Trash, overpricing, visa restrictions: What hold Vietnam's tourism back

June 3, 2024 | 06:33 pm PT
Trash, overpricing, visa restrictions: What hold Vietnam's tourism back
Foreign tourists walk with a tour guide (R) in Hoi An, May 11, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh
Vietnam can uplift tourism with strong actions to end street littering, overpricing and ease visa restrictions, readers said.

"I have seen no signs of change between 2019 and my last trip last month. Saigon is still atrocious, garbage is still everywhere, sidewalks officially became parking lots, goods & services are overpriced and under-delivered relative to regional competitors, etc... if anything it has become worse after the Covid re-opening."

"Just get rid of all the rubbish everywhere, everywhere you go in Vietnam there is rubbish everywhere, tourists travel by road to many attractions but along every road rubbish everywhere it's a real eyesore and I know it spoils people’s holidays here."

"Immigration handling at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat airport is hardly a pleasant welcome to Vietnam. Hour-long queues after a long, even short, flight with only one officer at each double booths. Baggage and Customs are fine but Immigration is woeful."

"We live and work in Vietnam, we have tried the hot spots for vacation (Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue...) We really wanted to support local tourism but how long can you go on overpriced, low quality vacations before you realize it's not worth the support? Every vacation, weekend getaway and overnight transfer in the last 2 years starts at the international terminal. Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia this year - next is Thailand, Japan and maybe Cambodia again."

"Better visa policies, better airports, better infrastructure, more diverse range of options available to tourists, better customer service."
Chris Roberts concludes on how regional countries beat Vietnam on tourism ground.

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