Việt Nam popular with foreign visitors to SE Asia

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

Vietnam has been becoming a popular destination with foreign tourists nowadays. You can be surprised by the numbers of foreign visitors in Vietnam during the first 5 months  I have estimated below. 

More than 7.3 million foreigners visited Việt Nam in the first five months of this year, a rise of 10.6 percent year-on-year, announced the municipal Department of Tourism. 

Travellers are walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

With the biggest figure of Chinese travellers was approximately 2.1 million, followed by South Korea, the second biggest market which recorded around 22 percent in total international travellers, increases to nearly 1.7 million

Korean Travellers are visiting Coconut Village in Hoian

On the other hand, the number of tourists from the European market grew by six percent compared with last year.


Tourism officials have attributed the increase in numbers to international tourists spending their summer breaks during Việt Nam's festival season, marked by many cultural events organised across the country.

The festival in Thai Vi Temple - Ninh Binh

Many travel agencies have said that Vietnam should further relax its visa policies and simplify procedures to attract high-spending tourists from Japan, North America, Northern Europe, China and South Korea.


They have called for the current 15-day visa exemption to be extended to 30 days.

Of the figure, there are nearly 5.6 million domestic visitors and 1.88 million foreign tourists, up 9 and 15.5 percent over the previous year, respectively.


The city’s tourism sector is projected to earn over 26.95 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in the period, representing a year-on-year surge of 32 percent.


The city’s key attractions such as Tan Da Spa Resort, Thien Son - Suoi Nga ecotourism site, Duong Lam ancient village and the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology, also saw a surge in visitors in the reviewed period.

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More than 7.3 million foreigners visited Việt Nam in the first five months of this year, attesting to the country’s rising popularity as a tourism destination.

Thien Son Suoi Nga - Ba Vi 

In March alone, the capital city is estimated to welcome more than 2.64 million visitors, a rise of 12 percent year-on-year, while raking in over 10.12 billion VND (436,220 USD) from tourism, jumping 37 percent above the same period last year.


According to statistics, Ha Noi is home to nearly 3,500 accommodation establishments, with about 560 of those receiving star ratings.


The average occupancy rate in the city’s hotels is likely to hit about 74.9 percent in the first quarter of the year. Meanwhile, the figure in March is expected to stand at 76.6 percent, recording an increase of 9.48 percent year-on-year but a slight decrease of 1.6 percent compared to that in the previous month.

Sources: From VN Express International 

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