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3 Vietnamese cities named among the most visited in the world

3 Vietnamese cities named among the most visited in the worldTourists walk on Bui Vien Street in a popular backpacker precinct in Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Ha Long all made it into the world's top 100 for international arrivals.
Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked 36th on a list of the 100 leading cities in the world in terms of international tourist arrivals.

The list, compiled by global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International, also placed Hanoi in 52nd and the northern city of Ha Long in 56th.

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive 5.5 million foreign visitors this year, up 5.8 percent from last year. Hanoi will welcome an estimated 4.3 million visitors, while Ha Long is expected to receive 4 million arrivals, respective increases of 7.5 percent and 14.3 percent.

The Telegraph recently recommended Hanoi as an amazing food destination, while Ho Chi Minh City has cracked various lists of top destinations for solo and retiree travelers, including being named by priceoftravel.com as one of the cheapest cities for backpackers. Both cities were named among the world's fastest growing destinations by MasterCard last year.

According to the report, Hong Kong was the most visited city in the world with 26.6 million arrivals in 2016, benefiting from its strategic location and relationship with China, followed by Bangkok, which overtook London in 2015.

Asian cities dominated the global destination rankings thanks to the inexorable rise of Chinese outbound tourism, said Euromonitor International.

In 2010, 34 cities from Asia Pacific made it onto the list. That figure has jumped to 41 cities on the latest ranking and is expected to grow to 47 cities in 2025. Asia Pacific is the standout region that has driven change in the travel landscape and is expected to continue doing so in the coming decade, with Singapore overtaking London as the third most visited city in the world by 2025 to make the podium fully Asian, said Euromonitor International.

Source: VnExpress

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week

Check out some of the most stunning Instagram photos hashtagged #vietnam and #everydayvietnam.

Upside down

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Dusting

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Outer Space

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Not belong here," the caption reads. Photo taken in Hanoi.

Peace & Chaos

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Man sweeps the floor of Ong Bong temple as the incenses are burning," the caption reads. Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

On the school bus

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Hanoi.

A day at the Opera

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi in a nutshell

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Shaving

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

A sidewalk barber stall in Hanoi.

Boarding school

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Lung Pu, Ha Giang.

Incense Tradition

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Incense sticks dry outdoors under the sunlight at a traditional handcraft village located in Tay Ninh province," the caption reads.

Source: VnExpress

If you want to see Vietnam without the crowds, the time is now

A U.K. travel site has built an interactive map that shows the high and low travel seasons around the world.
The joys of traveling depend a lot on whether you are a crowd person or a lover of solitude and/or cheap flights. Sometimes, an unexpected turnout can kill the whole experience.

And that’s why this new animated map developed by the U.K.-based travel site LastMinute.com could be the answer to your plans for world travel.

Vietnam tour of low season

The low and high season map developed by Lastminute.com.

According to the map, Vietnam's low seasons are between April and June and September and November.

The country is most crowded in July and August.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has also suggested that the low seasons are “perhaps the best time” to travel the country.

The calculations may make sense, as April, May and June are usually the hottest months in the tropical country, while September and October are almost always soaked and cursed with storms.

Yet November, when the weather becomes more gentle, is not really a low season, at least not last year.

Figures from Vietnam National Administration of Tourism showed that November received the highest number of foreign visitors last year, followed by August, December and July.

In some countries, the low season lasts longer than others.

Indonesia has the longest low season in Southeast Asia, lasting from October through May. Norway and Finland both have a seven-month low season.

Bolivia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic boast a six-month period of peak travel.

Source: VnExpress

40 dead, 22 missing as downpours, flash floods pound northern, central Vietnam

Rain storms of vietnamHundreds of search and rescue officers are looking for victims buried by a landslide that collapsed seven houses early morning on October 12 in Hoa Binh Province. Photo by VnExpress

The death toll continues to mount as heavy rains leave a trail of destruction. 
Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in northern and central Vietnam over the past two days, leaving 40 dead and 22 missing and causing havoc in many provinces.

A landslide in the early hours on Thursday in Hoa Binh Province has collapsed seven houses, burying 18 people. So far, three people have been rescued and eight are confirmed dead.

The incident has increased Hoa Binh's death toll to 15, the highest among all provinces. Nghe An and Thanh Hoa have reported eight deaths.

