Vietnam Chosen as a Top Destination in 2024

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), a renowned Australian newspaper, has chosen Vietnam as one of the top destinations for the upcoming new year of 2024.


According to experienced travel correspondent Brian Johnston, January is the perfect time to travel and relax. He recommends choosing Vietnam for its “diversity”. During this time, the weather in Vietnam is very comfortable, not too hot.

Vietnam is one of the natural beauty spots in Southeast Asia, boasting a long coastline and rich natural and cultural resources.

Visitors can explore the rugged mountainous region in the North or head down to the Central and Southern parts of the country to enjoy the incredibly beautiful beaches.

Vietnam is lush and green due to the great effort of preserving cultural heritage sites by the government and people. Photo: Sherwoodsuites

Vietnam is famous for its lush green landscapes and the preservation of cultural heritage sites. Some of the must-visit spots include Ha Noi, the captivating old-world charm capital; Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province; Hoi An, an ancient town with a bustling trading history in Southeast Asia; Hue, the ancient Imperial Capital with famous royal tombs and feasts, and many more.

For those on a tight budget, Vietnam is an affordable destination in the Southeast Asia region.

Tourism is one of the leading economic industries in Vietnam, contributing significantly to the country’s GDP. After the pandemic, the Vietnamese government has made great efforts to promote tourism and encourage visitors from all around the world to explore the beauty of Vietnam.

For those on a tight budget, Vietnam is an affordable destination in the Southeast Asia region. Photo: Shutterstock

By July 2023, Vietnam has welcomed 6.6 million visitors. In July alone, the country saw an increase of 6.5% international visitors compared to June, and it is predicted that the total number of visitors will reach 10 million by the end of the year.

With the rapid development of tourism, Vietnam offers a wide range of accommodations to cater to different types of visitors.

Vietnam’s more than 3,000km of coastline makes it a perfect destination for families to enjoy sandy beaches and snorkeling while soaking up the sunshine. Explore serene secluded coves, white sands, and crystal-clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling. Just 175km south of Ho Chi Minh City, you will find Ho Coc – an enchanting, often deserted beach, offering a 5km stretch of golden sand, clear waters, and fine dunes. The nearby Binh Chau Hot Springs provide a convenient option in case sunbathing becomes too much.

The famed Mekong River flows through Southeast Asia, reaching the East Sea at the Mekong Delta just south of Ho Chi Minh City. The Mekong Delta offers visitors an opportunity to witness an ancient riverside lifestyle and a habitat where more than 1,000 species of animals live side by side, creating a true “biological treasure trove”.

Vietnam’s more than 3,000km of coastline makes it perfect for families to enjoy sandy beaches and snorkeling while basking in the sunshine. Photo: Shutterstock

Vietnam is home to one of the oldest cultures in Southeast Asia, dating back to 2000 BC. Its history is influenced by Chinese, Khmer, and Indian cultures, as well as French colonialism. There is much for you and your family to discover about the country’s rich history.

The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Gia Long Palace and the Revolutionary Museum, is housed in a beautiful and imposing neoclassical building built in 1885. Here, you can embark on a cultural journey and learn about the story of Vietnam through archaeological artifacts, ceramics, city maps, and exhibits showcasing the city’s diverse cultural heritage.

Charlotte Pho