Wednesday, December 14, 2011

VietJet Air starts selling cheap fares | Look At Vietnam - Vietnam news daily update

VietJet Air starts selling cheap fares

December 15, 2011 about News, Travel

VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co. (VietJet Air) said on Monday that it will load 2,000 fares from just VND10,000 (less than US$0.5) on for passengers to book from 8 a.m. tomorrow for its flights between Hanoi and HCMC.
VietJet Air will accept online payment by Visa or MasterCard for the promotional tickets, which are applicable to the flights from December 25 to April 30. Previously, the low-cost carrier sold more than 2,000 fares from VND100,000 (US$4.8).
Last week, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) issued an air operator certificate (AOC) to VietJet Air, allowing the second low-cost airline in Vietnam after Jetstar Pacific to conduct flights within the country.
Nguyen Duc Tam, deputy director of VietJet Air, said an AOC was required for any air carrier to operate commercial flights.
“To get the AOC, VietJet Air has got itself ready in all operational factors including people recruitment, aircraft lease, booking system installation, and financial ability. The airline also has to prove that it is well prepared for flight operation work, aircraft maintenance, engineering, and air transport infrastructure,” Tam said.
VietJet Air signed a contract with a foreign partner in the Middle East in October to lease three new Airbus A320 to operate its maiden flights on December 25 this year. In the initial time, the airline will offer four daily flights between HCMC and Hanoi before gradually increasing the number to 14 in early 2012 when the HCMC-Danang service is launched.
VietJet Air has recruited over 40 foreign pilots and trained more than 50 flight attendants overseas in preparation for the commercial flights. The carrier is expected to be the first Vietnamese private operator of international routes from HCMC to other major cities in Asia, hopefully from the middle of 2012.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vietnam’s architecture via lens of photographers

December 12, 2011  about Uncategorized
LookAtVietnam - High-rise buildings, cathedrals, Buddhist temples, etc. look brilliant in 32 photos that entered the finale of the Masterpiece Photo Contest 2011. These works are now on display in HCM City.
The contest closed on November 25, attracting more than 2,800 entries. The best 32 photos are on display until December 17 in HCM City. The award ceremony will be held on December 18.
Below are the top 32 entries:
Semicircle Lake in District 7, HCM City by Huynhdung.
Dak Lak Museum by Bao Hung.

Urban painting by huutienphoto.

Phu My Bridge by Mr_deven.

Thong Nhat Palace 2 by telieuo.

Architectural line by Lehuudung.

Wind and water café by khanhpham.

Hanoi in evening sun by naduytuong.

Violet sunset by nhim1958.

Patterns by tranthephong.

Vietnam’s imprints by randoc.

Path to dream by Vohien.

Truc Lam Tay Thien monastery by Tuan Lai.

A corner of Saigon Pearl by khanhphoto1960.

Wind’s words by Tranhungphoto.

The stairs to heaven by Tuandat.

The beauty of contrast by Trinh.

Hoang Sa cathedral by le hai.

Rural life in city by thuongpoly.

Vista building by thang190470.

Starlight bridge by Tranbaohoa.

Can Tho Terminal by Sontran.

Lien Khuong Airport by Nguyen Thanh Liem.

Parallel by daihocsi.

Cathedral by ngoctrung.

My city by cattien.

The past and the present by tranquocviet123.

Bitexco Financial Tower by Quangbui.

Hanoi by anhkhang2011.

White-Black by imsvietnam.

Magnificent by Nguyen Vinh Hien.

Majestic by Longthaibao8011.


US$4.2 billion beach resort to open in 2013 | Look At Vietnam - Vietnam news daily update

S$4.2 billion beach resort to open in 2013

December 13, 2011 about News, Travel

The first phase of the Ho Tram Strip project, to build a top-notch beach resort in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, has been completed and is expected to open the door to tourists in early 2013.

Lloyd Nathan, chief executive officer (CEO) of Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL), the project investor, says workers are putting the finishing touches to a five-star hotel with 541 rooms, named MGM Grand Ho Tram, an entertainment centre, restaurants and retail shops.

The Canadian-invested project is the first in Vietnam to build a large-scale resort complex covering 164 ha and stretching along 2.2 km of beautiful beach in Long Dien district. It is divided into five phases with an estimated investment of US$4.2 billion.

The complex includes a 19-storey luxury hotel, a series of international-standard restaurants, a conference hall, art performance areas, swimming pools, a golf course and entertainment centres.

Lloyd Nathan says that his company is upgrading a 125km section of National Highway 52 with four lanes to connect Ho Chi Minh City to Ho Tram Strip.