Vietnam

AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options

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AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options

Calabasas, CA – (Apr. 14, 2016) – AmaWaterways today announced that it has enhanced its “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary, providing travelers with even more options to experience Southeast Asia. “We are delighted to introduce flexible new itineraries on the fabled Mekong River this year,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Whether it is the direction in which the cruise sails or the numerous included excursions we offer, we truly...

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Funny Travel Lessons

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Funny Travel Lessons

My Initiation Traveling has been like my own personal eccentric Kung Fu master. When I began I expected to be gently washed of my narrow world view, but that is not what the teacher had in mind. Rote repetition, bruises, and often just straight up weirdness was to be my guide. Here are six life changing lessons I learned on the not-so-glorious side of the road: The Original Position A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a year gushes (pun intended) about how much better squatting toilets are for the body, and I’ve started to come...

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New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam

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New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam

Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam Bangkok, Thailand (June 18, 2013): Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company, has released news of a marvelous new multi-country trip which allows travelers the chance to enjoy the inspiring highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, led by expert local guides. The twelve-day, eleven-night tour gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into the sensational culture and fascinating tradition of the similar yet vastly different Southeast Asian nations. Travelers will...

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Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina

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Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina

  Lima, Peru – November 8, 2012: Following the success of river cruises on the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is launching its third luxury vessel in 2014 to sail the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam, it was announced today by Aqua Expeditions CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro.   The Aqua Mekong will be the first boat of its class on the river. Keeping in style with the M/V Aria and M/V Aqua, the M/V Aqua Mekong will be small enough to be intimate, and large enough to be spacious and luxurious, paying every attention to detail from...

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Life Resorts Christens Fleet in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

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Life Resorts Christens Fleet in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

(HA LONG, Nov. 2011) — Nearly 150 people turned out to celebrate the opening of Life Heritage Resort Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s first private luxury fleet, in a theatrical launch at the Tuan Chau Marina Friday. Representatives from the Embassy of Netherlands and Life Resorts’ sister properties watched along with tourism officials, travel agents and journalists as the new heritage junks sailed in formation through the marina to the beat of Vietnamese drums. The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by the Director of the...

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The Train from Ninh Binh to Hue, Vietnam

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The Train from Ninh Binh to Hue, Vietnam

In the heart of the Red River delta region lies Ninh Binh, in many respects a typical Northern Vietnamese town. Few tourists, busy local markets, an extremely young population and one chaotic central highway. National Route 1A at 2,300km long dissects every one of Vietnam’s major cities and runs in parallel to the famous train line, which unites this once divided country. Chaotic, crazy and at times terrifying, it may be. Yet, somehow Vietnam’s seemingly primitive transport system works. Its simplicity coupled with the long, skinny shape of...

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Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia

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Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises introduces a new ship, River Saigon, and expands their Asia river cruises and tours in 2012, so travelers can experience this destination in world-class style and comfort for which Uniworld is known. With over 100 departures on 8 itineraries ranging from 10 to 24 days in China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, travelers can unlock the richness and vast diversity of this region. From the Great Wall of China to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, from Spiritual Tibet to bucolic Vietnam, and from the mighty Yangtze to the languid...

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Vietnam Airlines Grows Operations

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Vietnam Airlines Grows Operations

Vietnam Airlines is ramping up flight frequencies and expanding its fleet and route network in Asia-Pacific. From today, the Vietnamese flag carrier’s Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne services will be boosted from five-weekly to seven-weekly, while its Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney services will be increased from six-weekly to seven-weekly. From June 16, the carrier will introduce a direct daily flight between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur, bringing its services between Vietnam and Malaysia to three-daily.  From July 16, the airline will double its...

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Observations of a Farang

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Observations of a Farang

I’m a Farang. If you’ve got European ancestry, you are too. Although the word exists in many linguistic forms throughout the Siam and Khmer Empires and beyond, this Thai version is the most well known. Its widespread use lends credence to the theory it entered the region long ago as a corruption of the Persian word for “foreigner”, though occasionally it’s used as a slur directed at Euro-males escorting young Asian women. You’ll find, however, that when taxi drivers or market vendors address you this way it nearly always means...

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Golf in Vietnam

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Danang: Finally after three years construction theMontgomerie Links Vietnam is finished. How can a project possibly take that long? Who cares, hopefully, the old motto “great things take time to brew” can be applied here. I am still waiting for an invite from Jon and his crew there. They seem to be quiet shy about starting promotions, no idea why! Haiphong: Yup another Vietnam golf destination in the making. Do Son Golf Resort, just outside of Haiphong, will be opening 18 holes at end of September. Haiphong is 65 miles east of...

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Eight Days in Vietnam for $999

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, Vietnam News | 0 comments

Jenkintown, Pa.-July 15, 2009-Perhaps no country in the world hits such a psychological nerve as Vietnam. It is a notion that nearly divided our entire country 30 years ago, and yet today draws back thousands of Americans eager to fully understand the Vietnam experience-its people, culture, and ways of life. But this remarkable journey has traditionally come with a high price tag, with tour prices easily exceeding $2,000. Until now. Friendly Planet Travel, one of the Internet’s leading group travel providers, today unveiled their...

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Nha Trang Sheraton Revamps Menu

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NHA TRANG, Vietnam (26 June 2009) — Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa has brought on a Norwegian chef and a Dutch food and beverage manager to spearhead development of the most versatile collection of restaurant concepts between Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. The 30-storey, 284-room hotel is scheduled to open in October. Tom Drange, 40, who most recently served as executive chef at the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, will take command of the Sheraton’s three main kitchens — Feast, Steam n’ Spice and Toastina. And Michiel de Kleer, 31, who...

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Vietnamese Hotel Ups Fitness Equipment

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (23 June 2009) — The landmark Caravelle Hotel turns 50 years old this year, but don’t look for any dust on the equipment in the hotel’s fitness center. It’s brand new. After a $100,000 investment in a suite of new products, the Caravelle reopened the fitness center earlier this month as the city’s most contemporary facility. “We want the Caravelle’s fitness center to rank as the single best place in Ho Chi Minh City for a workout,” said John Gardner, general manager of the hotel. “That’s why we now keep the center...

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You Buy From Me

Posted by on 11:12 am in Spotlight, Vietnam | 1 comment

“Earrings, bracelets, pillow cover,” she said, waving a gnarled hand over her wares. “Necklaces, marijuana, hat, opium.” Her deeply wrinkled face looked so innocent. Had I heard her right? She gestured for me to move closer, and I leaned in. Her wink confirmed that I had. Commerce, even the illicit kind, is booming and competitive in Sapa, Vietnam. Located in the misty mountains ten miles south of the Chinese border, Sapa is the commercial heart of the country’s northern tribal region. Although surrounded by tiny, rustic villages, Sapa itself...

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Sins in Saigon

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It began to drizzle when the toothless motorbike man asked to take me home. It was about midday and I had wondered around the city most of the morning finding my way to Reunification Palace, a white square building no more than 7 stories with a retro 1950’s kind-of feel. A child of the eighties I had a fascination with the Vietnam War, and I couldn’t leave Saigon without finding the places that lit my mind in Hollywood grandeur. Really, it was everywhere. The American GI Zippos that sold at every corner, the dingy bars decorated with...

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