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Fiditourist markets West Coast tours

HCHC-based Fiditourist has launched three package tours of America's West Coast after finding a U.S. partner.

The one-week excursions costing US$2,699 go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas via London Bridge, Los Angeles to San Diego, and Los Angeles to San Francisco via Fresno.

Switching continents, Fiditourist has brought out an eight-day tour to South Africa for US$2,550 and an eight-day tour to India for US$1,250.

By December 31, 2004, Fiditourist estimates it will have taken 20,000 people abroad in 2004, or 40% more than last year. (SG Times Daily - No.2343 23/12/2004)

Festive season here and abroad 
The beautiful scene of Xuan Huong Lake at sunset and other attractions in Dalat are part of special tours that travel firms in HCMC are offering for Christmas and the New Year
Travel firms are offering spe-cial tours for Christmas and the New Year.

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. is adding a 17-day tour of Vietnam starting in HCMC to its stable of trips to Dalat, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Phu Quoc Island.

The trans-Vietnam excursion is called Con Duong Cai Quan (interprovincial highway) and takes in Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Danang, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Hue in the central region before heading to the north to visit Hanoi, Halong Bay and other spots.

Vo Anh Tai, the company’s director, says the tour is aimed at expatriate Vietnamese returning to the homeland for a visit. The price starts at VND12.1 million.

Cholontourist has a six-day tour to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mong Cai, the Chinese border town of Dong Xing and other places in the north.

The first leg is by air to Hanoi, where the rest of day one is spent visiting the famous Temple of Literature (Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam), Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, Tortoise Tower, Mot Cot Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Day two is a road trip to Halong and a look around the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Then come three days around the northern border, particularly Mong Cai on the border itself and Dong Xing just inside China, finishing up back in Hanoi.

The last day is spent wandering around and shopping at Dong Xuan, the city’s biggest market, and flying back to HCMC.

Moving beyond Vietnamese territory, Fiditourist has Christmas and New Year tours to India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

The six-day tour to Singapore and Malaysia costs US$339 and leaves HCMC on December 15, 22 and 29. The four-day Hong Kong package costs US$399.

In no particular order, the eight-day India package includes the magnificent Taj Mahal, described by some as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 and given the name Mohandas Karamchand, and a museum named after the nationalist leader.

Other stops are the Delhi Golden Triangle, Jama Masjid, what’s left of Fatchupur Sikri, which was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar, and Fort Amber, the capital of India before 1728.

The price is US$1,250, excluding airport taxes and “aviation security” charges.

Saigontourist Travel also takes holidaymakers to Singapore and Hong Kong. The Singapore tour costing US$349 departs every day from December 22 to 24 and December 29 to 31, the Hong Kong tour costing US$489 on December 16, 19, 22, 25 and 29.

Saigontourist Travel Service
49 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. Tel: (08) 829 8914. 
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129 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1. Tel: (08) 914 1414.
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134 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, District 5. Tel: (08) 835 7100.
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Fiditourist introduces Bali-Singapore tour

Bali is the tourist paradise of Indonesia, with many beauty spots like Batubulan Village and its traditional Barong dance, which depicts the good and bad sides of life. Other places to be visited include Elephant Grotto, Fairy Tampaksiring Spring, Batur Volcanoes, Batur Lake, and Pura Taman Ayun, an ancient shrine and the cradle of the area's Hindu culture built in the 17th century. Indonesian crafts like silver and gold shaping are observed in Celuk Village, and wood carving, too.

The tourists will visit Jurong Park in Singapore, which has more than 7,000 species of birds, a wax museum, the Underwater World and Sentosa Island. The eight-day seven-night tour costs US$719.
(Saigontime Weekly - Dec. 11, 2004)

127-129 Nguyen Hue St., District 1, HCM City, Tel: 9141414

High season for honeymooners

It’s the wedding season in Viet-nam and the travel companies have several tours to offer newlyweds not wanting to stray from the beaten track.

For honeymooners seeking a romantic beauty spot jam-packed with tourists at this time of year, Saigontourist Travel Service Co. can take them to Halong Bay on the far north coast, Nha Trang on the central coast, Mui Ne further south, and Phu Quoc Island off the southwest coast.

There’s also a four-day tour to the equally popular Dalat in the Central Highlands to catch some of the town’s Flower Festival from December 18 to 26.

If you go early you get to watch the opening ceremony, if you go later on you get fireworks, candles and champagne on Christmas Eve.

Another benefit of being there at the end is the chance to join in a Christmas Day procession of floats and fellow just-marrieds through the streets of Dalat, which will be decked out with flowers for the entire festival.

The highlight of the nine days should be the street carnival extending from Hoa Binh Street to Dalat Square. Blending culture and botany, the proceedings will begin with a parade of hundreds of actors dressed as flowering plants or in ethnic costume and floats ornamented with roses, daisies and sunflowers.

For couples seeking a change of atmosphere, or rather country, Saigontourist has a four-day trip from HCMC to Hong Kong for US$489 or Singapore for US$349.

The Hong Kong tour departs on December 5, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25 and 29, the Singapore sojourn on December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

Fiditourist is another travel company taking honeymooners to Dalat, but it gives them the option of climbing Lang Bian Mountain and hearing the romantic legend surrounding the 2,169-meter peak.

The tour is appropriately called “Romantic Dalat” and departs from HCMC every Tuesday and Saturday right up until the Lunar New Year, or Tet, in February.

About the legend of Lang Bian: Long ago it was that Lang, chief of the Lat tribe, fell in love with Bian, beautiful daughter of the Chil chieftain K’zenh. Because they were from different tribes, K’zenh forbade Bian from marrying Lang.

So Bian walked through the forest and told Lang of her father’s decision. In despair, the lovers decided to go to the highest mountain around and drown their sorrows in tears.

They sat on the summit and made a vow to be faithful and stay together until death, which came soon enough one dark and stormy night.

Their pointless demise brought K’zenh to his senses, solidarity to the Lat, Chil, K’ho and Sre tribes, and an end to the backward customs and attitudes.

Anyway, newlyweds traveling to Dalat with Fiditourist can plant their very own saplings in the “Garden of Love” and know that the growing trees will be tended carefully after they leave. The idea is that they will return to Dalat in the years to come and find that their special tree is growing like their love, hopefully.

Contact details:

Saigontourist Travel Service,  49 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, HCMC.
Tel: (08) 829 8914, email:
Fiditourist, 129 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC.
Tel: (08) 914 1414, email:

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