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Some S’poreans going ahead with Vietnam travel plans

Some Singaporeans are still going ahead with their plans to travel to Vietnam, despite the ongoing violent anti-China protests in parts of Ho Chi Minh City.

SINGAPORE: Some Singaporeans are still going ahead with their plans to travel to Vietnam, despite the ongoing violent anti-China protests in parts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Chan Brothers Travel said it has "numerous groups" departing for Ho Chi Minh City from now till the end of the month.

It said it has not received any request for cancellation, and none of its customers has called to express concern.

The travel agency said protest hotspots are not within its itinerary.

Dynasty Travel, meanwhile, has about 250 travellers due to depart between now and the end of June.

It said some customers are worried about the situation.

Dynasty Travel currently has 15 customers in Vietnam, most of whom are in Ho Chi Minh City.

The agency is helping to facilitate travel back by the end of the week.

For those who have not departed Singapore, it is advising them to postpone their trips or switch to another destination.

Alicia Seah, marketing communications director of Dynasty Travel, said: "We are hopeful that the situation will be controlled soon before the school holidays in June, as there will be more travellers into this city for this period.

“But if the situation does not improve, we foresee that the airlines will allow travellers to postpone or divert to other cities that they fly to and we will mitigate with the hotels to waive surcharges, if any."

At the moment, however, it is business as usual for carriers.

Singapore Airlines, one of five carriers that fly direct from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh city, said flights are operating "as per normal."

Budget carrier Tiger Airways said there are no plans to cancel flights to Vietnam as there has not been any change in demand.

Both airlines are monitoring the situation closely. 

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