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.

Oct 23, 2014

Sapa needs free Wi-Fi

sapa needs free wifi

LAO CAI, 22 October 2014: Hanoi-based Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) has proposed that the free Wi-Fi programme be extended to Sapa to give visitors convenient access to the internet while visiting the far north destination.

Most major tourist destinations in Vietnam are developing free Wi-Fi as a tool to encourage more tourists and provide better communications services.

According to the centre, Sapa should have the free service as soon as possible, between now and early 2015.

The central city of Danang was the latest city to offer a free municipal Wi-Fi network at a cost of USD2 million that provides 300 hotspots, serving 10,000 local residents and tourists. The first locality in Vietnam to offer free Wi-Fi coverage was the World Heritage town of Hoi An in Quang Nam province, about 50 km south of Danang.

In April 2012, Halong City followed with 106 hotspots, but more will be added by next year. Other Wi-Fi towns and locations include Hue, Da Lat, Cat Ba,ed Tam Dao, and at Saigon Railway Station.
Over the next two years Quang Ninh province will provide more free Wi-Fi at economic and tourist hub cities such as Uong Bi, Cam Pha, Van Don and Mong Cai.

Sapa attracted 800,000 tourists in the first half of this year, a 25% increase over last year. More than 1.26 million tourists visited Sapa, last year, generating more than USD118 million in revenue. Sapa nestles in a mountain range overlooking Lao Cai and is best known for trekking, cool weather and its role as a market town for ethnic minority groups.

The best time to visit Sapa is from February to April and September to November to enjoy spring and autumn weather. It is extremely cold in December and January and guest houses lack heaters in the rooms. Four-star hotels are better equipped to keep their guests warm even to featuring fireplaces in bars or lobbies.

Source: TTRweekly

Tags: Sapa village trekking

Oct 20, 2014

The first Hilton hotel in Myanmar

Hilton has expanded its global portfolio of hotels to the beautiful country of Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country’s capital city.

Set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens, the 202-key Hilton Nay Pyi Taw spans more than 100 acres of land and is situated within the developing Dekhina Thiri Township.
Owned by Eden Group Company Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is in a prime location within easy reach of the main government administrative offices, and is 24 kilometers (a 30-minute drive) from the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. The hotel is also located near Ruby Hall, the meetings and conventions venue at which the upcoming Ninth East Asia Summit will be held in November 2014.

“The opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is a very significant milestone for Hilton Worldwide; it marks the entry of the company into the dynamic and emerging market of Myanmar,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “Being one of the first international hospitality companies to enter many different countries in Asia Pacific – including Japan 51 years ago, China 26 years ago and Myanmar today – we continue to explore new frontiers, being where the world’s business and leisure travelers want to be.”
All 202 rooms and suites featutre Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions offering satellite TV channels. The hotel offers a wide selection of rooms and suites including one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites and two Presidential Suites. Guests staying in the suites will enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge which offers complimentary continental breakfast, all-day light refreshments as well as evening cocktails.
To cater to the MICE market, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers five function spaces including a standing reception area that can accommodate up to 410 people in the 458 square-meter ballroom. A business center is also available for guests to stay connected and productive throughout their stay.

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers three restaurant and bar options, as well as in-room dining round the clock.
For recreation, the hotel has a spa, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a tennis court. 
Guests staying at the first Hilton hotel in Myanmar, from 24 November 2014 to 31 March 2015, can earn 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points per night, up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus points per stay.
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Oct 17, 2014

VietJet to Launch Hanoi - Siem Reap Flights

hanoi seamreap

VietJet is to launch flights between Hanoi in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambdoia, effective 3 November 2014.

Flights will depart Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 17:15 and take off from Siem Reap International Airport at 20:05 daily (local time).

The flight duration per sector is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

“We are delighted to introduce Siem Reap as our latest destination which further demonstrates our strong commitment to developing one of the most dynamic flight network across the Asia Pacific region. With its rich culture and fascinating heritage, Siem Reap is one of the most inspiring destinations for travelers all over the world,” said Mr Desmond Lin, Business Development Manager of VietJet. “Our goal is to continue to offer more destinations to residents of Vietnam as well as for tourists travelling through the region. Every day, we strive to improve and enhance our services, facilitating tourism growth and contributing to the economic development of the region.”

VietJet currently operates 21 local and international routes. In addition to this latest connection to Cambodia, the airline also offers direct flights from Hanoi and Da Nang to Seoul and from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok.

Source: asiatraveltips
Tags: vietnam vacation

Oct 13, 2014

Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter with six more walking streets!!!

Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District’s People Committee recently opened six more walking streets to make it more convenient to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Friday evening through to Sunday.
According to local news reports, the streets are Hang Buom, Ma May, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dao Duy Tu, which connect to the existing Hang Dao-Dong Xuan pedestrian road.
The six-street area is famous for  heritage dating back to the 18th to 19th century including temples of Bach Ma, Quan De and Huong Tuong together with architecture that was typical of Hanoi in the last century.
Along the streets, buskers will perform traditional music “hat xam” (minstrel songs), “chau van” (spiritual singing), and “ca tru” (ceremonial songs) as well as jazz.
Last month, the 300-metre long Hang Buom Street was identified as a food street, serving Hanoi’s traditional confectionery and beverage and some European and Asian dishes for visitors to the night market along Hang Dao- Dong Xuan streets.
Hanoi Old Quarter was listed among the best 95 attractions in the capital in 2014 by TripAdvisor.
The number of foreign arrivals to Hanoi for the first nine months of the year has surpassed 2 million, up 15% from the same period last year, according to the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The capital city welcomed a record 2.5 million international tourists last year increasing 12% from 2013.
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More Muslim travellers are visiting Vietnam.

More Muslim travellers from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and the Middle East are visiting Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism deputy director, La Quoc Khanh, said that the number of tourists from Muslim countries, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, has gone up considerably in recent years.

Most Indonesian and Malaysian tourism firms have said that tourists visit Vietnam because the country offers affordable tours and commodity prices that fit their budget.
Many carriers from the Middle East – including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines – have opened direct routes to Vietnam, helping to raise the number of Muslim tourist arrivals to the Southeast Asian nation.
Muslim tourists are now a major target for Vietnam which are more than 972 million Muslims resident in Asia Pacific aline.
Vietnam has some distance to cover to bring its restaurants and hotels up to speed on providing Halal food and gaining a better understanding of what constitutes a Muslim-friendly travel environment.
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Establish new small aircraft base at Mandalay international airport.

State-owned airline Myanma Airways will establish a small aircraft base at Mandalay’s international airport to expand its domestic commuter flights to secondary destinations.
According to the Eleven Myanmar news report, the Mandalay hub will be a base for airline services to Nyaung Oo, Heho, Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio, using Beech Craft and Grand Caravan aircraft.
The airline also intends to fly sightseeing trips from the airport for tourists staying in Mandalay.
The media quoted unnamed official as saying that MA has submitted the proposal to Department of Civil Avaition.
The sightseeing flights will cover upstream and downstream trips along the Ayeyawady River, Began-Nyaung Oo-Poppa-Moneywa, Pyin Oo Lwin-Gote Htake and Pintaya-Inle-Pyadalin cave (Nywa Ngan).
MA bought four Beech Craft and a Cessna Grand Caravan.
Myanma Airways is the sole national flag carrier and state-owned airline of Myanmar, based in Yangon. In the past it prospered mainly on royalties it received from other airlines it partnered with. There was also a rule that ensured the state airline held shares in all other airlines flying in the country.
It operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations from its main Yangon International Airport base. Most tour operators avoid using the airline due to its poor safety record in the past.
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Myanmar develop tourism around Inle Lake.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says a plan to develop tourism around Inle Lake is being discussed in order to boost tourism to the region.
The tourism minister, Htay Aung, told local media that the ministry has already mapped out destination management plans for the tourism sector in Inle Region and will reveal them shortly.
“We will hold discussions with international organisations next month. The plan will kick off  once agreements are inked.”
The ministry has joined hands with the Institute for International Development and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and tour destinations in and around Inle Lake.
The plan is part of the master plan for the tourism sector that focuses on Inle, Kayah State.
The tourism master plan includes 12 regions – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kyaikhteeyoe, Ngapali, Ngwesaung, Putao, Myeik, Naga, Natmauk Mountain, Loikaw and Inle.
Some business owners from the tourism industry say Inle Lake needs to be protected rather than exploited for tourism.
The minister said: “Inle Lake is our natural heritage. The President said we should not build hotels and inns recklessly in Bagan as travellers go there to study the cultural footprints of the zone, not to rest in luxurious accommodation. No one will be willing to visit Myanmar if our cultural, natural heritages is destroyed. We should make a collective push to maintain our landmarks.”
Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Townshipof Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar.
It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 sqkm), and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet (880 metres).
The best time of the year to visit is during September and October.
The nearest airport is Heho Airport which is 35 km away. There are flights from both Yangon and Mandalay. Yangon is 660 km away by road, Mandalay 330 km.
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Oct 10, 2014

Hanoi celebrate Liberation Day!!!

The capital Hanoi will let off fireworks at 9pm on October 10 to celebrate the 60 th anniversary of its Liberation Day. 

The fireworks display is planned for 30 venues across the city, including five high-range shows at Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, West Lake, Van Quan Lake and My Dinh National Stadium. 

Local businesses have donated 4.5 billion VND for the performance. 

In the meantime, celebratory activities are taking place across the capital, including the Hanoi Traditional Craft Village Tourism Festival, which started on October 9 and will run through to October 12. 

The festival is part of the authorities’ effort to preserve and develop traditional craft villages in Hanoi as well as promote their image for tourism purposes. 

A number of documentaries and films about Hanoi are being screened, while some 60 art performances are to take place on the Liberation Day (October 10). 

The sound leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap and the sacrifice of the people during the nine-year resistance war led to the celebrated Dien Bien Phu Victory. On October 10, 1954, Hanoians welcomed the victorious troops who returned to liberate the capital city. 

