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Vietnam’s Phan Thiet City overrun by tourists on weekends

Vietnam’s Phan Thiet City overrun by tourists on weekends

Monday, July 03, 2023, 08:10 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Phan Thiet City overrun by tourists on weekends
Tourists throng Ong Dia Stone Beach in Phan Thiet City in the south-central province of Binh Thuan. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province, located in south-central Vietnam, has been swarmed with visitors on weekends due to the peak summer travel season, and the newly-opened Dau Giay - Phan Thiet Expressway.

Over the past month, many main roads at the heart of the city have been bursting with private cars and passenger buses on weekends.

Tourists have crowded the province’s popular beaches such as Doi Duong - Thuong Chanh, Ong Dia Stone, and Hon Rom - Mui Ne.

Notably, a section stretching from Huynh Thuc Khang Street in Mui Ne Ward to Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in Ham Tien Ward in Phan Thiet City often faces a snarl-up on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Binh Thuan Province welcomed nearly 830,000 travelers in June, surging by some 70 percent year on year, according to the provincial statistics office.

The number of tourist arrivals in the province is expected to amount to about 2.4 million in the third quarter of the year, nearly double last year's figure.

Tran Van Binh, vice chairman of the Binh Thuan Travel Association, said that the figure signaled a tourism boom in the province.

The peak travel season and the Phan Thiet - Dau Giay Expressway, which was opened to traffic in late April, have prompted visitors, mainly those traveling by private cars, to arrive in the city, Binh said.

The summer travel season lasts from June to August.

Hotels in the city were full on weekends in June, while July is expected to see hotel occupancy rates higher on weekdays as students have finished their school year and will follow their parents to tour, according to Binh.

Phan Thiet City is suitable for family travel, he added.

Phan Thiet City becomes more attractive as many resorts in the city feature playgrounds for kids, and high-end swimming pools, while the newly-opened expressway helps facilitate traffic, and shorten the distance between the province and other localities, especially Ho Chi Minh City.

Affordable prices of tourism products and services, and food are a plus.

Some resort owners said that many lodging facilities have mushroomed in the city, giving multiple options to overnight travelers.

Many cars are parked along a seaside road in Phan Thiet City. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
Many cars are parked along a seaside road in Phan Thiet City. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
Visitors are pictured playing on a beach in Phan Thiet City. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
Visitors are pictured playing on a beach in Phan Thiet City. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

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