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    Việt Nam launches tourism website

    Việt Nam launches tourism website




    The Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) last week announced the launch of its new official tourism
    website Home | VN Tourism

    The website will feature articles by top travel writers and bloggers as well as photos of popular destinations.

    It is currently available only in English, but more languages will be added.

    Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, the general director of VNAT, said: “The goal is to make this one of the top 10 tourism sites in the world.”

    The portal hopes to attract 10 million unique users a year.

    Việt Nam expects to have 9.7 million foreign and 62 million domestic visitors and earn total revenues of VNĐ400 trillion ($17.9 billion) this year.

    Vi?t Nam launches tourism website - BangkokJack - Bangkok News

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    Smart move by the viets me thinks, Thailands sadly lagging behind when it comes to tourism, they just want the fast buck

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    One thing they could do is lighten up on their visa application.

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    that would help,

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    One thing they could do is lighten up on their visa application.
    how hard is it? I want to fly from Bangkok to Hanoi

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    I found out you don't even need a Visa if you are a UK national and your visit is under 15 days.

    Doesn't sound so fucking complicated to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    One thing they could do is lighten up on their visa application.
    I personally believe the Vietnamese will be doing just that in the near future if they are serious about maximizing their tourist potential. If they are not, the high visa costs will go even higher. As an American, I am required to purchase a 1 year visa and have postponed my plans to see Vietnam until they lower the visa costs to previous levels. Only time will tell.

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    ^I think that's their way of giving "the finger" to the US of A for the war. One way or another, you gotta pay up. Sorry Rick, you're paying for the sins of your father, or uncle. Heh.

    They only let McD enter last 2014 or 2013, I think. They let Jollibee in, in the early 2000s. It's a pinoy burger chain. In 2014, there were more than 10 branches of Jbee, while only 2 of McD.

    But don't worry, KFC, Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks were well represented in Saigon. In 2005, it was only KFC & Jbee.

    If you visit the War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi tunnels & Independence Palace, you'll see lots of anti US propaganda.

    Btw, I'm half Viet, and my family is from the South, so they also lost the war. And they lost Saigon (due to the name change).

    Last time I read, some European nationals have visa-free entry to Vn (if <15 days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Last time I read, some European nationals have visa-free entry to Vn (if <15 days).
    That would be in Post #6 then would it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    One thing they could do is lighten up on their visa application.
    I personally believe the Vietnamese will be doing just that in the near future if they are serious about maximizing their tourist potential. If they are not, the high visa costs will go even higher. As an American, I am required to purchase a 1 year visa and have postponed my plans to see Vietnam until they lower the visa costs to previous levels. Only time will tell.
    Well you did bomb the shit out of them RC, so I can understand them harbouring some resentment.



    Citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos holding valid ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 30 days; Philippine citizens are allowed to stay for no more than 21 days; Brunei and Myanmar citizens are allowed to stay for no more than 14 days.

    From 01 January 2015 to the end of 31 December 2019, citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, South Korea and Russia are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

    From 1 July 2015 to end of 30 June 2017, citizens of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

    From 1 July 2015 to end of 30 June 2020, citizens of Belarus are exempt from visa requirement and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
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    Last time I read, some European nationals have visa-free entry to Vn (if <15 days).
    That would be in Post #6 then would it?

    Nope, I knew abt it since last year, when I was planning for my April 2016. I saw the news article when it came out, and I was glad for it. A German friend was supposed to do the SEA trip w/ me, and Vn was included in the itinerary. Friend cancelled due to work reasons. I do read CNN & BBC, and sometimes livescience, not just TD. Heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    One thing they could do is lighten up on their visa application.
    I personally believe the Vietnamese will be doing just that in the near future if they are serious about maximizing their tourist potential. If they are not, the high visa costs will go even higher. As an American, I am required to purchase a 1 year visa and have postponed my plans to see Vietnam until they lower the visa costs to previous levels. Only time will tell.
    Well you did bomb the shit out of them RC, so I can understand them harbouring some resentment.



    Citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos holding valid ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 30 days; Philippine citizens are allowed to stay for no more than 21 days; Brunei and Myanmar citizens are allowed to stay for no more than 14 days.

    From 01 January 2015 to the end of 31 December 2019, citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, South Korea and Russia are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

    From 1 July 2015 to end of 30 June 2017, citizens of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

    From 1 July 2015 to end of 30 June 2020, citizens of Belarus are exempt from visa requirement and are allowed to stay for no more than 15 days.

    By August 2016, citizens of 79 countries holding valid diplomatic or official passports are exempt from visa requirements and vice versa, including: Argentina, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, North Korea, Kuwait, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.
    Harry, I didn't bomb the shit out of anyone. In fact, I was against the war and protested against it back in the 60s even though I was a Marine Reservist. Most Americans did not agree with the war back then and the Vietnamese need to let it go since most current Americans were not even around during the war.

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    Agent Orange comes to mind and still no compensation .

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    Our Vietnam vets do deserve some major compensation for that idiotic decision. The American government played it all wrong back then. Maybe countries should compensate all other countries they caused civilian deaths in as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Harry, I didn't bomb the shit out of anyone. In fact, I was against the war and protested against it back in the 60s even though I was a Marine Reservist. Most Americans did not agree with the war back then and the Vietnamese need to let it go since most current Americans were not even around during the war.
    Maybe they just want to keep the place classy.


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    Harry, I am amazed how much you manage to get totally wrong. Maybe we should get back to the topic of a Vietnamese tourist site. Sorry I took myself and Harry off track.

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