Daily life in North Korea through the lens of a Vietnamese tourist. Photo by VnExpress/Ngo Quang Minh. Vietravel expects 1,000 Vietnamese tourists to travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) between March and November this year. HanoiRedtours said the DPRK tours in March are sold out and it expects the number of visitors to double after the summit. HCMC-based Saigontourist said it would organize one tour each from HCMC and Hanoi every month with 15-20 visitors on each trip. "Trips will be organized regularly until the end of this summer. The price of a five-day, four-night tour is VND29.9 million ($1,284) from Hanoi and VND32.99 million ($1,417) from Ho Chi Minh City." A spokesperson for another Hanoi travel company said the company is researching the possibility of launching tours to the DPRK by train, similar to Kim Jong-un's visit to Vietnam. "Currently, you can only fly to Pyongyang by Air China, and the number of seats is limited. If train routes … [Read more...] about Tour bookings to DPRK surges post-summit
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A press conference on opportunities created by DPRK-USA Summit for Vietnam's tourism (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The second summit between US President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un will be a huge opportunity for Vietnam to lure foreign visitors, the French news agency AFP reported on February 26. The AFP article wrote that when Lee Parry heard that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump would meet in Hanoi, he knew he wanted to be part of the action and soon booked a trip. He joined the 'Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit Tour' being put on this week by a travel company whose slogan offers "destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from" – including the DPRK. The trip to the Vietnamese capital is not exactly a daring one, but a chance for visitors to be part of the flurry surrounding Trump and Kim's second meeting this week. "It's a lot better than seeing it on Twitter or Facebook," said Parry, … [Read more...] about DPRK-USA summit offers Vietnam great chance to lure tourists
V – Varied landscape Vietnam is one of the favourite playgrounds of Mother Nature, boasting a wondrous blend of mountains, highlands, caves, rivers, plains, beaches, and epic delta regions. With Mount Fansipan, as its backdrop, Sapa is home to terraced rice fields, cascading waterfalls, and secluded tribal villages perched on distant slopes. Halong Bay is the perfect getaway to experience luxury cruises as well as outdoor activities such as kayaking. It is an enthralling experience to cruise amidst the towering limestone karsts jutting out of the Gulf of Tonkin. The endless spectacle of the limestone world continues further south in Trang An and Tam Coc located in Ninh Binh province, offering limitless opportunities for travellers. Complementing the Central Highlands, exquisite pristine beaches enrich the beauty of Central Vietnam. Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest cave system, is a particular highlight, although it remains difficult to explore. However, this imposing … [Read more...] about Vietnam – seven reasons to visit
Updated at Monday, 04 Feb 2019, 13:02 The Hanoitimes - Many South Korean travelers described an impressive experience in Vietnam, for them: “home away from home!” The number of South Korean visitors to Vietnam in 2018 hit 3.48 million, a surge of 44.3% from a year earlier, continuing the upward trend over the past years. South Korean visitors in Vietnam Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are abuzz with Korean culture while beachside destinations like Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc are tailored for Korean tastes, according to both domestic and foreign media. Reasons attributed to the surge in South Korean visitors are as follows. Firstly, geographical proximity. It takes average five hours to get to Vietnam from South Korea. The short distance is a favorable condition for young people who can save time to enjoy their vacation in the country of both modern and traditional values, of four seasons, and of both mountains and beaches. From … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam so attractive to South Korean visitors?
Police officers inspect a scene of a bus blast in Giza, Egypt, December 28, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh Vietnam`s foreign ministry is working with Egyptian authorities to help families of tourists killed and hurt in a roadside blast. The foreign ministry has requested the Egyptian Embassy in Hanoi to grant urgent visas to family members of the Vietnamese victims of Friday's bomb blast and asked that it works with parties involved to protect the victims’ legal rights. The ministry has also instructed the Vietnamese Embassy in Cairo to follow the situation closely and take necessary measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens. A bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists who were traveling from Cairo to the Giza pyramids on a seven-day tour organized by Ho Chi Minh City-based travel agency Saigontourist was hit by a roadside bomb placed near a wall along the Mariyutiya Street in Al-Haram District on Friday night. The accident killed … [Read more...] about Vietnam urges Egypt to grant urgent visas for families of bomb blast victims