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Archive for May, 2012

Tops Destinations In Vietnam

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Vietnam is a wonderful country with green rice fields and rich historical and ancient traditions. Tourism is a major industry in Vietnam. It is home to beautiful sea beaches, mountains, traditional villages, historical cities and modern cities. Vietnam tourist destinations will keep your days full.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a World Heritage site of outstanding natural beauty is an essential experience for the Vietnam traveler. It features nearly 2000 islands and islets nesting in the calm emerald green waters of the Tonkin Gulf in the South China Seas.

All of the islands are of limestone and dolomite and they cover and area of 1500 square km. Tours are available to embark on a traditional style wooden junk. A fresh sea food lunch is served on the boat during your cruise. As the tour continues you will then visit the Thien Cung & Dau Go caves. These boast some of the most spectacular tales and characters fossilized into the grotto.


Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with beautiful lakes and pretty yellow stucco buildings. Hoan Kiem Lake is a beautiful and peaceful lake with the 18th century Ngoc Son Temple; this temple can be reached by the Huc Bridge.

Old Quarter is the most popular place in Hanoi with shops selling all types of goods in nearly 40 winding streets. There are also many craft stores, cafes, art galleries and restaurants. Hanoi is one of the popular Vietnam tourist destinations.

Mekong River

Move inland in Vietnam and take a boat tour of the mighty Mekong River. Travel through beautiful lush jungles of Laos and Thailand to see towns and temples along the shores while traveling up river.

Take a side excursion and travel through the local canals to see interesting sights and the local people. It will surely be worth carrying your camera as you won’t want to miss anything.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a natural park situated at the province of Quang Binh and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The popular attractions of this site are the Tien Son Cave and the limestone forest.

Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon is one of the commercial centers of Vietnam and is one of the major Vietnam tourist destinations. The streets are filled with two wheelers and the markets are chaotic. You can visit the colorful Emperor of Jade Pagoda which is a Chinese temple with glided characters and woodcarving of local deities.

Some of the popular tourist spots in Ho Chi Minh City are; the Hotel de Ville, twin towers of Norte Dame Cathedral, War Remnant Museum, Re-Unification Hall and many more.

Tour Operators and Travel Agents

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A Tour Operator is the organizer and provider of package holidays. It is often referred as the Ground Handler. The Tour Company will make contracts with hotels and resorts, airlines and ground transport companies like private cars, buses, vans, ferries and trains & etc. With all the necessary pricing and information compiled, the Tour Operator will draft detailed tour packages and distribute to Travel Agents in Travel Agent Directory in Malaysia and even overseas.

The roles & responsibilities of a Tour Operator are booking and arranging:

– Transportation: Chaffered Car, Chartered Bus & Van, Air Ticket, Train Ticket, Ferry Ticket, Cruise Ticket, other transit modes and even special vehicles like trishaw.
– Tour Guide: All Tour Guides must be licensed by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia after attending and examined in a professional Tourist Guide Courses.
– Sight Seeing: Entrance for tourist destinations, eco-tour, adventures tour, jungle trekking, snorkeling & scuba diving, island hopping and even handicraft or cultural & living experiences.
– Food & Beverage: Breakfast, Tea Time or Tea Break, Lunch & Dinner, whether by set, buffet or packed food.
– Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts, Service Apartments, Camping Sites, Dormitories, Training Camps, Chalets, Tree Houses or traditional houses & habitats that accommodating travelers.
– Activities: Tele-match, treasure hunt, paint ball, team building, outside office meeting…
– Special Events: Company dinner, karaoke contest.

On the other hand, Travel Agents do not operate tours. Travel agencies gives traveling advices to travelers, promote and sell the tour packages that they have from various Tour Operators, then administer the tour bookings. Travel Agents usually are set up in prime locations with heavy traffic such as beside the main roads, inside crowed shopping malls or at the ground floor of a landmark building.

The roles & responsibilities of a Travel Agent are:

– Selling ells travel related products and services, particularly package tours to end-user customers on behalf of third party travel suppliers, such as airlines, hotels, tour operator and tour companies, and cruise lines & etc.
– Most travel agents have a special department devoted to travel arrangements for business travelers, while some agencies specialize in commercial and business travelers.
– Some also serve as general service agents for foreign travel companies in different countries.
– Act as an agent for tour packages:
– Buy tour packages or tour services at discounts & sell with profits.
– Get commissions from suppliers & other tour companies.
– Act as a ticketing agent for transportation (e.g. airlines, ferry, bus, train & etc).
– Other commercial operations are undertaken: insurance, travel guides, car rental, Bureau de change, private tour guide & etc.
– Offer impartial travel advice to the customer.

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