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Vietnamese increasingly spend Lunar New Year away from home

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 18:02 GMT+7
Vietnamese increasingly spend Lunar New Year away from home
Women in Vietnam’s traditional costume of 'ao dai' ride bicycles in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

More and more Vietnamese are opting to spend the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) traveling, rather than at home, a departure from traditional customs, according to recently released figures from several travel corporations.

Hotel booking site Agoda said that in mid-January it received a higher number of room reservations compared to the two previous years placed by Vietnamese for the week-long public holiday, which starts in early February.

Vietnamese tour operator Vietravel reported 38,000 registered tourist visits during the holiday, a 25-percent increase from last year.

Many domestic tourist companies said the turnover they gain during the holiday accounts for nearly 30 percent of their entire annual turnover.

Exact figures on the total number of travelers during the holiday still remain unclear, but the director of a Vietnamese tourist enterprise said the trend of enjoying the Lunar New Year away from home is growing.

Top destinations for Vietnamese Tet travels this year include Bangkok, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Da Nang, Singapore, and Vung Tau, according to Agoda.

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