Bamboo Airways Planning for Direct U.S. Flights

Created: 12 July 2019

Vietnam’s newest airline is accelerating its plan to launch direct flights to destinations in the U.S. either late this year or early next year. Destinations are likely to be cities on the west coast such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. National carrier Vietnam Airlines and low-cost-carrier Vietjet are also planning to launch direct service to the U.S., but no commencement dates from any of the airlines have been announced to date. Bamboo Airways began operations in February.

Vietjet Launches 2 New Flights to Japan

Created: 12 July 2019

The low-cost-carrier has announced two new daily flights to Japan. Beginning on 12 July, daily service connecting Saigon with Tokyo (Narita) will commence. The flight is approximately six hours each way. On 26 October, daily direct flights between Da Nang and Tokyo (Haneda) will begin, with flight time of approximately five hours and 30 minutes each way. These two new flights will bring the total number of direct flights offered by Vietjet between the two countries to five.

Vingroup Establishes Airline

Created: 12 July 2019

The major local conglomerate has established an airline named Vinpearl Air, and local media has reported that the new airline hopes to have 400 pilots and engineers trained within a year. However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has not yet received an application from the new airline. If approved, Vinpearl Air would become Vietnam’s sixth airline.

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Rebrands

Created: 12 July 2019

The resort is located on a small islet off of the Mong Tay Peninsula in on Phu Quoc Island, and will be rebranded as the first Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Southeast Asia. The property will be in exclusive company as there are currently fewer than 20 properties in the Unbound Collection worldwide. The property is known for its emphasis on environmental protection and conservation.

Mia Saigon Now Open

Created: 12 July 2019

The luxury property is located along the Saigon River in District 2. Mia Saigon boasts an intimate setting with 52 rooms and suites, all with balconies and views of the Saigon River. The property has four F&B outlets as well as a gym, spa and pool. The property has a unique emphasis on art, with masterpieces adorning areas throughout the hotel.

Vedana Lagoon Building New Villas; Launches New Shuttle Service

Created: 12 July 2019

The resort located south of Hue is currently building 20 new villas on the property. The construction is located on another side of the resort with private access, and there is a wall between the construction and other areas of the resort, limiting disturbances from the project. The new villas are slated for completion in 2020. The resort has also launched daily shuttle service to Canh Duong Beach and downtown Hue.

Azerai La Residence Hue Announces Upgrades

Created: 12 July 2019

The property located in the central Vietnamese city has announced that they are undertaking a project to upgrade and replace the air-conditioning system in Block A. From 1 August through 31 October, all guestrooms, as well as the restaurant in the block, will be closed while the upgrades are in progress. For affected bookings, the property is working to relocate guests to different blocks and is offering compensation. Please contact your travel consultant for further details. 

Bagan Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

Created: 12 July 2019

The ancient city was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 6 July at a meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Bagan is Myanmar’s second site to be named as a World Heritage, joining the Pyu Ancient Cities which were inscribed in 2014. The successful naming of Bagan as a World Heritage follows an unsuccessful application in 1996.

Laos Launches Online Visa Applications

Created: 12 July 2019

In July, Laos officially launched online applications for tourist visas. Travellers need to provide documents, pay a $15 premium in addition to the standard visa fee, and can download and print official approval letters after three business days. Additionally, seven entry points to the country will open eVisa priority lanes, including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane and Luang Prabang International Airport. Other types of visas are set to be available online in the future.

Hai Au Launches Da Nang-Dong Hoi Flights

Created: 12 July 2019

The new sightseeing flights were launched to coincide with the 2019 Quang Binh Cave Festival, which will run from 20 July to 20 August. Passengers on Hai Au’s Cessna Grand Caravans can reduce their travel time between the two destinations from 6-7 hours to just 70 minutes by air. Service will be offered on Thursday and Sunday, and in addition to the convenience of this flights, passengers can take in the stunning scenery of the central Vietnamese coastline.