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
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
dock for Sai Gon Christmas
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.
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.
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