Vietnam: The Top Destination for Russian Tourists

According to the online newspaper Russian Travel Digest (Russtd), sales of tours to Vietnam for the end of autumn and the New Year holidays have seen a significant increase compared to last year, despite the absence of direct flights.

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The coastal central city of Nha Trang is one of the favorite travel destinations in Vietnam to Russia. Photo: vnreport.vn

Fun&Sun, a leading travel company based in Russia, has recently launched a flight program to Cam Ranh in the southcentral province of Khanh Hoa. Flights operated by Scat Airlines include a stopover in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The first flights have achieved almost 80% of capacity, indicating strong demand.

“Demand is at a similar level as 2022, but with a higher demand for the New Year period. Most tourists opt for tours ranging from 9 to 16 nights. The top 3 resorts requested are Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Phan Thiet, similar to last year,” said Fun&Sun.

During the last winter season, Fun&Sun sent approximately 3,000 Russian tourists to Vietnam.

Russian Express reported a 30% increase in sales of tours to Vietnam compared to last year.

Russtd mentioned that tourists from the Russian market tend to visit various resorts in the southern region to celebrate the New Year.

A Russian tourist enjoying the beach in Nha Trang before the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: realtimes.vn

Official data shows that less than 40,000 Russians visited Vietnam in 2022, a significant decrease of nearly 94% compared to about 650,000 visitors in 2019 before the pandemic.

According to the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), total earnings from tourists in Vietnam reached about VND628.3 trillion (over $25.8 billion) during January – November.

During the 11 months, Vietnam served 103.2 million domestic tourist arrivals, with a focus on the months of May – July, especially June which saw 13.5 million travelers. In November, there were 4.5 million domestic tourist arrivals.

Foreign visitors exploring Ha Long Bay. Photo: VNA

Meanwhile, over 11.2 million international visitors chose Vietnam as their holiday destination during the first 11 months. This includes more than 1.23 million arrivals in November, an 11% increase compared to the previous month and also the highest monthly number of international tourists this year.

Vietnam initially aimed at attracting 8 million foreign tourists in 2023, but the actual number has already reached approximately 8.9 million during the first nine months, equivalent to 111% of the initial target. Therefore, the ministry has proposed raising the target to 12.5 – 13 million for this year./.

Rosy Huong