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Firms offer flood experience tours

Travel firms in the Mekong province of An Giang are offering tours for visitors to experience the flood season between late July and mid-October.

"Though An Giang has entered its major flooding season, we go ahead with our tours," said Nguyen Phu Phuc, deputy director of An Giang Tourimex's tourism centre.

"Vinh Te Canal, Tra Su cajeput forest, and Chau Doc town are safe places for tourists."

At Vinh Te and Tra Su, visitors can catch fish and experience the lifestyle of locals during the annual floods.

In An Giang, the flood season is expected to last until November 20 this year.

Nha Trang to welcome charter flights

Chartered flights will bring large numbers of Russian and Malaysian tourists visiting Nha Trang to nearby Cam Ranh Airport in the upcoming months.

According to the Khanh Hoa Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, monthly chartered flights will bring Russian tourists between November and March next year. Also in November, chartered flights will bring tourists from Malaysia's Malacca State.

Under a contract signed by local travel agency Anh Duong Co and the Moscow-based Turkish Pegas Touristik Co, there will be a daily flight carrying some 180 Russian visitors to Cam Ranh.

Farmers turn to music by night

Visitors to Then, a small village in the northern province of Bac Giang, some 90km from Ha Noi, can see its residents working very hard in the fields in the morning before turning into high-calibre musicians and artists after sunset.

The village has just 200 families but more than 100 violins. An orchestra plays during Tet (Lunar New Year) and all other festivals the villagers celebrate.

Nguyen Huu Dua, a 76-year-old farmer who has spent nearly 50 years playing the violin, says a group of 10 trail-blazing violinists founded the village orchestra in 1955.

Many Then villagers went to the American War to entertain Vietnamese soldiers with their musical skills during fierce battles in the central region. After the war, they returned to the village and caused a violin craze.

Nguyen Quang Khoa, head of the orchestra, says the violinists not only play foreign classical music but also traditional Vietnamese music like cheo (traditional operetta) and quan ho (love duets), and even foreign pop. The group gathers twice a week to practice.

Malaysia ship to make regular visits

Chan May Port in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue will welcome 30,000 cruise tourists who will come aboard the Malaysia-flagged Star Cruises on its 25 weekly visits from next month through March 2012.

The five-star vessel will mostly bring passengers from China coming with laissez-passer.

During the period Da Nang and Quang Ninh will also be on Star Cruises' itinerary as it arrives from Hainan Island in China.

Chan May is expected to welcome another 10 to 15 international cruise vessels with 350-400 visitors each under an arrangement with Tan Hong Tourism Co.

SMS campaign promotes Ha Long

The Ministry of Information and Communications has launched a campaign to vote for Ha Long Bay in the New7Wonders of Nature contest by text messaging.

To vote for it, one has to type Halong and send to 147. It costs VND630.

New7Wonders of Nature is an initiative started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll.

More than 440 "wonders" in over 220 countries and territories have been whittled down to 28 finalists. Voting will continue until next month, with the seven new wonders of nature being announced on November 11.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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