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  • Bamboo Airways to Launch New International Flights; Increases Service Domestically

    Vietnam’s newest airline has announced that it will launch international service connecting Vietnam and the Czech Republic, Hanoi and Incheon, South Korea, as well as Hanoi and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. No dates for initial flights have been released as of this time. 

    Additionally, on 15 February, Bamboo Airways increased the number of daily flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to 36, up from the 18-20 it had previously. The airline now has a fleet of 28 aircraft and has completed nearly 20,000 flights since its operations began in January of 2019.

  • Saigon’s First Double-Decker Bus Launches

    Vietnam’s largest city now has open-air double-decker bus service throughout the city, with stops at 30 popular destinations such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Opera House, and Bui Vien Walking Street, among others. Service launched on 12 January, and single tickets as well as 24-hour passes for the service are available.

  • New Taiwan-Da Nang Flight Launched

    Taipei-based StarLux Airlines inaugurated the service on 23 January, and is offering daily service between the two destinations. Da Nang is focused on launching new flights and promoting tourism after seeing a 30 percent increase in visitors last year.

  • Pang Mon Border Crossing Now Open

    On 1 February, Laos opened the Pang Mon border checkpoint, giving travelers another overland option when traveling between northern Thailand and northern Laos. This connection will improve travel ease between Sayaboury Province in Laos and Phayao Province in Thailand. Also, the destination of Chiang Rai is near the new border checkpoint as well.

  • Formula One Track and Grandstands Named

    Hanoi will host the nation’s first Formula One race event in April, and as construction of the facilities is nearing completion, the names for the track and grandstands have been revealed. The track is named after Hanoi, and the main grandstand is named Thang Long, the old name of Hanoi. The other grandstands have been named after other cities and destinations around the country and are: Hai Phong, Ha Long, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Sai Gon, Can Tho and Phu Quoc.

  • Ferris Wheel in Siem Reap to Open in March

    The Angkor Eye Ferris wheel is slated for a 1 March opening after construction on the project launched in June of 2019. The Ferris wheel will add some variety for visitors to Siem Reap and provide excellent birds eye views of the city. The Japanese build Ferris wheel will stand 85 metres tall when completed and will have 48 baskets and capacity for 192 people. Angkor Eye is set to be the third-highest Ferris wheel in Asia.

  • Pedestrian Streets in Hue and Hanoi Temporarily Closed due to Coronavirus Outbreak

    To reduce the risk of spreading of the disease, local authorities have decided to temporarily suspend these pedestrian streets in Hanoi and Hue as of early February. These pedestrian streets, which are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with various entertainment activities, are expected to resume normal operations once the situation improves.