Travel News in Brief (Part 2)

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Cameras for HCMC buses to address crime

HCMC plans to install surveillance cameras to prevent sexual harassment and theft on buses, according to the citya��s Public Transport Management and Operations Centre.

Three cameras will be installed on each bus, including two inside and one at the front of the bus. Bus companies will begin installing the cameras on their existing vehicles in the third quarter of this year.

Each camera costs VND13 million ($600) to install and VND400,000 ($19) a month to operate.

The city currently has nearly 2,800 buses on 107 subsidised routes and 400 on 32 non-subsidised routes.

Luxury buses for Hanoi – Halong route

Luxury buses for Hanoi - Halong route

Ten luxury Dcar Limousines have just been added to the transport offerings between Hanoi and Halong Bay by Phuc Xuyen Ltd.

Transformed and renovated from a Ford Transit, the vehicle is cut down from 16 to only ten seats, including seven for passengers.

Each seat is more spacious and the limo features luxury facilities such as full leather custom interiors, electrical power and USB adaptors for laptops, mobiles and music players and the charging of electronic devices, free wi-fi, reading lights, and flat screen TVs.

There are 15 trips undertaken each day from 4am to 8pm at a price of around VND200,000 per traveller.

The company also said that it will take possession of ten more Dcar Limousines at the end of the year for the Hanoi – Halong and Halong – Mong Cai routes.

Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal tours in HCMC

Formerly a rather unsightly canal, Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal, which runs through five major districts in central HCMC, has been revived and is about to host boat trips starting on National Day, September 2.

The tour will start from a wharf in Binh Thanh district or another wharf on Hoang Sa Road, with ten southern-style boats of 20 seats.

To attract tourists to the unique tour, the Saigon Boat Co. has designed special music programs that will introduce southern folk music to guests on board.

To avoid polluting the canal, all boats will be rowed manually.

Tourism portal to boost international arrivals

A new tourism information portal, Halo!Vietnam, at www.mplace.vn, aims to bolster the number of international arrivals to Vietnam under an agreement with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the telecommunications group MobiFone.

The portal provides tourists with information on services, destinations, food, hotels, restaurants, entertainment and sports in a number of locations in Vietnam and also caters to online reservations through the site.

The portal enables guests to provide feedback on and rank tourism destinations and services in a bid to improve quality.

MobiFone is one of Vietnama��s leading telecommunications companies, providing services to over 40 million subscribers.

In 2014 it introduced a Happy Tourist Package service, offering instruction manuals in six languages: English, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese, for international arrivals.

River cruiser heads to Myanmar

The luxury river cruiser a�?Anawrahtaa��, owned by Heritage Line, left HCMC in July for a five-day journey to Myanmar, where it will ply the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, beginning in mid-September.

Built entirely in Vietnam, the 23-cabin luxury vessel has an aluminium superstructure on top of a steel hull, making use of lightweight materials.

The Anawrahta will sail on four different itineraries ranging from four to eleven nights, visiting ports including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Homalin.

Guests on the Anawrahta can expect a five-star experience and the largest cabins on the Ayeyarwady River, all with private balcony and luxury amenities, with world class cuisine, unique excursions as well as daily onboard entertainment.

More information can be found at www.heritage-line.com and www.facebook.com/HeritageLine.

Night tours to Cham Island

In addition to the existing day tours, all-day tours to Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) in the central province of Quang Nam are now available every Saturday.

Tourists will visit attractive sites such as the islanda��s sea conservation area and Hai Tang Pagoda, look at colourful fish and coral reefs, and see local people making fish nets and hammocks during the day.

At night, the tour includes special artistic performances, folk games, camp-fire activities on the beach, and a homestay or tents to sleep in on the beach.

Located 15 kilometres from Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An town, Cu Lao Cham, a complex of eight small islands with a total population of about 3,000, is a UNESCO-recognised Biosphere Reserve.

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