plans road shows abroad
The Viet Nam National
Administration for Tourism (VNAT) will hold four road shows this year. The first
will be in Moscow in May, followed by Washington DC in July during the Viet Nam
Culture Week. The third will be in Singapore and Malaysia in August, and the
final one in India in September during the launch of Viet Nam-India direct
parachuters tour Viet Nam
The HCM City-based travel
agency Viettravel welcomed 14 American visitors to Viet Nam for a parachuting
tour in the central provinces.
The US jumpers will stay
in the country for 13 days to visit landscapes and parachute from Langbian
Mountain in Da Lat (Lam Dong Province), Ba Na Mount (in Da Nang) and Nha Trang.
This is the first time
Viettravel has organised such a tour. If it is a success, the travel agency will
organise more tours in the near future.
Cyclo Challenge next week
representing businesses and organisations are ready to join the 5th cyclo
competition in HCM City on March 5. The organising committee of the annual
fund-raiser said contestants would face each other in the competition of speed
Paul Cleven, chairman of
the organising committee, said contestants were traning eargerly and competitive
spirit was running high.
The Sai Gon-Mekong
Shareholding Co has recently launched a trans-Indochina tour designed to bring
tourists to Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Tourists will begin their
eight-day itinerary in HCM City and travel by road to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
of Cambodia, Bangkok and Pattaya of Thailand and Vientiane and Savanakhet of
During their stay in Viet
Nam, tourists will also visit the ancient imperial city of Hue in the central
region. The travel agency has plans to launch a waterway tour from HCM City to
Phnom Penh in the coming time.
ships lured to Da Nang
cruise ships will dock at the port of Tien Sa in Viet Nam’s central hub of Da
Nang as part of their trips around Asia in the first 10 months of the year, said
the city tourism authority.
Among the ships will be
the Orianal with 1,700 passengers, Seven Seas Voyager with 700 passengers and
Sapphire Princess with 3,000 passengers. All three ships are scheduled to dock
at Da Nang next month. The Seaborne Spirit ship has brought nearly 200 American
and European visitors to the port. It was the fifth international cruise ship to
the city since early this year.
province plans festival
Quang Nam Province has
been preparing for the second heritage festival which will take place in the
ancient town of Hoi An and My Son tower complex from March 21 to 26.
This year’s event will
include cultural activities such as the countryside market, a fashion show, a
photo exhibition, a week of films about Hoi An, a showroom of antiques found
near Cu Lao Cham Island, and folk games.
City to auction rare whisky
The Canadian Consulate
General in HCM City will auction off a very rare 14-year old bottle of Canada’s
only single malt whisky donated by Glenora Distillery of Nova Scotia, Canada.The
bottle being auctioned is one of only 120 bottles of its kind in the world. This
bottle, number 9, sells for more than US$300 in Canada but is almost impossible
to find. Each of these very rare bottles is hand signed and hand dipped,
creating a unique wax seal. The auction will be held at the Sai Gon Town Club,
29 Le Duan Street on March 3. Proceeds from the auction will go to Thien Phuoc
Village which cares for dioxin victims. — VNS