Thailand extends stays for medical tourism

Thu Huong.

Visitors to Thailand from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and China for medical purposes are to enjoy a stay of up to 90 days. The new policy comes into effect from 12July2017. The earlier policy allowed for a 30-day stay. This is a part of a strategy by the Thai government in efforts to turn Thailand into one of the biggest destinations in the World for medical tourism.

4th typhoon to hit Vietnam in 2018 - Bebinca

The 4th typhoon to hit Vietnam in 2018 - Bebinca is expected to come into the Gulf of Tonkin in the morning of 16August2018 and to hit the coast of North Vietnam from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh in the early morning of 17August2018. Heavy rains are expected in the North and the north of the Central Region of Vietnam from the night of 16August2018.

New luxury train for Saigon - Nha Trang

By Thu Huong.

Today Vietnam Railway Coprs starts operating a new high-quality train for Saigon - Nha Trang route. The new train has a modern design which has more space inside, and which is built with sound-reduction and fire-proof materials.

Floods in the North & North of the Central Region of Vietnam

Due to heavy rains in northern Vietnam and north of the Central Regions of Vietnam from 13-July-2018, there have been floods in Quang Ninh, Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Hoa Binh, Son La, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh. Travelers to theses provinces now should exercise care and it is recommended to check with local travel agencies and tour operators for latest updates on the weather and road conditions.

Vietnam Airlines Suspends Pleiku Flights

By Joan Ng.

According to announcements from Vietnam Airlines, the air firm is to suspend all Pleiku flights from 15-March-2015 to 25-October-2015 for the upcoming airport expansion. Tickets for these flights which have been issued are to be refunded fully. The passengers with issued ticket can change the flight to a nearby arrival/departure airport at Buon Ma Thuot or Quy Nhon with reduction or surcharge based on the difference in airfares.

Floods in the Far North of Vietnam-June2018

Due to heavy rains from 22-25June2018 in the far nothern mountains of Vietnam, there have been devastating flash floods and landslides in the region: Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Lao Cai. Traffic has been obstructed for several hours. Traveling in the region is not recommended at the moment.

Jetstar Pacific Flights Buon Ma Thuot to Thanh Hoa & Hai Phong

By Joan NG.

In February 2015, Jestar Pacific begins direct flights between Buon Ma Thuot - Thanh Hoa and Buon Ma Thuot - Hai Phong. There are 2 return flights per week between Buon Ma Thuot - Thanh Hoa on Tuesday and Thursday. The flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes. There are 3 return flights per week between Buon Ma Thuot - Hai Phong on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The new flight routes are to meet the huge demands for air travel between these destinations, especially the surge during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan).

Adventure Travel Officially Recognized in Da Lat

By May J.

10 local tour operators and travel agents were licensed to operate adventure tours by The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lam Dong Province on 20July2017. This is the first time that adventure travel has been officially recognized by the authority.

Jetstar Pacific Flies Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok

By Thu Huong.

From 10Dec2014 Jetstar Pacific starts daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. From Ho Chi Minh City, flight BL661 departs at 13:05; the return flight BL662 departs Bangkok at 15:20. All flights are with Airbus320 aircraft accommodating 180 Economy Class seats.

The air firm is also starting flights between Hanoi - Bangkok from 29Mar2015.

Speedboats for Soc Trang and Con Dao Island

By Thu Huong.

From 14July2017 Superdong started operating speedboat trips between Soc Trang and Con Dao Island. The boat departs Soc Trang everyday at the Port of the Police Border of Tran De District (Soc Trang Province) at 0800 A.M and arrives at Ben Dam Port on Con Dao Island after 150 minutes. The return trip starts from Con Dao at 13:00.

VietJetAir to Begin Ho Chi Minh City - Taipei Flights

By Thu Huong.

From 12-December-2014 VietJetAir is to begin direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Taipei (Taiwan). There are 5 flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight from Ho Chi Minh City departs at 14:30 and arrives at 18:55 local time; the return flight departs at 20:00 and arrives at 22:25.