ABOUT Vietnam - A new favorite of British tourists. The annual review revealed a year-on-year growth of 68 percent in currency sales – suggesting a boom in Vietnam holidays, fuelled by the introduction of direct flights last December and a host of new beach resorts. Bao Son Paradise - A perfect choice for relaxation. Vietnam travel is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for British tourists, according to a new report the Vietnamese dong was the fastest-growing foreign currency in the United Kingdom this past summer. The annual review revealed a year-on-year growth of 68 percent in currency sales – suggesting a boom in Vietnam holidays, fuelled by the introduction of direct flights last December and a host of new beach resorts. National carrier Vietnam Airlines began service between Gatwick and Hanoi in December 2011, the first direct flights to Vietnam from Britain, reducing the journey by several hours. Another reason for the sharp increase of Britons vacationing in Vietnam is the recent opening of new holiday resorts. Anantara Mui Ne officially opened its doors in April this year, while the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort made its grand opening in June 2012. More international chain hotels are expected to open in Vietnam in the near future, including the Hilton Da Nang, which plans to welcome its first guests in 2013, and Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ Quy Nhon due to open in 2015.
CLIMATE The weather in Nha Trang is warm and comfortable anytime during the year can be favorable for a trip to the tourism city. In summer often lasts from May with sunlight and hot weather, suitable for natural tourism such as ecotourism, ocean tourism or water sports; while the other months could be pleasing for tourists to visit cultural and historical places such as Ponagar Temple Tower, Vinpearl or The Nha Trang Aquarium. While most of the South of Vietnam is turned into water for half of a year by monsoon winds, Nha Trang experiences only four “wet months”, from September till mid-December, which are also a time to reconsider visiting Nha Trang. In the first eight months of the year, this coastal city enjoys a warm and beautiful weather and so any day between January and August is good time to start your holiday in Nha Trang. Though long dry season gives beach lovers a big time budget to enjoy the sun-sea-sand in the area, tourists are advised to visit here before the late of June to avoid high humidity and tropical heat in two hottest months of the year (July and August). The best time to visit Nha Trang would be from February till April, when temperature is kept around 26-27 degree Celsius, and precipitation stay at the lowest level of the year. Spring months are also the best time to dive here. Some coral-rich dive sites that diving enthusiasts should not miss out on are Small Hill, South Reef, and Moray Beach After, all around Mun Island. If your trip is scheduled for July or August, remember to give Hòn Bà, the first position on your tourist attraction list. The mountain with cool climate all year round is absolutely a great place to hide from the summer heat. Autumn travel in Nha Trang is not recommended. Though it is not cold, rainy, tropical storm and typhoon may annoy most of tourists. Visitors in Vietnam tourism planning to visit the area from September till December should keep your eyes on the local weather forecast.
BEWARE Most visits to Vietnam are trouble free but you should remain alert. Petty crime is not confined to the backpacker districts but also occurs in the main tourist shopping areas. Do not walk in secluded locations alone, or with people you do not know. There is low reporting of sexual assaults but tourists should travel with friends and take the normal precautions. Violent attacks against tourists have been reported in urban areas, as well as popular tourist areas, including Cat Ba and Nha Trang in the early morning or late at night. Some reports involve tourists being attacked while on a xe om (motorcycle taxi) or during disputes about being overcharged. There has been a recent increase in reports of handbags being stolen in Ho Chi Minh City. To minimise risk, be on your guard against pickpockets and avoid carrying handbags or wearing expensive looking jewellery or watches. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to store valuables, money or passports and carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport.
There have been reports of scams targeting tourists, involving fake charities, gambling and taxis. There have also been reports of arguments over hotel, restaurant or taxi bills turning violent or abusive. To ensure you have a trouble free stay in Vietnam it is worth researching places to stay before you arrive. To avoid potential disputes you should make sure you are clear about the level of service you can expect to receive and any associated charges.