It’s time for Vietnam’s Tet holiday annual exodus. And it’s chaotic. It’s time for Vietnam’s Tet holiday annual exodus. And it’s chaotic. Having recently battled my way through Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the way back to Hoi An in the center of the country, I can inform you that this year you might need body armor, a baseball bat, shark spray repellent (or incredibly bad body odor) and the battle tactics of the Vietnamese army to get to your flight in one piece. Mind you it’s not as massive as China’s flood of humanity, estimated at more than 700 million moving by train and bus and an estimated 58 million plane trips! Ah...airports; expensive, crowded, slow, jammed, demented, over-worked, too many planes and never enough staff. I’d stay at home except I live a cosmopolitan, jet-setting lifestyle (stop giggling) and urgently need to get on that plane... Now! Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport is a tough … [Read more...] about Tet in Vietnam: Do you know the way to the airport?
Da nang airport to hoi an taxi
by Jim Aspinall In all of my travels, few places have inspired as much inner peace as Hoi An, Viet Nam. Wanting to escape the working grind in Ha Noi with my girlfriend, Julia, I decided to follow a friend's suggestion and buy two tickets for a week in the old central Vietnamese trading centre. The small town sits on the central coast, only about an hour by car from Da Nang. The road to Hoi An is full of developing construction projects, but the glorious green rice-fields still stretch for miles around. Coming into Hoi An, Julia and I were treated to a short ride through the town on the way to Vinh Hung Resort by the riverside. Ancient stone and wooden houses interspersed with modern bars, restaurants, souvenir and clothing shops lined the narrow Hoi An streets in every direction. Hoi An attracts thousands of tourists every year from Viet Nam and abroad. They love preserved cultural and ethnic identity and massive textile and tailoring traditions. Being close to a beautiful beach … [Read more...] about Hoi An, a trip into the past
The Da Nang City administration has instructed taxi companies operating at its international airport to post notices about fares from the airport to popular tourist destinations both within the city and nearby provinces. Taxi fares will be announced from the airport to Ba Na and Marble Mountains in Da Nang, Hoi An and My Son in Quang Nam Province and Lang Co in Thua Thien-Hue Province. The hotline of the municipal People's Council, 0511 3 888 888 will be displayed in every taxi. Each taxi firm will have to provide customers with a card with the taxi number, the name of the driver and phone number of the firm's director in case the passengers want to report any violation or problem created of the drivers. The taxi association will also cooperate with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to open classes for their drivers in communication skills, English and the region's tourism destinations. … [Read more...] about Da Nang targets improved airport taxi service
Increase in service fees will help, airport operators argue, but experts disagree Passengers at the Can Tho International Airport in southern Vietnam. The airport often uses less than one fifth of its designed capacity. Small airports in Vietnam are suffering huge losses, mainly because state-regulated service charges are too low, representatives say. According to the Northern Airports Corporation, which manages six airports in the northern region, it can only charged each flight between VND2 million and VND5 million (US$96-240), under the Finance Ministry's regulations. But, the services that the corporation provides for each flight actually cost VND12.8 million ($614.5) on average, which means the corporation has to give its airports an average of VND9.8 million ($470) per flight to make up for their losses. The Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi is the only one that can make profits, it said, calling for an increase in service charges. In the first eight months this … [Read more...] about Small airports suffering big losses
Foreign visitors taking a taxi at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Experts have blamed lax management by transport authorities and taxi firms for dishonest taxi drivers at the airport. Ingrid Biraud had to pay ten times the normal fare for a taxi from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Ben Thanh Market during her visit to Ho Chi Minh City last month. “When we arrived in the center, the counter read VND150,000 (US$7.2) but the driver said not ‘enough money’,” said the French tourist. “So we had to go to the bank. After that, he said I have to pay him VND1.5 million.” Earlier, the driver had asked her to pay VND100,000 as an airport taxi fee, but the real amount is only VND5,000. Many similar violations have been reported despite efforts by airport authorities to improve taxi service at the city’s only airport. Biraud said she returned to report the incident to airport authorities on the same day and … [Read more...] about Scam cabbies still scour for prey at HCMC airport