Most Famous Airports

Most Famous Airports

With more than enough museums and attractions, Vietnam's air traffic has been well-documented for years. Multiple pictures of planes, people and just about anything you could imagine happening at a runway have been splashed across the international press- the story has been told repeatedly. Would you like to explore Vietnam's most famous airports and the planes you may encounter there? It can make for a great experience.

Among the most famous airports in Vietnam is the Noi Bai International Airport. It's located in the capital city of Hanoi. Noi Bai international airport is among the country's busiest, handling over 20 million passengers every year. The airport is one of the largest in Southeast Asia; it has two terminals and covers a total area of 3,000 hectares.

Noi Bai International Airport is well-connected to the world, with direct flights to major cities like Bangkok, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo. There is no airport quite like it around the country. Its terminal and the surrounding areas, halls and restaurants are ever packed with colourful characters, tourists, traffic and people milling around.

Next is the Ha Noi International Airport (Hanoi Da Lat Airport). This is among the most famous airports in Asia. It was used as a base for OSS operations during WW II; however, it was not considered important enough to enjoy military defence once the war ended. The name "Da Lat" means deep forest; the airport's runway is surrounded by deep forest.

Next is the Ho Chi Minh Airport-it was the first modern airport to serve Vietnam, opening its doors in 1960. The facility is located in Ho Chi Minh City. Today, Ho Chi Minh Airport boasts of having a large passenger hub; it handles more than 6.6 million passengers every year.

Yet another of Vietnam's famous airports is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Again, this is one of the busiest airports in Vietnam- it handles over 32 million passengers per year. It is also among the country's largest airports, with several terminals and runways. The facility is conveniently connected to the world, with direct flights to cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a major hub for Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, and Jetstar Pacific. It offers direct flights to destinations all over the world. Further, the airport is a hub for domestic and international flights. It has two main terminals- Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and handles millions of passengers each year. The airport was named after the village of Tan Son Nhat- it first opened for business in 1935.

Interestingly, despite its name, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is not located in the town of Tan Son Nhat. Instead, it is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of the city in an area known as Thu Duc. Tan Son Nhat airport underwent a significant expansion in the 1960s; it became a key military base during the Vietnam War. Following the war, the airport was once again expanded and has been continuously upgraded in the subsequent years. Today, Tan Son Nhat Airport features a wide range of shopping and dining options and many other amenities. Whether you're arriving in Vietnam for business or pleasure, Tan Son Nhat International Airport will make a great first impression on any visitor.

Today Tan Son Nhat handles the majority of the country's international traffic. As noted, it is a major hub for Vietnam Airlines, the country's flag carrier. The airport was originally built by the French colonial government in the early 20th century. It was first known as the Saigon-Tan Son Nhat Airport. It was later expanded and renamed by the North Vietnamese government after the country's reunification in 1976. Today, the airport is still undergoing a major expansion; it was scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Vietnam's top airlines include Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines, and Jetstar Pacific. The airlines are full-service carriers; they have a wide range of domestic and international flights. Vietjet is Vietnam's largest airline and one of the fastest-growing in the world. The airline offers domestic and international flights, as well as ancillary services. Vietnam Airlines is the national carrier. It's one of the largest airlines in Southeast Asia. Vietnam Airlines deals with domestic and international travel and ancillary services. Jetstar Pacific is another low-cost carrier of the Jetstar group of airlines.

LaoSafe Takes to the Air

LaoSafe Takes to the Air

Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway have both achieved the 'SafeFlight' certification under the LaoSafe programme, facilitating passenger travel to exciting new destinations.

New flight routes are opening this October that will provide a broader range of options for travellers hoping to visit Laos, as LaoSafe certification of the country's two airlines, Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway, will ensure that passengers can be confident of boarding a flight with high hygiene standards.

Both of Laos' airlines have now been fully certified under the SafeFlight standard, one of a series of health and hygiene certifications under the LaoSafe programme. SafeFlight ensures that cabin crew and flight staff abide by strict hygiene regulations to ensure a clean and comfortable flight for passengers.

"The LaoSafe certification has allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to safe and clean hygiene travel standards for everyone," affirms Mr Sitthideth Douangsiththy, Deputy Director of Lao Airlines.

"Building trust among local and international flyers with the certification on board, our cabin crew follow the LaoSafe hygiene standards, giving passengers the cleanest possible experience," he added.

According to the SafeFlight standards, all airline personnel must follow health and hygiene protocols set in place for maximum cleanliness. This includes undergoing daily temperature screening, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection, wearing masks in the airport and for the duration of the flights, wearing gloves when handling travellers' personal belongings, regularly washing hands, and providing safety amenities to passengers.

Col Siviengthong Konnyvong, CEO of Lao Skyway, spoke of the company's pride at achieving the SafeFlight accreditation.

"Lao Skyway is extremely proud of earning the LaoSafe certification. Tourists can be assured that their travels in Laos abide by the highest hygiene standards," he remarked.

Flights connecting Hanoi, Vietnam, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang will be available in the coming months. Lao Airlines has also increased the frequency of its popular route between Vientiane and Seoul, a firm favourite for Korean tourists, as well as an important transit link for other long-haul travellers. Lao Airlines also offers flights to and from major regional destinations such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap.

Implemented by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, and approved by the Ministry of Health, LaoSafe is a nationwide initiative designed to create a world-class health and hygiene system within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Sector-specific standards have been developed for accommodation, food and beverage, tour guides, and drivers, to raise the benchmark of hygiene provision throughout the country and to build international confidence in Laos as a safe tourist destination.

