From the end of this september, a free tourist tour will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, to visit famous local attractions to learn about the history, culture, people, and cuisine of the country. This non-profit initiative hold by Vietravel Company is gaining to promote Vietnam’s image to foreign visitors in particular for those who want to experience the attractions but do not know how to get into it. All international visitors and overseas Vietnamese can participate in the tour at no cost. A local guide accompanies each walking tour for 2-3 hours, depending on the destination.
In Hanoi, the visit: “When the Old Quarter lights up” propose to visit few destinations such as the Hanoi Opera House, The Huc Bridge, Writing Pad, Ba Kieu Temple, the President Ho Chi Minh Memorial House, Ly Thai To Flower Garden, Ngoc Son Temple, and Pen Tower.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the tour entitled: “the Pearl of the Far East” propose a visit including the city’s Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market.
A new pedestrian book street will also be open on Nguyen Dong Chi Street in District 7 in October, offering activities promoting reading culture. It will be the second pedestrian book street in Ho Chi Minh City with Nguyen Van Binh Street downtown in District 1. This initiative will be expanded shortly to other localities, such as Nha Trang, Dalat, Quy Nhon, Vinh, Ca Mau, Phu Quoc and Rach Gia.