By Doan Kien – Translated by Kim Khanh
By Doan Kien – Translated by Kim Khanh
A woman from Da Lat City, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, has been arrested for selling milk tea spiked with cannabis to local residents and visitors.
Police in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province examined an automobile parked in front of a hotel on To Hien Thanh Street on Monday afternoon and discovered 15 bottles of milk tea, officers said.
Drugs were then found in the milk tea inside all of the 15 bottles in a test.
Nguyen Thi Thai Dung, the 23-year-old car driver, was taken into custody for further verification, while her vehicle and milk tea bottles were confiscated.
At the police station, Dung admitted to having mixed the milk tea with cannabis and advertised the product on Facebook.
|This image shows bottles of milk tea adulterated with cannabis sold by Nguyen Thi Thai Dung in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre|
The woman added she had bought the cannabis from a friend.
Each bottle of cannabis milk tea was offered at VND150,000-200,000 (US$7-9).
Dung claimed to have been delivering the tea to buyers from her car, adding that she sold about 20 bottles per day.
Her buyers included local residents and some visitors.
Further investigation is ongoing.
In addition to the flight routes connecting Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc, the new routes from Thanh Hoa, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hue and Can Tho will provide customers with easy, convenient and high-quality flight options to explore the tourist paradise of Phu Quoc.
During a ceremony to announce the flight routes in Phu Quoc in the morning of April 10, leaders of Kien Giang province, Phu Quoc city highly appreciated Vietjet’s operations activities here, contributing to the economic and tourism development of Phu Quoc and Kien Giang in general. Vietjet flights will open up opportunities for economic, investment and travel exchanges between Phu Quoc and provinces and cities throughout Vietnam.
Also in the morning of April 10, the signing ceremony of strategic cooperation between Vietjet and Vinpearl, two leading airline – travel brands, was held.
Accordingly, Vietjet and Vinpearl will cooperate comprehensively on services – operations activities of the two sides, develop regular promotional programs, bring the most high class, attentive and convenient services to customers thanks to the strength of the united Vietnamese brands. The close cooperation of two large enterprises aims at the goals to develop domestic and international tourism, carrying the Vietnamese brands and stature in the new era, improving service quality, contributing to economic development and promote Vietnam’s image to the world.
The first cooperation product of Vietjet and Vinpearl is a 3-day 2-night super-special holiday package “Phu Quoc We Go,” including round-trip flight tickets and high-class hotel rooms, priced from 2,340,000 VND per customer. The program runs from now until April 15, 2021, applied to 10 Vietjet domestic flight routes departing from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Vinh, etc. to Phu Quoc. Visitor’s stay starts from the opening of the sleepless super complex of Phu Quoc United Center on April 21 to May 30, 2021. Tourists will have the opportunity to enjoy the experiences of traveling- entertainment – shopping – discovering at the “new destination of the continent” with international scale and class by Vietjet’s flight journeys.
Safe and happy flights of Vietjet – the airline has been certified with the seven-stars rating for Covid-19 compliance is ready to welcome the people and visitors on experiencing new journeys with modern aircraft, comfy leather seats, 9 delicious hot meals, dedicated and friendly cabin crews, many unique cultural and artistic activities at an altitude of 10,000 meters.
Flight tickets to Phu Quoc are available at website www.vietjetair.com, Vietjet Air mobile app, official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam (section “Booking”), ticket offices and official agents. Hurry up to book your tickets and experience the beautiful Pearl Island with your family, friends, and relatives.
Don’t forget to fully comply with the mandatory health declaration via https://tokhaiyte.vn, save and show the information upon checking in at airports as well as wearing face masks during your flight to protect yourself and your community for a happy and safe journey.
The new-age carrier Vietjet has not only revolutionized the aviation industry in Vietnam but also been a pioneering airline across the region and around the world. With a focus on cost management ability, effective operations and performance, Vietjet offers flying opportunities with cost-saving and flexible fares as well as diversified services to meet customers’ demands.
Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars in 2018 and 2019 by the world’s only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com and listed as one of the world’s 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018 and 2019. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others.
Da Lat proudly leads the ranking, followed by Vung Tau, Da Nang, Nha Trang and other tourist attractions.
According to a survey on Booking.com, the top 10 destinations that Vietnamese tourists chose to visit on Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1) include: Da Lat, Vung Tau, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, HCMC, Sapa, Hoi An, Ha Long and Mui Ne.
Da Lat tops local tourist destinations for the upcoming holiday (Photo: Duy Khanh)
Renowned for its cool weather all year round and its tranquil scenery of mountains and forests of the Central Highlands, Da Lat proudly leads the ranking. This city of flowers is expected to leave tourists a lasting impression from its poetic views of lovely churches, meandering slopes and colorful flower gardens.
It is not surprising that marine spots are picked by Vietnamese tourists as their destinations. As one of the most selected destinations, Vung Tau ranks 2 on the list, followed by Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. As Vung Tau hosts five-star hotels and resorts outlooking emerald-blue seas and white sandy shores, it is one of the ideal destinations for a short vacation.
Coastal tourist sites are interested by many people. (Photo: Duy Khanh)
Hoi An is also named as one of the most selected spots for the upcoming holiday. Located on a river bank, Hoi An Ancient Town boasts antique beauty and a rich history. This commercial port is even more splendid at night, where the streets are dimly lit and the vivid lanterns shine bright. This is a no-brainer for those with a moderate budget and a great passion for food.
