Solo travel can be a most rewarding experience, says Rough Guides, a popular travel magazine. Here are the top 10 best places to travel solo, including Vietnam, according to a poll of the magazine’s readers. 1. Vietnam: You’re bound for an interesting experience no matter how or where you travel in Vietnam, and journeying alone is one of the most rewarding ways to explore this beguiling country. From the noodles to the night buses, there are hundreds of experiences you’ll never forget throughout Vietnam, whether you’re exploring the lovely long coastline or trekking through remote villages and meeting the hill tribes. 2. Ireland: This little island on the edge of Europe has so much charm and such friendly people that it’s the ideal place to travel solo; you’ll find it nearly impossible not to make friends with the locals. Photo: Ireland countryside 3. Thailand: Visiting Thailand has become something of a rite of passage for many young … [Read more...] about Vietnam among Rough Guides’ best places to travel solo
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Talk Around Town (31-10-2007) Buses: a convenient way to get around by Nguyen Thi Thao They're cheap, convenient and they rule the roads: buses. They may not be the coolest thing on four wheels in Viet Nam's capital city, but my shallow student pockets have given me a new respect for this humble mode of transport. First and foremost - cost is the overriding factor. As a student, I often have to scrimp and save to pay fees, buy books and have fun, and getting the allowance my parents give me to stretch to these demands is a daily struggle. That's why, for me and countless others having to travel across the city or commute there every day, a monthly multiple journey ticket at only VND50,000 (US$3) for students - VND80,000 ($5) for others - is the only way to go. But the advantages don't stop there. With a wave of your hand at the bus stop you can guarantee a ride to wherever you want to go, or at least on the way to it, come rain or shine. And for the most part, if you avoid the rush … [Read more...] about Buses: a convenient way to get around
A file photo taken during the Tet lunar new year festival in February 2013 shows three public cars parking near the Tran Temple in Nam Dinh Province, whose users apparently had used them for a private purpose of visiting the temple on a new year festival The rules must be made clear, and all spending be made public, to rein in useless government expenses, National Assembly Justice Committee member Nguyen Sy Cuong tells Vietweek. Vietweek: Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang recently called on his subordinates to use no-frills airlines for working trips to cut travel costs. What is your opinion? Nguyen Sy Cuong: I support Minister Thang's appeal. This reminds me of the wasteful spending at administrative agencies that has led to the incurable budget deficit. Minister Thang's example should be applied at many other governmental agencies across the country. It would help save a lot for the state coffers. I've personally seen several senior officials take economy class flights on … [Read more...] about Regulation and transparency only way to cut wasteful spending
These days, more and more Vietnamese youth and foreigners want to travel in the country, opening new doors for the tourism sector, said Vu The Binh, director of the Travel Department under the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT). "I'm still young and I want to discover interesting things in the country. The best way to do that is by travelling," said Nguyen Mai Huy from Ha Noi. Along with Huy, young people are not interested in simple tours or vacations to the beach, nor do they want to visit different cities. They want to discover new and interesting things. They want to find unique, isolated places, and risk and danger seem to be new requirements. "Adventure travel is the best choice for these youngsters; however, in Vietnam this kind of travel is underdeveloped due to low demand," Nguyen Dinh Dung, manager of Lao Cai's Trade and Tourism Department, said. This country, with thousands of mountains, seas and waterfalls, as well as many remote areas, has great potential for … [Read more...] about Tourist sector leads the way to adventure
Your say (18-07-2008) Is hosting international events the best way to promote Viet Nam? Last week: We asked readers and industry insiders what they thought about events like the Miss Universe Beauty pageant and whether they felt these events had helped to promote Viet Nam as a tourist destination. Julia Morley, chairperson of Miss World Ltd I think Viet Nam is the number one tourist destination in the world, for the following reasons: First and foremost for any tourist destination it is important to make guests feel welcome and comfortable. For the Vietnamese people this comes naturally. I have found them to be extremely helpful. In Viet Nam one is always made to feel completely welcome, nothing is too much trouble. Aside from the people, Viet Nam is exquisite and a photographer's dream. Viet Nam has a lot to be proud of and it should look to the future with great confidence. Mai Phuong Lan, Ha Noi The news that Viet Nam was hosting "Miss Universal" surprised me. My … [Read more...] about Is hosting international events the best way to promote Viet Nam?