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Few visitors get VAT refund

Only 34 foreign tourists have claimed value-added tax refunds at Tan Son Nhat International Airport after a month since the customs started a pilot program to this effect to make local shopping more attractive to tourists. Pham Tri Dung, a customs officer at the airport, said the VAT refunds totaled only VND67.5 million, and most of VAT refund...

Posted date: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 - From: Tourism News

Vietnamese travelers no longer interested in outbound tours to China

The number of Vietnamese people traveling to China recently has dropped sharply because of the economic downturn and the tensions on the East Sea. Meanwhile, fewer Chinese travelers visit Vietnam due to the cooperation disagreements between Vietnamese and Chinese travel firms. Vietnamese travelers don’t choose tours to China...

Posted date: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 - From: Tourism News

Ha Long Bay is selling at cheap price

Tourism revenue of Quang Ninh, the home to Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage, is lower than Khanh Hoa, Danang and Binh Thuan. After touring Ha Long Bay, Ms. Thu Anh, from Hanoi, said that her family wanted to stay there for several days but finally they shortened the time because they did not find anything to play or where to play....

Posted date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Com Hen - a rustic specialty of Hue City

Hue is not only famous for many historical and cultural relics and splendid landscapes, but also has a number of outstanding dishes. One traditional specialty of Hue is com hen (clam rice). Com hen is simple yet intricate dish that fuses together a variety of flavors from clams, fried pork fat, clam broth, roasted peanuts, crunchy rice...

Posted date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Why Da nang beach is called China beach?

The name China Beach appeared from an American television film. In this film “China Beach” was the name of Da nang’s My Khe beach. Since then, many tourism websites have used this name. The film, “China Beach,” was aired on ABC from 1988 to 1991. It told a story about the evacuation of a hospital during the Vietnam War. The film’s...

Posted date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Gorgeous Con Dao Island offers self-evident pleasures

Even before we set out, I knew this trip to Con Dao was going to be a deeper experience than usual, literally. But there was no mystery to it. Among other things, I was going scuba diving for the first time. Water world: A view of the beach from a restaurant at the Six Senses Con Dao Resort. I had heard a lot about the island, its...

Posted date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Riding elephant in Buon Don

Visits to Buon Don Village are memorable for an experience of a lifetime – riding on the back on an elephant. The village is the only place in the country where it is legal to ride these great beasts in the beautiful Central Highlands. If you fancy braving it from Saigon you take National Road No. 14 for 500km to Binh Phuoc and Daklak...

Posted date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Central city to improve management of cyclo services

The Thua Thien – Hue Province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a project to better manage the xich lo (pedicabs) operating in Hue City. The trade union is going to be given VND120 million (US$5,700) to improve the pedicab services by training drivers and giving them uniforms and repairing and painting all pedicabs...

Posted date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

National Tourism Year 2013 to begin next May

National Tourism Year 2013 themed ‘Red River Civilization’ will kick off in the northern city of Hai Phong on May 11. The event aims to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the liberation of Hai Phong. The celebrations for National Tourism Year 2013 will include a wide range of cultural activities such as a Red River food fair;...

Posted date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Vietnam greets over 3.8 million visitors

More than 460,000 international tourists visited Viet Nam in July, up 12 per cent over June but down by 8 per cent compared with the same month last year, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). The latest arrivals have lifted the total number of foreign tourists to the country during the first seven...

Posted date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Promoting Vietnam’s tourism in Israel

A seminar on the potential and prospects of tourism in Vietnam has been held in Israel with the aim of boosting Vietnam’s tourism and promoting images of its people and land to international markets. Present at the event were 50 Israeli travel agencies and numerous local reporters. Vietnamese Ambassador to Israel Dinh Xuan Luu noted...

Posted date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Follow in footsteps of King Hung’s grandfather

If you ever make the long journey to visit pagodas in the North, you might bypass the tomb and temple of Kinh Duong Vuong, grandfather of King Hung through no fault of your own. And you probably don’t realize that you are missing out on a great chance to admire and learn more about the historical vestiges of the nation’s...

Posted date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Websites naming Da Nang beach as China beach to be closed

In the morning of July 26, many websites of travel firms still introduced Da Nang beach as China beach. The Ministry of Information and Communications said to shut down these websites. Da nang beach is introduced as “China Beach” By the morning of July 26, some companies corrected information about the Da nang beach on their...

Posted date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Water puppetry masters set to perform in Japan

HCM City’s well-known Rong Vang (Golden Dragon) Water Puppetry Troupe will take part in the Kijimuna Festa 2012 in Japan from July 28 to August 6. This is the second time Rong Vang was invited to perform at the Kijimuna Festa, Japan’s most prestigious and popular theatre festival for children. The troupe participated in the festival for...

Posted date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News

Tourism year to highlight Red River civilisation

The National Tourism Year 2013 themed “Red River Civilisation” will kick off in the northern port city of Hai Phong on May 11 next year. Following the opening ceremony, which will take place on the occasion of the 58 th anniversary of the city’s liberation day, there will be a festive week with a wide range of activities, announced the...

Posted date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 - From: Tourism News