App helps tourists plan trips to paradise

App helps tourists plan trips to paradise

With a little heart and software knowhow, a group of Vietnamese and one Singaporean designed an app that lets travellers plan, manage and share holidays. Nguyen Trang reports. ‘Justgola’ has been designed by three Vietnamese, Huynh Tung, Huynh Phung Huynh, Phan Hoang Yen,...
Majestic and poetic Vung Ro Bay

Majestic and poetic Vung Ro Bay

Vung Ro Bay in the central province of Phu Yen is small but beautiful. Seen from Ca Pass, Vung Ro looks like a watercolor painting. Vung Ro Bay is the natural maritime boundary between Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. Covering an area of 16,4km, Vung Ro is sheltered by three high mountains...
Tourists from almost all nations to visit Vietnam visa-free

Tourists from almost all nations to visit Vietnam visa-free

The Government of Vietnam has told relevant ministries and agencies to weigh granting visa exemptions to tourists from almost all countries after some European nations have got such unilateral treatment. “We will draft a rule and submit it to the Government for approval soon,”...
Hanoi, HCM City among Top 10 wallet-friendly destinations

Hanoi, HCM City among Top 10 wallet-friendly destinations

Lonely Planet, the world’s popular travel guide book publisher, has listed Hanoi capital city and Ho Chi Minh City in the Top 10 best-value destinations for 2016. Other “wallet-friendly” destinations include Estonia, East Africa, New Mexico state (the United States), Bosnia and...
Capsule hotel makes debut in Nha Trang

Capsule hotel makes debut in Nha Trang

Visitors to Nha Trang City now have a new option for budget accommodations: capsule-style bedrooms equipped with basic convenience, cost only VND170,000/night ($8). Asia Hotel launched this service in late October, the first of its kind in Nha Trang. The capsules are design as...
Tourism to be Vietnam's key sector by 2020

Tourism to be Vietnam’s key sector by 2020

With growth in international visitors of 7.2 per cent per year and 5.3 per cent in domestic visitors, Vietnam’s tourism industry will achieve the target of becoming a key economic sector by 2020 if the global political and economic situation remains stable, according to a report...
Tranquil life on Ly Son Island

Tranquil life on Ly Son Island

Ly Son Island off the central province of Quang Ngai covers about 10 square kilometers and consists of Lon (big) Island, Be (small) Island and Mu Cu Islet. If tourists visit Ly Son without setting feet on the small island, their trip is surely incomplete. From the big island,...
Lang Sen reserve gets Ramsar recognition

Lang Sen reserve gets Ramsar recognition

Lang Sen Wetland Reserve has just been recognised as the seventh Ramsar site in Viet Nam and 2,227th of the world, Director of the reserve Truong Thanh Son said. Spreading over 4,800ha, the reserve is home to more than 150 kinds of plants and 140 kinds of birds, many of which are...
Air New Zealand to consider direct route to Vietnam

Air New Zealand to consider direct route to Vietnam

Air travel between Vietnam and New Zealand will be made easier as Air New Zealand plans to launch non-stop services to Southeast Asian destinations, possibly including Vietnam, in 2016, according to the New Zealand press on November 12. The plan details will be announced...
China Beach (My Khe Beach) in Da Nang

China Beach (My Khe Beach) in Da Nang

Considered to be Vietnam’s most picturesque beach, the white sandy 20-mile stretch of China Beach was named by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War for R&R. Known locally by its proper name Non Nuoc, it offers excellent surfing from September just off...