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War Remnants Museum ranked in the top 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The War Remnants Museum was voted as one of 10 Most Popular Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions by local and foreign visitors in the “Ho Chi Minh City–100 Excitements” program, launched last year by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

Visitors contemplate pictures exhibited at the War Remnants Museum. (Photo: SGGP)

In the first six months of this year, three exhibitions including “Vietnam rising 35 years after war,” “President Ho Chi Minh’s aspiration for peace” and “War and Peace” was held at the museum and attracted 227,241 visitors, representing a year-on-year increase of 17.33 percent.

Among them, there were 169,248 foreign tourists and 57,993 domestic travelers. The museum’s management board also organized five mobile displays to serve thousands of teachers, students and visitors in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.

The museum received delegations from Algeria, Slovakia, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Australia, the UK, the US, Germany, Denmark and more.

Opened in September 1975, the War Remnants Museum displays shocking evidence of atrocities committed by the foreign aggressors during Vietnam’s two wars of national liberation.

Exhibits include collection of American weapons; model of the notorious tiger cages where Vietnamese revolutionaries were kept; photographs that illustrate the effect of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, napalm and phosphorus bombs had on the Vietnamese people and land.

Source: SGGP

Exciting attractions not exciting

In Vietnam Travel on March 22, 2010 at 2:47 am

Exciting attractions not exciting

QĐND – Sunday, March 21, 2010, 21:33 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City has announced a list of “100 Excitements” to promote its image as a tourist destination, but many local expats found that their favorite places were not included.

“I do not know who made the list but it seems not to have been done by local expats. How can you forget the Caravelle rooftop [Saigon Saigon] bar?” said Christophe Lefebvre, an administrator of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam (CCIFV).

“In the top-ten list for restaurants, there is no foreign cuisine mentioned. Strange!” he told Thanh Nien Weekly.

The city’s “100 Excitements” announced on February 25 included top-tens in each of ten categories: hotels, restaurants, souvenirs, entertainment venues, shopping, must-tastes, city attractions, coffee shops, city tours and events.

The selection was based on votes by local and foreign tourists over a three-month period, with a judging board from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Department of Industry and Trade and tourism reporters overseeing the initiative.

However, many local expats said there were many notable “excitements” left off the list.

A US expat advisor of an NGO in Vietnam, who has been living in Vietnam for eight years and wanted to remain unnamed, said she felt that the Caravelle Hotel in downtown HCMC should be included in the list of ten hotels.

She also said Minh Long ceramics should have been mentioned in the souvenir category and bun thit nuong and bun bo hue in food category.

Jonathan Pincus, Dean of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, said everyone has their favorites but “the Café Terrace at Saigon Center is a favorite restaurant for many locals and tourists alike.”

“Lots of tourists like Lemongrass and Temple Club restaurants as well,” he added.

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Many expats said tourism in the city could improve if pickpockets were eliminated, better tour guides were hired and more professional services were provided.

“Too many pickpockets and lack of tourist police,” Lefebvre lamented, adding that there should be English signboards to better guide foreign tourists.

The pickpocket problem was echoed by Pincus, saying “I suppose the biggest nuisance is the pickpockets, which seem to be everywhere these days. You have to watch your bag and wallet all the time in HCMC.”

However, he said most people enjoy their visit to HCMC. “The city is close to the Mekong Delta, which is full of interesting things to see. I always recommend the city and the delta to my international friends as a great place for a holiday,” he said.

“One complaint that people have is that Vietnam, not just HCMC, is more expensive than Thailand and Indonesia. Hotels rates are high… It is also very expensive to fly to Hong Kong and China from Vietnam,” he added.

The US NGO advisor mentioned earlier in the story said one problem is that tourist locations do not have tour guides able to offer good answers to her questions. She also said there were blatant mistakes in the translation of guidebooks given out at major tourist sites.

“Tour companies need to ensure that they can offer knowledgeable tour guides that are able to provide thoughtful answers to questions. I have joined several tours where tour guides appeared to be reading a script and could not answer what seemed to me to be very simple questions about the people/ history/location of interest,” she said.

She also advised that there be better tourism services for the elderly and disabled.

“Currently, very few sites/tours are friendly to people with mobility issues. Also, I think the public bathrooms and restaurants at tourism sites need to improve,” she said.

View the full “100 excitements” list online at

Source: VietNamNet/Thanh Nien

Source: QDND

HCM City unveils top 100 attractions

In Vietnam Travel on March 3, 2010 at 3:41 am

HCM City unveils top 100 attractions

QĐND – Monday, March 01, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

HCM City has announced a list of its top 100 attractions following a poll of visiting tourists in a campaign that lasted more than three months.

The 100 Excitements were short-listed from 150 candidates in 10 categories – places of cultural an historical interest, shopping venues, entertainment clubs, local dishes, cultural events, specialties, coffee shops, restaurants, boutique hotels, and city tour programmes.

The top two landmarks are markets – An Dong in District 5 and Ben Thanh in District 1.

They are followed by Can Tho District’s Eco Park, ‘China Town’ in District 5, the Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnamese History and War Remnants Museums, the Reunification Palace, Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Winners in the dishes category are banh cuon (wrapped steam rice pancake with meat), banh mi thit (Saigon-style sandwich), banh xeo (yellow pancake with shrimps and pork), ca kho to (braised fish in clay pot), canh chua ca loc (sour fish soup), cha gio (fried spring roll), com tam (boiled broken rice), goi cuon (fresh spring rolls), and goi ngo sen tom thit (lotus salad with shrimp and pork).

Ao dai (women’s traditional dress), cashew nuts, coffee, conical hats, dragon fruit, embroidered works, the Me Kong Delta’s Hoa Loc mango and Lo Ren star apple, laquerware, and tea top the list of tourists’ most desired souvenirs.

The most popular shopping venues include Ben Thanh Market, Diamond Plaza, Dong Khoi Street, Khai Silk shops, Tay Son Laquerware, Miss Ao Dai, Parkson, Saigon Co-op Mart, Saigon Square, and Tax Mall.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND