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Vietnam Airlines to reopen international air routes starting from July 1

Vietnam Airlines has announced plans to reopen international air routes as of July 1 to several destinations in the Republic of Korea (RoK), Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), and across Southeast Asia.

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Vietnam Airlines is the first domestic airline to unveil plans to resume operating international routes following their temporary suspension as a result of the impact caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The first international flights by Vietnam Airlines to return will see major hubs Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City linked with regional destinations such as the RoK, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), Thailand, Singapore, Laos, and Cambodia.

The new flight schedule will see Vietnam Airlines re-operate the Ho Chi Minh City – Seoul route by putting on seven flights per week.

In addition, the Hanoi – Seoul route will also feature seven flights per week, whilst the Ho Chi Minh City – Busan route will be running three flights per week, with the Hanoi – Busan route operating with four flights per week.

Moreover, the airline will operate three flights from Ho Chi Minh City and four flights from Hanoi to Hong Kong (China) as of July 1.

Furthermore, the Ho Chi Minh City- Taiwan route is also expected to reopen with three flights running per week, whilst the Hanoi – Taiwan will run four flights per week.

Elsewhere, the Ho Chi Minh City – Bangkok route is scheduled to resume operations from July 9 with a frequency of seven flights per day, while the Hanoi – Bangkok route will reopen from July 2 and see seven flights per day transport passengers between the two capitals.

Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore route is also expected to restart from July 2 with a frequency of seven flights per week. In addition, the Hanoi – Vientiane (Laos), Vientiane – Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City routes will all operate from July 2 with a frequency of seven flights per day.

At present, all domestic airlines are working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health to devise plans for international routes to resume in line with the Prime Minister’s direction. VOV



Colourful coral reefs shine in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Vietnam that covers 480 hectares and consists of 360 types of hard and dozens of soft corals.

Snorkelling is a popular service for tourists in Phu Quoc with clear water and beautiful coral reefs with lots of fish. The snorkelling spots are mostly in the southern part of the island and the most popular are the dive sites off the coast of An Thoi Archipelago which consists of dozens of islands like the Pineapple Island and the Coconut Island.

At some locations, tourists can easily see the coral reefs under the shallow water. Tourists can already find many coral reefs under two to four metres deep and the marine life becomes more diverse at greater depths. From Phu Quoc Island, tourists can take a boat for two hours or use the cable which only takes 20 minutes to go to An Thoi Archipelago.

Three popular services are snorkelling, diving and scuba, and sea walking. The package prices are also different, ranging from VND280,000 (USD12) to VND350,000 for snorkelling, VND900,000 to VND1m for diving and scuba and VND950,000 for sea walking service per person to get to the bottom of the ocean and get even closer to the corals and fish.

The tourists are advised to wear flip flops or sandals, swim suits and to bring one or two outfits to change later. They should also bring a water-proof bag for their mobile phones. They should check the mask for fitting and must always follow the instructions.

The Phu Quoc Coral Park-Seaworld is the first coral park in Vietnam. It is preserving 200 types of coral and anemones, 100 types of fish and other marine life in An Thoi.

Some photos of the coral reefs:



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Bird’s nest tours in HCM City wow visitors

New or diversified tourism products are being introduced by many travel agents in Ho Chi Minh City to attract more holidaymakers. 

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Tours discovering mangrove forests and visiting bird’s nests in Can Gio district are expected to give added impetus to the city’s tourism sector.

Visitors can enjoy the mangrove forest along the Long Tau River by canoe. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, they can breathe in fresh air and the aroma of the forest, and be wowed as they come across bird’s nests close by the river.

Salangane bird’s nests and related products are now quite popular but few people know how a nest is formed, the history of the trade, or the process of making bird’s nest products.

The bird’s nest trade has seen robust development recently in Can Gio, the only coastal district in Ho Chi Minh City. The new tour is expected to attract more tourists from both home and aboard.

Visiting bird’s nests in Can Gio is an interesting and environmentally-friendly tour and expected to improve tourism in the district in particular and Ho Chi Minh City in general./.VNA


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Ha Long tour boats at risk of closing due to lack of customers

Many tour boats in Ha Long Bay may have to close and go bankrupt, said Chairman of Quang Ninh People Committee Nguyen Van Thang at a meeting session with the provincial people’s council.

  A tourist vessel on Ha Long Bay

According to Thang, 92% of the customers that use overnight boats in Ha Long Bay are international tourists. Since the start of Covid-19 pandemic, the number of international tourists went to near zero while the number of domestic tourists hardly increased.

“The travel season for domestic tourists is ending and usually, we had a surge of international tourists from October. But it may not be the case this year since the situation worldwide is still complicated,” he said. “Without support policies, many boats will close and firms will go bankrupt.”

Quang Ninh People’s Committee has proposed to add more benefactors for the tourism stimulus package during the meeting sessions with Quang Ninh People’s Council on July 8 and 9. Overnight tourists can buy tickets to tourists spots in Ha Long Bay at half price. The current lowest price is VND500,000 per person per one-day-one-night tour.

Statistics from Ha Long Bay Management Board show that there are 187 tour boats with 2,181 rooms and 1,200 employees. The total investment into those boats is estimated at VND2trn (USD86m) and the majority of it came from bank loans. Because of the virus outbreak, the occupancy rate is only 16%.

Quang Ninh Department of Tourism reported that from May 15 to June 30, Quang Ninh Province received over 22,000 overnight visitors. Most boat owners have reduced prices by 50% to attract customers.

Thang asked related agencies to monitor the situation and issue suitable support policies to help the tourism sector. Laodong/Dtinews


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