Parade, several activities to celebrate 70th Independence Day

A series of activities will be held nationwide to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19, 1945) and Independence Day of Viet Nam (September 2).

One of the major ceremonies during the celebration will be the incense offerings at President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the Monument of Unknown Heroes on September 1 by top leaders and former leaders to commemorate the heroes who sacrificed their lives for national independence and reunification.



A parade, expected to attract about 30,000 people, will begin at 7am the next day at Ba Dinh Square in Ha Noi, where

Vietnam likely to waive visas for UK, France, Australia and more

The Vietnamese government has green-lighted several proposals, including waiving visas for more nations, to revive the country’s troubled tourist industry.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism have repeatedly called on the government to enact measures to ‘save’ the tourist industry, which has reported declining tourist arrival numbers for 12 months in a row, since May 2014.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved many propositions of the two agencies during a government meeting late last month, bringing about hopes that Vietnam would soon be able to lure back international visitors.
The Ministry

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to open from December 5

According to the management board of Ho Chi Minh Complex, the daily tribute ceremony to President Ho Chi Minh, which allows visitors to enter the mausoleum, will be held again from December 5.



The official announcement was sent to agencies, organizations, people, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners after the temporary closure for periodic maintenance and renovation in 2014. Accordingly, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi will be temporarily closed for maintenance from September 5 to December 5.

During this time visitors will only be able to view the mausoleum from the outside.

Vietnam launches hotline to handle questions, complaints from tourists

Tourists who are lost in Vietnam or frustrated with a poor service can now call a new travel hotline operated by state-owned telecom giant VNPT.
The service, at (08) 1087, was launched on Wednesday, according to a post on the government website.
Tourists calling to the number will receive information of popular destinations, traditions and ongoing events across the country. They will also be connected to travel agents if they want to book tickets for a tour or program.

Hanoi charges new relic admission fees

Authorities in Hanoi have announced new admission fees for the capital’s noted relics and scenic attractions for 2015.

The new rates, issued by the People’s Committee, have been applied since January 1.

Tickets to Temple of Literature; Ngoc Son Temple (located on Hoan Kiem Lake); Hoa Lo Prison;

Hanoi’s antique market sells mementos of yesteryear

Since June 2013, a small alley in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district transforms into an antique market once a week, where people gather to buy and sell antiques and reminisce on the old days.

Fireworks display to mark Hanoi’s 60th Liberation Day

The People’s Committee of Ha Noi has approved 15-minute firework displays at 30 venues on October 10 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day.

As scheduled, high range firework shows, starting from 9pm, will be conducted at five places, including Hoan Kiem lake (Sword Lake), Thong Nhat park in Hai Ba Trung district, West lake in Tay Ho district, Van Quan lake in Ha Dong district, and My Dinh national stadium.

[caption id="attachment_4609" align="aligncenter" width="900"] High range firework shows will be starting from 9pm, 10 October at Returned Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake)[/caption]
Twenty-five low-range firework