As Vietnam slowly opens its doors to international tourism, travel companies reveal just how much pent up demand there is to get back on the travel wagon. 

‘Tens of thousands’ is the official number of pre-booked tours that Vietnam will see over the Christmas period, the majority of which are Russian holidaymakers. 

Their destination? Khanh Hoa province: home to the beachside towns of Nha Trang and Cam Ranh. 

Nha Trang's greatest lure is a sandy beach facing a stunning bay dotted with 19 islands and islets @ vietnam.travel
Nha Trang's greatest lure is a sandy beach facing a stunning bay dotted with 19 islands and islets @ vietnam.travel

Khanh Hoa is just one of a total of five destinations greenlit for international tourism in November. Other localities include: 

  • Kien Giang - Home to the paradise island of Phu Quoc
  • Quang Nam - Famous for the historical and UNESCO town of Hoi An
  • Da Nang - Vietnam’s biggest beach city
  • Quang Ninh - Another UNESCO destination endowed with Ha Long Bay

These world-class destinations will be wide open for fullly immunized travellers as part of Vietnam’s three-stage roadmap to unravel the economy back to pre-2019 levels, when tourism accounted for a huge 9% chunk of GDP. 

Halong Cruises Vietnam @ pongwan sukpoka / Shutterstock
Halong Cruises Vietnam @ pongwan sukpoka / Shutterstock

It’s not just the Vietnamese that are pushing for tourism. A partnership of Russia’s largest airline Azur Air and Anex Tour Russia have been working with Anex Vietnam, and other local tour agencies, to prepare Russian holidaymakers to return. 

Anex Vietnam revealed that they expect over 6,000 tourists to visit Khanh Hoa each month for the first three months of a trial period set out by the Vietnamese Government. That figure is expected to rise to more than 12,000 per month as the trial progresses.

The company is said to be focused on tourists with a vaccine passport from Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Vladivosto initially, and only those people who book tour packages will be allowed to enter Vietnam. 

Anex Vietnam @ brand-asia.com
Anex Vietnam @ brand-asia.com

The package itinerary will be limited to a designated resort in Cam Lam District, around 10kms from Nha Trang City and tourists will follow COVID precautions such as having restricted movement around the hotel and the surrounding area. 

Sources: Vietnam Insider, Statisca, VNExpress

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