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New bridge lures Thai, Lao tourists

Update: December, 23/2006 - 00:00

Travellers Notes


New bridge lures Thai, Lao tourists

New campaigns will be launched to promote overland tourism after the opening of the second Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River linking Thailand and Laos on Wednesday. Vu The Binh, director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)’s Travel Department, said a group of 31 cars and 26 motorbikes from Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam began to travel from Thailand to Viet Nam and Laos after the opening ceremony.

They entered Viet Nam via Lao Bao Border Gate in Quang Tri on Thursday. They will visit Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and Kon Tum before leaving for Laos via Bo Y Border Gate next Monday.

According to VNAT figures, more than 80,000 Thais have traveled to Viet Nam via the central border gates this year.

Ships dock for Sai Gon Christmas

Saigontourist Travel Service Company will receive 500 tourists on board the British-flagged Spirit of Adventure cruise ship and 1,100 passengers on board Italy’s Costa Marina cruise ship, both of which will dock at Sai Gon Port tomorrow.

After HCM City, the Spirit of Adventure will visit Nha Trang, Da Nang and Ha Long Bay. Costa Marina, operated by the Italian shipping company Costa Crociere, will also visit Ha Long during its maiden trip to Viet Nam from December 24-27.

On December 25, Saigontourist will welcome 1,000 tourists on board the Italian Costa Allegra cruise ship in Ha Long Bay next Monday.

Aussies prepare for cultural events

The Australian Consulate General in HCM City is preparing for the first festival of cultural events to be held ahead of Australian Day celebration on January 28.

The Australian cultural festival will include an Australian film week with five to six feature films to be screened in the week leading to the Australian National Day; the Australian Food and Wine fair on the premises of the Australian International School Sai Gon; and a golf tournament at Long Thanh Golf Course on January 25.

The festival will also feature the performance of young Vietnamese-Australian pianist Nguyen Van Anh at HCM City Conservatory on January 19.

Fest holds bladder-busting contest

The organiser of the Tea Festival 2006 in Da Lat said eight records would be set at the country’s first festival in Da Lat from December 21-24.

These include a 1.5m tall, 0.8m in diameter teapot, and a 0.5m high tea cup; a tea-drinking event with some 2,000 participants; and a candle-lighting event by Xuan Huong Lake with 3,000 people taking part. — VNS

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