Halong Bay Vietnam On The Natural Wonders List

By Tieu Quy.

Halong Bay Vietnam was named among the Provisional Seven Wonders of Nature after the first count of vote results on 11/11/11.The bay stretches in an area of 1553 square kilometers in the north-east of Vietnam, 165km from Hanoi. Halong Bay includes 1,969 rocky islands and islets jutting out of the emerald water of the East Vietnam Sea.

Price to hike for train tickets in Vietnam during Tet

By Tieu Quy.

6Oct2011 Vietnam Railways announced  the plan for selling train tickets for the Vietnamese Lunar New Year in 2012 (Vietnamese Tet) with 10% increase of ticket prices for train journeys northwards before Tet and for those southwards after Tet. During the peak time, train ticket prices may increase by  19-39%. There is no information about the peak time just yet. It often happens that there is severe shortage of train tickets in Vietnam during the period of Tet; as the Vietnamese flock home northwards before Tet and travel back to work after Tet. The Vietnamese Tet in 2012 is on 23Jan2012, which means public holidays in Vietnam for Tet is 22,23,24,25Jan2012.

 

Vietnam Train
Sleeper compartment on a train in Vietnam

AirAsia to begin flights Kuala Lumpur - Da Nang

Tieu Quy.

AirAsia is to begin direct flights between Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Da Nang (Vietnam) from 16Dec2011. The airline plans 4 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and all flights are with Airbus 320. Beside Da Nang, AirAsia also flies to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) of Vietnam.

Da Nang Vietnam
Da Nang Non Nuoc Beach

Vietnam Airlines to fly to London

By Tieu Quy.

Vietnam Airlines is to begin direct flights between Hanoi Noi Bai Airport/Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport and London Gatwick Airport on 9Dec2011. The air carrier will use Boeing 777s with 25 Business-Class seats, 54 First-Class seats and 228 Economy-Class seats for these flights. Vietnam Airlines is the first airline to have direct flights between Vietnam and the UK. The move is to meet the increasing demand for air travel between the two countries by the business travellers, by students and by the leisure travellers.

Vietnam Domestic Airfare to Hike Again

By Lang Thang.

On 14Sept2011, Vietnam Transport Ministry has approved the submission by Vietnam Airlines to increase the ceiling airfare for flights within the country by 1.5 times compared to the current ceiling prices. This approval allows the air carriers in Vietnam to cover increasing input costs and to diversify the air tickets classes. With the new ceiling prices, the average domestic airfare in Vietnam would increase by 15%.

 

New Private Helicopter Service to Begin in Vietnam in Oct-2011

By Lang Thang.

On 29Aug2011, Azur Helicopter (a France-based helicopter service company) has introduced Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to target Vietnamese individual and corporate travellers.

Azur Helicopter will co-operate with VASCO (a Vietnam-based air service company) in offering private helicopter service in Vietnam starting from the end of Oct-2011. All flights will be with Eurocopter AS350 B2 departing from Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport to major destinations in southern Vietnam including Phan Thiet - Mui Ne, Vung Tau...

Speedboat starts between Ha Tien and Phu Quoc Island

By Lang Thang.

From 8August2011, a new speedboat (Superdong) started operating daily trips between Ha Tien and Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam. Superdong has the maximal capacity of 170 passengers, can travel at 28 nautical miles per hour and could operate under windy conditions of Level 6. The speedboat departs Ha Tien Harbor at 13:15 and departs Phu Quoc Island at 08:00. The travel time between the two destinations is 1 hour 10 minutes.

Air Mekong to begin flights Buon Ma Thuot - Vinh

Air Mekong is to begin flights between Buon Ma Thuot and Vinh from 1-Oct-2011. According to the spokesman of Air Mekong, this is an extended route for the flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Buon Ma Thuot. There will be 3 directly flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Currently, other local carriers including Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific offer flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh, but not directly between Buon Ma Thuot and Vinh.

Air Mekong Vietnam

Vietnam Cat Tien National Park Recognized Global Biosphere Reserve

On 30 June 2011, the United Nations added 18 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves, bringing the total to 581 in 114 different countries, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported.

Cat Tien is the new name of the former Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve in Viet Nam, which was designated in 2001. Two new core zones have been added to the site, bringing its total area to 966,563 hectares. Cat Tien National Park covers the area of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc Provinces in southern Vietnam. Cat Tien National Park is 15km north of Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon).

Jetstar to begin flights Hanoi - Singapore

By Lang Thang.

The low-cost airline Jetstar is to begin flights between Hanoi and Singapore with 4 flights per week, announced the airline on 14-July-2011. The air carrier also announced that the air firm is to increase flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Singapore to 3 flights per day starting from 18-August-2011.

Vietnam Airlines Flights Changed by Chile Volcano

By Lang Thang.

Because the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano passes over the south of Australia, the times of departure for flights from Australia to Vietnam by Vietnam Airlines on 22June2011 are to be changed. Time of departure for VN 780 from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is to be changed from 10:35 A.M to 12:35 P.M (local time). The time of departure for VN 782 from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City is changed from 10:15 A.M. to 14:15 (local time). Earlier, on 21June2011 Vietnam Airlines flights' times from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne and Sydney were also changed by ash from the volcano.