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Capital to spend equivalent $10 million for Lunar New Year welfare

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to spend nearly VND200 billion (US$10 million) on purchasing gifts to help the vulnerable groups in society.

Hanoi authorities will spend VND20 billion to help the poor during the Lunar New Year holidays. (File photo)

The Tet gifts will be given to the poor, lonely seniors and welfare beneficiary families; in order that they too can enjoy a happy Lunar New Year, which begins on February 3.

Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the department is making every effort in ensuring that no person goes hungry, during the Tet holidays.

During the Tet holidays, more than 730,000 people will be offered gifts. These will include 1,000 old men, over the age of 100, and over 148,000 poor families.

Furthermore, the People’s Committee will use subscriptions in order to help disabled people enjoy the Tet holidays. Additional money will be given to orphans and the poor.

The capital will also give gifts worth VND100,000 to each drug addict; and each cadre will receive gifts worth VND200,000 each in rehabilitation centers.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi lighting up for Lunar New Year

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:21 am

Hanoi lighting up for Lunar New Year

QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:28 (GMT+7)

Hanoi is preparing for Tet by transforming the headquarters into a place of lights and decorations.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Khoi, instructed the Hanoi Lighting and Urban Equipment Company to operate the entire system of regular lighting starting at 6:00 p.m every day beginning December 25.

Between January 6 and February 8, the city will also operate a newly-installed lighting system to serve the 1000th Thang Long-Hanoi anniversary and decorate headquarters and streets to welcome the 11th National Party Congress and the founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3).

Flowers will be placed in front of the Central Party headquarters, National Assembly, agencies and the Presidential Palace.

Constructions projects and road work in the area will be halted from December 30 until the end of the Lunar New Year. The city will restrict trucks from entering the inner city during this time, excluding those transporting food and medical products.

Hanoi Power Corporation will be responsible for ensuring stable electricity supply for the party congress and the Tet Holiday.

Source: dtinews

Source: QDND

Penumbral lunar eclipse visible in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

Penumbral lunar eclipse visible in Vietnam

QĐND – Saturday, December 18, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

It will happen in Vietnam on December 21 from 5.30pm to 6pm before the total lunar eclipse ends.

On the same day, North America and part of South America, Central Europe, and East Africa can watch the total lunar eclipse while East Asia will only witness partial eclipse.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the Moon’s surface. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth’s penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon.

It is difficult to watch an eclipse in Vietnam because it occurs when the Moon begins rising.

Dang Vu Tuan Son, Chairman of the Vietnam Amateur Astronomy Club, said penumbral lunar eclipse can be observed by eyes but it will be more beautiful when watched through binoculars, astronomical telescopes or cameras. It occurs within a short time and is difficult to watch in the inner city because of the city lights.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tour prices to jump ahead of lunar new year

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

Tour prices to jump ahead of lunar new year

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

 The price of Tet or Lunar New Year tours are set to jump by up to 10 percent, forecast tour operators.

The operators attribute the prospective increases to growing demand and likely higher transport and accommodation costs.

The length of the break – seven days – and the arrival of overseas Vietnamese and international visitors are the major reasons for higher price, explained Vietravel Communication Department director Nguyen Minh Man.

“Customers for the 2011 Lunar New Year – from February 1 – will increase by 30 percent,” Man said.

“High demand will see accommodation and transport costs soar, so tour prices will jump by 7-10 percent”, he added.

A representative of the Lua Viet Tours Company agreed that tour prices will increase by Tet holiday because of higher air travel costs.

The company says the prices for air tickets out of Vietnam have increased between 50 USD and 150 USD.

Despite higher costs, tour operators are trying to keep prices down.

“More expensive air tickets are beyond our control. However, we’ve still managed to keep our tour prices low to avoid sudden changes in price,” said Man.

Outbound tours to Hong Kong (China), mainland China, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain favourite destinations.

Tours to neighbouring countries remain popular due to their price of just 10 million VND (476 USD). Moreover, these tours have not been affected by the dong’s devaluation, said Director of Lua Viet Travel Company Nguyen Van My.

The Vietnam Railway Corporation is set to increase its prices by 20-25 percent on peak days over the Lunar New Year Festival.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Vneconomy

Source: QDND

Jetstar says will service more flights for Lunar New Year

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Vietnam’s low cost airline Jetstar Pacific has said it would increase domestic flights to meet soaring travel demand during the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 3.

Jetstar Pacific said it would add one daily service to the HCM City – Hanoi schedule, four flights for HCM City – Da Nang and two flights for Da Nang – Hanoi.

The routes from HCM City to Hue, Vinh and Hai Phong will also be increased to two flights per day.

Jetstar is running a cheap ticket program with ticket price from VND300,000 (US$15) per ticket, which runs until November 1.

The program aims to stimulate travel demand during Tet holiday, said a representative of Jetstar.

The cheap tickets are applied for flights from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Nang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City, which depart from January 26 – February 3, 2011.

The cheap tickets are also applied for flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and Hanoi, which depart from February 14 – 19, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Viva Macau Airlines to start Hanoi service in Lunar New Year

In Vietnam Travel on December 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Viva Macau CEO Reg Macdonald gestures while opening the airline’s new booking office in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 7, 2009 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Viva Macau, which increased frequency from four weekly flights to daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City this July, announced Wednesday it would fly to Hanoi in February next year.

The new Hanoi service will commence on February, 13, 2010, the final day of the old lunar year.

There will be three flights weekly on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, with a choice of morning, evening or afternoon flight departing Macau at 7:45, 20:10 and 14:20 arriving in Hanoi at 8:45, 21:10 and 15:20, and return flight departing Hanoi at 9:30, 21:55 and 16:20 arriving in Macau at 12:30, 0:55 and 19:20.

As it is a new service, the airline is offering promotional fares from US$25 one way on economy class between Macau and Hanoi. Business Class tickets are also available from US$199.

On Dec. 7, Viva Macau celebrated the 2nd anniversary of its Ho Chi Minh City service, officially opening the new booking office located at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel. Viva Macau chief executive officer Reg Macdonald said Vietnam was one of the best markets for his company.

The carrier currently flies direct from Macau to Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo and Sapporo in Japan, Jakarta, and Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

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HN-City train ticket prices to rise before Lunar New Year

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm

HA NOI — The trans-Viet Nam train ticket prices will increase by up to 25 per cent starting January 17 next year – just before the Tet Holidays – said the Viet Nam Railway Corporation.

Ticket prices from HCM City to Ha Noi from January 17 to January 23 (a week before the holidays) will rise 10-25 per cent, as will tickets from Ha Noi to HCM City from January 29 to February 16.

Soft-bed with air-conditioner ticket prices will go up 10 per cent.

The corporation will also discontinue group discount tickets on the Ha Noi to HCM City route from January 17 to 23.

However prices for off-peak travel periods will decrease. Tickets from Ha Noi to HCM City before the holidays will become cheaper, and from HCM City to Ha Noi after the holidays. The decrease will range from 10 to 30 per cent.

During the holidays, from January 24 to 28, ticket prices will stay the same. There will be 24 trains during this period, 14 trains more than usual. There will be two more trains on the Ha Noi-Nha Trang City route.

Tickets will be available from October 15, and it is recommended to book by phone to avoid crowded stations.

Every year, the railway corporation adjusts train ticket prices during Tet holidays. —