Leisure activities on the Nam Xong river to be reopened

Leisure activities on the Nam Xong river in the tourist hotspot of Vangvieng district in Vientiane province have reopened after they were suspended earlier this month due to rising river levels.

Head of the Vangvieng district Information, Culture and Tourism Office, Mr Bounpanh Phommavong, told Vientiane Times the district reopened services for visitors last week after water levels receded following recent flooding.

Foreign tourists enjoy kayaking on the XongRiver during Pimai Lao (Lao New Year) in April. File photo

“Now visitors can enjoy kayaking, tubing and jumping in the river, but we will not allow people who drink alcohol to enter the river. We are very strict on this matter to avoid any accidents,” he said.

“To avoid accidents on the water, our authorities will make checks along the river, while operators should have lifejackets for people who want to go kayaking or tubing,” Mr Bounpanh added.

New regulations state that the operators of bars and restaurants should not allow people to enter the river if they appear to be intoxicated. Read More


Myanmar hotel infrastructure to be upgraded

The Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the Myanmar Hoteliers Association will this month carry out joint inspections of selected hotels in the country as part of the government’s strategy to upgrade certain hotel improve services.


The ministry has estimated around 2 million foreign travelers will visit Myanmar. In addition, Myanmar will host the 27th SEA Games at the end of this year and so tourist arrivals will increase more than ever.

The Myanmar News Agency reports:

“We were not able to judge hotels’ standard this year. But, we have a plan for upgrading them this month. We are going to inspect the hotels together with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. We are going to do this work dividing into two groups,” said Tin Win, chairman of Yangon Hotel Zone, of Myanmar Hoteliers Association.

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Lakeside Hotel to be Rebranded as Eastin Hotel Hanoi

Eastin Hotels & Residences has signed a management agreement with Kim Ngoc Joint Venture Company Limited to rebrand and manage Lakeside Hotel as Eastin Hotel Hanoi.


The Lakeside Hotel will be closed for an extensive renovation and rebranding process to achieve the target re-opening date in mid 2014 as the Eastin Hotel Hanoi.

As well as the 90 rooms and suites, the exterior and lobby, as well as restaurants and public spaces will be fully renovated up to an international 4-star standard.

A new all-day dining restaurant with lake views will be created to compliment the recently opened Japanese Restaurant. Read More


Special fares from Thai Air Asia

Thai AirAsia latest promotion offers 50% discounts on selected routes.

The “September Sale” promotion sells a one-way fare inclusive of airport taxes and fuel surcharges at Bt591 ex-Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom, Hat Yai, Trang, and Surat Thani. The fare saves 50% on the regular fare of Bt1,083.

There are discounted fares to other destinations: Bt641 to Nakhon Si Thammarat, Bt742 to Phuket, Bt842 to Krabi and Bt946 to Narathiwat.


For international routes, the 50% discount fares are: Kolkata Bt1,355; Phnom Penh Bt1,590; Yangon Bt1,290, Mandalay Bt1,490, Singapore Bt1,465, and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City at Bt1,790.

Passengers can book fares until 11 August for travel 1 to 30 September this year.

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New Gray Line Halong Luxury Cruise To Be Launched

A latest announcement from Gray Line Halong informed that the Luxury Cruise will be officially put into operation in Halong bay, Vietnam in August 20th with many special deals for summer vacation 2013.

Gray Line Halong the luxury cruise

Gray Line Halong the luxury cruise

The new cruise has 14 cabins (10 twin-share cabins and 4 connecting cabins). Especially, each connecting cabin can accommodate for up to 5 guests (4 adults and 1 child under 10 years old) and has a private terrace for sunbathing. The other two Gray Line Suites on the upper deck have private balcony overlooking the ocean. A library is set on the cruise with free Internet connection and all rooms are equipped with safety box, which are the differences from the other cruises on Halong bay. Gray Line cruises along a unique itinerary combining Halong and Bai Tu Long bay, passing through hundreds of limestone mountains and offering the exciting outdoor activities among Halong bay. Read More