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Foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam jump 23% to 11.6 million in Jan-Sep

Updated at Friday, 28 Sep 2018, 16:01
The Hanoitimes - Chinese tourists account for one third of foreign arrivals in Vietnam.
Vietnam welcomed some 11.616 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of 2018, an 22.9% increase from the same period last year, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has said in a monthly report.
 
Ha Long Bay.
Ha Long Bay.
Arrivals by air, road, and sea in the reviewed period recorded annual increases of 17.4%, 62.1%, and 0.5%, respectively, while growth was also seen in the numbers of visitors from all five continents.
In September alone, over 1.2 million foreign visitors arrived in Vietnam, representing an on-year jump of 24.2%. Of the total visitors in the first nine months of 2018, over 9 million came from Asia. Chinese tourists topped the list with 3.8 million, followed by 2.5 million from South Korea, 623,700 from Japan, 527,700 from Taiwan (China), 381,800 from Malaysia, 236,600 from Thailand and 202,800 from Singapore.
In 2018, Vietnam aims to serve 16 million foreign tourists and 80 million domestic tourists, according to General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan.
Earlier, News Nation, an Indian newspaper, named Vietnam the number one destination among the top cheapest countries you can visit without having to empty you bank account.
News Nation suggested that the mountain resort of Da Lat in the central highlands is the perfect feast. Untouched and undeveloped Vietnam is a super cheap travel destination, as well as a beautiful country of lush mountain scapes and sweeping white sands.
Other places to visit while in this beautiful country can include Hanoi, which retains some of the French food culture where you will find some great patisseries producing croissants. Have a pint of Vietnam’s most popular brew, bia hoi and stopover in one of the eccentric fairytale rooms of the Crazy House.
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