The Hanoitimes - In October alone, the number of foreign visitors to Hanoi is estimated at 355,000, a 1.4% increase from the same period last year.
In the ten months of 2018, the number of holidaymakers to Hanoi is estimated at more than 13.1 million, a 16.8% increase from the same period last year, according to the Hanoi Statistics Office.
Of the total visitors in the ten months, nearly 10 million were Vietnamese, representing an on-year jump of 16.7%. Meanwhile, the city welcomed over 3.4 million foreign visitors, marking a 16.9% rise from the same period last year.
Foreign visitors in Hanoi come from nearly 190 nations and territories. Among them, the number of overseas guests from China was up 25.4%, Malaysia up 27%, the UK up 170.5%, Taiwan (China) up 52%, the US up 21.1%, South Korea up 17.6% from the same period last year.
Hanoi’s revenue from travel services in the ten months of 2018 is estimated at VND54.3 trillion (US$2.3 billion).
Hanoi has upgraded infrastructure and diversified tourism products to better serve holidaymakers, according to Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai.
In 2018, Hanoi aims to welcome more than 25.4 million visitors, including 5.5 million foreigners.
Earlier, UK weekly magazine Hello has named Hanoi the number one city on its seven best destinations in Asia for backpackers.
Ideal for travelers on a tight budget, Vietnam’s capital city is one of the cheapest destinations for backpackers. “Not only is accommodation and food reamarkably affordable, but you’ll be spoiled for choice of things to see and do in the city, which has a mix of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences,” Helle magazine wrote.
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hai Ba Trung Temple and Hoa Lo Prison Museum are just three of the popular attractions, while backpackers often spend their evenings gathered at Bia Hoi (draft beer) bars across Hanoi, where you’ll find the cheapest beer in the world, the magazine added.
Tourist attractions in the capital city also include the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Huong Son relic site, the Temple of Literature and the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups.