Low cost Vietnamese airline VietJetAir is now offering a daily flight between Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok.
The flight is operated by the airline’s newly acquired Airbus 320, and departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 11.45am, returning from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1.30pm. Bangkok is airline’s first international destination. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, the airline flies on domestic destinations to/from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue and Phu Quoc. Visit www.VietJetAir.com.
Backing the right horse
The Dubai World Cup will feature the world's richest horse race and some of the world's best jockeys at the Meydan track on March 30. According to the Dubai Department of Tourism, the nine races on the day have total prize money of US$27.25 million. The final race will see $10 million handed out, making it the richest single horse race in the world. – DPA
Cruise ship terminal at Kai Tak
A new cruise ship terminal will soon open in Hong Kong and will have the capacity to accommodate two large ships at once. The first section will open in June with the second to follow next year, according to the special region’s tourism officials in Germany. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is located in the Victoria Harbour along the runway of the former Kai Tak airport. The marinas will be spread out over 400 metres so more than 3,000 passengers can be processed at once for landing. There will be a grassy terrace on the roof and electricity for the terminal will come from solar and wind power. – DPA
The Strand goes for local management
GHM has ended its management contact for The Strand in Yangon, Myanmar following the decision by the owner, Strand Hotel International, to take on management of the hotel locally. Opened in 1901 by the renowned Sarkies Brothers, The Strand is named after its address at 92 Strand Road. It’s located along the banks of the Rangoon River and was a cornerstone of British society in Myanmar during the colonial era, hosting the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Lord Mountbatten. GHM has managed The Strand since September 1999.
A salute to Lao women
Luang Phrabang’s Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) shines the light on Lao women to mark International Woman’s Day. The new exhibition features the work of 15 women and girls from local Hmong and Lao communities who have combined documentary photography and embroidery to reveal the lives, stories, and faces of the females behind the handicrafts in the Luang Prabang night market. The opening reception will take place at Le Patio Café at TAEC this Sunday at 1pm and the exhibition will run for three months. Visit www.TAECLaos.org.
Vietnam popular with Russian visitors
Vietnam welcomed more tourists from Russia than any other country during January and February through total tourist arrivals fell nearly 12.5 per cent year-on-year in February, according to the country’s General Statistics Office. More than 54,000 Russians visited during the first two months of the year, accounting for 25 per cent of the total number of Russian tourists last year. Vietnam received a total of 1.21 million foreign visitors in the year's first two months, about 90.4 per cent of the number during the same period last year. – Viet Nam News