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?
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City’s green lung set to pump up tourism Height of perfection: A panorama of Da Nang as seen from the heights of Son Tra Mountain on the pensinsula, just 10km away from the busy city. Nice catch : The daily life of fishermen in Son Tra. — VNS Photos Catmai Good move: From the Ban Co (Fairy Chessboard) hilltop of Son Tra Mountain, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Da Nang City and Da Nang Bay. Wild imagination: A 1000-year-old banyan tree with giant aerial prop roots covering nearly one hundred square meters. — VNA/VNS Thanh Ha Room with a view: Hungry visitors can grab a snack of fresh seafood at a small thatched roof cottage close to the sea. How to Get There From HCM City, a one – hour flight to the Da Nang international airport, 6km away from Da Nang city centre. To get to the Son Tra peninsula, visitors can take a xe om (motorbike taxi), grab a taxi, rent a motorbike, or cruise down 10km to the Son Tra District … [Read more...] about City’s green lung set to pump up tourism
by Jim Aspinall In all of my travels, few places have inspired as much inner peace as Hoi An, Viet Nam. Wanting to escape the working grind in Ha Noi with my girlfriend, Julia, I decided to follow a friend’s suggestion and buy two tickets for a week in the old central Vietnamese trading centre. The small town sits on the central coast, only about an hour by car from Da Nang. The road to Hoi An is full of developing construction projects, but the glorious green rice-fields still stretch for miles around. Coming into Hoi An, Julia and I were treated to a short ride through the town on the way to Vinh Hung Resort by the riverside. Ancient stone and wooden houses interspersed with modern bars, restaurants, souvenir and clothing shops lined the narrow Hoi An streets in every direction. Hoi An attracts thousands of tourists every year from Viet Nam and abroad. They love preserved cultural and ethnic identity and massive textile and tailoring traditions. Being close to a beautiful … [Read more...] about Hoi An, a trip into the past
Ingrid Biraud had to pay ten times the normal fare for a taxi from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Ben Thanh Market during her visit to Ho Chi Minh City last month. "When we arrived in the center, the counter read VND150,000 (US$7.2) but the driver said not "˜enough money'," said the French tourist. "So we had to go to the bank. After that, he said I have to pay him VND1.5 million." Earlier, the driver had asked her to pay VND100,000 as an airport taxi fee, but the real amount is only VND5,000. Many similar violations have been reported despite efforts by airport authorities to improve taxi service at the city's only airport. Biraud said she returned to report the incident to airport authorities on the same day and they easily identified the driver as Nguyen Van Loi of Phuong Trang Taxi. She said the driver had given her the company's business card that had his cab number on it (a compulsory for taxis at the airport), but he took it back soon after leaving the airport. Loi … [Read more...] about Scam cabbies still scour for prey at HCMC airport
Editor’s note: Rick Ellis was born and raised in Canada. Now completing his 39th year overseas, Rick has travelled to hundreds of destinations in over 60 countries and lived or spent extended time in nine countries, and has been a nomad in several Southeast Asian destinations for five years. Rick currently splits time between Malaysian Borneo, Bali, and Vietnam, and has also spent extended periods of time in the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, and China. It’s no secret that Vietnam is Rick’s favourite destination over the last two years given the rich culture, energetic and friendly people, and the best food anywhere. He splits time between Da Nang and Da Lat during his visits with more destinations to be added soon.Beautifully illuminated double-decked dinner boats ply the river, gracefully cruising along, romantic traditional music playing in the background with several couples enjoying a dance.Lovers stroll along the riverside promenade, a few chess games are … [Read more...] about Da Nang: A gem of central Vietnam Info Alert Alert Chia sẻ bài viết qua e-mail