Hanoi, Halong Bay and HCM city named among world's most visited cities

13, November, 2017

Hanoi, Halong Bay and HCM city named among world's most visited cities

Vietnam tourism is on the way to continue 2016 success when received 10 million tourists for the first time. In 2017, tourist arrivals to Vietnam must be higher as positive figures can be seen at all top Vietnam tour destinations.

Hanoi - The capital city of Vietnam ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most visited cities in the world where tourists can learn about Vietnamese history and culture through varies tourist sites such as the temple of literature, Ngoc Son temple, one pillar pagoda, Hoan Kiem lake, Ho Chi Minh mausolem, Hoa Loa prison, etc. Hanoi is the top Vietnamese food destination and the street food tour is highly recommended as this walking tour enables you to explore the old quarter and taste the best dishes.

Halong - Ranked 56 on the list, the city is is the base to start the Halong bay cruise to visit the world natural heritage. Westerner tourists normally choose overnight cruise while the Asians prefer the hotels in Halong city. From Hanoi, it takes around 3,5 hours to get to Halong bay, but it will be shorter when the express way completed next year.

Ho Chi Minh City - Ranked 36 on the list and tourists to Vietnam always want to stop in this exciting city to visit Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong delta and spend time visiting many historical and cultural sites. Ho Chi Minh city has been voted as the top destination for solo and retiree travellers.

Vietnam is blessed with a long and beautiful coastline and the destinations like Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc  should be on a Vietnam tour itnerary, especially for honeymooners, family and couple's vacation.

The new destinations such as Ly Son island, Phu Quy island, Nam Du island are very beautiful, but less - visted and await your discovery.

In the mountainous areas, Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Bac Ha market, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall, Mai Chau valley, Pu Luong natural reserve are great places for adventure and discovery tours. Vietnam is a diverse country, tourists always see something new on their Vietnam travel and one trip is not enough.

Vietnam tourism has a lot of potential. However, the country needs to spend more money on marketing because there is a fact that the world still knows little about Vietnam. Another thing is Vietnam visa which is quite confusing for many tourists. It costs time and money to work out a Visa to Vietnam.

3 Vietnamese cities named among the most visited in the world
Update: Nov 10, 2017
Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi and Ha Long all made it into the world's top 100 for international arrivals.

Tourists walk on Bui Vien Street in a popular backpacker precinct in Sai Gon.
Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen

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. Ha Noi 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 Ha Noi 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.