A New Year and New Adventures in Vietnam for 2020
Chúc mừng năm mới! (Happy New Year!), a phrase that echoes on every street through December until February. In Vietnam, New Year celebrations don’t stop on January 1st, but last until Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. As the Vietnamese people celebrate Tet, from January 23rd to the 29th, we would like to wish you all the best in 2020, the year of the Rat!
The most anticipated event in Vietnam this year will be the first ever Formula 1 race! Taking place in April at Hanoi, it will put Vietnam on the world map and boost tourism to the region. After the first flights of Bamboo Airlines in 2019, other local airlines such as KiteAir, Vietravel Airlines, and Vietstar Airlines are expected to enter the market this new year: they expect to profit from the increased tourism arrivals and help travelers with more flexible air travel.
Sustainability is a pressing issue for the Vietnamese government. As one of the countries in ASEAN that generates a growing amount of plastic waste, more and more plastic finds it way back into the ocean due to storms, floods, and high tides. In 2019, a majority of stores removed plastic straws and plastic bags from their operations: the government is also on target to stop using disposable plastics by 2025 nationwide. Khiri supports this initiative, especially with the Refillmybottle campaign, an app that helps travelers find free drinking water throughout the country in order to reduce the use of plastic bottles during the trip.
New Exciting Khiri Experiences!
We are expanding our portfolio of travel products with new experiences in up and coming destinations. With the current tourism boom, this is more important than ever. When it comes to planning vacations in Southern Vietnam, most tourists only think of either Saigon, the Mekong delta, or beaches like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc island.
Cao Dai temple
As exciting, authentic journeys are usually multi-day and require car rides and various hotel changes: for more flexibility, Khiri Travel is launching additional day tours that will allow clients to see a hidden side of Vietnam.
One tour in particular, lets clients dive into a little-known Vietnamese religion: Cao Dai. As the third largest religion in Vietnam, it blends Taoism, Buddhism, and Catholicism together. Our local guide will take guests to the Tay Ninh province to meet relatives of a famous Cao Dai clergyman. With barely any other tourists in sight, learn about Cao Dai’s history, ceremonies, and walk through the founder’s private quarters, where he lived and prayed.
This tour will also be suitable for travelers passing from Phnom Penh to Saigon or vice versa, as they can stay overnight in Tay Ninh. It can even be combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon.
Fabulous and New Hotels in 2020
One of the hotels that has received a significant upgrade in 2019 and became part of the Hyatt group is the Nam Nghi Phu Quoc. As the first hotel to join the Unbound Collection in Asia, it is located on the northwestern shores of Phu Quoc: the property has its own little island and beach with a unique rock bar. We recommend the hotel because the owner cares a lot about the surrounding environment: they want to ensure that it remains a top diving spot with stunning coral reefs for the future.
The other big player entering the Vietnamese market is certainly the Mandarin Oriental Saigon, which brings another high-end option to the vibrant city with an ideal location at Nguyen Hue walking street. MGallery hotels and the Accor brand will open a new hotel in March on Cat Ba island, surrounded by Lan Ha Bay in north Vietnam.
Hot Destinations to look out for in 2020
In 2019, Quy Nhon has started increasing in popularity and is still nowhere near as crowded as other regions in the country. The coastal fishing region has welcomed Avani and Anantara Quy Nhon properties. Bringing further international service standards and development to the destination, new airlines, such as Bamboo Airways, helped spur tourism there and recently announced the launch of the first international flight directly to and from Quy Nhon.
Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô – Render Ba Hai – Vietnamese Restaurant
In 2020, just 50 minutes south of Quy Nhon, Zannier hotels, the brand responsible for the popular Phum Baitang Resort in Siem Reap, is going to open their new property called Bai San Ho. The 71 key resort will have villas with private plunge pools, surrounded by lush green hills and rice paddies.
With an exciting 2020 ahead and lots of developments, we are looking forward to a successful year with our partners worldwide. Visit us at ITB in Berlin in March, or contact us at [email protected] to plan your new adventure. Again, we would like to say chúc mừng năm mới!