on September 27. Bernaro said that he was impressed by the bay’s beauty. He confirmed to […]

Delta tourism to go through the roof

Delta tourism to go through the roof

A Saigontourist representative just unveiled the holding company would kick-off the construction of its four-star Saigon-Vinh Long hotel in Vinh Long city in the Mekong Delta at a cost of VND157 billion ($7.58 million) in the first quarter of 2012. The prospective hotel, consisting of nine floors, 84 rooms covering 2,300 square metres, is slated […]

Hue culture festival key National Tourism event

Hue culture festival key National Tourism event

Hue Festival 2012, titled Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development – A Rendezvous for Historical Cities will open on April 7 next year at the Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) Square in Hue City, organisers announced at a press briefing on Thursday. The organising board said the festival would be a major cultural event of the […]

Local tour operators shun travel insurance

Local tour operators shun travel insurance

Many foreign insurers enter Vietnam, helping diversify the country’s insurance product range and improve the competitiveness between insurers, according to the market consultancy Research and Markets.   However, travel insurance remains underdeveloped, the firm says. The Vietnam Tourism Law put an onus on travel agencies to buy insurance for local customers. Yet, figures from the […]

Foreign arrivals up 18.4 percent in eight months

Foreign arrivals up 18.4 percent in eight months

Vietnam welcomed about 3.96 million foreign visitors in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 18.4 percent, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). In August alone, the number of foreign arrivals rose 14.5 percent to 490,000. According to relevant agencies, growth was seen in all markets. Cambodia took […]

Ancient beauty at Binh Thuy Communal House

Ancient beauty at Binh Thuy Communal House

Coming to Can Tho City, a quiet area that tourists should not ignore is Binh Thuy Communal House, known in the past as Long Tuyen Communal House. Located in Binh Thuy Ward, about five kilometers from the center of Can Tho, the site is not as famous as other sites in the city such as […]

Travel firms urged to stimulate demand with Internet

Travel firms urged to stimulate demand with Internet

E-commerce has brought new opportunities for tourism development. However, Vietnamese travel firms have not paid appropriate attention to the issue. A Google’s survey has found out that over 98 percent of travelers make online searching before booking tours. Internet – the effective marketing tool still being ignored In 2010 and the first months of 2011, […]

Travel firms, airlines, local authorities seeking to attract Japanese travelers

Travel firms, airlines, local authorities seeking to attract Japanese travelers

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese travel firms now move ahead with the plans to attract more Japanese travelers to Vietnam, after they can see the signs of recovery from the market which was once seriously affected by the catastrophes. According to Nguyen Van Tran, General Director of APEX travel firm, specializing in the Japanese travel market, […]

Marvels of Pu Sam Cap Grotto

Marvels of Pu Sam Cap Grotto

Luckily, the road that winds alongside the valley and up the mountain offers terrific views. Though the chill grows stronger as one nears the destination, the climb up the mountain to the grotto’s entrance leaves one considerably warmer. Upon arrival, visitors can cast their eyes back over the valley. The whole village is often obscured […]

A “cultural death” threatens Vietnam’s tourism

A “cultural death” threatens Vietnam’s tourism

VietNamNet Bridge – The tourism industry has developed robustly in recent years and it has tried to take advantage of Vietnamese landscape and cultural identity to serve tourists. However, unorganized and unfriendly exploitation has unintentionally killed “cultural beauties”. Lach people have developed tourism based on their unique culture. However, their culture is being commercialized and […]

Slashing tour fees, travel firms block each other’s way

Slashing tour fees, travel firms block each other’s way

The number of travelers taking domestic tours has been increasing steadily. However, this does not mean good news for travel firms, which now try to slash the tour fees to scramble for clients. A representative of a travel firm said, that the high inflation and the global economic crisis both have led to the high […]