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.

Feb 8, 2015

Mekong Delta gets first cable car

mekong delta gets first cable car

A cable car system from the foot to the peak of Nui Cam (Forbidden Mountain) in An Giang Province's Tinh Bien District, the first of its kind in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, will be put into operation on February 14. The 3,500m system will have 89 cars to serve 2,000 passengers an hour.

The 700m Nui Cam, the highest point in the delta, is situated in the That Son (Seven Mountains) area around 70km from Long Xuyen City. It has beautiful landscapes and cool weather all year and is shrouded in intriguing legends.

The mountain has a 33.6m high Maitreya Buddha statute and several pagodas, including Van Linh and Phat Lon. The statute and pagodas are located around the 1ha Thuy Liem Lake, which has a large population of red and black carps released by pilgrims.

The very narrow Cong Duc and Dien 13 caves offer interesting challenges for visitors to explore. In the latter, visitors have to, in fact, crawl in some sections.

Source: vietnamnews

Jan 29, 2015

Discover Hanoi In 36 Hours

Five years ago Hanoi might rightly have been viewed as Washington D.C.: a place of politicians and bureaucrats, conservative and a bit dull. But in recent years, thanks to a new pride injected by 1,000th-birthday celebrations in 2010, an influx of entrepreneurial Vietnamese returnees, expats and a creative Internet-enabled population, the city’s pulse has quickened. With a number of construction projects threatening older neighborhoods, and an exodus of residents from the city to suburbs like West Lake, Hanoi is changing fast. But right now, it feels poised over a sweet spot, its tree-lined lanes and graceful old architecture, traditional culture and fantastic street food complemented by a contemporary arts scene that’s managed to survive bouts of censorship, idiosyncratic boutiques and increasingly sophisticated dining and night life.



Friday

1. Coffee With a View | 5 p.m. ­

Hanoi’s infamous rush hours are best taken in from on high. At the edge of the Old Quarter, a narrow passageway at the back of a store displaying kitschy paintings leads to Ca Phe Pho Co. Occupying most of a picturesquely decrepit former merchant’s mansion, the cafe is known for its egg coffee, a strong local brew capped with a sort of sweetened condensed milk zabaglione (100,000 dong for two, or $5, at 20,400 dong to the dollar). Place your order downstairs (the menu also lists smoothies, shakes, sundaes and beer) before climbing three flights to a terrace with a sweeping view over thousands of motorbikes on their circumambulation around Hoan Kiem Lake.


2. Nostalgic Dining | 7:30 p.m.­

Vietnam has been awash in a sort of wistfulness for bao cap, the lean years preceding doi moi, the government’s economic reform measures initiated in 1986. At State-Run Food Shop No. 37 (dinner for two, 485,000 dong; reservations recommended), that nostalgia is embodied in whitewashed walls hung with battered enamel lunch pails and a transistor radio emitting crackly period tunes. Diners’ orders are written on reproduction ration coupons. Luckily, austerity is not on the menu, which leans to northern home-style dishes, which you’d have a difficult time finding outside, well, homes. Highlights include salty-sour pickled mustard greens stir-fried with fat-limned strips of pork, and a tomato and pineapple-packed canh chua (sweet and sour soup) with tiny local clams. “Fried rice” is a surprise: an upturned hollow dome of crispy browned rice to crack into pieces and dip into mam tep, a pungent marriage of shrimp paste and minced pork.

3. Music, Dancing | 10 p.m. ­

Opened on a quiet side street in the Hai Ba Trung District by the music promotion company behind Hanoi’s annual Asean Music Festival, CAMA ATK (door charges vary, cocktails from 150,000 dong) hosts international bands and D.J.s and, unusually for bars in Hanoi, segregates smokers. It also has a menu of crafty cocktails like an old-fashioned made with bourbon hickory — smoked right behind the bar. In West Lake, Madake is set in a white-painted brick loftlike structure and hosts everything from karaoke nights to swing dancing. Live music happens until the wee hours in a somewhat dungeonesque space downstairs.

Saturday

4. Street Food | 8:30 a.m. ­

There’s a lot more to Hanoi’s street specialties than pho, so skip the hotel breakfast in favor of a serious street food graze. The Vietnamese-Australian duo behind Hanoi Street Food (streetfoodtourshanoi.blogspot.com; $75 per person) lead private tourgoers down narrow alleys and up rickety back stairs to find gems like hien luon xao, a black pepper-infused stir-fried mélange of small eels, rice vermicelli, sweet caramelized onions and Vietnamese mint, and bun rieu cua thit nuong, crab noodle soup floating clouds of roe and rafts of smoky barbecued pork. If you’d rather get your hands dirty, book a class at Hanoi Cooking Center ($59 per person). After a tour of Chau Long Market, you’ll prepare dishes like prawn and green rice in wild pepper leaves or caramel sauce pork and finish with a feast.

5. Urban History | 1 p.m. ­

Delve into the city’s history at Thang Long Cultural Park, a leafy patch in the city center that until 2010 was used as a military base. The park’s primary attraction is its Unesco World Heritage-designated citadel, built in the 11th century to mark the relocation of Vietnam’s capital to Hanoi. Climb the stairs to the top of its imposing main gate for a view over gardens to a listing red brick flag tower. Nearby, an underground bunker used during the Vietnam War includes a tunnel, a War Operations Room and related artifacts. Don’t bypass the two yellow French colonial villas set cater-corner to each other behind the main gate. One houses black-and-white photos of old Hanoi; the other, rotating exhibits; a recent show displayed architectural drawings sketching the city’s evolution, and future.

6. Art Break | 3 p.m. ­


Hanoi’s small but increasingly robust independent art scene is on display at Manzi, an exhibition space and cafe-bar opened by a former lawyer, an IT specialist and an arts graduate in a gorgeously refurbished early-20th-century villa. Works by emerging and established Vietnamese artists like Nguyen Huy An, who paints on silk, are displayed throughout the villa’s airy two stories; a shop sells affordable artworks and crafts. Grab an espresso at the bar, then head to the Old Quarter, where the longtime Hanoi resident and pioneering collector Suzanne Lecht exhibits contemporary works in a new two-story gallery space, Art Vietnam, near St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

7. Urbane Dinner | 8 p.m.­

At Pots ‘n Pans (dinner for two, 2,250,000 dong), exposed brick, polished concrete and butter-soft leather banquettes in the bar set an urbane stage for dishes showcasing seasonal Vietnamese ingredients. The third-floor open kitchen is staffed mostly by alumni of KOTO, a Hanoi-based nonprofit that prepares former street kids for careers in the hospitality industry. Expect inventive fare like lotus seed falafel and hummus and young green rice tabbouleh to accompany slow-cooked lamb shoulder and silky bay leaf-scented soy milk panna cotta with mulled wine cherries and basil cream.

8. Literary Nightcap | 10:30 p.m. ­

Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story
For a nightcap accompanied by interesting conversation, head to Tadioto (drinks for two, 250,000 dong), a cozy bar that’s a favorite haunt of Hanoi literati and the city’s creative set. The Vietnamese-American journalist and former NPR commentator Nguyen Qui Duc returned to Hanoi in 2006 and opened his establishment two years later. It’s been in its current location since January, after the Hanoi government shuttered it, along with other bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques, in a clampdown on the arts district known as Zone 9 last December. Despite limited space, Mr. Nguyen occasionally stages poetry readings and spoken word and other performances.

Sunday

9. Western Breakfast | 9 a.m.

Hanoi’s growing Australian expat population has resulted in a mini explosion of comfortable cafes serving great coffee and wholesome bites. Occupying a three-story tube house with original tiles, an interior open courtyard and an inviting outdoor terrace, the Hanoi Social Club (breakfast for two, 440,000 dong) is one of the first such cafes in the city. Breakfast might be warm quinoa and polenta porridge with pistachios, dried apricots and cream, but your server won’t look askance if you go for the divine flourless chocolate cake instead.

10. ­ West Lake | 11 a.m.

Since Hanoi finished paving its ring road in 2010, boutiques, cafes and other businesses have joined the traditional pagodas and patches of greenery along West Lake’s banks. The 20-mile stretch is perfect for exploring on two wheels, so start at the Hanoi Bicycle Collective, where you can rent a fire-engine red upright (100,000 dong) or a mountain (200,000 dong) or touring bike (400,000 dong) by the half day. Work your way around the lake counterclockwise, stopping first at Phu Tay Ho, a pagoda complex at the tip of a peninsula that’s thronged with worshipers on the first and 15th of the lunar month. Just beyond the temple’s entrance open-air shops all in a row serve snail specialties; try the bun oc, snails and rice vermicelli soup, and oc xao chuoi dau, starchy green bananas with tofu, scallions and herbs in a turmeric-seasoned sauce. A rambling modernist villa in the lake’s northwest corner is home to Chula, where the Barcelonans Laura Fontan and Diego Cortizas design and sell dresses splashed with bold geometrics and tongue-in-cheek tableaus. Stop at the quiet Thien Nien Tu temple to admire its carved timber doors and eaves, before sipping Vietnamese iced coffee waterside at the retro Café Xua Ven Ho, where the audiophile owner might spin Perez Predo or Neil Diamond on a vintage turntables. Before returning, detour to Clom’s Closet, which stocks classic knits and tailored silk and cotton dresses by the Japanese designer Oda Tsubasa.

Insider Journey - the new name of Travel Indochina

Travel indochina

After more than two decades operating as Travel Indochina, the leading Asia specialist has announced its decision to rebrand to the name Insider Journeys.

The rebrand, which take effect on February 2nd, is designed to better reflect the company’s insider knowledge and expertise in connecting people to special insider experiences on its experiential-based journeys throughout Asia.

Managing director and co-founder, Paul Hole, explained the change reflects the experience-focused nature of its touring and the operator’s success in growing its product beyond its traditional core market of Indochina.

“In recent years we have expanded well beyond the Indochina region into much of Asia, including Burma, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

“With 21 years of operational and sales experience, our expertise in helping travellers immerse in Asian culture through unscripted interaction with the local people and their customs is second to none.

“We now feel the time is right to transform our image to capture the notion of richer, more intimate travel experiences in the style of travel we offer.”


The operator’s new image will be supported by the line “Imagine the stories”, recognising that travel is as much about creating memories and stories to share afterwards as it is about the experience along the way.

This is underpinned by the philosophy that customers should feel like travellers on a journey of discovery, rather than tourists observing through a bus window.

“I am exceptionally proud of the company we have built over the past two decades and hugely excited that our new image will give people a better understanding of our sense of discovery and enriching insider insights, so they can share in the journey with us and return home with stories to tell of unexpected encounters and memorable moments,” added Hole.

The rebrand a provides a solid platform on which the company can build an even stronger customer offering and develop its market-leading small group journeys programme, which has seen passenger numbers grow by 26 per cent this financial year to date.

In addition, it will also enable the company to capitalise on the increasing demand for experiential holidays and open up new destination and travel experiences for its customers.

The new image will be reflected across all aspects of the business, including a refreshed consumer website to be launched in February 2015 and newly-branded brochures that bring the brand to life through the use of rich textures and evocative wording.

Jan 27, 2015

36 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Buzz, buzz, buzz. Whether it’s the roar of motorbikes, the near constant opening of bars and restaurants, the chatty nature of its inhabitants, or the abundance of great coffee, there’s just something invigorating about Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest metropolis. It’s no surprise that Saigon, as most locals call it, exudes a youthful, inventive energy — after all, over half of its eight million dwellers are younger than 35. This dynamic spirit shines through in quirky cafes, innovative cuisine and boutiques selling homegrown fashion. And when you need a breather from all that’s new and fabulous, it’s easy to steal quiet moments in crumbling colonial buildings and contemplative art spaces.



FRIDAY

1. Who Crashed the Party? | 3 p.m.


The entrepreneurial Saigonese may seem unstoppable, but it wasn’t always this way. The Reunification Palace (entry 30,000 Vietnamese dong, or $1. 46 at 20,506 dong to the dollar), the former headquarters of the South Vietnamese government, looks just as it did on April 30, 1975, the day a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its gates, marking the end of the brutal 20-year war. History buffs and fans of modernism will appreciate its opulent, well-preserved interiors, which range from official rooms adorned with heavy silk upholstery and intricate lacquerware to the Gambling Room with its low-slung olive-green armchairs, where it’s easy to imagine officials plotting the war over booze and cards. A labyrinth of underground concrete rooms dedicated to the war effort is filled with maps, pastel rotary phones and humorously large radios.

2. Served Up | 5:30 p.m.


Rise above the din of Friday rush hour by heading to one of the city’s rooftop bars, built atop sparkling skyscrapers that provide a mesmerizing view of the city’s broad boulevards and chaotic traffic circles. On the 52nd floor, Eon Heli Bar, in the city’s tallest building, Bitexco Financial Tower, offers the highest perch for a sunset tipple. Luckily, happy hour prices aren’t as steep, with drinks like the Basil Gimlet (gin, Cointreau, fresh basil) half-priced at 145,000 dong. The nouveau riche gather at Chill Sky Bar, where cocktails conceived by the mixologist Le Thanh Tung are shaken at an illuminated outdoor bar, while 23rd-floor Shri is stylishly subdued. Intimate tables on the terrace are surrounded by potted frangipanis and the occasional songbird. Book ahead and leave the flip-flops behind.


3. Country Kitchen | 7 p.m.


With its chipped vintage dishware, bookshelves stuffed with tattered novels and vinyl records, and recycled wood tables, Cuc Gach Quan is a breath of fresh air in the city’s sleek facade. Tran Binh, the architect-owner, opened the restaurant in a French colonial building as an ode to his grandmother’s country home, blending nostalgia and Vietnamese home cooking with an eco-flair. Fresh ingredients are used in the expansive menu (there are 35 vegetables alone to choose from) with highlights like deep-fried tofu with lemon grass and chile and a crispy sea bass in passion fruit sauce (both 90,000 dong). A few streets away is a sister property, Cuc Gach Café, a midcentury-inspired space with a daily menu (100,000 dong) and fruit smoothies.

4. Celestial Vibes | 10:30 p.m.


A popular cafe by day, La Fenêtre Soleil turns into a chic house party on weekends, when live bands and D.J.s play everything from dancehall ska to psychedelic 1960s Asian pop. Hipsters, artists and 20- and 30-somethings flock to the romantic space — huge windows, mismatched armchairs, gilded mirrors and framed antlers on the walls — to sip red wine and dance the night away. Newly opened Observatory is positioning itself as a hub for the city’s alternative cultural scene, hosting live music and D.J.s in the evenings and art openings and readings during the day. Weekend parties continue into the wee hours — sometimes well past sunrise.

SATURDAY


5. Vroom Vroom | 8 a.m.


Join the sea of motorbikes with a tour by Vietnam Vespa Adventures, whose beautifully restored vintage Vespas will transport you to the city’s less-trodden spots (guests ride pillion). Led by a well-versed local guide, the half-day “Insider’s Saigon” option ($65) putters along to stops like the intersection where the Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burned himself to death in 1963 to protest the persecution of monks under the South Vietnamese government, coupled with intimate views of city life: an incense-filled temple in the old Cholon neighborhood; a park where bird owners gather on weekend mornings to sip coffee accompanied by their caged, tweeting pets.


6. Simple Pleasures | 12:30 p.m.


In Saigon, you can spend $100 or $1 on a meal and enjoy them equally — sidewalks, markets and mom-and-pop storefronts are home to many of the city’s best cooks. At Quan Hoa Dong, a fan-cooled eating spot one block north of the Ben Thanh Market, a mother-daughter team grill skewered pork to perfection for the bun thit nuong (60,000 dong), a must-try dish of rice noodles, fried spring rolls and fresh herbs. Nearby Thanh Binh is known for its crab claws — try them with the tapioca noodle soup (70,000 dong) or smothered in tamarind sauce (220,000) — and offers a large menu of classic southern dishes. Save room for a tall glass of sweet che thap cam (16,000 dong) — chipped ice, coconut milk and layers of tapioca pearls and soft beans — at Che My 2, a 15-minute walk.

7. Buy Local | 2 p.m.


Tempted as you might be to don the classic mandarin-collared ao dai tunic, why not take home a souvenir that’s a little more au courant? A good place to start is Ginkgo Concept Store, which focuses on sustainably made items from clothing by local designers (check out Linda Mai Phung’s organic cotton and silk line) to gorgeously packaged bars of Marou chocolate, Vietnam’s first single-origin, handmade chocolate using local cacao beans. Boho-chic Mai Lam offers avant-garde interpretations of traditional Vietnamese styles in intricately sewn, eco-friendly materials, on the city’s stylish shopping street Dong Khoi. Anna Vo is stocked with hound’s-tooth cropped tops and lace mini-dresses designed by a Milan-trained Saigonese fashionista.

8. Art on the Rise | 4 p.m.


Though Hanoi is considered Vietnam’s cultural hub, Ho Chi Minh City’s more open-minded atmosphere is now fostering its own creative scene. Housed in a former factory, Galerie Quynh is a contemporary gallery, putting on several shows a year that examine the Vietnamese psyche. The nonprofit San Art supports experimental work, while Craig Thomas Gallery is run by an American who’s been involved in the local art scene for over 10 years.

9. Global Tastes | 7 p.m.


The city’s progress has brought with it a new wave in taste, evident in the booming restaurant scene that spans a global palate. At Pizza 4P’s, down an alley off the main street, four friends from Tokyo bring the precision of Japanese cooking to thin-crusted Margheritas topped with homemade mozzarella, and pies inspired by their homeland, like the calamari-seaweed pizza (from 95,000 dong), baked in a wood-fired oven. On the former grounds of an opium refinery, Blanchy Street is run by two Nobu London-trained chefs, Martin Brito and Yogo Oba. In an intimate space with pretty tile flooring and wooden tables, the pair fuse Japanese and South American flavors with panache, serving such dishes as octopus carpaccio with jalapeño sauce (180,000 dong), along with a sushi and sake menu.

10. Beautiful People | 10:30 p.m.


At the Park Hyatt’s 2 Lam Son bar, a stunning example of old-meets-new with its latticed screens and glass bauble light fixtures, unwind with a ginger martini (210,000 dong) in one of the romantic, fabric-draped nooks or grab a street-facing cocktail table, watching the city’s youth zip by on mopeds. D. J.s perform on Fridays and Saturdays. Xu, which also houses a modern Vietnamese restaurant, attracts the see-and-be-seen set, who don high heels, short skirts and flat-ironed locks while sipping drinks prepared with ingredients like sugarcane juice and kumquats (from 120,000 dong) accompanied by thumping music and paintings of figures like Richard Nixon and Napoleon.

SUNDAY


11. Colonial Cuppa | 10:30 a.m.


Among the influences French culture has had on this former colony, two enduring examples are great coffee and architecture, which come together at L’Usine, down an alley lined with art stalls off Dong Khoi. Opened by a group of 30-something expat friends, the cafe-boutique is in a grand 1890s structure that was once the Hotel de Saigon. It is now restored to much of its original glory, with soaring cast-iron pillars and arched windows punctuating the light-filled space. With a Vietnamese coffee in hand - dripped through a sieve and mixed with condensed milk — and eye-catching housewares and clothing by local designers, it’s the perfect place to ponder Ho Chi Minh City’s storied past and bright future.


Jan 25, 2015

Weather in Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons -- the southwest monsoon from April to September and the northeast monsoon from October to late March or early April.

