Five destinations in Vietnam, including Hanoi, HCM City, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Da Lat, are the most searched for on Booking.com by domestic travellers as the country is gradually restarting the tourism industry.
|Tourists take photos on a beach in Da Nang City. VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam|
A recent survey conducted by the Dutch online travel agency has revealed that 74 per cent of Vietnamese are planning trips within the country, 55 per cent of whom tend to choose unique destinations for their next trip.
Data from this platform also shows that 42 per cent of the travellers wish to discover interesting places that they often overlook, like the market selling vintage and local products in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong's Da Lat resort city or B'nerC Village in Lac Duong District where visitors could witness local artisans perform the hand-loom weaving craft.
In HCM City, besides some popular tourist attractions, tourists tend to search for local markets, which are typical for the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of Vietnam’s biggest city but often neglected.
For example, Ba Chieu Market in Binh Thanh District is considered an outdoor paradise for those who are looking for unique fashion items and delicious, cheap street food.
Meanwhile, in the central city of Da Nang that was awarded the title 'National Green City 2017-18' by the World Wide Fund for Nature — one of only 21 cities globally, tourists are suggested to try visiting and camping in the city in addition to tours to other popular tourist attractions like My Khe Beach, Ba Na Hills or Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain).
Since the beginning of this month, many localities across the country have planned to restore the tourism sector after a long time affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while still strictly ensuring pandemic prevention measures, like Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Quang Binh.
Accordingly, domestic tourists from the green or yellow zones with low and medium risks and having COVID-19 vaccinations are exempt from quarantine. However, those from high risk areas like HCM City would have to monitor their health at home or place of accommodation for seven days before embarking on their tours.
Source: Vietnam News
According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's proposal, the pilot roadmap for welcoming back international tourists to Vietnam will be carried out in three phases.
The Covid-19 pandemic in the past two years is not just a crisis in which the domestic tourism industry can be revived simply by reducing prices or stimulating demand like previous times.