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This week, TripAdvisor revealed the winners of the Travellers’ Choice Landmarks. Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the best-preserved temple in Angkor, is the monument of choice for travellers. Travellers have shown a preference for historical monuments that have stood the test of time. Proof lies in the temple of Angkor Wat clinching the first spot in the Travellers’ Choice Landmarks listing, followed by the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in second and the Taj Mahal in third. This ranking shows the popularity of

Laos is pushing ahead with plans to develop its tourism industry, including the river cruise sector, to capitalize on the expected surge of holidaymakers in the ASEAN region. This was disclosed by the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Vice Minister Chaleune Warinthrasak who said that government and the private sector must work together to develop, natural, cultural and heritage tourism ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) launch later this year. Speaking at the 16th Lanith Symposium held in Vientiane

Vietnamese-Russian venture Pegas Travel Vietnam has scrapped its plan to restore charter flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Moscow, fearing losses, news website Saigon Times Online reported Thursday. One of the major tour operators in the Russian market, the company had planned to resume the service on October 20. It had been suspended along with flights to Phu Quoc Island early this year due to a sharp decline in Russian tourist numbers. In August Pegas had said that with the ruble

Hanoi’s People’s Committee has approved a proposal by the local Department of Transport to move all tourist boats and floating restaurants from the West Lake to Dam Bay area in Nhat Tan Ward within October. The decision has received wide support from the tourism sector and local people, who have long criticized these boats for blocking views and polluting the lake. Six tourist boats were licensed to operate on the West Lake, but fare more was operating illegally. They discharged a huge

In the wonderful world of Vietnamese tourist visas, the rules seem to change everyday. Whether it’s permitting certain passport holders to enter the country visa-free or discussing whether to waive visa fees for other nationalities, something is always up for debate. Yesterday, however, some happy news arrived from Vietnamese officials. After much debate, the Ministry of Finance announced it will slash tourist visa fees in a bid to boost arrivals through the end of this year, reports Tuoi Tre. Starting November 23,

Thanks to numerous advantages in policy and market, the tourism sector was forecast to rebound in the rest of the year after constant declines in Q3, said Director General of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan. In January-September, Viet Nam served nearly 5.7 million foreign guests and 48.8 million domestic guests and earned over VND 269 trillion (representing a year-on-year surge of 2.8%). The falling growth rate of foreign visitors was only 5.9% in comparison with 12% in the

Two of Vietnam’s international airports, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang, has been rated among the best 30 airports in Asia for dozing off while awaiting a flight, based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in the 2015 Airport Survey by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. Noi Bai was ranked 28 on the list and was described by respondents as spacious, smart, airy, spotlessly clean and modern, based on upgraded infrastructure at the new Terminal 2. “There are

BANGKOK, 9 October 2015 – Phuket International Airport celebrates the 27th anniversary this year, pushing forward all developments to become the gateway to the Andaman, Airport Director says. The Director of Phuket International Airport Monruedee Ketpan has said that the airport is now being renovated to increase annual passenger capacity from 6.5 million to 12.5. She revealed that most of the renovation progress has been completed, while the new international terminal’s construction is 70 percent complete, which is ahead of schedule. The

BANGKOK (AP) — A deadly bombing in August threatened to scuttle Thailand’s economically crucial tourism industry but officials are now forecasting more than 30 million visitors this year as arrivals from China swell. The bounce back reinforces the teflon reputation of Thai tourism, which has thrived over the past decade despite two coups, episodes of deadly street fighting, airport occupation, and natural disasters. Thailand’s tourism council is forecasting a record 30.3 million visitors this year, an increase of 22 percent from last

Ho Chi Minh City has become Jet Airways’ 22nd international destination with new routes connecting Mumbai and New Delhi to Vietnam that launched November 5, announced Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet, at a ceremony to celebrate held over the weekend in Vietnam’s southern hub. The new routes are a realization of an agreement signed between Vietnam Airlines and Jet Airways, India’s premier airline, in early September 2014. As per the agreement, the two carriers will join together to allow passengers to travel from