Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district

Mt.Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Phousi Mountain (Luang Prabang)

The Phousi Mountain is situated in the centre of Luang Prabangs. To climb up the mountain can be hard but it is definitely worth the trip. There is a formidable view from the top of the mountain where you can see "The Royal Palace", and the surrounding rivers and villages.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

The Shwedagon Pagoda officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw, also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a 99 metres gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma.

Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda, Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam.

Mar 28, 2015

No cars day in Vientiane

With the aim to promote tourism in Vientiane, the authorities here present tourists with numerous walking streets. This idea has proved to be successful in the early of this year.

The car – free streets take place from January 31th to February 1st and February 7th to 8th along the roads skirting Mekong river.

After making trial, the authorities have proposed to turn Chao Anou and Francois Ngin into permanent car – free streets on Saturdays and public holidays. This idea of walking streets has been widely welcomed by both tourists and local residents.

The proposal is still under consideration and if granted, the activity will be organised in the same place again.

According to Mr Chanthasack, the trial attracted 7,200 local and foreign visitors during 31 January to 1 February and almost 20,000 during 7 to 8 February.

Mar 27, 2015

Cambodia’s travel growth rate increases by 4%

According to the national statistics and tourist Information Department, there is an increase of 4.2 % in tourist arrivals rate in January, this year. The country attracted 460,577 visits which is higher than last year (442,045 visits) during the same month.

The statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism showed that there were 76,707 visits to Vietnam compared to 51,013 during the same month last year ( + 50.4%). South Korea (73,059; -5.3%); China (53,165; +3.8%); Laos (34,458; +1.8%); and the United States (24,465; +8.5%) were in the top 5 leading supply markets. With the number of 22,250 visits increasing 39.6 % from 15,936 visits, Thailand is at the 6th place.

There are 57.0% (262,356) of all international visitors travel by plane in January. Siem Reap Airport gained the major share of 36.6% (168,539) and Phnom Penh Airport received a market share of 20.4% (93,817).

Overland travel accounts for 40.3% (185,550) trips through checkpoints with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, while sea travel is only at 2.8% (12,671).

Siem Reap – the home of Angkor Wat accounted for 49.6% (267,015 visits) in tourist arrivals while Phnom Penh and other destinations gained the share of 36.0% (193,562 visits). Ecotourism accounted for 1.2% (6,483 visits) and the share of Coastal areas was 13.2% with 71,072 visits.

In January, outbound trips by Cambodians reached 82,107 which increased by 19.7% from 68,618 during the same month last year.

Mr. Hun Sen - the Cambodian Prime Minister, said tourism played an important role in sustaining economic growth, creating new jobs and reducing poverty.

This year, the country’s target is 5 million international visitors, a rise of 11% from 4.5 million last year.

Top 10 source markets to Cambodia January 2015

Mar 26, 2015

Vietjet welcomes A321 to broaden network

Vietjet has just welcomed its first A321 over the weekend. Coded VN-A65, It is also the 9000th A321 produced by Airbus.

This 220 –seat A321 Airbus belongs to the latest generation of Airbus narrowbody aircraft.
The additional A321 airbus has increased the Vietjet’s fleet to 23 aircrafts. This arrival plays an important role in helping the company exploit the routes to Korea and Japan.

VietJet managing director, Luu Duc Khanh, said; “The new fleet will further facilitate our business plan as well as offer customers more flying experiences.”

It is currently operating 28 routes to domestic destinations and numerous international ones to South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Cambodia.

Mar 21, 2015

Luang Prabang celebrates World heritage

At Luang Prabang, on 12 March 2015: A Luang Prabang gives plan is outlined to celebrate its 20th anniversary of its World Heritage Site listing by UNESCO this December.

Vientiane Times informed an official celebration will take place in Luang Prabang 7 to 9 December to mark the anniversary.

Activities in event will include seminars on the protection, conservation and development of the town as a World Heritage Site, as well as meetings and a public parade, photo exhibition, and drawing contest for young people.

These events will concerntrate on Luang Prabang and its role as the country’s top tourist destination while supporting handicraft sales, as well as cultural performances and sports.

The highlights of the event will be an elephant parade led by a white elephant. According to Khampheng Xaysompheng- Luang Prabang provincial governor, the event will showcase the achievements of Luang Prabang in protecting, preserving as well as developing the town to ensure its value is maintained since it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

The economy of province is growing at an average of 8.2% per year, and average income per person per year is USD 1, 450.

The town authorities realize the worth of tourism in terms of revenue and job creation, but they need to recognise that a very high level of stewardship is required to ensure the next generation can enjoy Luang Prabang’s heritage.

Luang Prabang capital is located on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and mountain ranges, namely the Phou Thao and Phou Nang ranges that encircle the city.

