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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Vietnam - Mastercard lists Hanoi, HCMC among top 20 Asia-Pacific travel destinations.


Hanoi is in 15th position and Ho Chi Minh City in 18th among Mastercard’s top 20 Asia-Pacific destinations for international travelers this year.

Mastercard ranked 161 cities in the Asia-Pacific based on the number of overnight international arrivals and travel spending, using data primarily from national tourism boards.

Last year Hanoi received 4.8 million overnight international visitors, who stayed for 3.8 days on average while the southern metropolis had 4.1 million arrivals who stayed for 5.3 days, according to the annual Asia Pacific Destinations Index drawn up by the U.S. payment company, released last Friday.

The average spending by foreign tourists was $78 a day in Hanoi last year and $98 in Saigon, much lower than in Bangkok ($184), Singapore ($272), Kuala Lumpur ($142), Phuket ($247), or Bali ($125), it said.
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The top five destinations in the list were Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Seoul, welcoming over one-fifth, or 22 percent of all overnight visitors to the region’s top 161 cities and regional centers in 2018.

Last year the region received 342.2 million business and leisure visitors, up from 159.1 million in 2009, representing 8.9 percent growth annually.

During the period spending by travellers grew by 10.2 percent to more than double from $117.6 billion to $281.1 billion.
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While many Asia Pacific destinations are basking in the growth led by mainland Chinese travelers, South Korea and Japan have also emerged as major source markets, the report noted.

Mainland China accounts for 18.2 percent of international overnight arrivals, South Korea for 9.1 percent and Japan for 6 percent.

"While the world's economic, geopolitical, technological and societal landscapes have all changed dramatically since Mastercard launched this research 10 years ago, one thing has remained constant: the desire of ever-growing numbers of people to explore the world beyond their own borders," Rupert Naylor, senior vice president of Mastercard Advisors in Asia Pacific said.

Last year HCMC and Hanoi were among the world’s 100 most visited travel destinations, a Euromonitor International report said.

Source - VN Express

Monday, 22 April 2019

#Vietnam - Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City


Notre-Dame Cathedral, aka Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, stands in the heart of HCMC, Vietnam's largest city. Construction of the cathedral was completed in 1880 under the supervision of architect J. Bourard. It originally provided religious services for French colonists in the 19th and 20th centuries. All the construction materials were imported from France. The cathedral has two bell towers that are 58 meters high. 

The cathedral, in District 1, has become one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. The outer walls are built of red bricks from Toulouse, France. The cathedral sanctum, 93 meters long, 21 meters high and 35 meters wide, can accommodate 1,200 people. The cathedral, HCMC's biggest, has been closed for restoration since July 2017. The restoration work is expected to last two years. 
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St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi

Inaugurated in 1887, the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi, which stands on Nha Chung Street, is a site of significant religious importance in the capital city. It is also a familiar destination for tourists, drawn by its beauty and peaceful ambience. The church is also the hub of an area filled with tea and coffee shops that attract thousands of locals and foreigners everyday. 

St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Saigon's ‘floating temple’

Like many other spiritual sites in this city, the year-end is the time when this floating temple is at its busiest.    

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It was built over 300 years ago with a touch of Chinese influence.
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This temple in Ho Chi Minh City covers an entire islet on Vam Thuat River in Go Vap District, making it look as if it were floating. The temple was originally known as Phu Chau, but nowadays people call it the Floating Temple.
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Legend has it that a fisherman found the body of a dead woman in the river back in the 18th century so he decided to bury her on the islet and build a temple to worship her. From that moment on, his life became much better. Locals have continued his work to expand and upgrade the temple to what it is now.
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At the beginning of the year, people come to pray for luck and peace, and to express their gratitude to the five goddesses they call “the Five Mothers”.
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Source - VN Express

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Caravelle #Saigon Hotel

Stay in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City

Opened in 1959, the 5-star Caravelle Saigon features stylish French and Vietnamese architecture, an outdoor pool and non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi. Only 160 metres from the famous Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City, the eco-friendly hotel also has a rooftop bar with live music performances.

Elegantly decorated in soothing neutrals, the air-conditioned rooms feature full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts like a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service are included in all rooms.

 Caravelle Saigon is within 1.1 km from the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre and Ben Thanh Market. Car rentals and parking are available at an extra charge.

 Guests may enjoy a refreshing workout at Caravelle's gym, followed by a relaxing massage at Kara Salon and Spa. Cultural tours and cooking classes can also be arranged at the hotel's tour desk, while the first floor Club Vegas game room provides late-night entertainment.

 International meals are served in a casual buffet style at Restaurant Nineteen, or in fine dining style at Reflections Restaurant. Cocktails and wine are available at Caravelle's 4 bars and lounges.


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