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3 Reasons This Country Is Becoming Asia’s New Tourism Hotspot

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Vietnam is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a huge coastline that stretches for an incredible 3,260km, 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 of Thailand, then there is an emerging force for tourism in the region that is ripe for exploration — Vietnam.

woman on famous bridge in Vietnam

According to a Google Destination Insights report, 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 quickly becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations in Southeast Asia.

Here are three reasons why:

Adjusted Visa Requirements

From 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 passport holders from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

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

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

80 additional countries, including the U.S., are currently eligible to enter the country using an e-visa. From August 15, an e-visa will also allow for 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 wider Asian tour.

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Golden bridge lifted by hands in Vietnam

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

Well-Preserved Natural Beauty

Because Vietnam is an emerging tourist destination and doesn’t yet have the same huge footfall that many other Southeast Asian countries experience, much of its natural beauty spots are still incredibly well preserved.

And what a huge range of natural beauty spots they are! To 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 passing through mountains in Vietnam

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

The cities are attracting tourists too. From the captivating old-world charm of Hanoi to the less explored Halong City, Vietnam is becoming Asia’s new tourist hotspot thanks to all these attractions and so many 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 spots for budget travelers.

Po Sah Inu Towers In The Mui Ne Phan Thiet Province, Southern Vietnam, Southeast Asia

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

A Focus On Tourism Growth

The Vietnamese government is focusing on encouraging more tourists to visit and growing their tourism numbers this year.

They originally set a target of attracting 8 million visitors in the rest of 2023, but have predicted the figure will grow to 10 million by the end of the year.

A flat-bottomed boat with tourists aboard floating through Halong Bay in Vietnam

Whether we like it or not, social media trends have a huge influence on our travel choices. And Vietnam is being strongly promoted across social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok right now.

The number of hostels in Vietnam’s largest cities is growing, and according to a spokesman from Fuse Hostels and Travel “We’re seeing in the last three months a substantial uptick in the number of international guests staying in hostels”.

Japanese Covered Bridge, A 16th Century Landmark In Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

The Vietnamese government wants to turn the country into Asia’s new tourism hotspot. And so far, so good. Their plan is working, and now is the perfect time to explore this incredible and beautiful country.

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Sunday 23rd of July 2023

For those who are wondering, several of those pictures were taken at Ba Na Hills. It's worth visiting.