Archive for March, 2012

More than 40,000 tickets worth up to VND300,000 (US$15) to watch fireworks by the Han River in the central coastal city of Da Nang on April 29-30 have been issued, according to organizers at the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition.

Three fourths of the tickets will be sold to tourists, while the rest remain as invitations. Prices ranges from VND200,000 (US$10) to VND300,000 (US$15), and tickets can be purchased at booths set up by the Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and at some Vietnam travel agencies.

Descendance, a leading indigenous dance group from Australia, will make a tour of Vietnam, with the first performance in Hue city on April 7.

They will join artists from other countries to enthral audiences at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Hue Festival – a renowned international cultural event.

In addition to the opening ceremony, the Australian dancers will also perform throughout the festival, according to the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Those who have a liking for photography often indulge themselves with journeys to create their own collections. This type of traveling is called “photo tours,” and some Vietnam-based travel firms have recently arranged such tours to meet tourists’ demands.

Thanh Vu, marketing manager of a foreign corporation in Vietnam, said that in spite of being busy, he and his friends often carry photo cameras to roam everywhere for snapshots when having spare time. “We don’t put heavy emphasis on artistry, so we take very real and live pictures. The importance is when you look through the lens, the beauty alone is recorded. We really like this meaning, so we often self-organize such photo tours,” he said.

Vietnamese travel firms have vowed to lure more Japanese travelers to Vietnam. But how to do that remains a headache.

Doing business in pain

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) reported that 481,500 Japanese travelers to Vietnam tour in 2011, an increase of 8.9 percent in comparison with 2010.

“Being a fisherman at Vam Sat for one day” is the name of an eco-tour that gives travelers interesting experiences on their visit to Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City. The tour is served by Vam Sat Ecological Resort.

Located by the East Sea coast and 50 kilometers southeast of the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio District has many things for tourists to discover, from rivers to mangrove forests and the life of locals, especially fishermen.

It’s a big mistake to travel to Phu Quoc without visiting Dinh Cau (Cau Temple) which is known as the island’s symbol, especially when the sun gets ready to set on the sea.

It will be an unforgettable memory of your trip to the Pearl Island.

From the center of Duong Dong Town, tourists stroll on April 30 Street then turn left to Bach Dang Street for about 200 meters to get to the temple, where the sea, sand, sunlight and stones mingle into a romantic landscape.

The tourism promotion season begins. Companies of Vietnam tour now gear up to organize promotion campaigns to attract more foreign travelers to Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City strives to receive 3.78 million foreign travelers in 2012. The 10 leading markets which had the highest numbers of tourists coming to the city by air in 2011 were the US, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, France and Canada.

Gathering strength to expand the key markets