Viet Nam takes Bali’s place as top Aussie travel choice
Viet Nam has become the favorite travel destination for Australians, pushing Indonesia’s Bali off that perch, says booking site Webjet.
Tourists sunbathe at Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An
Booking data from Webjet, the largest online travel booking site in Australia, shows that Viet Nam has overtaken Bali to become the most favorite travel destination for Australian tourists.
Volcano eruptions and earthquakes have deterred Australian tourists from returning to Bali, and the number of tours to the beautiful island has reduced significantly over the past year, Australian news website news.com.au quoted Webjet's managing director John Guscic as saying.
Instead, more Australian visitors are showing greater interest in Viet Nam, a country known for beautiful beaches, mountains, rice terraces, world heritage sites, plus low cost of living. Viet Nam has also achieved renown as a dream destination for expats.
The online booking site has reported a 63 percent growth in full-year profit thanks to a bookings surge to Asian countries, mainly Viet Nam.
Australian travel blogger Phoebe Lee, who has taken global viewers through Ha Noi in two CNN commercials, told VnExpress that she had visited Ha Long Bay and the central ancient town of Hoi An, two the most popular places in Viet Nam, with her husband Matt, a videographer.
“We loved them so much we can’t wait to go back,” Lee said.
“The locals are inclusive, they really want you to experience Viet Nam and they’re so happy to share it with you and talk to you. I’ll never forget the warm smiles and kindness I’ve experienced in Viet Nam.”
Australia has always been Viet Nam’s top 10 feeder markets, and the number of Australians to Viet Nam grew by 10.8 percent year-on-year in the first eight months of this year, accounting for 3 percent of all foreign arrivals.
Last year, the country welcomed 370,000 Australian tourists, a 11.5 percent increase from a year before.
Viet Nam has tried to relax its entrance procedures with an e-visa policy which is now available to people from 46 countries, with Indians and Australians added late last year.
Visitors with e-visas can touch down at any of Viet Nam’s eight international airports, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Ha Noi and Da Nang in the central region.
They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates, and via sea at seven ports across the country.