It was known as Meuang Xua, then Xieng Thong and from the 14th to 16th centuries the town became the capital of the powerful Kingdom of Lane Xang (Kingdom of a Million Elephants). Probably, it dates back more than 1,200 years.

But Luang Prabang attracted the imagination of travellers because of the fusion of traditional and French colonial architecture during the 19th and 20th centuries and its chill-out ambience that still survives despite a tourism boom. In Asia, it is one of the few remaining towns that reflect a blending of two distinct cultural traditions.

Mar 20, 2015

Kenya Airline flies to Hanoi

At Hanoi, on 12 March 2015: Kenya Airways will start a new service linking Hanoi and Nairobi, effective 30 March.
Kenya Airways announced that they will create three flights a week to the Vietnamese capital with using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
From Nairobi Airport, The flights will depart at 2220 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and arrive in Hanoi at 1155 next day with a return flights departing Hanoi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Kenya Airways’ managing directors and CEOs, Mbuvi Ngunze, said there was strong potential to grow the route due to economic expansion in Vietnam.
“Over recent years, Vietnam has enjoyed stable economic growth, including an increase in trade with Africa. As the first African airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, we intend to leverage this growth.”
Kenya Airways and Sky Team partner, Vietnam Airline will work closely together, to offer connections from Hanoi to Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and China. Currently, Kenya Airways flies to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carriers over 3 million passengers annually.
It's after Thailand, China, Hong Kong and India Vietnam will be the fifth destinations in Asia.

Mar 19, 2015

Vietnam’s low-cost airline adds flights

At Singapore, on 13 March 2015: Vietjet Air has announced plans to increase flights from one to two daily on its Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City route, effective 30 May.

The airline says the growth is due to a growing demand for low-cost air travel between the two destinations.

It's only two roundtrips per day; the new route will have a capacity of 5,040 seats a week. The expanded plan will see daily flights depart Singapore Changi International Airport at 1350 and 1800 (local times). At HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, two hours and five minutes is for the flight time of flights departs at 0855 and 1400 (local times).

Currently, Vietjet operates 150 flights daily with a fleet of 21 A320 Airbus aircraft on 28 routes. To go on routes expanding, Vietjet will take delivery of more Airbus A320s this September. Customers can purchased tickets through booking online at via Vietjet’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vietjetairvietnam or www.vietjetair.com.

Mar 18, 2015

Ho Chi Minh city (Sai Gon) made into top destinations for short holidays

Discovering the beautiful temples in Cho Lon, exploring the history of Cu Chi tunnels are two things to do in Ho Chi Minh city that Skyscanner recommend you.
Here are the 5 destinations with beautiful sceneries that you are advised to visit by Skyscanner.

With the high GDP growth rate, Ho Chi Minh city interests not only tourists but also many foreign investors. Photo taken by: Hồ Như Ý. 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
Being the biggest and busiest city in the country, Ho Chi Minh city (Sai Gon) is sometimes misunderstood as the capital of Vietnam. If you want to explore the landscapes of the city, it is advisable for you to visit Cho Lon – a place of many pagodas. Moreover, Cu Chi tunnel is a great place for you to have a history lesson about Vietnam. This place used to be a revolutionary base in the war against America. These are the interesting things to do in Ho Chi Minh city that are sure to give you an impressive and wonderful experience.

Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Chiang Mai is the place where stands one of the most impressive pagodas in Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang, built in the 15th century, is one of the leading tourist destinations in this country. Visiting this tourist attraction creates a chance for tourists to enjoy and learn how to cook the stunning traditional dishes. Moreover, tourists can also explore the cultural landscapes of this beautiful city.

Hong Kong, China 
If you are about to have a trip with your kids, Hong Kong is a perfect selection. You can shop to your heart’s content at the bustling central of the city. All the goods here including the luxury ones (except for wine and cigarettes) are exempt from tax.

Medan, Indonesia
Mechan is a perfect destination city for people who have passion for culture and architecture. The Grand Mosque (also known as Masjid Raya) was built following the Moroccan architecture by a Dutch architect. This place is one of the most outstanding tourist sites in the city. Visiting this place, you can have an opportunity to enjoy the durians at Durian Ucok and sip a cup of coffee at Otten with your family and friends.

Perth, Australia 
If you are having a relaxing break in your mind, you should visit Perth city in Australia. A stroll along the river or in the green vineyards in the evenings is sure to bring you pleasure. You can hire a car to vineyards along the Margaret river or lie on the famous beaches in Cottesloe.

Mar 17, 2015

Finishing touches to airport

At ATTAPEU, on 3 march 2015: The Attapeu International Airport construction is completed 90% now and is expected to open for the the first flight soon.

Followed to the earlier report the airport was supposed to be ready for flights by May.Construction was reported that it would be began in 2013 by Laos News Agency and once completed the airport should contribute to socio-economic & tourism development in Attapeu province.

