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TRAVEL IN BRIEF 17/2

See Cham Islands by helicopter

The first chartered helicopter tour of the year will transport a group of 22 tourists from the US, Australia and France from Da Nang to Hoi An’s Cham Islands this weekend.

A 24-seat Russian-made MI-17 chopper will take off from Da Nang International Airport next Saturday and land on the Cham Islands 30 minutes later.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a flyover of central Da Nang city and explore the Cham Islands landscape.

In the afternoon, tourists will enjoy a swim over the colourful coral reefs and have time to relax on the pristine beach.

The tour will end at 2pm after a fresh seafood lunch.

The package is being offered by Vitours.

Nha Trang resort gets high honours

Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang has been featured on the Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List for the fourth consecutive year.

This year it was Viet Nam’s highest-ranked hotel and resort.

The gold list is Conde Nast Travellers’ compendium of the best hotels, resorts and cruise lines in the world, and is based on data collected from the magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Survey.

Results were tabulated following approximately eight million votes on the properties’ rooms, service, food, location, design and activities.

HCM City park to offer tourist centre

The HCM City Tourism Association has asked the city’s authorities for a site in September 23 Park (in District 1) to build a tourist support centre.

Nguyen Thi Khanh, deputy chairwoman of the association, said the centre would provide information about tours and tourism products, and also assist tourists in need.

It will have a hotline for tourists to call in case of emergency or medical supports.

The centre, to cost VND1.5 billion (US$71,450), will be run by the association and managed by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Cruise ship to visit Viet Nam

SuperStar Aquarius will make seven visits to Hue and Da Nang in central Viet Nam in the next three weeks.

Saigontourist Travel Service Co has said it will serve 15,000 tourists, mainly from China, coming on board the cruise ship on February 14, 20, 23, and 28 and March 2 and 5, taking them to tourist attractions in Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam Province.

They will visit Emperor Khai Dinh’s Tomb, the Royal Citadel, and Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue and the marble village of Non Nuoc, Linh Ung Pagoda, and Hoi An town in Quang Nam, and play golf in Da Nang.

These tours are part of a tie-up between Saigontourist and the Malaysia-based operator Star Cruises under which some 190,000 passengers and crew members will visit Viet Nam between November 2011 and March 2012.

Tour demand low despite festivals

Tour operators in Ha Noi complain that demand has been too low in the first lunar month despite it being the festival season.

Tuan Minh Trade and Tourism Co said the number of vehicles booked for departures in the first 10 days of January was 40 per cent lower this year.

Ha Noi-based travel firms organised short tours every day at low prices and flexible conditions. Viet Nam Open Travel offered tours of Yen Tu, Huong, and Bai Dinh pagodas for VND400,000-500,000, exclusive of the cable-car tickets.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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