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Vietnam Slowly Re-Opens to International Tourism

This month flights have begun to arrive in Vietnam under phase one of the plan to re-open the nation to international tourism.  

In early November flights landed in south central Vietnam brining guests to Cam Rang, near the more famous beach destination of Nha Trang, in Khanh Hoa province. A total of 429 passengers arrived on two flights from Japan and South Korea.  

This was followed on November 17 and 18 by two flights bringing passengers to stay in Quang Nam province, home to one of Vietnam’s top tourism draw cards, Hoi An. Tourists on the Hoi An tour went on trips to the Old Town as well as My Son sanctuary.  

Hoi An-Khánh-Hmoong

Photo: Khanh Hmoong

These flights were followed by the arrival of tourists to Phu Quoc island. Phu Quoc had been scheduled to open a ‘Phuket Sandbox’ style of tourism earlier in the year, but the recent flight carrying 204 South Korean tourists was the first time the island has seen international arrivals in two years. 

Hoi An-Claire-Backhouse

Photo: Claire Backhouse

Hoi An-Hoàng-Phúc

Photo: Hoang Phuc

VN Express recently reported that Khanh Hoa province plans to welcome thousands of international arrivals by the end of the year.  All these flights are part of a four phase re-opening of Vietnam to international arrivals.