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North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed

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

North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

The Ha Tinh Provincial People’s Committee has allowed Thien Cam Development and Investment Joint-stock Company to build the North Thien Cam Tourist Area.

Under the project, a number of structures, including a trade area, coastal service and shopping site, art performance area, family hostels, hi-class villas, entertainment area, hotels and resorts, will be built at a cost of VND 11trillion, of which VND 289 billion will be for the first phase (2010-2013), while the remainder for the second phase that ends in 2017.

Construction of the North Thien Cam Tourist Area within the national standards requires land clearance and detailed planning to be promptly implemented.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Hoi An to launch new tourist products

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

Hoi An to launch new tourist products

QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Some new and interesting tourist products have been launched by Hoi An City from the beginning of this year in order to improve tourism promotion and attract more visitors to the famous tourist site in Central Vietnam.

The city also continues to improve the quality of tourism services and products, such as eco-tourism in villages, islands, scuba diving, yachting, and others. In particular, the city will introduce a new kind of tourism, “boating on the streets during flooding”, in the coming time.

This year, the city will also erect information kiosks to help visitors learn more about and explore local tourist sites.

During the first days of 2011, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists rushed to Hoi An to celebrate the new year. At present, the weather in the city is fine.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Retired vehicle becomes tourist attraction

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Retired vehicle becomes tourist attraction

QĐND – Sunday, December 12, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

No longer a public transport means, xích lô in HCM City has stepped down. But it should live on as a symbol of the municipal tourism.

In his masterpiece Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu), Nguyen Du—one of the greatest poets of all time in Vietnam—used the phrase “tri qua mot cuoc be dâu” to mean dramatic changes over the time. Be (sea) and dâu (mulberry) denotes a contrasting pair stemming from a classic reference which emphasizes how drastic life can change when in place of a former azure sea has been fields of mulberry.

Nguyen Du’s adage may be applicable to xích lô, a man-powered, three-wheeled vehicle popular in big cities in Vietnam. In Saigon, xích lô used to be ubiquitous as a public transport means. In fact, it was once so popular it could be considered one of the symbols of the city. But “sea” has turned into “mulberry fields.”

Xích lô originates from a French word, cyclo. Archives differ in how and where the three-wheeled vehicle was invented. In Vietnam, the vehicle is believed to be first introduced in the 30s of the previous century. Xích lô’s gradual emergence and firm foothold in the country entailed its inexpensive cost of building and high maneuverability further spurred by the local abundant labor force.

In Saigon, xích lô marked its heyday in the 60s and early 70s when the three-wheeled vehicle rivaled taxis and buses for the top slot in the overall hierarchy of public transport system. After Vietnam’s reunification in 1975, xích lô continued to be a favorite public transport means in this southern city. During the period of subsidy when motorized vehicles and fuel were scarce, the man-powered xích lô proved to be very useful. It can be said that during the time, the bicycle was the number-one individual transport means and xích lô was among the top choices for public transport in Saigon. Many Saigonese, especially housewives and old people, opted for a xích lô. Otherwise, they had to resort to their bicycles which would require a lot of their own sweat instead of the xích lô driver.

As Vietnam broke away from the planned economy to embrace the market mechanism, per capita income has improved substantially. When motorized vehicles and fuel have been no longer rare, xích lô has given way to taxis and buses.

Unfortunately, during its time of existence, xích lô drivers in Saigon also built up notoriety and were associated with reckless driving and overcharging. What’s more, given the new conditions of the urban lifestyle and worsening traffic jams, the three-wheeled vehicle was no longer an appropriate public transport means.

The real reclusive time for xích lô came several years ago, when HCM City authorities decided to ban the vehicle on top commercial streets in Saigon. The list of these restricted areas has been extended so much so that the vehicle has been virtually banned in the city downtown.

Although xích lô has lost its ubiquity, it does exist. In Saigon, groups of xích lô are still seen rolling on the streets, particularly during the tourism season. Despite the ban, xích lô du lch, or xích lô for tourists, is allowed in HCM City’s center if organized by authorized tour operators. Many tourists, particularly those from the West, are excited at traveling on board a xích lô. Some have even tried to manipulate the vehicle on its back seat themselves.

Man-powered public transport means are still in use by the hospitality industry in cosmopolitan cities, for instance New York and Singapore, as Saigon Stories has personally witnessed. Therefore, there should be no objection to similar things in Hanoi and HCM City. In this regard, xích lô for tourists should be allowed to make Vietnamese cities more attractive to tourists from afar.

The process in which the three-wheeled vehicle has stepped down as a common public transport means has some side effects, though. So far, the majority of xích lô drivers has quit the job while those who still remain are mostly elderly people.

Who will replace them when they finally retire?

Source: SGT, VietnamNet


Source: QDND

New tourist boats used in Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

New tourist boats used in Phong Nha Ke Bang

QĐND – Monday, December 13, 2010, 21:11 (GMT+7)

The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh has put into operation two new kinds of boats to provide tourist services for tourists.

