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Vietnam private airline seeks continuation of discounts for aviation services

 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 ... Read More »

Saigon Railways offers up to 50 percent discount

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 »

Vietnam Airlines plane makes emergency landing after hitting bird

A Vietnam Airlines aircraft heading to Ho Chi Minh City on Monday had to return to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport after it hit a bird. Flight VN249 made the emergency landing about 20 minutes after departure. The crew had heard unusual sounds in the engine, the national carrier said in a statement. At the airport, technicians found a dead bird ... Read More »

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

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

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

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 »

Tourism firms complain as Vietnam increases visa fees 5-fold for US visitors

The Vietnam Tourism Association said it would complain to the government about a recent hike in visa fees by more than five times for US nationals. On August 29 Vietnam began to issue one-year, multiple-entry visas to US citizens for US$135, up from single-entry visas that cost only $5 for cruise tourists and $25 for others. Vu The Binh, the ... Read More »

Hashtag #Vietnam: The week's best photos

  A photo posted by Wandy (@wandyadventures) on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:23am PDT A flooded forest in the Mekong Delta     A photo posted by Gadi Biran (@gadio018) on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:57pm PDT Rice fields in Hoi An, central Vietnam     A photo posted by @hai_yen_s on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:21am PDT Lanterns for ... Read More »

Lào Cai ethnic festival to be held

Sa Pa: Lào Cai Province. Viet Nam News The 13th Cultural, Sports and Tourism Festival of ethnic groups in the northern region will take place in Lào Cai Province in October, according to the Ministry of Cultural, Sports and Tourism. The purpose of the festival is to introduce the cultural characteristics of ethnic groups as well as promote the region’s tourism strengths. ... Read More »

’Lake as big as an ocean’ in Pleiku offers best of both worlds to visitors

Blue haven: Biển Hồ – the largest and most beautiful fresh water lake in Tây Nguyên. Photos blogdulich.com.vn Viet Nam News By Hoàng Linh My cousin, Nguyễn Thanh Trà, who’s finicky by nature, kept going back and forth about places to visit. According to her, there’s nothing but trees in the mountains and there’s nothing to do on the beach ... Read More »