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Restored Mong King's house becomes major tourism site

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Hanoian couple Bich Thuy and Thanh Trung chose the Vuong Mansion – an old two-storey wooden house in the Dong Van karst plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, as the background for their wedding photos.

The house is the place where bride-to-be Thuy received her proposal of marriage a year ago. "The beautiful wooden mansion somehow is a part of our love story, so we wanted it (the house) present in our photos," she said.

Located in Sa Phin Valley, the house originally was the mansion of Vuong Chinh Duc, the head of the Vuong family – the most powerful Mong ethnic family in the region more than 100 years ago. He proclaimed himself as the King of the region, and adopted the title "Vua Meo", meaning "King of the Meo" (former name of the Mong ethnic group) to dominate all the northern mountainous region.

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Start of year augurs well for tourist trade

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foreigner touristThe number of International tourists to Viet Nam in the first week of this year was up 10 – 20 per cent on the same period last year, according to initial estimates.
According to travel companies, regular promotions and advertisements on Viet Nam tourism have been the driving force behind the surge in the number of tourists.
The opening of new of international routes, including HCM City-Istanbul on Turkish Airlines on December 30 last year, Taipei-Da Nang City on Taiwan's Transasia Airlines in mid-December, and HCM City-Beijing on Viet Nam Airlines in mid-December, has also spurred tourist interest. Viet Nam Airlines has seven direct flights to China, and it intends to increase the HCM City-Beijing route from three to four flights per week beginning in April.
Beginning from November, Viet Nam Airlines in cooperation with Vietnamtourist (Vitours) in Central Da Nang City launched charter flights for a three-month period from Hong Kong to Da Nang on Wednesday and Saturday.

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Hanoi plans 29 firework sites for Lunar New Year’s Eve

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fireworkHanoi plans spectacular firework displays in 29 locations on lunar New Year’s Eve on February 3 according to the People’s Committee of the capital.

The fireworks will be set off on Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District, Ho Van Quan Street in Ha Dong District, Dong Da Lake and near Thang Loi Hotel in Tay Ho District, and others.
Ho Chi Minh City too will have firework displays at seven locations around the City. The area around CARIC Company, a French Shipyard & Ship repairing Company in District 2, the construction area of the political and administrative center of District 7, Go Vap District’s Cultural Park, Nga Ba Giong Memorial area of Heroic Martyrs in Hoc Mon District, Ben Duoc Temple of Heroic Martyrs in Cu Chi District, Ethnic Culture historical park in District 9, Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 and Can Gio District have been marked as locations for spectacular firework shows.

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Dances and wine on the plateau

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pom coongThe winter cold is starting to ease so spring will soon be coming in the highland village of Pom Coong on Mai Chau Plateau in the northern province of Hoa Binh.

Early in the morning, when the mist is lifting, the Thai ethnic people of the village send their kids off to school and the women in colorful brocade dresses walk to the farm with wooden papooses on their backs. When the night falls, the stilt houses are warmed by the sounds of pan-pipes, drumming by the tribal boys, girls’ singing and laughter and stories around the fire.

The simple things link people together, making them love their village and make it more beautiful. Pom Coong has become a famous cultural and tourism village on the plateau

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Airlines provide more services during Tet holiday

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vietnam airlinesThe national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines announced it will add 99 flights on local routes to provide more services during the lunar New Year (Tet holiday) 2011.

From January 27 to February 1 and from February 4 to 14, the Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City – Hue route will have 41 more flights by A320 and ATR72 aircraft, raising the number of flights to seven a day.

There will be 20 more flights for the HCM City – Phu Quoc route by ATR 72 aircraft, 19 more flights for the HCM City – Quy Nhon route, 13 more flights for the HCM City – Pleiku route, and six more flights for the HCM City – Vinh route.

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