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3 Reasons Why This Country Is Becoming Asia’s New Tourist Hotspot


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Vietnam is famous for its stunningly beautiful landscape, a huge coastline that stretches for an incredible 3,260 km, and energetic cities.

When people think of traveling to Southeast Asia, Thailand is one of the first destinations that comes to mind.

But if you want to avoid the crowds in Thailand, then there’s an emerging force for tourism in the region that’s ripe for you to explore: Vietnam.

woman on the famous bridge in vietnam

According to a report by Google Destination Insights, between March and June, Vietnam was the seventh most searched destination in the world and the only country in Southeast Asia to make the top 20 list.

Vietnam is fast becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations in Southeast Asia.

Here are three reasons why:

adjusted visa requirements

Starting August 15, visiting Vietnam will be easier than ever for citizens of many countries.

the vietnamese government has extended visa-free access to the country from 15 days to 45 days for holders of passports from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

the East Gate (Hien Nhon Gate) to the Citadel in Vietnam

The duration of electronic visas to enter the country has also been extended from 30 days to 3 months.

Currently, an additional 80 countries, including the US, are eligible to enter the country with an e-Visa. Starting August 15, an e-Visa will also allow multiple entries into Vietnam, rather than the current system of each e-Visa only being eligible for a single entry.

This will allow you to come and go as you please, traveling to and from Vietnam as part of a larger Asian tour.

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Hand raised golden bridge in Vietnam

If you need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam, don’t let this discourage you. The visa application is easy, straightforward and affordable.

Well preserved natural beauty

With Vietnam being an emerging tourist destination and not yet experiencing the same mass influx that many other Southeast Asian countries experience, much of its natural beauty spots are still incredibly well preserved.

And what a variety of places of natural beauty they are! In the north of the country, you can explore a rugged mountainous region. In central and southern Vietnam, you will find incredibly beautiful beaches.

A train going through mountains in Vietnam

The countryside is lush and green. And the Vietnamese government has managed to beautifully preserve its cultural heritage sites.

Cities also attract tourists. From the captivating old-world charm of Hanoi to the less-explored city of Halong, Vietnam is becoming Asia’s new tourist destination thanks to all these attractions and more.

For those on a tight budget, money should be a consideration when exploring the popularity of Vietnam. Southeast Asia is an affordable destination in general. Both Thailand and Vietnam are cheap places for budget travelers.

Po Sah Inu Towers in Mui Ne Phan Thiet Province, South Vietnam, Southeast Asia

But Vietnam is considered one of the best economic options in the region. Accommodation, food and transportation are cheaper in Vietnam than in Thailand, especially if you are traveling to rural parts of the country.

A focus on tourism growth

The Vietnamese government is focusing on encouraging more tourists to visit and increasing its number of tourists this year.

They originally set a goal of attracting 8 million visitors in the remainder of 2023, but forecast that number to rise to 10 million by the end of the year.

A flat bottomed boat with tourists on board floating through Halong Bay in Vietnam

Like it or not, social media trends have a huge influence on our travel choices. And Vietnam is promoting itself heavily on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok right now.

The number of hostels in Vietnam’s largest cities is growing and according to a spokesperson for Fuse Hostels and Travel, « We are seeing a substantial increase in the number of international guests staying in hostels over the last three months. »

Japanese Covered Bridge, a 16th century landmark in Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

The Vietnamese government wants to make the country the new tourist hotspot of Asia. And so far, very good. Your plan is working and now is the perfect time to explore this amazingly beautiful country.

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