Blog archive
RSS

Blog

3 Vietnamese cities named among the most visited in the world

 

3 Vietnamese cities named among the most visited in the worldTourists walk on Bui Vien Street in a popular backpacker precinct in Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Ha Long all made it into the world's top 100 for international arrivals.
Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked 36th on a list of the 100 leading cities in the world in terms of international tourist arrivals.

The list, compiled by global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International, also placed Hanoi in 52nd and the northern city of Ha Long in 56th.

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive 5.5 million foreign visitors this year, up 5.8 percent from last year. Hanoi will welcome an estimated 4.3 million visitors, while Ha Long is expected to receive 4 million arrivals, respective increases of 7.5 percent and 14.3 percent.

The Telegraph recently recommended Hanoi as an amazing food destination, while Ho Chi Minh City has cracked various lists of top destinations for solo and retiree travelers, including being named by priceoftravel.com as one of the cheapest cities for backpackers. Both cities were named among the world's fastest growing destinations by MasterCard last year.

According to the report, Hong Kong was the most visited city in the world with 26.6 million arrivals in 2016, benefiting from its strategic location and relationship with China, followed by Bangkok, which overtook London in 2015.

Asian cities dominated the global destination rankings thanks to the inexorable rise of Chinese outbound tourism, said Euromonitor International.

In 2010, 34 cities from Asia Pacific made it onto the list. That figure has jumped to 41 cities on the latest ranking and is expected to grow to 47 cities in 2025. Asia Pacific is the standout region that has driven change in the travel landscape and is expected to continue doing so in the coming decade, with Singapore overtaking London as the third most visited city in the world by 2025 to make the podium fully Asian, said Euromonitor International.

Source: VnExpress

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week

Check out some of the most stunning Instagram photos hashtagged #vietnam and #everydayvietnam.

Upside down

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Dusting

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Outer Space

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Not belong here," the caption reads. Photo taken in Hanoi.

Peace & Chaos

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Man sweeps the floor of Ong Bong temple as the incenses are burning," the caption reads. Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

On the school bus

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Hanoi.

A day at the Opera

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi in a nutshell

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Shaving

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

A sidewalk barber stall in Hanoi.

Boarding school

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Lung Pu, Ha Giang.

Incense Tradition

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Incense sticks dry outdoors under the sunlight at a traditional handcraft village located in Tay Ninh province," the caption reads.

Source: VnExpress

40 dead, 22 missing as downpours, flash floods pound northern, central Vietnam

rain storms of vietnamHundreds of search and rescue officers are looking for victims buried by a landslide that collapsed seven houses early morning on October 12 in Hoa Binh Province. Photo by VnExpress

The death toll continues to mount as heavy rains leave a trail of destruction. 

Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in northern and central Vietnam over the past two days, leaving 40 dead and 22 missing and causing havoc in many provinces.

A landslide in the early hours on Thursday in Hoa Binh Province has collapsed seven houses, burying 18 people. So far, three people have been rescued and eight are confirmed dead.

The incident has increased Hoa Binh's death toll to 15, the highest among all provinces. Nghe An and Thanh Hoa have reported eight deaths.

Five deaths have been reported in Son La Province, while three people are missing and hundreds of houses and many hectares of crops have been destroyed.

In Yen Bai Province, four people were killed and 11 people are missing, including a Vietnam News Agency reporter who was swept away when a bridge connecting Highway 32 in Nghia Lo Commune collapsed.

The floods are the result of a tropical depression that is sweeping through northern and central provinces.

Vietnam has already suffered destructive stormy weather this year. Floods in northern Vietnam killed at least 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes in August before Typhoon Doksuri, the strongest to hit the country in years, killed at least eight people in the central region last month.

Last year, tropical storms and flooding killed 264 people in Vietnam and caused damage worth VND40 trillion ($1.75 billion), nearly five times more than in 2015.

Source: VnExpress

Ha Long Bay airport set to open next spring

Ha Long Bay draws tourists with a magnificent scene of more than 1,500 limestone karst islands popping up from turquoise watersHa Long Bay draws tourists with a magnificent scene of more than 1,500 limestone karst islands popping up from turquoise waters

The airport lies 31 miles from the famous bay and is designed to receive two million arrivals a year.
If you’ve always fancied a trip to Ha Long Bay but are not a fan of road travel, a new option is floating in the distance.

Local officials have announced that an international airport near the bay will be opened at the end of March next year, according to a Hanoi Moi report.

The airport, also the first private facility in Vietnam, will land on Van Don Island around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the famous bay.

Official details are not yet available, but the $330 million project is designed to receive two million arrivals a year by 2020, and there are plans to expand the capacity to five million by 2030.

Vietnam’s government approved the project in 2014. A group of South Korean investors was originally assigned to build the airport, but after an early exit in 2015, local real estate conglomerate Sun Group took over.

Another Vietnamese company is also developing a $2 billion casino complex on the island.

Ha Long Bay was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.

Visitor numbers rose 23 percent on-year from January-March to 944,000, including more than 800,000 foreigners, according to official figures.

The bay was used to film the recent Hollywood blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island", and has ben raved about by many travel bloggers.

---Source: Vnexpres---