Strong VND reduces Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness: experts

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The stable dollar/dong exchange rate is having a negative impact on Vietnam’s agriculture and export sectors, especially the tourist industry, local economists warned Thursday. With the Vietnamese dong remaining stable against the strong U.S. dollar, tourism packages to Vietnam have become more expensive, Dr. Nguyen Duc Thanh said at a ceremony to introduce the annual 2015 Vietnam Economic Report in Hanoi. … [Read more...]

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Cau Dat tea hills in Da Lat

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(VOV) - About 25km from the city’s centre, Cau Dat village with its tea hills is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Da Lat City. … [Read more...]

Riding a cyclo among top 40 tourist experiences in Vietnam

"Riding a classic cyclo" is one of 40 unforgettable experiences for tourists in Vietnam, according to a list published on the website The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com. Besides the three-wheel bicycle taxis, other popular experiences include eating a bowl of steaming pho at a street-side restaurant, lighting incense at the famous Huong Pagoda in Hanoi, one of Vietnam's most famous Buddhist shrines, taking a bike tour in Hoi An ancient town, hiring a motorbike and zooming along city … [Read more...]

Purchase of railway stations eyed by big companies

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VietNamNet Bridge - Soon after the Ministry of Transport (MOT) announced the plan to call for public capital for railway projects, business tycoons announced they were interested in investment, even though they have no experience in the field. … [Read more...]

Basking in celestial splendour

Brisk start: The hustle and bustle of daily life begins early in Chuon Village. — VNS Photo Le Anh Vu

VietNamNet Bridge – A marshy village in Thua Thien – Hue Province has become a new tourist attraction with admirers saying its scenic beauty and cuisine offer something different from the usual. Phuoc Buu pays a visit, and is enthralled as well. There are sunsets and there are sunrises. And there are sunsets and sunrises in Chuon Village, villagers will tell you, and there are some visitors who'll back them. The village, which sits astride a lagoon 7km from Hue City centre, … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 29

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Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media: -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is scheduled to join a signing ceremony for the Vietnam – Eurasian Economic Union free trade agreement in Kazakhstan on Friday, part of his official visit to that country and Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria at the invitation of his counterparts to promote new cooperative mechanisms and encourage more foreign companies to invest in Vietnam. His visit will last … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh to host travel forum

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HA NOI (Biz Hub) — A conference on tourism cooperation among north-eastern provinces and cities will be held at Ha Long City from June 12 to 16. … [Read more...]

Mountain tunnel project nears completion

Vehicles travel through the Hai Van Tunnel. The new tunnel will allow vehicles to travel in separate tunnels following upgrade work. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

HA NOI — The Ministry of Transport (MOT), along with Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provincial authorities, started work yesterday on the opening of the VND15.6 trillion (US$726 million) Deo Ca Tunnel on National Route 1A. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City sees foreign arrival rise

Visitors tour Sac forest in HCM City, Can Gio district (Photo: VNA) Ho Chi Minh City catered for over 300,000 foreign visitors in May, 3.7 percent higher than last May, according to the municipal People’s Committee. May’s figure raised foreign arrivals in the city to over 1.85 million in the past five months, reflecting a rise of 5 percent year on year. The outcomes were attributed to a number of measures being employed by the authority to attract more visitors in 2015. The … [Read more...]

No visa fee proposed for int’l travelers

International tourists go through the immigration at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC. The Vietnam Tourism Association proposes the Government exempt all international tourists from the visa fee in the second half of this year

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) has proposed the Government exempt all international visitors to Vietnam from the visa fee from July and December this year to rein in the continued fall in foreign arrivals. Vu The Binh, vice chairman of VITA, said if the visa fee of US$45 per person was removed, local tour operators would be able to woo more international travelers as tourists could save not only the visa fee but also other service charges when applying for … [Read more...]