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Hanoi to lift midnight curfew for tourists to have fun

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Hanoi plans to lift its midnight curfew to let tourists have more fun at night, the city chairman said at a tourism promotion conference in Hoi An Tuesday. Nguyen Duc Chung said many foreigners consider Hanoi’s night life a “specialty,” and so the city is going to give them more of it. Entertainment spots would ... Read More »

New Fusion hotel opens in HCMC

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Fusion Suites Saigon, which has recently opened in Ho Chi Minh City, is providing free daily spa treatment to all guests during their stays. The hotel, the latest addition to the Fusion brand under Serenity Holding, added that its spa has 200 qualified therapists. Guests and visitors can also try out the new 24-hour Fresh restaurant on the ground floor or head ... Read More »

HCMC's overloaded Tan Son Nhat Airport to be expanded

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Senior central officials flew in from Hanoi Thursday for a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss solutions to easing the overload on Tan Son Nhat Airport. Even before landing, many of them faced the problem they needed to urgently fix in the southern metro’s airport. “The Vietnam Airlines chairman [Pham Ngoc Minh] and Central Aviation Authority of Vietnam ... Read More »

Vietnam private airline seeks continuation of discounts for aviation services

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 A file photo of a Hai Au seaplane Hai Au Aviation, which offers seaplane tours, has reportedly sought continued discounts from aviation authorities, citing financial problems. The Ministry of Transport is now considering the proposal following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, news website Dau Tu reported Sunday. If approved, Hai Au would continue to pay half the ... Read More »

Saigon Railways offers up to 50 percent discount

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Saigon Railways will offer discounts of 20-50 percent on many routes, including Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi, starting August 15. Through this year a 20 percent discount will be offered to all passengers on the HCMC-Hanoi, HCMC-Nha Trang, HCMC-Phan Thiet and Tuy Hoa-Nha Trang routes. On the HCMC-Hanoi route they will get a 50 percent discount if they buy ... Read More »

Demand massive as 2017 tour of world’s largest cave goes on sale

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There has been a rush for tickets to explore Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world, next year. Chua Me Dat (Oxalis) Adventure Tours, the exclusive tour organizer, said Quang Binh Province authorities have decided to allow only 640 visitors next year. “Depending on weather conditions, Oxalis may organize tours for 500-600 tourists,” the company said in a statement ... Read More »

Surprise! A 'Ha Long Bay' in Vietnam's highland

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With hundreds of islands in different sizes and shapes, Ta Dung Nature Reserve in the Central Highlands of Vietnam is sometimes dubbed a miniature of “Ha Long Bay” in the rainforest. Covering an area of over 21,000 hectares in Dak Nong Province, Ta Dung Nature Reserve plays an important role as a protective forest for Serepok and Dong Nai Rivers  ... Read More »

Beyond the baguette: France's food legacy in Vietnam

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It has been more than six decades since the end of French colonial rule in Vietnam, but when President Francois Hollande arrives this week he’ll struggle to avoid a quintessential legacy of his country’s rule: the baguette. Smeared with pate and loaded with fresh coriander and cucumber, or just enjoyed with a pat of fresh butter, “banh mi” are a ... Read More »