Next Week: The Culture, Sports and Tourism Department of central Khanh Hoa Province has banned local travel agencies letting foreign visitors hire motorbikes without driving licences. The move came after the National Administration of Tourism requested all tourism departments nation-wide to seriously follow regulations when hiring motorbikes to foreigners. It said this was an attempt to ensure the safety of foreign visitors travelling in Viet Nam where the traffic often seemed out of control. Under the regulations, all foreigners unable to get driving licences for the first three months of their stay can use licences issued in their countries or international driving licences. What do you think about the crackdown? Would it discourage you from visiting many of the nation's distant attractions? Does the move conflict with policies promoting national tourism? If Viet Nam allows foreign visitors to drive motorbikes without licences, do you think this is discriminatory in any way … [Read more...] about Readers agree Viet Nam’s visa system is too expensive
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Last week we asked our readers about their favourite beach destinations in Viet Nam and what they think the country can do to better promote its beaches among international tourists. Following are some of the responses. Patrick Moran, British, HCM City Next week: Online games are making profits of US$80 million per year in Viet Nam, much of it from games that can upset the mental outlook of players. Many of the more than 10 million Vietnamese online players are obsessed with the games. This has led to controversial steps to ban games considered too violent or graphic. Twenty-six- year-old Dang Tuan Dung from Ha Noi's Gia Lam District, who is alleged to be seriously obsessed by a cruel online game, is now awaiting trial on a charge of killing his aunt. He is also accused of having a detailed plan to kill all his family members. His defenders say all this is due to his obsession with the game which Dung spent several hours a day playing. They claim he imitated the steps outlined … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s pristine beaches, friendly service hard to beat
Viet Nam remains among the countries most vulnerable to internet attacks, with 40 per cent of websites containing security loopholes. Viet Nam remains among the countries most vulnerable to internet attacks, with 40 per cent of websites containing security loopholes, according to the country's top internet security firm, BKAV. The research, carried out from October 2013 to February 2014 by BKAV's WebScan machines, checked website security in more than 25 countries. According to BKAV, while 40 per cent of websites in Viet Nam have security loopholes, the figure in Asian countries is 36 per cent, European countries is 15 per cent, while American and African countries are at 5 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. Of note, the firm named several types of popular security loopholes, including XXS, SQL, Injection, and Directory Listings. "This is the main cause of leaking information from personal credit cards, as well as corporate internal data," said Ngo Tuan Anh, the deputy … [Read more...] about Viet Nam websites vulnerable to attack
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Viet Nam cuts visa fees. What do you think about that? Visa fees for foreign passport holders and overseas Vietnamese will be lowered by half in an effort to encourage visitors amid recent revenue struggles. Starting November 23, 2015 the single-entry visa will cost US$25 instead of the current $45, whereas the fee for multiple-entry visas with validity of less than three months will go down from $95 to $50. For tourists who enter Viet Nam and continue travelling to Laos and Cambodia, then come back to Viet Nam to return to their home countries within a month, the visa fee is $5 instead of $45 as currently charged. Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam? Do you think it's also good news for investors, at least in terms of travelling? Besides lowering visa fees, what should the country do to have more foreign … [Read more...] about Do you think the visa reduction will encourage tourists to come to Viet Nam?
Dang Tuyet Dung, Visa’s new Viet Nam and Laos Country manager. VNS Photo Visa has announced the appointment of Dang Tuyet Dung as Viet Nam and Laos country manager. Dung, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and retail banking, has held senior executive positions at multinational and major Vietnamese banks. She joins Visa from Maritime Bank where she was deputy CEO and CEO of retail banking since 2014. She said: “I am delighted to be joining Visa and leading our operations across Viet Nam and Laos. I am looking forward to working with our talented team to deepen partnerships with our clients across the region. By working together to grow the adoption of electronic payments, I know we’re going to be able to make a significant difference to the lives of consumers, businesses and the broader economy.” Before Maritime Bank, she was at Techcombank and Citibank in Viet Nam in a variety of roles. She replaces Sean Preston, who has relocated to the … [Read more...] about Visa appoints new chief for Viet Nam, Laos