People often equate monsoons with rain, but that is only partly the case in Vietnam, as a number of regional variations affect the rain. What is worth remembering though is the southwest monsoon is warm and wet and the northeast monsoon cool and not so wet.
As far as planning goes, the easiest way to get your head around it is to break up the country into three areas -- the north, the centre and the south. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout, with the exception of Hanoi and the far north (which can be very cold in December and January) and the Central Highlands (which can be slightly cooler than the rest of the country year-round).
Northern Vietnam has a cool to cold season (courtesy of the northeast monsoon from November to March) and a warm to hot wet season (from April to October). December and January in particular can get quite frosty in the far north of Vietnam -- pack accordingly. This time of the year can also see heavy mists that can run for days -- these can reduce visibility in places like Sapa and Ha Long Bay to frustratingly short distances. The wettest months of the year in Hanoi are July and August, the driest, December and January.
Central Vietnam is kind of a transitionary area climate-wise from the north to the south. As the coast line is shielded by the Truong Son mountain range the rains that come with the southwest monsoon don't make it to the coast, so between April and September, while the coastal area does see some rain, it does see less than other parts of the country.
This advantage is reversed though come the northeast monsoon when, between September and December, the northern section of Central Vietnam (Hoi An and Da Nang through to Hue and Dong Ha) receive considerable rain. This region can also be affected by typhoon season in the Western Pacific, which can see severe storms lashing the coast from August to November -- Hoi An in particular often floods in October or November. Further south though, the southern coastal strip from around Nha Trang to Mui Ne is less affected by the rain and sees a longer dry and sunny season.
Without the protection of the Truong Son mountain range, southern Vietnam, especially the Mekong Delta, gets plenty of rain and hot, humid weather during the southwest monsoon from April to September, with June and July being especially wet. At this time you'll most likely see some flooding in Saigon and the southern island of Phu Quoc can see persistently poor weather and rough seas.

There is no perfect time to visit Vietnam. Generally speaking, destinations in the north such as Hanoi and Sapa are great in October, November and December, as you'll see little rain and should have clear skies and temperate conditions.
The coastal stretch from Hue down to Nha Trang is great in the first half of the year, from January through to July, while Saigon and the Mekong Delta are best from November through to February or March.

Jan 1, 2015

Twin Taung Lake of Myanmar and the UNESCO’s world heritage.

Myanmar is planning to nominate Twin Taung Lake, where very rare Spirulina is found, for inclusion in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Renewable Energy Association Myanmar general secretary, Aung Myint, told local media that the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry will nominate Twin Taung Lake for inclusion in the UNESCO’s world heritage list, while the association will provide the required technical aid for the process.
He said: “Twin Taung Lake is a rare and has an amazing ecosystem. It has an astonishing energy resource. We need the worldwide recognition to preserve it.”
Spirulina, a blue-green freshwater algae that is rich in protein and can help boost the immune system and regulate cholesterol. It is found in the lake without mixing seaweed and other impurities. Blue-green spirulina is only found in Myanmar, Mexico and a few African countries.
The lake is in an extinct volcano and spirulina was found there in 1984. In 1987, a health supplement was manufactured using spirulina from the lake.
Twin Taung Lake is about 9 km from Budalin in northwest Sagaing.
Myanmar has made achievements in cultural heritage preservation efforts with its three Pyu ancient cities; Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Kestra recently being inscribed by the UNESCO into its World Heritage List for the first time in June.
Meanwhile, the cultural relics and religious buildings, located in
Natma Taung National Park, proposed by Myanmar for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, have also been put on a tentative list for consideration of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.
The other five sites on the tentative list are the North Mountain Forest Complex containing snow-capped Mt. Hkakaborazi, Myeik Archipelago of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea, Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Tanintharyi Forest Corridor and Ayeyawaddy River Corridor.
Myanmar is also trying to nominate another ancient city of Inwa to be included in UNESCO’s world heritage list and work on preserving the Inwa Cultural Heritage Zone near northern Mandalay is being undertaken now.
Visit us at Threeland Travel Myanmar to get further information about traveling around the world and exploring Myanmar; to have access to the best travel services and to meet our professional consultants who're always available for help. For any inquiry please contact us.

The First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will convene in Cambodia!

The First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will convene in Siem Reap Cambodia, 4 to 6 February 2015.
According to the UNWTO media release the inaugural event will bring together ministers of tourism and ministers of culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership between tourism and culture.
UNWTO claims cultural tourism can contribute to economic growth, social development and cultural preservation.
Over the course of two days, participants will explore different roles and mandates on five key topics – governance and partnership models, cultural preservation, living cultures and creative industries, cultural routes and urban regeneration through cultural tourism.
Confirmed speakers include King Simeon II, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, John Delaney, senior vice president of Seabourn, and Elizabeth Becker, award-winning author and former correspondent for the New York Times.
UNWTO general secretary, Taleb Rifai, said: “This milestone event will provide a unique opportunity for tourism and culture stakeholders from all regions to discuss how to further harness the power of tourism and culture to alleviate poverty, create jobs, protect heritage and promote international understanding, contributing to the post-2015 development agenda.”
The event is hosted by Cambodia in Siem Reap, home of UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat.
Visit us at Threeland Travel Cambodia to get further information about traveling around the world and exploring Cambodia; to have access to the best travel services and to meet our professional consultants who're always available for help. For any inquiry please contact us.

