Travel Trends in Southeast Asia

In late September, more than 500 companies from over 30 countries came to Vietnam to collaborate and discuss inbound and outbound tourism during the 8th International Travel Expo. Lots of discussions indicated that Vietnam travel industry is on the rise even though the economic crisis still remained many financial obstacles.

Investing means gaining

As It would seem, at least 4 different countries considered Vietnam as a “new”, “potential” or “emerging” market. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Turkey have tried to allure Vietnamese travelers with their enticing experiences like the chill of autumn and winter, Disneyland and historical events respectively. However, the lack of straight or budget flights has been hampering Vietnam Tourism growth.

Fortunately, A direct bus service from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Bangkok started in October will help cool down the heated travel demand of many because of its quickness and affordability. As countries relax entry requirements, Vietnamese backpackers can overland from their stand to Thailand easier.

Many constructions are being taken in action and many more are ready to serve the rising rate of Korean tourists to Nha Trang, especially since July saw the first direct Seoul – Cam Ranh flights.

US$4 billion Ho Tram Strip in Vung Tau is however the most impressive investment that probably frightens numbers of hotel and resort owners off. The whole world is looking forward to its grand opening.

Packaged gives way to trekking

Since English has not been an arrogant language to learn, Vietnamese travelers are more confident to visit their neighborhood in relatively small groups. Thus, We are likely turning our backs on packaged tours which traditionally had to have at least 20 persons to go.

Eco/Nature/ Trekking tour was remarkably emphasized during the expo. Sabah is known for its beautiful beaches, wild orangutans and Rafflesia, the largest and smelliest flower in the world. Hong Kong has planned to develop outdoor activities in more than 260 islands, many of which are too little to access by cars. However, the ferry is a perfect alternative to reach any places in Hong Kong. Myanmar with the unique snow-capped mountains in Southeast Asia also sent intangible messages to Vietnamese travelers.

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