The Thua Thien – Hue Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a project to better manage the xich lo (pedicabs) operating in Hue City.
The trade union is going to be given VND120 million (US$5,700) to improve the pedicab services by training drivers and giving them uniforms and repairing and painting all pedicabs purple.
Pedicab tour prices will be fixed and notified publicly.
But this will only cover pedicab drivers affiliated to the trade union. There are more than 2,000 others who are not members.
The project was launched following many complaints by visitors against pedicabs, including about overcharging.
* Ba Na Hills Resort lures tourists with ‘magic’ nights
The Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort has been hosting nightly entertainment through August entitled Ba Na-Magic Night at Fantasy Park. Besides circus and musical performers, there will be a nightly campfire for tourists. A chef from Karkav, Russia, will also introduce gourmet dishes and host barbecue parties. Vitours began operating a bus route to shuttle tourists to the resort from downtown Da Nang and back between 7am and 6pm daily, at a cost of VND110,000 (US$5.20) for a return ticket.
* Vietravel, Korean Air organize Korean pop music concerts
HCM City-based Vietravel has joined hands with Korean Air to launch a tour to watch a star-studded pop concert in South Korea departing on August 27 and 28.
The six-day tour of Seoul, Everland, and Jeju is priced at VND23.4 million (US$1,100), and will include tickets for shows besides meetings with K-Pop idols SNSD, Wonder Girls, Big Bang, and Super Junior.
Tourists will be taken to Jeju island, Kwan-dokjon and Songsan peaks, Seongeup ethnic village, Jangbang waterfall, and other spots.
VietNamNet/Viet Nam News