Number of Vietnamese tourists to Singapore is surging

Wednesday, 16/08/2023 21:30
The number of Vietnamese tourists to Singapore is surging following the COVID-19 pandemic, with Vietnam remaining an important source of tourists to the country, the Voice of Vietnam reported Melissa Ow, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Number of Vietnamese tourists to Singapore is surging (Source: VOV) 

Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Vietnamese travelers to Singapore enjoyed steady growth of 13% annually, with this highlighting the strong growth of the market.

In the first seven months of the year over 280,000 Vietnamese tourists visited the island nation, marking a strong increase of 123% compared to the same period from last year.

Vietnam Airlines also reported that during the January to July period the number of passengers on the Vietnam-Singapore route increased by 2.4 times on-year.

At a memorandum of co-operation signing ceremony held between Vietnam Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board on August 15, Ow noted that Vietnamese tourists to Singapore ranked ninth among the international arrivals in the country, with high hopes that the Singaporean side can lure more travelers in the future.

The signing of the latest MoU between the two sides will contribute to developing new tourism products for Vietnamese visitors to experience, thereby heightening co-operation and creating favourable conditions for both sides to attract more tourists, she added.

Flying with Vietjet's VND0 tickets on National Day holidays

According to Vietnam News Agency, Welcoming the National Day (September 2) and expressing the gratitude to all passengers, Vietjet is offering 2 million tickets from only VND0 on seven golden days from August 16 to August 22.

Flying with Vietjet's VND0 tickets on National Day holidays (Photo: Vietjet) 

This promotion applies to all Vietjet’s domestic and international flights across Vietnam and internationally to Australia, India, Kazakhstan, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China) and Southeast Asia, from September 6, 2023 to March 31, 2024.

This August, Vietjet has just launched two new routes connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Jakarta (Indonesia) and Kochi (India), and increased the frequency on the Hanoi - Bangkok (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City - Brisbane (Australia), Ho Chi Minh City - Tokyo (Japan), Da Nang - Hong Kong, Phu Quoc - Hong Kong (China) routes, enabling passengers to freely choose interesting destinations for the upcoming holiday.

Vietjet also offer free Sky Care travel insurance that provides comprehensive protection from medical expenses to issues related to flight.

Vietjet is pleased to accompany passengers on an inspiring journey with modern, environmentally friendly aircraft, the professional and dedicated services by flight crews with a variety of fresh organic and hot meals.

The new-age carrier Vietjet has not only revolutionized the aviation industry in Vietnam but also been a pioneering airline across the region and around the world.

With a focus on cost management ability, effective operations, and performance, applying the latest technology to all activities and leading the trend, Vietjet offers flying opportunities with cost-saving and flexible fares as well as diversified services to meet customers’ demands.

Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.

As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline has been awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website and listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in many consecutive years.

The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others.

Lonely Planet reveals best time to visit Vietnam

World-renowned travel guide Lonely Planet has published an article revealing the best time to visit Vietnam, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Lonely Planet reveals best time to visit Vietnam 

According to the magazine, the hot and sticky high season which lasts from July to August is the busiest time of year to visit the country, coinciding with favourable beach weather that can be enjoyed on the central coast.

Lonely Planet noted that the rest of the country is warm and humid, whilst sunny days are punctuated by spectacular summer monsoon downpours and even the odd typhoon on the coast.

“This is a poor time of year for visiting the north, as trekking trails turn into quagmires, and Hanoi and Ha Long Bay are drenched by heavy showers,” the travel guide added.

The magazine shared that December to March is typically the best season to visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the winter tends to be drier and cooler compared to the sticky summer, whilst the weather can be downright chilly in the north, particularly at higher elevations.

This is the perfect time to explore the nation’s characterful northern and southern cities, with manageable temperatures and low humidity which tend to the sting out of exploring Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on foot for foreign guests, Lonely Planet suggested.


The transition periods from April to June and from September to November are therefore good times to avoid crowds at popular sights and save money to explore the whole country, particularly as the weather is not notably awful anywhere.

It also added that there are some good festivals to be enjoyed, including the Hue Festival, the Nha Trang Sea Festival, Buddha's Birthday Celebration, the Danang Fireworks Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the Khmer Ok Om Bok Festival.

HCM City aims to attract more foreign tourists

Ho Chi Minh City led the nation in terms of revenue from tourism in the first half of 2023, with 80.8 trillion VND (3.39 billion USD).

HCM City People’s Committee recently issues a plan for the development of waterway tourism products in the 2023-2025 period with an aim to attract more tourists (Photo: 

According to Vietnam News Agency, the figure represents a year-on-year rise of 62.7%, and is equivalent to 50.5% of the yearly target.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, in the January-June period, the country's biggest metropolis served over 1.9 million foreign tourists, up 306% year-on-year, but equal to only 38.8% of the yearly target.

The city is organising a wide range of activities, with an aim to attract more tourists, especially foreigners, to increase the revenue.

Foreign tourists take a tour around HCM City (Photo: VNA) 

Notably, in early August, a river festival was held in the city for the first time, with a series of cultural and entertainment activities related to its waterways for locals and tourists.

The three-day festival aimed at preserving and promoting the city’s culture and history, and make use of its waterways to boost the economy and tourism in order to build the city’s brand as a culturally rich riverside urban area.

Recently, the municipal People’s Committee also issued a plan for the development of waterway tourism products in the 2023-2025 period. By 2025, it aims to develop at least 10 waterway tours and waterway tour programmes linking seaports and river routes.

The number of international cruise ship tourists arriving in the city will be 100,000 in 2023 and 2024, and rise 12-15% in the following years.

In the 2023-24 period, the city’s cruise industry is expected to hit 500 billion VND (21 million USD) per year in revenue, and increase by 12% in the following years./.