Monday, 23 Sep 2019

Vietnam among world’s friendliest countries

Updated at Friday, 18 Jan 2019, 05:05
The Hanoitimes - For many travelers, the warm welcome they receive in a foreign country can make or break their trip.
Vietnam has been named among the friendliest countries in the world, according to University magazine, a class project for alternative media and digital activism course at the University of Windsor by Anwar Abdi undergraduate student.
Vietnam among world’s friendliest countries.
Vietnam is among the world’s friendliest countries.
“A trip to Vietnam is fraught for many Americans, who recall or have learned about the Vietnam War. But the country has largely recovered from that time period, and the people there are used to welcoming Americans. Expats from the US and elsewhere praise the country’s friendly vibe and nice and gentle locals” according to the magazine.
It hints travelers that Hanoi and Chi Minh City are modern destinations with a warm feel. This is a particularly safe country as well, making it a good choice for solo travelers.
Portugal tops the list, followed by Taiwan (China), Mexico, Cambodia, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Oman, Colombia, Vietnam and Canada.
Earlier, Vietnam has been named among the most beautiful countries in the world, according to a list released by Rough Guides, a UK travel guidebook and reference publisher.
“From the impressive rock formations of Ha Long Bay to the terraced fields of mountainous Sa Pa, Vietnam has a huge wealth of easily accessible natural beauty,” Rough Guides wrote.
Its cities are alluring too, asserted the magazine, adding that whether you prefer the modern skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh City or the appealing contrasts of Hanoi. Vietnam is a country on the move. Just 40 years since the end of the American War the country has rebounded with vigor. Direct flights arrive from cities worldwide, roads are being upgraded, new hotels are springing up and Vietnam’s raucous entrepreneurial spirit is once again alive and well.
The number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in 2018 is estimated at 15.5 million, a 19.9% increase from 2017, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
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