Victoria Mekong Cruise Connects Can Tho and Phnom Penh

Created: 23 December 2019

The newest cruise on the lower Mekong River is the Victoria Mekong Cruise which connects Can Tho in Vietnam with Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The cruise made its maiden voyage on 11 December, and has an upstream schedule from Wednesday to Sunday, and a downstream schedule from Sunday to Wednesday. The vessel features 33 staterooms and 2 suites, along with numerous activities and amenities.

SureStay Hotel Opens in Vientiane

Created: 23 December 2019

Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its latest property in the Lao capital on 19 November with the SureStay Hotel. The property has 68 rooms and suites, and is an easy stroll from the capital’s walking street. Just a 15-minute drive from Wattay International Airport, SureStay Hotel Hotel by Best Western Vientiane also boasts a restaurant, fitness centre and rooftop bar.

Vietjet Launches Direct Flight to Pattaya; New Delhi

Created: 23 December 2019

The direct flight connecting Saigon and Pattaya at U-Tapao International Airport launched on 23 December and will operate return service daily. The service is approximately 1.5 hours each way, and service will be on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. The launch of this service marks Vietjet’s eighth direct flight connecting Vietnam and Thailand.

 

The low-cost carrier has also recently launched flights connecting Saigon and Hanoi to New Delhi. The Saigon-New Delhi service is offered four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and the Hanoi-New Delhi is offered three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Lao Airlines to Launch Two New Routes to Japan

Created: 23 December 2019

The national airline of Laos has announced new flights to Kumamoto that will launch in March of next year. Service connecting Vientiane and Kumamoto will operate on Wednesday and Sunday, and service connecting Luang Prabang and Kumamoto will run on Monday and Friday. The flights are slated to start on 18 March, 2020. Service will be on an Airbus A320 with 158 seats.

Bamboo Airways Launches Cam Ranh-Seoul Service

Created: 23 December 2019

Vietnam’s newest airline has launched daily service connecting Cam Ranh Airport near Nha Trang with South Korea’s capital and largest metropolis. Bamboo is the seventh airline connecting these destinations. Flights depart Cam Ranh at 9:55 p.m. and arrive in Seoul at 4:35 a.m. while the return flight departs from Seoul at 5:30 a.m. and arrives back in Cam Ranh at 8:20 a.m.

Vietnam Airlines Launches Hanoi Macau Service

Created: 23 December 2019

Daily round-trip service between the two destinations launched on 15 December, with evening service offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and morning service offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The launch of this flight marks Vietnam Airline’s 101 route.

Helicopter Tours of Red River Area Launched

Created: 23 December 2019

Following the success of helicopter tours of Ha Long Bay, the operator, Northern Helicopter Company, has launched tours of the Red River area in and around Hanoi. Service began on 7 December, and some of the sights on the aerial tour include the Long Bien Bridge, Bat Trang Pottery Village, and other newly developed residential areas.

Hoi An Moving Towards Becoming Cycling City

Created: 23 December 2019

The People’s Committee of Hoi An recently approved a measure that will ban all motorized vehicles from Phan Chu Trinh Street between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. every weekday. The ban will go into effect on 1 March, 2020. The ban will then be extended from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on 1 March, 2021. Hoi An was the first city in Vietnam to introduce pedestrian only streets in 2004.

Myanmar Expands Visa-On-Arrival Programme

Created: 10 December 2019

Six additional countries were added to Myanmar’s visa-on-arrival program on 1 October. Now, passport holders from Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland can apply for visas at Myanmar’s Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports for a $50 fee. Citizens from these nations join those from India and China that were initially eligible for visas-on-arrival to Myanmar. Additionally, passport holders from Japan, South Korea, Macau and Hong Kong can enter Myanmar visa-free.

Nine Entry Points to Laos Cease Visa-On-Arrival Services

Created: 10 December 2019

The office of the prime minister in Laos has announced that nine entry points into the country will discontinue offering visa-on-arrival services. Six of these are land border crossings with Vietnam, and two are land border crossings with Thailand. The only airport affected is Savannakhet International Airport. Laos’ e-visa service launched earlier this year, but it can only be used at international airports in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and at the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

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