Vietnam Visa Fees Increase

Vietnam visa fees are increased from 1January2013 compared to earlier, according to Circular 190/2012/TT-BTC issued on 9November2012 amending Circular 66/2009/TT-BTC issued on 30March2009 prescribing the administration of fees related to immigration in Vietnam.

Cambodia Angkor Air Begins Phnom Penh - Hanoi Flights

By Thu Huong.

6Jan2013 Cambodia Angkor Air begins its first flight between Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Hanoi (Vietnam). Airbus 321 aircrafts are to be used for these flights. This is the only daily flight between the two capital cities of Cambodia and Vietnam.

Earlier, Cambodia Angkor Air started its first flights between Phnom Penh and Bangkok (Thailand) on 30Nov2012. On this route, the air firm uses ATR72 with 67 seats.

Cambodia Angkor Air, which started its operation in July 2009, is a joint-venture between Cambodia Government (51%) and Vietnam Airlines (49%). At the beginning, the airline only operated flights within Cambodia (Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, Siem Reap - Sihanouville), between Cambodia - Laos, and between Cambodia - Vietnam. With the successful operation, the airline has the ambition to expand its flights to Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore,...

VietJetAir Begins Ho Chi Minh City - Phu Quoc Island Flights

By Thu Huong.

15Dec2012 VietJetAir begins its flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Phu Quoc Island (in Rach Gia Gulf, southern Vietnam). The daily flight departs Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat Airport at 07:15 A.M and arrives at Phu Quoc Island at 08:05 A.M. The return flights leaves Phu Quoc International Airport at 08:40 A.M and arrives back at Tan Son Nhat Airport at 09:30 A.M. The flights are with Airbus 320 with 180 seats.

Vietnam Airlines Begins Hanoi Phu Quoc Island Flights

By Thu Huong.

14Dec2012 Vietnam Airlines begins its first flights between Hanoi and Phu Quoc Island. There are 5 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight from Hanoi departs Noi Bai Airport at 10:00 A.M and arrives at Phu Quoc Island at 12:25 P.M. The return flights departs Phu Quoc Island at 13:15 and arrives at Noi Bai Airport at 15:40.

Bach Ma National Park to be Open Again

By Thu Huong.

Bach Ma National Park was closed to tourists in 2009 for expanding the road to the summit. Work on the road is about to be completed soon and the park is to be open to tourism again in the summer of 2013.

Bach Ma Mountain with the summit of 1,450m above sea level was discovered in 1932 by the French who soon built the area into a hill station for French colonialists to get away from the heat in the Central Region of Vietnam in the summer. At the time, Bach Ma had 139 French-styled villas and the road to the summit of Bach Ma by the French was only of 4-5m wide.

Travelers To Be Permitted Bringing Motorbike or Car into Vietnam

By Thu Huong.

Vietnam Ministry of Transport has completed the draft Decree for the Administration of Vehicles brought into Vietnam by foreign visitors on tourism purposes. According to the draft, foreign travelers to Vietnam could bring foreign vehicles into Vietnam on tourism purposes for a period not exceeding 30 days. In the case of extension, then the extended period shall not exceed 10 days. The Draft Decree allows cars of 9-Seater or smaller size with steering wheel to the left, and motorbikes only. The travelers are to travel in Vietnam in group with travel itinerary arranged by Vietnamese travel agents or Vietnam-based tour operators.

VietJetAir Begins Hanoi - Da Lat Flights

By Thu Huong.

9December2012 VietJetAir Started its first flight between Hanoi and Da Lat Vietnam. The flight is daily departing Hanoi Noi Bai Airport at 09:35A.M and arriving at Da Lat Lien Khuong Airport at 11:15 A.M. The return flight departs at 11:50 A.M. The air firm uses Airbus 320 with 180 seats for these flights.

Dalat Vietnam
Da Lat Vietnam

Worship Of Hung Kings Listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage

By Thu Huong.

6Dec2012 at a Paris Conference, the UNESCO (United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) officially agreed on the inscription of the Worship of Hung Kings in Vietnam to the Representative  List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Hung Kings Temple Vietnam
Worship at Hung Kings Temple Vietnam

Finnair to Offer Seasonal Direct Flights to Hanoi

By Thu Huong.

Finnair has announced its plan to begin seasonal direct flights to Hanoi from Helsinki in 2013 summer. The airline plans 3 flights per week from 14June2013 to 27October2013. With these direct flights, it takes only 5 hours to get to Europe from Vietnam. Earlier, Finnair had established its representative offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi Vietnam

VietJetAir To Begin Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok Flights

By Thu Huong.

29Nov2012 VietJetAir, a privately-own air firm in Vietnam, announced its opening of flights between Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, in Vietnam) and Bangkok (Thailand). The flights between these two cities are daily, 1 flight per day. From Ho Chi Minh City, the flight departs at 11:00 A.M and arrives at Bangkok SuvarnaBhumi at 12:30 P.M. The return flight departs Bangkok at 13:30 on the same day. There are huge demand for air travel between Vietnam and Thailand, mostly from leisure travel market. Travelers between the two countries are to benefit more from competitive prices.


Phu Quoc International Airport To Be Open

By Thu Huong.

The new international airport on Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam is to be open in December 2012. Construction work started in November 2008 and completed in December 2012 with a runway of 3,000m in length and 45m in width. The second runway of 3000mx25m is to be constructed in 2020.

VietJetAir Begins Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Flights

By Thu Huong.

On 05Nov2012, VietJetAir officially started its first direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Vinh City (Nghe An Province, in the Central Region of Vietnam). The air firm operates one daily flights between these two cities using Airbus 320 aircrafts with 180 seats. The flight from Ho Chi Minh City departs Tan Son Nhat Airport at 10:35 A.M and arrives at Vinh at 12:20 P.M. The return flight from Vinh City departs at 13:05.

Vietjetair flights