Vietnam nightmare

More than 250 Hongkongers have cut short their Lunar New Year holidays in Vietnam after the travel agency handling the tours in the Southeast Asian nation is alleged to have closed down.

But Hong Kong-based Guang Dong Travel, which organized the six-day tour groups, will reimburse each of the 256 travelers who went on the tours the HK$2,200 that they paid.

The Hong Kong holidaymakers, in seven separate groups, left Shenzhen to stay for one day in Guangxi before traveling by bus to Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Five tour groups were able to tour on their first day in Vietnam.

But two in Hanoi with 80 tourists and another two in Halong Bay with 70 holidaymakers could only stay at the hotels as the proprietor of the Vietnamese travel agent did not show up.

Though they have not completed their travel itinerary, the Hong Kong tour agency arranged for them to return to Guangxi yesterday and today.

The fifth group of 37 members was able to complete the Vietnam tour but were stranded at the Vietnam-mainland border for four hours as they returned to Guangxi yesterday. They too will be eligible for a full refund. Two other groups comprising 69 members were expected to return to Hong Kong yesterday. They did not enter Vietnam following the debacle with the Vietnamese travel agency.

Guang Dong Travel general manager Chow Wing-hung said the documents that needed to be submitted to the Vietnamese customs were still in the hands of the local travel agency. The group of

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