Khiri Travel Vietnam Notes Trend in Bookings for New Destinations
As we see the back of the busy festive period here in Vietnam and get ready for the even busier Tet Holiday period in February, Khiri Travel Vietnam would like to take a step back and highlight one of the trends we saw in 2018 that we believe will continue into 2019. The numbers of visitors to Vietnam increased considerably in 2018, and we are certain this trend will continue in the coming years.
However, we also observed a change in the kind of destinations people are traveling to. Although Sapa, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta continue to be as popular as ever, we are seeing more and more visitors asking about and booking trips to less-known destinations. This is great news, not only with regard to the issue of over-tourism, but it also means the government would be willing to spend more on infrastructure and more importantly, invest in local businesses and communities – something Khiri Vietnam is passionate about.
Known as ‘Inland Ha Long Bay’, Ninh Binh is a stunning area to visit and being only a couple of hours from Hanoi, it is a really easy place to get to. We also keep hearing great feedback from visitors about it. Rent a bicycle or take a stroll through this stunning location and take a couple of days to soak in the serenity. Walk out into the rice fields at night and be amazed by the clear night sky and the number of stars – not something you’ll experience in the big cities!
Mai Chau / Pu Luong
Situated only about three hours’ drive southwest of Hanoi, the Mai Chau valley is an amazing alternative to the longer journey up into the Sapa region. Here you will find rice paddies and local indigenous communities, surrounded by beautiful mountains – a Mecca for outdoor activities. Pu Luong Nature Reserve, located 160 km from Hanoi is also a great destination to visit. Perfect for single-day hikes or multi-day treks, the nature reserve is full of indigenous flora and fauna, friendly local communities and homestays. It is one of the leading areas for ecotourism in Vietnam. Spending a couple of days here will really give you a glimpse into times past in Vietnam.
Located almost half way between Nha Trang and Hoi An, this is the newest destination that we are sure is going to be a hit. With some of the most beautiful pristine beaches and water in the country – due to a current that keeps trash out of the bays – Qui Nhon is no doubt going to see an upturn in visitor numbers. When we have clients who want “a few days relaxing on the beach” this is the perfect destination for them. Not only does it have its own airport, 30 minutes from town, there’s a large variety of hotel options in the north and south of the city, including Avani Qui Nhon, Casa Marina, The Crown Retreat and the newly opened Anantara Villas. Qui Nhon itself is relatively small and slow-paced with a real beach-town feel to it. As you would expect it has great, fresh seafood, as well as a couple of interesting attractions. It’s still a very young destination, but we love it here and are excited to give our clients a chance to really kick back, relax and rejuvenate in this incredible setting.
Contact us for more information on any of these places; we are always ready to share our views on upcoming, alternative destinations for interested clients.