With a cost of USD36 million through a loan from Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company of Vietnam, the airport was constructed. The group has invested around USD1 billion in rubber tree plantations in Attapeu province.

The airport will be able to fill with 70-100 seat planes such as Fokker 70, Fokker 100, the ATR 72 and MA-60. It will become the 4th gatewway of country for international travel. Firstly is Vientiane’s Wattay International followed by Luang Prabang and Pakse airports. At present Pakse International Airport is the nearest airport.

It's about 200km in the Northwest of Attapeu. Laos Airlines provide couple of regional services to Cambodia and Thailand. Attapeu boders Vietnam and Cambodia, destinations attract tourists included three waterfalls on the Xepain River, the 16th-century Saysetthatthirath pagoda and Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine.It is about 600 km southeast of Vientiane.

Read more: Laos travel information

Mar 16, 2015

Vietnam: February figures fall

At Hanoi, on 5 March 2015: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 756,000 international visitors in February representing a decline of 10.2% over the same month last year.

(The country welcomed 756,000 international travelers in February were estimated by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. It represents a decline of 10.2% over the same month last year.)
The trips are from Thailand to Vietnam ranked in 10th place at 19,376 trips; an increase of 1.5%.
South Korea led as Vietnam’s top source market with 145,563 visits improving 68.1%. Other top performers were China, Japan, the United States, and Australia.
Neighbouring Cambodia, in 17th place, contributed 27,953 trips representing a decline of 20.9% over the same month last year.

All of the country’s top markets are in the Asia/Pacific region with exception of the US (fourth), Russia (sixth), and France (ninth).

The bulk of arrivals in February (610,834) passed through the two main aviation gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

From January to February this year, 1,456,692 international tourists were welcomed with declining 10.0% when compared to the same period last year.

Its data was updated by VNAT on its website, earlier this week, sourced from the government statistics office.

Top 10 main markets for Vietnam tourism in February 2015

Hoi An made into top 10 most romantic destinations in the world

CNN has voted Hoi An city as the third most romantic destination in the world because of its ancient and elegant appearance along with the stunning food at affordable prices.

1. Udaipur, India
Appears like a mirage on the edge of the desert, Udaipur is really a precious treasure with beautiful palaces, spectacular fortresses and numerous goldsmiths. You are sure to know the reason why this place is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Asia when contemplating the beauty of Pichola lake and the luxury architectural works in the Rajput era.

2. Waiheke island, New Zealand 
Waiheke island with its beautiful beaches surrounded by green mountains and numerous bays attracts a huge number of tourists every year. Also, there are dozens of wine shops and factories located here. Visiting this wonderful island, couples are bound to have a golden chance to sip gulps of wine in the fresh and romantic atmosphere. Only a 30 minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf and you can get to this paradise island.

3. Cafayate, Argentina 
This is a romantic sightseeing place in front of Andes Moutains with a lot of hills and colorful cafés along the roads. Coming to Cafavate, couples can sit here for hours with glasses of grape wine and contemplate the original mountain with layers of sediment. The mountain looks as if it were manipulated by an abstract artist.

4. Hoi An, Vietnam 
For the gourmets with tight budget, Hoi An is a perfect place to come and enjoy. Apart from the attraction from the cuisines, Hoi An was also highly appreciated for its ancient, elegant but no less romantic look. This place is certain to bring couples peace to their soul.

5. Quirimbas Islands, Mozambique
Located off the coast of northeastern Mozambique, Quirimbas islands are the collection of white fine sand shore jutting out of a turquoise sea. This place is considered as one of the most ideal place in Africa for diving, birding or simply lounging.

6. Middleburg, Virginia, America 
Middleburg is crowded without being noisy, historic without being antiquated. Along the streets are the contiguous houses with white picket fence and gently curving vines standing next to numerous wine factories. This beautiful scene makes it a romantic getaway for couples.

7. Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
The bridge is considered as the symbol of reconciliation and ethnic harmony in Balkan. This spot is also famous for its cobblestone streets, colorful shops and multi – ethnic restaurants along the bank of Neretva river. These destinations are the places that you cannot miss when visiting Monstar.

8. Peter island, British Virgin Islands 
With one marina, two amusement areas, four dining options, five beaches and numerous opportunities for sailing or scuba diving, this paradise resort is bound to bring couples a lot of interesting experiences.

9. Vernazza, Italy 
Vernazza is one of the five fishing villages collectively called Clinque Terre. The Sentiero Azzurro (blue trail) connecting between Riomaggiore and Manarola villages is a perfect place to have a picnic lunch and take a walk around the hill – hugging vineyards.

10. Galle, Sri Lanka 
The ancient seaside town is one of the most beautiful and peaceful town in Sri Lanka. This place is not wide – known for long coastline but for the old castles which are in the list of the World Cultural Heritage.