Archive for April, 2011

Vietnam is striving to name itself among the group of countries which have most developed sea tourism in South East Asia, together with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. From now to 2020, Vietnam travel needs to form up five sea tourism regions with high competitiveness, namely Halong-Cat Ba, Lang Co-Son Tra-Hoi An, Nha Trang-Cam Ranh, Phan Thiet-Mui Ne and Phu Quoc island.

Sea tourism development on the focus

With the theme “Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa: Civilized and Hospitality”, the Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011, will take place from June 11-15 in Nha Trang City. The festival will have one day event for Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. Nha Trang is one of the most destinations of Vietnam tour.

The sea festival will include around 50 events which will run throughout June. The most important parts will be activities to support the International Environmental Day (June 5), the International Ocean Day and the “Day for Truong Sa”.

Company of Vietnam tour - Vietravel will resume air tours to neighboring Cambodia, starting on April 30, after almost one year’s halt due to low demand, said its communications manager.

The Ho Chi Minh City-based firm, which won an Outstanding Tour Operator 2010 title from Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, launched four-day air tours to the neighboring country last summer for almost US$500 per tourist. The high rate discouraged Vietnamese travelers and the service was halted.

Quang Ninh and Khanh Hoa provinces will celebrate two major festivals this May and June.

The Halong Tourism Week is taking place between April 29 th and May 2 nd at the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, and the event will highlight a street carnival to mark its fifth annual celebration.

The week will feature festivities to showcase cultural characteristics of each locality in the province, including processions of the local gods.

Since the last few years, the number of tourists registering for tours had increased sharply but this year the numbers have dwindled, casting a gloomy shadow over the Vietnam tour industry.

The National Unification Day and Labor Day (30/4 & 1/5) holidays are peak time for many tourist agencies, but this year people are cutting costs, living economically and coping with inflation by avoiding unnecessary expenses.

High price tours

Ngu Hanh Son Mountain elevator will be operational just in time for Reunification Day on April 30 to take advantage of the national holiday.

The management board of Ngu Hanh Son tourist area in Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City confirmed the news that will make it easier for tourists to visit Linh Ung Pagoda at the top of the mountain.It is popular as a destinations of Vietnam tour.

If Hanoi is the grand old dame of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City is the brash young floozy, then Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An are the alluring mistresses you encounter along the way. Here landscape, architecture, culture and cuisine work their seduction via subtle charms rather than sensory overload.

The first stop on our north-south journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City was a side trip to the unchanging wonders of Halong Bay, where thousands of limestone outcrops rear from the placid aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Many people are finding it hard to book tours during national Reunification Day (April 30) as Vietnam travel firms have closed their books.

Due in part to the long holiday, a lot of families have made plans for domestic travel. Especially popular destinations are Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Sapa, Halong, Cat Ba and Phu Quoc.

Big companies of Vietnam tour such as Saigontourist and Hanoitourist said tours including Hanoi-Saigon-Phu Quoc-Con Dao are full. There are only a few vacancies for tours of Hanoi-Da Nang-Saigon, Hanoi-Nha Trang-Dalat.

Renowned travel agency Saigontourist has a group of 15 Australian tourists currently traveling around the country by motorcycle.

A group of Vietnamese and foreign tourists in a bike tour across Vietnam

They started off on April 3 from the city and finish the Asian Experience on the April 21. It is the first time the group has experienced this unique way of exploring Vietnam tour but Saigontourist has made sure they will be well looked after.

The Vietnam travel firms pointed to a series of negative factors affecting their costs, including a strong increase of transportation fees due to higher oil prices and inflation.

“The transportation fee is an example. It has increased by 10% since last week on top of a 15% increase last month. We need to raise up the tour price alongside lowering our profit margin,” said Ung Phương Dung, director of Indochina Services Vietnam. She said tour operators are mulling a price increase of some 10% for inbound packaged tours.