Sapa is a popular destination in the North. (Photo: Duy Khanh)
Meanwhile, Sa Pa is favored by many tourists for its unspoiled landscape and pristine villages, which are suitable for those who want to take a rest among nature and have an environmentally-friendly trip as well. Jungle walks with locals and homestays are becoming more popular in Sapa, especially for visitors looking forward to having a positive influence on the local community.
The survey found that hotels, resorts, homestays, apartments and villas are the most popular types of accommodation booked by Vietnamese tourists for Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1).
Five-star hotel brands are ready to receive travelers back to the country with the strong belief that the tourism industry is coming back to life.
IHG, the owner of many strong brands, including Six Senses and InterContinental, has announced a plan to develop more hotel and resort projects in Vietnam in the next two years. It now has 13 hotels in Vietnam with the total capacity of 3,700 rooms.
IHG also plans to introduce three new brands in the next two years, namely Regent in Phu Quoc, voco™ Hotels in Da Nang and Hotel Indigo on Ly Tu Trong street, district 1, in HCM City.
Crowne Plaza is also planning to increase its presence in large cities, gateway cities and tourism destinations, including Phu Quoc, Binh Duong, Can Tho, Bac Ninh and Vinh Phuc. Its Holiday Inn Resort Ho Tram in Ba Ria – Vung Tau is expected to open soon.
According to Savills Hotels, foreign investors are paying attention to scaling up their business in Vietnam, leading to the sharp increase in the number of resort projects.
A lot of new brands have been introduced in the market in the last three years, including Ozo and X2 Vibe, now present at New Hoi An City project; Double Tree By Hilton in Ha Long, Vung Tau and Hanoi; Four Seasons in Quang Nam and Hanoi; Oakwood and Mai House in HCM City; and Glow in Da Nang.
Mandarin Oriental, one of the world’s leading luxury hotel groups, has announced cooperation with Union Square Saigon to develop the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Saigon.
Savills Vietnam has noticed the steady increase in number of 4-5-star resorts with international brands year after year. In 2010, there were 33 such resorts only, while the figure rose to 74 in 2019 and it is expected to increase to 160 by 2022.
Mauro Gasparrotti of Savills Hotels Asia Pacific said international hotel brands now have high interest in Vietnam.
Resort projects have caught higher attention than in previous years thanks to higher quality of products, better design, and higher confidence of international management companies, as well as investors’ wish to create differentiated products.
High hopes for tourism recovery
JLL’s report on Vietnam’s tourism market show that the increasingly high number of travelers and growing economy make the Vietnamese hotel and resort market attractive to regional investors.
Serena Lim form IGH, in charge of Southeast Asia and South Korea, commented that there are great opportunities to develop tourism in secondary cities, industrial areas and satellite areas around Hanoi and HCM City, and emerging cities such as Binh Duong, Can Tho and Hai Duong.
Besides, emerging resort destination points such as Quy Nhon, Da Lat, Phan Thiet and Hoa Binh also deserve investments.
People excited about budget domestic tours
People can now easily buy budget tours provided by travel companies using popular online travel agencies such as Booking, Traveloka, and Agoda, with numerous promotional programmes being launched to stimulate domestic tourism.
Discounts on prices are available on air tickets, hotels, and entrance fees at many attractive destinations including Phu Quoc island (Kien Gian province), Da Lat city (Lam Dong province), and Sapa town (Lao Cai province).
Mai Linh from Thanh Xuan district in Hanoi recently had a three-day and two-night vacation to Phu Quoc with her colleagues. “We booked air tickets and hotels at very affordable prices,” she revealed, adding the trip helped her team refill their energy at work while having a lot of fun together after a long year full of the challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
The 12-member group had to spend only just over VND50 million to the trip, during which they all enjoyed entertainment and tourist services at good quality.
In a bid to revitalise domestic tourism, airlines have reopened domestic routes after a halt triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers can book tickets at airlines’ official websites at promotional fares.
Khanh Huyen from Dong Da district in Hanoi is preparing for her trip with friends to Mui Ne beach, Binh Thuan province. Huyen and her friends successfully booked their air tickets at promotional fares of VND 0 (excluding VAT, airport fees and other surcharges).
“We are all looking forward to our trip, hope it will be full of good experiences,” Huyen said.
Measures to ensure tourists’ safety
Visitors wait in a single queue with respect for safety distances to buy tickets to the Temple of Literature. (Photo: toquoc.vn)
Being fully aware the COVID-19 pandemic is still experiencing complicated developments worldwide, the tourism sector and local authorities have taken measures to ensure tourists’ safety while helping them enjoy their trips to the fullest.
Accordingly, facial masks, thermometers, hand sanitisers, and anti-bacterial spray have been installed at tourist sites, hotels and restaurants, along with information boards on COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures in Vietnamese, English and Chinese.
Hanoi re-opened religious establishments and relic sites from March 8 as well as the walking street around Hoan Kiem Lake and the surrounding area from March 12, with safety precautions in place.
The attractions ordered visitors to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser, and keep a safe distance during their stay.
The Temple of Literature was sterilised before reopening for tourists while QR Code for online healthcare declaration and information boards on COVID-19 prevention are displayed prominently in many places.
Meanwhile, at the pedestrian space around Hoan Kiem Lake, the management board of Hanoi’s Old Quarter has organised many cultural exchanges, entertainment activities and art performances, helping welcome back visitors.
Many posters are also on display along the pedestrian street to remind people to wear masks. In addition, at the entry / exit points, there are loudspeakers to inform people to strictly comply with anti-epidemic measures, particularly the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering) and khai bao y te (health declaration).