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Travellers Notes


Tour old Ha Noi in a vintage car

Visitors who want to take a walk in the past can experience Ha Noi to its fullest while taking a tour of the city in a vintage French Citroen car, available at the Sofitel Metropole Ha Noi.

Recently refurbished to maintain its comfort and elegance, the classic Citroen Traction fits in with the hotel’s colonial-style architecture.

There are two different tour packages for visitors: Ha Noi’s shopping tour and Ha Noi’s discover tour. The old car will bring visitors to the city’s must-see spots including the Old Quarter, The Temple of Literature, President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Fine Art Museum.

In addition, visitors can arrange a customised tour with the hotel.


Helicopter tours of Vung Tau

Vung Tau Tourist Co is offering three new helicopter tours over tourist attractions in Ba Ria–Vung Tau. The tours, which take 6, 17 and 42 minutes respectively, depart from Vung Tau Airport. The shortest tour costs US$20 per person and takes tourists over Back Beach, O Cap Cape, Cau Da Wharf and Co May Bridge.

A slightly longer tour includes views of Ganh Rai Cape and costs $30 per person. Finally, for $55-80, tourists can take in the Cua Lap Bridge, Ky Lan Cape, Loc An, Ngai Giao and Cau Da Wharf. On the tour passengers can relax or take a quick hot mud bath at Binh Chau Resort before returning to Vung Tau.


Lower air fares for Europe

Despite the increasing cost of jet fuel, Viet Nam Airlines will slash airfares for flights between Viet Nam and European destinations by 20 to 30 per cent. The carrier said from September 1 to October 31, return (roundtrip of one way) flights from Ha Noi and HCM City to European cities, such as Paris and Frankfurt, will run from $777 to $888.


Four-star hotel in Quy Nhon

Sai Gon-Quy Nhon Hotel opens today in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh. The 4-star hotel, a 30-minute drive from Phu Cat Airport, has 148 rooms, three meeting halls and other facilities. It is a joint venture between the HCM City-based Saigontourist Holdings Co, Peace Tours Co. and provincial partners.


Food and Culture Week begins

Vietnamese Food and Culture Week was kicked off on Thursday in Bangladesh’s Dhaka City.

Organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in Dhaka, the event will introduce the Bangladeshi people to Viet Nam’s natural beauty and its rich historical and cultural traditions.

In addition, the unique flavour of Vietnamese cuisine was presented.

"To prepare Vietnamese dishes, almost all of the ingredients had to be brought to Dhaka by the three chefs from the Melia Hotel in Ha Noi," said Paolo Randone, the food and beverage director of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

The event runs until next Wednesday.


HCM City gets Malaysia promotion

Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines opened a week-long cultural and food promotion campaign in HCM City yesterday. Fifteen dancers from National Arts of Malaysia already flied to HCM City for the event. During the festival, artist Mior Sarali Bin Mohd Radzi will perform a Teh-Tarik tea preparation, while clothing designer Amin Johari will introduce a collection of Malaysian Batik silk.


Taiwanese investor plans resort

The Taiwanese company Bentham International plans to develop a US$25 million resort in Vung Tau City as a retreat for people working in HCM City and neighbouring provinces. Provincial authorities approved the plan last week to develop the Golden Coast Resort in Vung Tau’s Chi Linh-Cua Lap area. The developers plan to build a hotel, a villa complex and an entertainment area on 30ha. — VNS

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