“From a city with a small economy and population, Hanoi has risen strongly from the debris of war, affirming its role as a major national hub,” Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi told the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion. 

Harbouring vast potentials, spiritual and material strengths, glorious traditions and noble dignities, Hanoi has made outstanding achievements, praised by international friends as “the Capital City of Human Dignity” and honoured by UNESCO as “the City for Peace”. 

The city’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) accounts for 10 percent of the national GDP, with an economic growth rate of more than 9.5 percent, 1.5 times higher than the country’s average. The municipal budget revenues totalled 163 trillion VND (7.7 billion USD) in 2013, 2.8 times higher than before the expansion in 2008, and accounting for 20 percent of the country’s total budget revenue. The city’s per capita income reached 52.3 million VND (2,490 USD) last year.-VNA

Oct 6, 2014

New international airport is going to be built in Bokeo.

Laos plans to build what it alls an international airport in Tonpheung district of Bokeo province to offer and boost convenient for tourist arrivals.
According to local media reports, the construction of the airport should start early 2015. It will be located close to the border with Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
The government awarded the contract to Dok Ngiew Kham Group to survey the site in 2012 and now the government is processing the construction contract with the same group.
Bokeo province governor, Khammane Souvileunt, was quoted as saying that the project will help to develop the local infrastructure in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
“It is a priority to strengthen the transportation system in order to link Laos with neighbouring countries.”
He added: “The airport will provide more favourable conditions for investment and should attract investors from Thailand, China, Myanmar and surrounding countries to invest in Bokeo province.”
Compensation has been paid to displaced families that were forced to move to make way for the development.
The airport construction in Tonpheung district is a joint venture between the government (70%) and DoK Ngiew Kham Group (30%).
The government signed an MoU with Dok Ngiew Kham Group, 16 January, 2012, to survey and construct the international airport in Tonpheung district, Bokeo province.
The district lies in northwest Laos and borders Tachilek district of Myanmar and Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong districts of Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
The Fourth Mekong Friendship Bridge connecting Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai province, Thailand and Huay Xai in Bokeo province, Laos opened on 11 December last year.
Huay Xai has a domestic airport and there is an airstrip for a casino close by on the Lao side of the Mekong River. The Bokeo airport project will ultimately position itself to compete with Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang Airport, also designated as an international gateway by the Thai government.
Thailand’s Transport Co Ltd, under the Ministry of Transport, offers bus services linking Thailand and Laos via the Fourth Mekong Friendship Bridge connecting Chiang Rai and Huay Xai in Bokeo province in Laos.
Tonpheung is about 56 km from Huay Xai district.

Myanmar add more countries to e-visa list

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has asked the tourism sector to identify nationalities that should be added to the list of 43 states that use the e-visa facility.
It is the first time that the government has sought private sector input on the visa rules and procedures.
The e-visa was launched, 1 September.
Introducing e-visas is a part of a wider plan to phase out visas-on-arrival by March 2015, which is cumbersome and requires pre-arrival paperwork. Officials believe that an efficient e-visa system would make the visa-on-arrival redundant.
Eleven Myanmar news quoted unnamed tourism executives, who stated that had been advised the list should be extended to all countries that have strong and cordial diplomatic relations.
Sources said the old system of pre-arranged visas with pick-up at the Yangon’s international airport will be phased out once all the e-visa teething problems have been solved.
“If the visa-on-arrival system was  withdrawn before the e-visa system works well, it would become inconvenient for visitors,” a tourism company executive told the news channel.
More promotion and information on how the e-visa works needs to be posted to ensure travellers are aware of the new service.
No details were given on the proposed extension of the e-visa country list. It will probably be updated with more countries, most likely those that do not have a Myanmar embassy to make it convenient for citizens and end the need to travel to a third country to file their application at the nearest embassy.
Many Myanmar-bound travellers visit Bangkok first to get a visa, although they usually combine the two countries in their holiday itinerary and their travel agency processes the visa while they are touring in Thailand.
The e-visa costs USD50 and is valid for 28 days for visitors arriving via Yangon International Airport. For other airport checkpoints and all overland border checkpoints, travellers must first apply for a visa at the nearest embassy or consulate.
Tourists must file their application on the Ministry of Immigration and Population’s website. It takes one week for the ministry to check the visa application. Once it has been approved, the ministry sends an official confirmation by email that the traveller can proceed with their travel arrangement to the country.
Once the traveller arrives in Yangon they must present a printout of the approval along with their passports at Yangon International Airport. They will also have to show the approval letter to airlines when boarding flights to Yangon.
The most important development for the e-visa would be extending its use to other airport arrival checkpoints used by international travellers, such as Nay Pyi Daw, Mandalay and Bagan, rather than limiting to Yangon.
It should also be applicable for travellers who visit North Thailand and want to enter Myanmar through the Mae Sai border checkpoint and then connect with flights at Tachilek airport which is just a few km inside Myanmar. It would help to establish the far north airport as an international gateway for travellers who want to combine North Thailand tours with trips to Mandalay or Bagan in Myanmar. That would save the need to back track to Bangkok to connect with flights to Yangon a costly diversion for visitors who are in North Thailand.

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