Vietnam’s tourism and people in general suffered shocking news at the end of 2018 as a roadside bomb detonated near a bus as it crossed Al-Haram district, close to the well-known pyramids in Giza. The explosion killed three Vietnamese people and their Egyptian guide, while another 12 inflicted severe injuries. Shortly after the incident, Saigontourist Travel Service Company, the agency operating the Egypt tour, immediately worked with Bao Viet Insurance Corporation on the insurance benefits of the tourists. As announced by Bao Viet, those killed in the bomb attack will receive the maximum life insurance coverage amount of VND2.4 billion ($104,350), while the company will also support expenditure to complete procedures to take the bodies of the three victims home and organise funeral services. For the injured people receiving treatment in the North African country, the company will continue working with Egyptian hospitals to return them home as soon as possible. Each will be … [Read more...] about Travel insurance – the globetrotters’ amulet
Meet locals when travelling
Several Western guests were giggling interspersed by curiosity at an intersection of the Hanoi Old Quarter. They were preparing to cross the road through the bustling Hanoi traffic. A young man tiptoed forward. Suddenly he screamed as the sound of several motorbikes approached, making the Western man leap back to his starting point. Then he hugged his friends and laughed as if he had just escaped danger. Motorbikes were still flying around blind to the traffic lights. They progressed forward and backward. The screams of excitement mixed with jokes. Finally, the work of walking across the twenty-foot wide intersection finished after quite a long period of time. They hugged and shouted as they had conquered a difficult challenge. Then cellphones were instantly pulled out to take selfies marking the achievement. I've asked several big names in backpacking about the attractiveness of adventure travel, which features new feelings on new experiences, even something that endangers our lives. … [Read more...] about Not just disasters, urban chaos turns into new kind of adventure travel
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
The tale of the tropical fruit Some ten years ago, a New Zealander living in a provincial town would hardly have known what dragon fruit tasted like, let alone other exotic fruits like rambutan. Yet now, dragon fruit imported from Vietnam has become exceedingly popular at provincial supermarkets in New Zealand, according to Emmet McElhatton, commercial manager of the New Zealand Government-to-Government Partnerships Office (G2G Know-How). McElhatton said that the tropical fruit market in New Zealand is rapidly growing, thanks to the exposure to new flavours that Kiwi travellers have gained after their visits to tropical destinations. “[Our] supermarkets are more willing now to stock different products and consumers are really demanding variety,” McElhatton said. For Vietnamese fruit exporters, the commercial manager stressed that it is important to “get the flavour profile right for all consumers” when looking to export their fresh produce to New Zealand. … [Read more...] about International know how to help local fruit exports
One of AEON MALL subsidiaries in Vietnam AEON MALL is operating four malls in Vietnam. What do you expect from new AEON MALL Hadong? Since our establishment, we are still only at the beginning stage. With AEON MALL Hadong, we enter the growth stage of operations. This is one of the projects we will focus on in this stage. Yasutsugu Iwamura, general director of AEON Mall Vietnam This is the 5th mall of AEON MALL in Vietnam and the 2nd in Hanoi after AEON MALL Long Bien opened in 2015. AEON MALL Hadong is an important project to boost our presence in Vietnam. We are committed to bringing our expertise, experience, and passion to contribute to the local community and grow hand-in-hand with the locality. AEON MALL Hadong carries the same mission as our existing malls. It was designed as a place full of fun and excitement to enhance the enjoyment of life for everyone. AEON MALL always respects traditional community, thus AEON MALL Hadong has the concept of “Knitting … [Read more...] about AEON MALL Vietnam promises to grow with local communities