1. Hanoi: The heart of Vietnam Major tourist attractions: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam) renowned as the first national university of Vietnam), both recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as World Documentary Heritages; Thang Long Imperial Citadel (a UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage); the Old Quarters, Pen Tower (Thap But), Sword Lake (Ho Guom), One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot), Truc Bach Lake, the Opera House, and the National Library. Special foods: Pho (noodle soup), bun cha (noodle with grilled pork), La Vong fried fish (cha ca La Vong) served with noodle, other kinds of noodle soup including bun thang and bun oc, West Lake shrimp cake, Vong Village green rice flakes, and Hang Duong Street poached spiced dried fruits, among others. Cultural activities: UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural heritages: The Giong Festival at the Phu Dong and Soc temples, tug-of-war … [Read more...] about Where to go and what to do in Vietnam
Da nang airport to hoi an taxi
Ever tried to type on a train that regularly does the rumba? I got a great dance lesson while sitting down to write this. Ever tried to type on a train that regularly does the rumba? I got a great dance lesson while sitting down to write this. There’s sometime about trains – it brings out the boy in me – that crazy urge to say “choo-choo!” in an enthusiastic howl of glee. It’s just plain fun no matter what the quality of the train. You could imagine you’re on the Orient Express trying to figure out who killed Mrs Thu in cabin 11 while drinking a Heineken and going over the clues and munching on camembert cheese and crackers. I did. Needing to get out of Hoi An and having ridden my motorbike north to Hue before, I thought this might be a good alternative to the kamikaze bus services and nowhere to stretch out without belting someone’s foot, elbow or head. The national railway snakes its way down the country from north to south and … [Read more...] about Travel in Vietnam: To Hue by train
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?
A transport company on Tuesday rewarded a Da Nang taxi driver for returning cash and credit cards an Australian couple had left behind in one of its cabs. Nguyen Kim Tan, the driver employed by the Mai Linh Taxi Company, contacted the hotel where Carter John Frareis and his wife had stayed in order to return their bag containing Australian and US notes worth around US$2,400 and ten credit cards. Vietnam's 2012 annual income per capita is around $1,555. Tan said he drove the couple from the Sandy Beach Hotel to the Da Nang International Airport for their return flight to Australia on May 19. Upon realizing the couple had left behind belongings, Tan returned to the airport but could not find them so he gave the bag to his boss and informed the hotel. Meanwhile, the Australian couple also returned to the hotel, where their property was returned to them by Tan and a Mai Linh representative. Mai Lin awarded Tan VND2 million ($95) for his honesty. Two Mai Linh taxi drivers in Hoi An last … [Read more...] about Vietnam cabbie returns $2,400, credit cards to forgetful tourists
VietNamNet Bridge - While the other investors get bogged down in the frozen real estate market, the ones who poured money into high-end coastal resorts now can pocket big money they earn from the right investment deals. The diagram of average room revenue of the 4-5 star coastal resorts in the area from Da Nang to Nha Trang City saw a jump in 2013. The upward trend continues since the prosperous 2012. Adam Bury, a senior executive of CBRE, a real estate service provider, noted a surprise that the average room rate and room occupancy rate of the coastal five-star hotels in Da Nang both are far higher than that in Hanoi and HCM City. The average hotel room rate at the 5-star hotels in the area of Da Nang and Hoi An ancient town is now the highest in Vietnam after making a 3.6 percent increase in 2013. With 3,800 4-5 star rooms and the regular room occupancy rate of 70-80 percent, the hotels have been running very well, which is quite a big surprise in the eyes of the investors who … [Read more...] about Tourism property: resort developers hit the jackpot