VNA opens new flights from Da Nang to Seoul, Siem Reap

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) on June 28 in Da Nang City announced that it has opened two direct flight routes from the city to Seoul (Korea) and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

There will be three flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, which will depart at 0.05 am in Da Nang and at 9.30 am (local time) in Seoul, by Airbus A321 aircraft for the Da Nang - Seoul route.

As for Da Nang - Siem Reap route, there will be one flight a day by ATR-72 aircraft, departing at 2.10 pm from Da Nang City and at 5.15 pm from Siem Reap.

The carrier announced that it will sell tickets at prices nearly 50 percent cheaper than normal prices for both routes until December 31 this year, with a round-trip ticket for Da Nang -  Seoul route costing VND5,940,000, and VND1,738,000 for Da Nang – Siem Reap route.

Holidaymakers rocket up in summer

Tran The Dung, deputy director of Young Generation Travel Company, said holidaymakers buying its summer tours increase seven times more than those last year thanks to promotion domestic flight tickets of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines’ stimulus program.

We sold only 600 tickets in May and June last year but this year we attracted more than 4,500 holimakers, said Tran The Dung.

It is due to the flagship carrier's program of promotion and ticket booking improvement.

In addition to available former flight, this year Vietnam Airline issued cheap tickets for four new destinations resulting in more tourists.

Da Nang kicks off tourism stimulus program

On June 28, the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in Da Nang City started the program ‘Da Nang - Summer Destination 2013’ with many cultural, sport, and tourism activities to attract holidaymakers to visit the city during summer time.

Most main activities will take place at Bien Dong Park, Pham Van Dong Beach, and Tran Hung Dao Street. Of which, there are many new exciting activities added to the program, such as: freestyle football performance, X-game bicycle performance, Da Nang paragliding competition, and Korean art program. The organizers also maintained sea sport activities, including performances of parachute-pulled canoe, jetsky, and sailing boats.

Moreover, holidaymakers will also have other fascinating options, such as: scuba diving to view beautiful coral reefs in Son Tra Peninsula, waterfall sliding at Hoa Phu Thanh Resort, night cruise on Han River, and, especially, fish-catching tour around Son Tra Peninsula with fishermen.

The program will end on July 3.

Tam Dao to provide free wireless internet service

The Vinh Phuc Department of Information and Communications announced a VND15 billion (US$708,000) project to provide free wireless internet services (wi-fi) in Tam Dao town.

Tam Dao (Three Islands) describes the natural beauty of the area’s three mountains that resemble a trio of islands in a sea of clouds. The region is famous for its impressive natural scenery, mild climate, diverse flora and fauna, and a number of cultural and historical sites.

Sixty wi-fi “hotspots”, each covering a circular area 300 metres in diameter, will ensure simultaneous internet access for 10,000 users and will begin operating by the end of this year in the central area of Tam Dao town, which includes many hotels and office buildings.

The service aims to promote the town’s image and attract more tourists to by offering them easy, free and convenient access to information.

Other well-known tourism towns in Vietnam, including Hoi An in Quang Nam province, Ha Long in Quang Ninh province, and Hue in Thua Thien – Hue province, have already established free wi-fi internet systems for both local people and tourists.