Vietnam listed among leading budget destinations

Friday, 30/09/2022 16:11
Vietnam has been listed among the world's top five budget destinations by The Travel, a travel magazine of Canada.
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International tourists visit the Temple of Literature (Photo: VNA) 

The Travel’s article notes that if visitors are up for a true adventure, then Vietnam is the destination for them, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

“Due to its long stretch of land across the South China Sea, Vietnam offers up fun bustling cities, pristine green landscapes, and even surfer-vibe beach towns,” says the magazine.

It suggests that tourists enjoy a stroll down the lantern-lined streets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An, with guests able to purchase custom-made outfits for just under US$30.

The Travel also recommends that visitors go and explore Ha Long Bay, one of the world's natural wonders. Indeed, for just a little bit of money, travelers can sleep overnight on a boat on the bay itself for US$125, including round-trip transportation both to and from Hanoi, with all meals included.

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Foreign tourists visit Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) 

“If you spend time directly in Hanoi, you'll be rewarded with meals such as fresh Banh mi, bun cha, and pho for breakfast (a lesson that should be taken by the rest of the world), all for less than US$2 a pop,” The Travel revealed.

It added that visitors should not miss out on the chance to sample the famous Vietnamese egg coffee or treat themselves to a spa or a salon in Hanoi which offers gel manicures for only US$4.

For those who are keen to join the chaotic lifestyle of local people, then The Travel suggests that they rent a motorbike for US$4 per day or take a 12-hour sleeper bus down the coast from Hanoi to Da Nang for between US$15 and US$17 a ticket.

Rounding off the top five are Malaysia, India, the Philippines, and Bulgaria.

Seafood exports surge 33% in eight months

Vietnamese seafood exports during the opening eight months of the year surged by 33% to US$2.8 billion against the same period from last year, according to details given by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Most notably, August alone witnessed the country’s total export of seafood products skyrocket by 80% to reach US$405 million on-year.

According to Radio the Voice of Vietnam, this robust growth can largely be attributed to the fact that export processing enterprises had been forced to reduce their capacity or had to suspend operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

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Aquatic exports make up 37% of the country's total seafood export value (Photo: vasep.com.vn) 

At present, aquatic exports make up 37% of the country's total seafood export value. In line with this, Vietnamese seafood exports include other marine fish, tuna, squid, octopus, crabs, crabs and other crustaceans at 5%, bivalve molluscs at 4%, and the other molluscs.

Most notably, tuna exports during the eight-month period recorded the strongest growth rate of 55% to reach US$730 million.

Exports of crabs, other crustaceans, as well as squid and octopus increased by 37% and 36%, respectively, while exports of bivalve molluscs and other marine fish rose by 135% and 23%, respectively. Only mollusk exports decreased by 20%, which only accounts for a small proportion of the overall figure.

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Tuna exports during the eight-month period reached US$730 million (Photo: VNA) 

Processing activities of seafood products for exports are primarily concentrated in provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Long An, and Kien Giang.

Experts assessed that firms are expected to face a shortage of raw materials during the remainder of the year due to the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict causing high costs of exploitation.

Vietnam among five most popular destinations for New Zealanders

A survey conducted by adventure tour operator Intrepid Travel has highlighted that Vietnam represents one of the five leading destinations for tourists from New Zealand who are keen to travel over the next year.

According to details within the survey, roughly 85% of New Zealanders are planning to travel within the next year, despite enduring soaring living costs at home.

Of the figure, 29% of New Zealanders plan to travel overseas over the next year, while 56% intend to travel domestically, reported by Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

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Hoi An ancient town - one of the most famous destinations of Vietnam (Photo: baoquangnam.vn) 

Alongside Vietnam, other most popular destinations include New Zealand itself, Australia, Turkey, and Morocco.

The New Zealand Herald quoted Sarah Clarke, managing director of Intrepid Travel, as sayings that the company is also seeing New Zealanders start to plan for a future involving international travel.

“We're starting to see some of those key destinations come back again, like Vietnam, which is a really popular one for intrepid travel with Kiwis," she added.

Since March, the Vietnamese Government has allowed quarantine-free entry for foreign visitors from 80 countries and territories, including New Zealand./.

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