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September, 29 2006 00:00:00

Vietnam Air flies to Luang Prabang

Travellers Notes

(30-09-2006)

Vietnam Air flies to Luang Prabang

Vietnam Airlines will expand its service in Laos to Luang Prabang beginning in late October.

The Vietnamese carrier will run four weekly flights between Ha Noi and Luang Prabang on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights will depart from Ha Noi at 16:55 and arrive in Luang Prabang at 18:25. Return trips will leave Luang Prabang at 19:05 and reach Ha Noi at 20:25.

The one-way ticket costs between US$100 and $150.

Luang Prabang, Laos’ number one tourist spot, will be Vietnam Airlines’ second destination in the country, adding to the carrier’s service already linking both Ha Noi and HCM City to the Laotian capital of Vientiane.

Viet Nam 7th on Thai tourist top 10

Thailand has again put Viet Nam on the country’s list of top 10 Asian tourism markets.

Though last week’s coup has resulted in the cancellations of many tour and hotel bookings, Vietnamese still rank 7th amongst the top ten most frequent Asian visitors to Thailand.

Thuavarasukha Vunsadej, executive director of public relations and advertising at the Thai tourism authority, named Viet Nam behind Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Earlier this year Thailand aimed to receive 250,000 Vietnamese visitors in 2006, 50,000 more than last year.

Beer flows at City Oktoberfest

The Windsor Plaza Hotel and the German Business Association will hold HCM City’s 2006 Oktoberfest from October 4 to 8.

HCM City’s 15th Oktoberfest is expected to be the largest beer-fest in Asia. Hundreds of barrels of imported Krombacher draft beer and thousands of bottles of Schneider Weisse beer will be served during the five-day celebration.

The nightly festivities at he hotel will be accompanied by live music from the Notenhoblers Band.

Khanh Hoa countryside tours

The Khanh Hoa Province Tourism Department has launched four new countryside tours to Dien Khanh District.

The tours aim to better promote the province’s beautiful pagodas, temples, and traditional handicraft villages.

The excursions will take tourists to Thien Loc and Suoi Do pagodas, Phu Loc Temple, rural markets, a rice paper making cottage and others scenic spots.

Thai Air to resume Da Nang service

Thai Airways International Public Company is considering resuming its service to the central city of Da Nang next year.

The carrier may operate three weekly flights between Bangkok and Da Nang to meet the rising demand for air travel between the two countries.

General manager of Thai Airways in Viet Nam, Nond Kalinta, said the airline expects that some 60 per cent of the passengers on the Da Nang flights would be leisure travellers. Thai Airways’ Bangkok-Da Nang service was suspended two years ago due to poor sales. — VNS

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