The Hanoitimes - In 2018, Hanoi hopes to welcome 25.4 million visitors, including 5.5 million foreign tourists.
Hanoi expects to welcome nearly 20 million holidaymakers in the first nine months of 2018, a 9.2% increase from the same period last year, according to the Hanoi Department of Tourism.
Of the total, 4.3 million were foreign visitors, up 20% year-on-year, and accounting for nearly 40% of the total number of foreign visitors to Vietnam. Foreign visitors to Hanoi come from nearly 190 nations and territories, including Western Europe, Australia, North America, Eastern Europe, Northeast Asia, and so on. Visitors from China, South Korea and Japan continue to top the list.
Foreign visitors to Hanoi.
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, Hello, a UK weekly magazine 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.