Lao Skyway flies to ten destinations throughout Laos, including major cities such as Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse, where tourists can find plenty of LaoSafe-certified hotels and restaurants. Flights are also available to and from Oudomxay and Xieng Khouang, two fast-growing provinces that became hotspots among local travellers during the Lao Thiao Lao domestic tourism campaign.

The LaoSafe programme is supported by the Skills for Tourism Project (LAO/029), which is co-financed by the governments of the Lao PDR, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Switzerland, and implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos and LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency.

VinAI AI day returns in 2022

VinAI AI day returns in 2022

VinAI AI Day 2022 with the theme of "Empower the Future" will return on August 26-27 at VinUniversity via Zoom. The event is among Vietnam's largest and most prestigious AI events and has attracted some of the world's greatest AI minds and the tech community.

AI Day is an annual event held by VinAI Artificial Intelligence Application and Research JSC (a member of Vingroup), accompanied and partnered with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Vietnam National Innovation Center, VinFuture Prize, VinUniversity and leading giants in the technology field such as Intel, HPE, AMD, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Google, ASUS, PIXTA and Urbox.

Under the theme "Empower the Future," AI Day 2022 investigates the three themes that matter to the industry: AI for Global Equality, AI for Sustainable Development, and AI for Safety.

"AI for Sustainable Development" is a recent initiative to integrate greater societal and environmental considerations in designing, developing and deploying AI systems. The focus of this panel during AI Day will explore opportunities this new technology presents to improve lives around the world and address the challenges and barriers to its application.

Regarding the "AI for Safety" panel, some of the world's leading and up-and-coming experts on the topic will explore central questions and reveal insights into developing safe and reliable AI systems.

Another discussion bound to attract attention is "AI for Global Equality." The panel will delve into the overarching differences between the world and Vietnam when leading/operating and working in the technology sector, focusing on AI.

Dr Hung Bui, CEO of VinAI, said: "After two successful years held online, AI DAY 2022 returns in both online and offline formats. We are extremely excited to welcome, in person, some of the best and brightest minds in the AI Industry. This is also a great chance for the unique profiles in the Vietnamese AI community to meet and discuss with seniors and colleagues worldwide."

The two-day event will feature keynote presentations from industry leaders, expert panel discussions covering the topics that matter to AI today, casual talks, various hands-on workshops and educational tutorials.

Participants will also be exposed to advanced AI products and features in the exhibition booths of VinAI and prestigious sponsors.

The event will play host to industry-leading experts and cutting-edge researchers and scientists, including:

Prof. Wolfram Burgard - Professor for Robotics and AI, Technical University of Nuremberg

Prof. Alexander J. Smola - Distinguished Scientist / VP, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Prof. William T. Freeman - Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

Prof. Toby Walsh - Laureate Fellow & Scientia professor of AI, UNSW Sydney

Dr Hung Bui - Founding Director & CEO, VinAI

Dr Duong Van Nguyen - Head of ADAS Department, Panasonic Automotive Europe

Prof. Inderjit S. Dhillon - Gottesman Family Centennial Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Texas

Ayush Batra - Regional Technology Enablement Director, Intel.

In addition to leading experts in the industry, leaders and reputable entrepreneurs in the field of Artificial Intelligence will join together to discuss and answer the question: How can we shape the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem to develop humanity to provide a better life for everyone?

Planet Water Foundation Access To Communities

Planet Water Foundation Access To Communities

By the end of the year, the partnership will have provided safe water access to over 10,000 people. Planet Water Foundation, a nonprofit organization that addresses global water poverty by providing clean water access and hygiene education programs, and Hung Yen Knitting & Dyeing Co. Ltd – an Italian leading textile manufacturer operating in Vietnam since 2008 – have completed the deployment of their latest clean water project in Hung Yen Province, Vietnam.

The project took place in Lac Hong Primary School in Văn Lâm, Hung Yen, with volunteers from Hung Yen Knitting and Dyeing Co. Ltd., supporting the Planet Water Foundation team in deploying an AquaTower community water filtration system which will provide the students and surrounding community members with access to clean, safe drinking water for many years to come.

Since the partnership began in 2020, Hung Yen Knitting & Dyeing has supported the deployment of four AquaTower systems. Each AquaTower system produces 1,000 liters of clean, safe drinking water per hour, enough to meet the drinking water requirements of up to 1,800 people, and includes an integrated handwashing station with liquid soap dispensers.

Each project is deployed together with Planet Water's comprehensive hygiene education program to help spread knowledge on healthy hygiene habits, and Planet Water's AquaSan mobile surface disinfection system which helps sanitize the school environment.

"We are honored to contribute back to the communities of the Hung Yen Province" said Ms. Claudia Anselmi, General Manager and Director of Hung Yen Knitting & Dyeing. "Throughout the partnership with Planet Water Foundation, we are proud to see the results that our support has brought to the children in each school we have deployed projects in, giving access to clean and safe drinking water, and making a positive impact to the families and the community surrounding the schools."

Later this year, the two organizations will be deploying two additional AquaTower projects in Hung Yen province, further extending the impact of the partnership.

"We are extremely grateful for the support of Hung Yen Knitting & Dyeing" said Mark Steele, Founder & CEO of Planet Water. "By the end of this year, through our partnership we will have brought access to clean, safe drinking water to up to 10,800 people, and provided hygiene education to over 4,000 students and community members."

Following the deployment of each AquaTower project, the Planet Water team will be conducting sustainability visits over the course of four years to ensure the long-term success of each project.