Hanoi named among top five Asia-Pacific’s culinary gems for travellers

Saturday, 19/08/2023 22:45
According to the Voice of Vietnam, Travel website Booking.com has named Hanoi among the top five culinary gems in the Asia-Pacific region for a richer travel experience.
Delicious and eye catching food of Tam Vi restaurant (Photo: foody.vn) 

According to the website, from an exceptional culinary journey at the nation’s various Michelin star restaurants to the hidden hole-in-the-wall joints of Japan, travelers can embark on a mouthwatering adventure that is sure to leave their taste buds dancing with delight.

Booking.com stressed that Hanoi boasts Michelin Star restaurants Gia, Hibana by Koki, and Tam Vi.

At Gia, chef Sam Tran creates a rotating, seasonal contemporary Vietnamese menu, whilst Hibana by Koki serves Japanese cuisine at an intimate 14-seat counter which has ingredients flown in twice a week from Japan, while Tam Vi focuses on northern Vietnamese dishes such as ham with snails and crab soup with Malabar spinach.

“These eateries which were awarded the prestigious Michelin star in June 2023 serve beautifully crafted dishes and exceptional culinary experiences that are worth stopping by on a trip to Vietnam,” the website noted.

It also recommended that holiday goers enjoy a stay at Capella Hanoi which is located close to the famous Hoan Kiem lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Indeed, guests can visit several popular tourist attractions near their accommodation such as Hanoi Opera House, Trang Tien Plaza, and Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

Rounding off the list is Seoul of the Republic of Korea, Tokyo of Japan, Singapore, and finally Kaohsiung of Taiwan (China).

Five Vietnamese airports launch automatic entry systems

The police at five Vietnamese international airports - Da Nang, Noi Bai, Cam Ranh, Tan Son Nhat, and Phu Quoc - have officially put their automatic entry system (Autogate) into operation, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Autogate has been installed at Noi Bai International Airport (Photo: Vietnamnet) 

The Autogate application will contribute to speeding up immigration procedures, reduce the number of personnel serving at security desks at airports, whilst simultaneously enhancing security measures.

The changes will see the systems installed in the departure and arrival areas.

In the initial phase of operation, Autogate will be applied to Vietnamese citizens with valid passports.

The system will be accessible to all Vietnamese citizens holding chip-based passports upon arrival. Passengers without such passports will be guided to register at the airport, a process which takes around four minutes and involves passport and fingerprint scanning, as well as biometric and facial recognition.

As such, travelers only need to register for a permit once for all subsequent entry and exit occasions as long as the passport remains valid.

For departures, the system is available only for Vietnamese citizens who hold diplomatic and official passports, along with those possessing APEC business travel cards, and with cabin crew members.

The Autogate area comprises two layers. In the first layer, passengers scan their passports and boarding passes. After they successfully scan, face recognition and fingerprint scanning will follow, thereby eliminating the need for customs officers to stamp the passport.

The Autogate has not yet been applied to foreign passengers upon their arrival, but their departure if they possess valid residence cards or temporary residence cards issued by authorised agencies of Vietnam.

Vietjet conducts first direct flight linking Thua Thien-Hue with Taiwan

Vietjet has welcomed the first direct flight connecting the central province of Thua Thien-Hue with Taipei of Taiwan (China), transporting the first Taiwanese passengers to the new terminal of Phu Bai airport, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Vietjet's first direct flight between Thua Thien-Hue and Taiwan is a chartered one using modern aircraft. (Photo: Vietjet) 

The first flight of the route is a chartered one using Vietjet’s modern aircraft.

The airline has been the first operator of two direct routes linking the new terminal of Phu Bai airport with Kunming (China) and Seoul (the Republic of Korea).

Taipei is known as an "urban paradise" with tourist attractions, museums, galleries, and busy shopping streets. Meanwhile, Hue Ancient Capital, the city of festivals and UNESCO cultural heritages, in Thua Thien-Hue province is a favourite destination of many domestic and foreign travellers. From Hue, visitors can also easily visit heritage destinations in the central region and across Vietnam.

Photo for illustration (Source: https://vneconomy.vn) 

With new international routes to Hue, Vietjet looks to help create more tours to attract international visitors, thus contributing to the development of the local economy and tourism on par with the potential and position of an ancient capital rich of heritage values like Hue.

The flights are expected to not only bring international tourists to Vietnam and promote the image of a friendly and hospitable country to friends around the world but also carry Vietnamese tourists to global famous destinations.

The new-age carrier Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline has been awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com and listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in many consecutive years. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organisations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others./.

Top swimmer to carry Vietnam’s national flag at Asian Games

According to Vietnam News Agency, top swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang will be Vietnam's flag bearer at the 19th Asian Games opening ceremony next month in China.

Nguyen Huy Hoang has been chosen to carry the Vietnamese flag at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games next month in China. (Photo: VNA) 

The Sports Authority of Vietnam has chosen the region's top swimmer to take the honour as he was one of the best athletes of Vietnam last year, winning three golds and one silver at the 32nd SEA Games in May in Cambodia.

It is not the first time that Hoang has carried the flag. He did the job at the Phnom Penh Games and the 31st SEA Games on home soil last year.

Hoang is on a long training course in Hungary in preparation for the Games. He will return home early next month and join the delegation heading to China on September 20.

Hoang will compete in the men's 1,500m event, where he won a silver at the previous Games in Jakarta in 2018.

This year, as his number one rival Sun Yang of the host nation cannot compete because of a doping ban, Hoang is expected to top the podium.

Currently, Vietnamese officials have taken 30 samples for doping tests while all athletes have completed their mandatory certificates of doping by WADA.

Among the 31 teams that will compete in the Games, many are in their intensive training courses locally and internationally.

The final list of the Vietnam delegation will be announced later this month. They will target up to five gold medals./.

Compiled by BTA