German TV program to showcase Vietnam sights, culture

German TV program to showcase Vietnam sights, culture

Rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi District in the northern highlands’ Ha Giang Province. Photo by VietnamPlus Ha Long Bay and northern rice terraces are among the spotlights. German public broadcaster ARD is finishing a special program to introduce the beauty of Vietnam through…

Hue plans audio guides, free Wi-Fi for tourists

Hue plans audio guides, free Wi-Fi for tourists

The former imperial city Hue is going to install an audio guide system in five languages to serve visitors at its attractions. Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Center for Preservation of Hue Former Citadel Relics, said audio guides are being planned for major…

Hanoi lets bars, restaurants stay open longer to boost tourism

Hanoi lets bars, restaurants stay open longer to boost tourism

Hanoi has decided to allow restaurants and bars in the downtown Hoan Kiem District to stay open through 2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, easing a midnight curfew that has somewhat diminished the city’s thriving nightlife. Officials said at a meeting Wednesday that…

Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

A student travelers forum managed by US magazine USA Today has recommended Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An among ten most beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia. The article, published on College Tourist, a forum of the USA Today College Contributor network,…

Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

A student travelers forum managed by US magazine USA Today has recommended Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An among ten most beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia. The article, published on College Tourist, a forum of the USA Today College Contributor network,…

A green valley of serenity in central Vietnam

A green valley of serenity in central Vietnam

Most people only know Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam as the home of the world’s largest cave Son Doong. But if you think the province is all about caves, you will miss a beautiful, wild valley not far away. Hung Tung Valley is…

5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

If you are still chewing over what to do during the week-long Tet holiday, how about hopping on a trip to one of these destinations that have become popular among many Vietnamese people choosing to break away from endless gatherings and parties.  Make sure…

Lighting up lanterns for Tet

Lighting up lanterns for Tet

It is unclear when and how lanterns became a must-have decoration for Vietnamese families during important holidays, especially the mid-autumn festival and Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival. Some scholars criticized the practice, saying it was not a Vietnamese tradition to hang lanterns…