The Thai capital is the hottest destination this year for Vietnamese choosing to travel during the Tet holiday.
Traditionally, Tet is a time when Vietnamese people return home
all over the country and the world to join their family for important
Lunar New Year rituals, and to visit relatives and friends as part of
the festival tradition.
However, the long holiday is tempting increasing numbers of Vietnamese citizens to travel within and outside the country.
This year, Bangkok has overtaken many of famous Vietnamese tourist
hotspots like Da Lat, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Singapore came sixth on
the list, while Kuala Lumpur took the ninth position.
putting Vietnam among the kingdom’s top 10 tourism markets, according
to a recent report by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Citizens of ASEAN member nations can travel within the region without
applying for visa and stay as a tourist for a maximum of 30 days.
Bangkok’s high popularity among Vietnamese holiday goers is reflected in
the fact that 30 airlines have direct routes connecting Hanoi and
Saigon with the capital of Thailand.
The Year of the Pig begins on February 5 and the Vietnamese government
has approved a nine-day (February 2-10) break for the holiday.
Rising overseas travel is a result of economic development and an
expanding middle class, said Nguyen Cong Hoan, vice general director of
willing to spend more money on experiencing new destinations,” he said.
According to Mastercard, Vietnam has the second fastest growing outbound
market in the Asia Pacific region after Myanmar, with projected annual
growth of 9.5 percent between 2016 and 2021.
Mastercard has forecast that some 7.5 million Vietnamese travelers will venture outside the country in 2021.