Danang plans to build a night zone!

Danang plans to build a night zone for shopping and entertainment in a bid to draw more tourists.
According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the night zone will cost close to USD600,000 to build and will have 200 booths offering food, clothes, and an entertainment area for teenagers upon completion.
The zone will stand on a 1.2 hectare land plot on the eas
tern edge of the Han River Bridge, along the Tran Hung Dao sidewalk. It will open at 1800 daily until very late into the night.
However, the date for the construction work has not been announced. Construction of the night zone will attract more travellers to the city, and spur tourism development.
Danang is growing into an important gateway to feed tourists to world heritage towns and beach resorts in the central region. In the long-run Vietnam’s central region will compete head-on with many of Thailand’s resort destinations as the resorts are less polluted while prices are competitive.
The Han River Bridge is a popular evening venue for tourists who prefer hotel rooms that offer a good view of the bridge and river.
During January to September, this year, 3 million tourists visited the city, an increase of 18.8% year-on-year. International arrivals expanded by 18.4% to 657,600, while domestic visits surged by 19.1% to more than 2.36 million.
Currently, there are 426 hotels with 15,465 rooms. Hotels of three-to-five-star hotels make up 71 with more than 7,260 rooms.
Visit us at Threeland Travel Vietnam to get further information about traveling around the world and Vietnam tours; to have access to the best travel services and to meet our professional consultants who're always available for help. For any inquiry please contact us.

Vietnam domestic air routes reduce the prices!

Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Administration has suggested there should be drastic fare cuts on domestic routes, claiming the dramatic drop in fuel prices should have prompted airlines to lower fares.
It made the proposal to the Ministry of Transport.
CAAV’s petition is based on the latest Jet A1 fuel costs , airfares, which has cut the flying costs per km per passenger from 23 US cents to 20 US cents.
According to the Ministry of Finance’s Decision 2967/QD-BTC, the maximum price for economy-class tickets on domestic air routes was calculated based on the price of Jet A1, which was estimated at USD130 per barrel with zero percent import tax.
However, the price of Jet A1 (including 7% import tax) has dropped to USD90.63 per barrel.
Given these fluctuations, the domestic fare cap on economy-class tickets should be adjusted accordingly, the agency noted.
The CAAV said that fuel costs account for approximately 39.5% of an airline’s overall costs. Hence, the airline’s total costs will drop by 17% following the aviation price decline.
Airlines are generally reluctant to drop fares when fuel costs fall, fearing the decline will be temporary and the time required to raise fares could be lengthy once passengers are accustomed to lower fares.
However, airlines are still charging fuel surcharges as an extra on the fares quoted and this fee could be lowered without impacting on the base fare.
Visit us at Threeland Travel Vietnam to get further information about traveling around the world and Vietnam tours; to have access to the best travel services and to meet our professional consultants who're always available for help. For any inquiry please contact us.

Dec 17, 2014

First international bus service from Vietnam to Cambodia.

Vietnam’s southern province of Binh Duong recently inaugurated its first international bus service to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
According to local media report, the service is operated by Phuong Trinh Joint Stock Company to meet a rising demand for reliable transport. Traders, leisure travellers and residents seeking medical check-ups will be the main customers.
Phuong Trinh Company director, Vu Quang Thanh, said the company will offer six roundtrips between Binh Duong and Phnom Penh from 0500 to 2300 daily. The return fare is USD23.
inside no 4Binh Duong, together with the southern province of Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City, are amongst the most attractive destinations in Vietnam for foreign direct investment.
In the past 11 months, it ranked third in terms of disbursed foreign direct investment with USD1.42 billion after northern Thai Nguyen province and Ho Chi Minh City.
The province is 48 km from HCMC and 231 km Phnom Penh.
Source: TTrweekly