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Vietnam among world's cheapest holiday destinations

Released at: 12:38, 25/10/2016

Vietnam among world's cheapest holiday destinations

Photos: Duc Anh

Australian website joins host of media outlets calling Vietnam one of the best value destinations on the planet.

by Nhi Linh

Vietnam has been ranked as one of the world’s cheapest holiday destinations by Australian media website news.com.au, along with India, Bolivia, Cambodia, Bulgaria, Albania, and Laos.

“Buzzing street life, great food and stunning scenery; despite its rise in popularity over the last few years Vietnam is still beautiful and still super-cheap,” the website wrote. It estimated that basic accommodation and local food can be covered by about $10.

It described Cua Dai Beach, near Hoi An ancient town in the central region, as the cheapest destination not only in Vietnam but in the world.

In June the UK travel website skyscanner.net ranked Vietnam as the world’s second cheapest holiday destination for 2016, just after Cambodia. It suggested the seven best places to visit were Hue, Hoi An, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ben Tre and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi was recently listed as one of the world’s tastiest destinations by Lonely Planet. “Shaped by centuries of foreign domination and often overlooked in favor of bigger, brasher Ho Chi Minh City, this compact, elegant capital is the birthplace of signature national dishes that have become synonymous with Vietnamese food worldwide, such as pho and bun cha,” it wrote.

From conquering Mongols came beef, it explained, while Chinese domination contributed cooking techniques such as stir-frying, the French brought baguettes, dill, coffee and wine, and chili, flat noodles, and coconut milk crossed over from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

In May the UK newspaper The Telegraph wrote that Hanoi was one of the world’s greatest cities for food after US President Barack Obama and famed chef Anthony Bourdain enjoyed a $6 bowl of bun cha, one of Vietnam’s most popular dishes, with grilled pork, rice noodles, spicy fish sauce, and vegetables.

The capital was also called the least expensive international destination to travel in by TripAdvisor in July. The TripIndex Cities cost-comparison study showed that lunch for two in Hanoi is $28, dinner $55, taxi travel (a two-mile round-trip) and tours/activities $2, and hotels $79. The total average cost of a three-day summer trip for two comes to about $497.

Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Sapa and Hanoi found themselves on the list of the 29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia by Touropia, an international travel website featuring the most amazing sights around the world on various “Best of” lists. Ha Long Bay ranked third, Hoi An 15th, Hanoi 25th, and Sapa 27th.

International tourist arrivals to Vietnam in September have been estimated at 813,007, down 9.6 per cent compared to August but up 28 per cent year-on-year. In the first nine months the number is estimated at 7.265 million, an increase of 27.7 per cent year-on-year.

International tourists arriving by air in September totaled 670,015, accounting for 82.4 per cent and up 40.1 per cent year-on-year, by sea 12,382, accounting for 1.5 per cent and up 3.5 per cent, and by road 130,610, accounting for 16.1 per cent and down 9.9 per cent.

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