Planned rail tours in Vietnam are expected to offer passengers a new travel option. Representatives from 18 tourism firms in Ho Chi Minh City recently took a five-day train tour to four destinations, including Binh Thuan, Nha Trang, Phu Yen, and Binh Dinh. The tour, organized by the Saigon Railway Co. and the Ho Chi Minh City Travel Association, is the first step toward a full rail tour service, to be provided in the near future. Rail passengers need not worry about luggage size, and rail cars for tourism are upgraded with improved toilet areas and more space to move around thanks to a lower seating capacity, while well-trained wait-staff serve a good menu which changes daily. 

Helicopter tours will soon be available for tourists to enjoy an aerial view of the World Cultural Heritage of My Son Sanctuary in the central province of Quang Nam, a local official said. Preparations for the airborne services, launched by the Vietnam Travel Mart Company, have been completed outside the Khe The spring in the heritage’s complex, said Phan Ho, Head of the management board of the My Son tourism and heritage site. Service aircraft departing from the central city of Da Nang will fly around the area to give tourists a look at the mystery and unique architecture of Cham temples lying in the middle of the forest.

The midday sun throws a playful light on the black, red, yellow and orange motorcycles parked outside the Coffee Corner, a café at City Mall in Thimphu. The machines sparkle and shine under the glittering light. It is Sunday. The day is hot. One by one, different models of the Royal Enfield motorcycles arrive to be parked outside the café. A black classic, vintage-inspired, is the last motorcycle to arrive. Wearing a black sweatshirt, black leather pants and heavy boots, with a red bandanna over his head, Kelly Dorji takes off his helmet and gets off the motorcycle. The other riders who are waiting for the rest of the team members greet him. These bikers are the members of the Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club, a charity club formed seven years ago by a group of childhood friends.

With a little heart and software knowhow, a group of Vietnamese and one Singaporean designed an app that lets travellers plan, manage and share holidays. Nguyen Trang reports. A free software working online and app has been launched to help tourists coming to Asia to find necessary information easily. ‘Justgola' has been designed by three Vietnamese, Huynh Tung, Huynh Phung Huynh, Phan Hoang Yen, and a Singaporean named Rich Goh Mong Siow, all living and working in Singapore. "Justgola" aims to fix problems in promoting tourism. It also helps users to plan, manage and share holidays easily.

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