Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Ha Long Bay’s World Wonder bid receives a boost

Vietnamese people will have the chance to vote for Ha Long Bay as a new World Wonder through a TV programme to be broadcast live on October 29. The live programme will be concurrently aired on Vietnam Television’s Channel 1 (VTV1) linking four places: Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, the […]

Ghenh Rang – memories of history and tragedy

Ghenh Rang – memories of history and tragedy

A tour to Quy Nhon is not complete without a visit to a national relic – the grave of poet Han Mac Tu in Ghenh Rang Hill. Quy Nhon is a port town which traces its roots back to the last kingdom of Champa people in the tenth century who built the My Son Sanctuary […]

Vietnam, India plan direct flights

Vietnam, India plan direct flights

A direct service between Viet Nam and India is on the cards following a memorandum of understanding signed between Vietnam Airlines and India’s largest private carrier, Jet Airways. Under the MoU for comprehensive co-operation signed in New Delhi on Wednesday during the ongoing visit by President Truong Tan Sang, the carriers will jointly evaluate the […]

Ba Na – “the green fairy”

Ba Na – “the green fairy”

Sitting 1,487km above sea level and within spitting distance of Da Nang City, the Ba Na resort area offers a wonderful respite for any weary traveller.   With its awesome landscape and year-round cool, Ba Na serves up the perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city. However, the resort’s only accessible by […]

TRAVEL IN BRIEF 7/10

TRAVEL IN BRIEF 7/10

Firms offer flood experience tours Travel firms in the Mekong province of An Giang are offering tours for visitors to experience the flood season between late July and mid-October. “Though An Giang has entered its major flooding season, we go ahead with our tours,” said Nguyen Phu Phuc, deputy director of An Giang Tourimex’s tourism […]

The cadle of Vietnamese Buddhism

The cadle of Vietnamese Buddhism

On the way to Bac Ninh Province in northern Vietnam, we were told that Phat Tich is an ancient pagoda at the foot of Phat Tich Mountain. But upon arrival, we were surprised at what was seen there. Almost everything, especially wooden structures, is new. Nearly US$9 million has been spent over the past four […]

Hanoi, Hoi An among best Asian destinations

Hanoi, Hoi An among best Asian destinations

Hanoi and Hoi An ancient quarter in the central province of Quang Nam have been named among the top ten destinations in Asia for 2011, in an online poll conducted by Hong Kong-based travel and trade journal, Smart Travel Asia. Hanoi is ranked equal sixth with Shanghai, China while Hoi An was jointly rated seventh […]