ASEAN: Vietnam in World Heritage tourism “Drive” as Thailand “Pull-Out” of convention

the type of culture most guys would want the World Heritage Convention to

  • By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist

Well, what can be said? Against all hopelessness, there are still some voice of sanity left in Thailand. Surakiet, a Thai elite of elite, that was rumored to head up a coup government by the establishment, if a coup do indeed take place, said Thailand’s pull out of the World Heritage Convention, is a bad idea and meant for internal Thai politics-where an election looms in about a week.

Then John Ungpakorn, a very neutral Thai academic, who has very little love for the Pheu Thai Party and Taksin, also twittered that the main beneficiary of the pull out is the political party of the man who pulled Thailand out of the convention. Then a Chulalongkorn, professor, at the university that has very little love for Pheu Thai Party and the Red Shirts, also said it was a bad move, and political motivated.

It is all about the election now-Abhisit of the Democrat Party wants to win the election, at any cost to Thailand-and so the pull out-is to build nationalism-days ahead of Thais going into the election.

Very few Thais realized the real implication, however, that this move signals some significant “Image Shift” about Thailand-in the eyes of the global people.

The following is from a press release, today, by Vietnam:

Culture And Heritage Tour Of Vietnam Is The Best Seller Of The May Month

Luxury Travel ( ) reveals the best selling cultural and heritage tour of Vietnam of the May month.

Luxury Travel announces the best cultural and heritage tour of Vietnam covering the 5 world heritage sites including the newest site Royal Citadel in Hanoi. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on August 1 agreed to recognize Vietnam’s Royal Citadel as a World Heritage.

“We designed and promoted this cultural journey for people keen to experience the diversity of Vietnam but with limited time to spare. We take you to discover the very best of Vietnam has to offer in 11 days. You discover 5 World Heritages listed Sites, the magnificent Halong Bay in Tonkin Gulf, the historical and cultural depth of Hoi An the enigmatic Cham Towers in My Son, and the ancient Capital Hue. This trip starts from colonial Hanoi where travlers discover its tangible and intangible heritage as well as the Royal Citadel, the newest world heritage site and ends in vibrant Saigon – Ho Chi Minh city,” said David Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Company.

The company says travelers are also free to request a helicopter tour, restaurant reservations, meetings with artists, cooking instructors and designers, shopping recommendations, spa reservations, tours with special-interest lecturers, and exclusive access to local activities and cultural events.

“My Mother-in-law and I recently returned from our tour of Vietnam, called ‘Best Cultural and Heritage Tour Vietnam’ 11 days/ 10 nights. We loved having the car, driver and guide and will hopefully repeat this style of travel. We chose the middle grade and were thrilled with our accommodations (mostly 5 star), our guides, the cars, restaurants and the whole tour. We especially enjoyed the ability to stop and take photos, stay longer at museums and move quickly through markets which did not interest us all that much. This was fabulous, compared to traveling on a bus with 25 other people and having our schedule dictated by a ‘drill sergeant’ 🙂 We were a bit concerned about the validity of Luxury Travel, but all hesitancy proved unnecessary. It was a fabulous trip and we could not be more pleased with the way everything was handled. Now that we are spoiled, it will certainly be hard to go back to another style of getting around. Feel free to check in with me if you would like reassurance,” said Chris Cohen from Portland, Oregon.

First luxury tour operator ( ) and full travel service agency based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is excellent in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and sales offices in California, Paris, and Melbourne. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

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One thought on “ASEAN: Vietnam in World Heritage tourism “Drive” as Thailand “Pull-Out” of convention

  1. Yes, Yes it is 😉

    “the type of culture most guys would want the World Heritage Convention to promote…lol”

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