The new boats, part of a project to develop tourism in the sub-Delta River region, will help protect the environment and provide safety for tourists on a tourism route on the Son River.

According to Mr. Le The Luc, the project’s Director, the new boats will help local people develop and protect heritages well.

In the near future, more new boats will be provided to local people to replace old boats, which were not suitable for carrying tourists.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Foreign tourist numbers double

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Central region’s tourist site resumes its operation

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh resumed receiving domestic and foreign visitors as of October 26th after a disruption of nearly a month due to the flooding, said Luu Minh Thanh, Director of the park’s management board.

The recent flooding in October cost the popular tourist site VND4.2 billion. Many tourism facilities, such as the Culture and Ecology Tourism Centre, lighting in the Phong Nha cave, and a wharf, were seriously damaged by the flooding.

The management board of the tourist site sent 150 employees to clean up the environment and repair tourism facilities in order to receive visitors as soon as possible.

Local people with heroic deeds, such as Nguyen Van Diep, Ngo Tam and Nguyen Van Ninh, who rescued hundreds of people during the flooding, continue to carry tourists to visit the caves.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Da Nang People’s Committee agreed in principle on a project to build a luxurious eco-tourist village, named Lang Van.

The project, that will be invested in by Vinpearl Joint Stock Company, is a tourist complex, including hotels, villas, games and entertainment sections, a golf course, a sports arena, cable cars, a tourist wharf and other public facilities.

The investor pledged that they will concentrate their assets and efforts to finish the first phase in five years as the project is licensed by the authorities.

The tourist village to be built is located on the foot of the Hai Van passage in Lien Trieu District, Da Nang.

It will stretch along a beautiful sea strait that overlooks Da Nang Bay and connect with neighbouring localities with both roads and railways.

The investors unveiled that they will exploit the mountain and sea to develop eco-tourism there.

Da Nang City has long wanted to develop the area into a high-class resort for international-only tourist.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen      

Source: QDND

Hitler becomes major Berlin tourist attraction

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

Hitler and the Germans,” an exhibition in Berlin’s German Historical Museum which investigates the society that created Hitler, has seen more than 10,000 visitors walk through its doors since opening on Friday.

Rudolf Trabold, a spokesman for the museum, said there were 4,000 visitors to the exhibition on the first day alone.

People visiting the exhibition said they had waited as long as 1-1/2 hours to get in.

Ravi Nair, a 73-year-old Indian visitor, said: “I had to queue for about an hour but it was worth it. The exhibition should help people in democratic countries realize that their vote is very valuable.”

Copies of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) are pictured at the media preview of Hilter und die Deutsche Volksgemeinschaft und Verbrechen (Hitler and the German Nation and Crime) at the Deutsche Historisches Museum.

Trabold said Hitler and the Germans was so popular because it was “the first exhibition to explain how a man who lived on the margins of society for 30 years, in Vienna’s men’s hostels, could become an almost mythical leader of the German people.

“We are all affected by Hitler, so it speaks to all of us and helps Germans and foreigners to come to terms with the past.”

Inge Lonning, a 72-year-old tourist from Norway said: “I thought the exhibition was very impressive. I wanted to see it because I experienced the German occupation of Norway as a small child, so it’s not just history for me.”

But not everyone was convinced there was something new to be learned from the exhibition.

“So much has been done about this period over the years, it was like, I knew this and I knew that,” said Canadian Julien Cayer, aged 28. “I thought I’d find something new but I didn’t.”

There has been widespread concern in the German media that the exhibition could become a magnet for neo-Nazi admirers of Hitler, but Trabold said that although there had been some right-wing extremist visitors, they had not caused any problems.

Source: SGGP

City praises excellent tourist operators

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism held a ceremony to honor individuals and organizations that got high positions in the “National Skill Contest 2010-Cooking and Restaurant Service”.

23 units and 90 persons received certificates of merit from the city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

On the occasion, the HCM City People’s Committee gave certificates of merit to 26 best organizations and people that have outstanding contribution to tourism skill contests.

The City People’s Committee also granted certificate of merit to deputy director of the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism La Quoc Khanh who was awarded the “Best destination operator” by the Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian Pacific Cities (TPO).

Source: SGGP

Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

Dong Xuan Market becomes a tourist site

QĐND – Thursday, September 16, 2010, 20:25 (GMT+7)

The Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company, in conjunction with Hoan Kiem District’s People’s Committee in Hanoi, is planning to launch a tour to explore old streets and go shopping at the Dong Xuan Market, as part of activities towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long–Hanoi, with an aim to attract more tourists to the city.

At present, the company is checking all stores for the quality and prices of goods as well as sellers’ behavior and attitude.

In addition, a large hall will also be built at the market to show short films about histories of Hanoi’s old quarters and the market.

Over the years, the market, one of the biggest in Hanoi, has become a place to preserve cultural values and helps reflect the life of the people in old-time Hanoi.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND