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Where have Vietnamese traveled during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10:24 GMT+7
Where have Vietnamese traveled during the COVID-19 pandemic?
An aerial photo shows downtown Ho Chi Minh City from above. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the country to shutter its borders, Vietnamese holidaymakers have had to adjust their 2020 itineraries, shifting their plan from overseas visits to domestic destinations.

A recent survey by booking.com showed the average travel distance traveled by Vietnamese travelers per booking was 629km in 2020, 303km less than the same period last year.

The survey also showed Vietnamese people are favoring big cities and well-known destinations, with Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Vung Tau, Da Nang, and Da Lat amongst the top travel hotspots in June to August.

Anthony Lu, regional director for booking.com in Vietnam, said Vietnamese people are still busy traveling despite the unpredictable pandemic.  

“Shortly after Vietnam started easing travel restrictions, we found that Vietnamese people, as well as foreigners living in Vietnam, were eager to travel,” Lu said.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is known as Vietnam’s trade and financial hub.

With a modern and vibrant urban life, the city enthralls visitors with the esthetic charm of its historical architecture and artistic cityscape.

Its colorful night eateries and nightlife venues mean there is always something new and exciting to see.

Travelers visiting the city are often awed by its street eats and wide range of affordable restaurants for diners of all ages.

Hanoi

Apart from wandering around the Old Quarter, visitors to Hanoi can enjoy the city’s dozens of historical landmarks, including the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, also known as Hanoi’s Ceramic Road.

The 3.85km road running alongside the Red River was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘world's largest ceramic mosaic’ in 2010.

For those looking for a quiet place to relax, West Lake’s signature cafés offer a peaceful atmosphere with great drinks and snacks.

A file photo shows Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda in Ba Dinh District. Photo: B.C/ Tuoi Tre

A file photo shows Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda in Ba Dinh District. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre

Vung Tau

Vung Tau is a popular weekend getaway for Saigonese looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

This coastal city is just 90 minutes by bus from the southern metropolis.

Although being famous for its beaches and seafood, Vung Tau has other 'hidden gems' such as its lighthouse and the Robert Taylor Museum of Worldwide Arms.

Vung Tau Beach is the destination for a short getaway from Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: B.C/ Tuoi Tre

Vung Tau Beach is the destination for a short getaway from Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang

Da Nang offers a fascinating vacation destination filled with many iconic sites like the 67m-high Lady Buddha statue at Linh Ung pagoda, known for being the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam.

Travelers may also embark on a luxurious railway adventure aboard The Vietage, a railway line that links the ancient town of Hoi An with the sparkling shores of Quy Nhon.

Da Lat

This mesmerizing city is not only famous for its splendid French-style villas but also other monuments and leisure activities.

The cool weather is what makes this Central Highlands city fit for tea farming, perfect for those loving to try making their own matcha drink.

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