Mekong Travel Guide
In the first seven months of this year, as many as 3.83 millions of foreign visitors traveled to Vietnam. Of these, the number of tourists traveling via sea routes increased almost 55 percent compared with the corresponding period of last year. This impressive data offers bright prospects for Vietnam's maritime tourism.
According to statistics released from Da Nang's Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, although Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang city is not designed for cruise ships arrivals, as many as 39 foreign cruise ships have docked at the port since the beginning of this year with nearly 18,000 visitors, up more than 200 percent compared with same period of last year.
In Quang Ninh Province, reports from the Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism showed that, since this year's beginning (especially after Ha Long Bay became the world's new natural wonder), the number of foreign visitors coming to Ha Long by luxury cruise ships has sharply increased. They mainly came from the US, the Netherlands, France, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Republic of Korea and most of them also combined conference and team-building during their trips to the bay.
As for Nha Trang City in Khanh Hoa Province, it is regarded as the most impressive destination for maritime tourists. The city has developed diverse forms of beach tourism and maritime activities such as scuba diving, mud bath, water sports, enjoy a view of the bay from a balloon floating 150 meters high, cuisine services and many fine handicrafts articles. However, tourists seem to enjoy tours to the islands around Nha Trang Bay.
With good signs from increasing number of maritime tourists to Vietnam, tourism experts recommended travel businesses to design more attractive tour packages as well as facilitate tourists to have easy approaches to a comprehensive service network. In that way, Vietnam's maritime tourism will surely witness a boom in near future.