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

Created: 27 February 2020

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.

Saigon’s First Double-Decker Bus Launches

Created: 27 February 2020

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.

Pang Mon Border Crossing Now Open

Created: 27 February 2020

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.

Ferris Wheel in Siem Reap to Open in March

Created: 27 February 2020

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.

First Phase of Bat Chum Temple Renovation Completed

Created: 27 February 2020

Restoration of the 10th-century temple is moving to a new phase after the initial work was completed at the end of January. After the initial restoration phase is completed, experts will spend time observing the results from the first phase of restoration and then decide on the next steps, according to local authorities. Bat Chum Temple is located within the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Vietnam Extends Visa Waiver Program for 8 Countries

Created: 30 January 2020

The nation of Vietnam will extend its visa waiver program for the citizens of eight countries through 31 December, 2022. Passport-holders from Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belarus are eligible to visit Vietnam with no visa requirement if up to 15 days. The visa waiver program for citizens from these countries has been in effect since 2015.

Destinations in Central Vietnam Named Destinations to Watch

Created: 30 January 2020

World Travel Magazine has named several locales in central Vietnam as destinations to watch in 2020. Specifically, the publication noted Dong Hoi, My Son, Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang as destinations. World Travel noted that these destinations offer a wide range of experiences, from natural beauty to history to incredible cuisine.

Entrance Fee to Beng Mealea Now Included with Angkor

Created: 30 January 2020

As of 26 December, 2019, entrance fees to Angkor Wat and nearby sites include access to Beng Mealea. Located around 40km from Angkor Wat, much of Beng Mealea is still in ruins or overrun by jungle, giving the destination a different and mysterious feel. It is hoped that the new policy will attract more visitors to Beng Mealea.

Tirant Hotel to Close for Renovations

Created: 30 January 2020

The property in Hanoi will close for renovations from 5 May to 5 August. The dates are approximate and renovations may take longer or be completed in a shorter time frame, according to the property. After the renovations are complete, the Tirant Hotel is planning to have a more elegant look and feel for guests.

Hoi An to Revamp Carpentry Village

Created: 30 January 2020

Authorities in Hoi An have announced plans to revitalize the traditional carpentry village of Kim Bong. The village has seen a decline in the number of visitors in recent years and authorities looking to revamp the village and make it more attractive to visitors from around the country and the world. Emphasis will be placed on diversifying travel experiences and the sale of local products. Vidotour also offers a half-day excursion to this village, including a boat transfer across the Thu Bon River, and cycling to visit various cottage industries in the area.

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