Five deaths have been reported in Son La Province, while three people are missing and hundreds of houses and many hectares of crops have been destroyed.

In Yen Bai Province, four people were killed and 11 people are missing, including a Vietnam News Agency reporter who was swept away when a bridge connecting Highway 32 in Nghia Lo Commune collapsed.

The floods are the result of a tropical depression that is sweeping through northern and central provinces.

Vietnam has already suffered destructive stormy weather this year. Floods in northern Vietnam killed at least 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes in August before Typhoon Doksuri, the strongest to hit the country in years, killed at least eight people in the central region last month.

Last year, tropical storms and flooding killed 264 people in Vietnam and caused damage worth VND40 trillion ($1.75 billion), nearly five times more than in 2015.

Source: VnExpress

A night out from Hanoi to New York

No sleep in this modern life as we travel around the world.

A woman at a flower stall at a night market in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A woman at a flower stall at a night market in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A night market in Hanoi.

A night market in Hanoi.

A woman uses her phone while standing in front of an illuminated advertisement as a train approaches in central Sydney, Australia.

A woman uses her phone while standing in front of an illuminated advertisement as a train approaches in central Sydney, Australia.

People walk by attractions at the Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria.

People walk by attractions at the Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria.

A couple poses for a wedding photo in central London, Britain.

A couple poses for a wedding photo in central London, Britain.

A man buys souvenirs at a souvenir shop in central London.

A man buys souvenirs at a souvenir shop in central London.

Amateur footballers play a match late in the evening in Prague, Czech Republic.

Amateur footballers play a match late in the evening in Prague, Czech Republic.

Fans take a selfie with the members of French band ESHARET after a concert at the Alliance Francaise in Karachi, Pakistan.

Fans take a selfie with the members of French band ESHARET after a concert at the Alliance Francaise in Karachi, Pakistan.

People enjoy beer in front of a bar on the in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

People enjoy beer in front of a bar on the in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Children practice volleyball in Rio de Janeiro.

Children practice volleyball in Rio de Janeiro.

People watch a movie on a beach at night in Marseille, France.

People watch a movie on a beach at night in Marseille, France.

People walk down an avenue in the center of Bordeaux, France.

People walk down an avenue in the center of Bordeaux, France.

A man sits on a road divider as he waits for a bus in New Delhi, India.

A man sits on a road divider as he waits for a bus in New Delhi, India.

Passengers on a tram in Kiev, Ukraine.

Passengers on a tram in Kiev, Ukraine.

A passenger sleeps on a night service metro train in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S.

A passenger sleeps on a night service metro train in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S.

A view of the lower Manhattan night skyline as seen from Brooklyn.

A view of the lower Manhattan night skyline as seen from Brooklyn.

Source: VnExpress

Take a break and let your soul fly over Vietnam with this aerial video

 

Photographer Le The Thang spent two years traveling across Vietnam capturing the best of the country's famous landmarks from above.

Birds-eye video of stunning Ninh Binh is sure to take your breath away

Ninh Binh Attractions - Discover The Secret Vietnam

 Enjoy a slice of heaven in nothern Vietnam, where waterways, limestone karsts and paddy fields come together in harmony.

Source: Internet

Vietnam plans Kong model in Hanoi as movie takes local theaters by storms

Kong-Skull IslandKong in the latest retake

Hanoi is selecting a spot around its central lake for the giant movie monster by April 5.

The new Kong movie filmed in Vietnam is holding big promises for local tourism and Hanoi is going to have a part of it.

As “Kong: Skull Island” is having a great time at local theaters, Vietnam’s culture ministry has announced plans to build a model of the giant mythical Kong near the Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake in the city center.

The ministry will cooperate with the movie distribution company CJ CGV Vietnam to launch a series of tourism promotion events along with the film, the first major Hollywood action movie shot in Vietnam, a ministry statement said.

The Kong model will be one of those, which will offer visitors a new photograph shooting location.

Hanoi’s culture department said it is selecting a specific spot and would complete the construction by April 5.

The $185-million movie has had a great time in Vietnam, smashing all local opening day box office records with more than 162,000 moviegoers buying tickets on the opening date March 10. Ticket sales on the first day reached VND18.2 billion ($799,000), CGV Vietnam said.

The Jordan Vogt-Roberts' retake was filmed in Quang Binh Province’s colossal caves, the northern province of Ninh Binh and world-renowned Ha Long Bay - some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Vietnam.

Other portions of the film were shot in Hawaii and Australia.

Quang Binh Province in January already published a video promoting itself as an exciting destination, reminding viewers that it was the set for the Kong blockbuster and featuring the testimony of the director himself.

Kong: skull island

Source: Vnexpress

#TGIF: Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

Expect some great indoor music perfomances, but don't forget the outdoor fun with a Sakura festival and farmers' market.
Enjoy the best of both worlds! Check our What's On section for more details.

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

|| Sakura Festival in Hanoi ||

Ly Thai To Park, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

8 p.m., Friday, March 10

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

Enjoy blooming cherry blossoms at one of the most outstanding events of the year to introduce Japanese culture to Vietnamese people and visitors.

Free entry

|| Piano Concert with Boris Schönleber ||

Goethe Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

8 p.m., Sunday, March 12

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

German pianist Boris Schönleber returns to Vietnam to perform some of the most popular pieces by the likes of Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Richard Wagner.

Free entry

Early reservations are recommended as there are a limited number of seats.

Follow updates on our events page.

|| Hugh McGinlay at Tadioto ||

Tadioto, 24B Tong Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

4vp.m., Sunday, March 12

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

This Sunday, order cocktails, champagne or special tapas at Tadioto and sit back to listen to the incredible music of singer-songwriter Hugh McGinlay - an Australian talent who will surely add much delight to your weekend.

Free entry

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

|| Legends of Rock Special Night ||

Hard Rock Cafe, 39 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

9:30 p.m., Friday, March 10

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

throwback to the history of music and tribute to the Legends of Rock in an exciting and vibrant night at Hard Rock Café.

Free entry

|| Saturday Live Gipsy Jazz Concert at Indika ||

Indika Saigon, 43 Nguyen Van Giai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

8 p.m., Saturday, March 11

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

Live Gipsy Jazz Concert feat. Peche a la Mouche - an original gipsy jazz band from France.

Entry fee: VND50,000 ($2.19)

Free before 7 p.m.

|| Outcast Farmers' Market March 2017 ||

Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

12 p.m., Sunday, March 12

Go out and unsuck your life this weekend

Come and browse some of Saigon's freshest produce, delicious homemade goods and cute household-decor at our next Farmers' Market. This event is all about loving the environment, eating yummy food and showcasing the best Saigon vendors have to offer!

You will find goodies and activities for all the family and live entertainment, all in everyone's favorite chill-out spot.

Entry fee: VND20,000 ($0.87) (with 1 bottle of water or Red Saigon beer included).

Source: Vnexpress

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in Asia

Glistening sands along the country's central coast have made it onto TripAdvisor’s top 25 beaches on the continent

Travelers have named two of Vietnam's beaches among the best in Asia in a recent survey conducted by global travel site TripAdvisor.

Non Nuoc in Da Nang in central Vietnam came in at number 10 on the top 25 beaches in Asia in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice Awards. An Bang in Hoi An, the ancient town just up the road, claimed 25th position.

Many travelers said that they had fallen in love with Non Nuoc's fine white sands and crystal clear waters.

“The sand is so clean and fine my three young kids were able to play on the beach all afternoon bare foot without getting hurt,” said a tourist from Canada.

Although the beach is one of the top attractions in Da Nang, many described how surprised they were to find it so “calm and quiet”.

Some also said that the best time to catch the beach is at sunrise or when the fishermen are setting out to sea.

An Bang, which also made the top 25 last year, also gives visitors the chance to indulge themselves in the simple fishing life, where children gather every sunset to play with kites or just collect shells while they wait for their parents to return from the sea.

For most tourists, An Bang is simply “a beautiful beach”. Some say it’s the most beautiful in Vietnam, with white sands stretching down the coast, a cool breeze and a great selection of restaurants.

The best time to visit An Bang is between May and September, and Non Nuoc between February and August, the tourists recommended.

Thailand proved to be the most popular beach destination in the region with five beaches making it into TripAdvisor's top 25 list.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaBeautiful sunshine on Non Nuoc in Da Nang.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaA fisherman fixes a fishing net on his coracle on Non Nuoc.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaSunrise on Non Nuoc.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaAn Bang.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaCoracles on An Bang.

Vietnamese beaches tipped by travelers among best in AsiaA bicycle ride to the beach.

Source: Vnexpress