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Upland Tours in Vogue

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

With a strong passion for mobility, discovery and experience, modern people can go anywhere at any time. In summer, they prefer going to the sea. In winter, upland tours are well-liked. Vietnam expects to see a 15 per cent growth in upland tours this year.

Mr Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, noted that “The top task of the tourism industry in the second half of this year is to exert all the strengths to achieve the growth of least 30 per cent and this cannot be a better time for the Vietnamese tourism industry to take wings to fly.” Therefore, in addition to maintaining the charisma of central and southern coastal tourist attractions, it is also very important to boost the competitiveness of northern upland tours during the autumn-winter season to achieve this growth target.

Diversified upland tours woo visitors

National Day holidays will start the autumn-winter tourism season. Many have planned their travel for their families, with a majority opting out for short-day tours because they have 2-3 days off for this public holiday. In addition, there are many traditional festivals during this autumn - winter tourism season such as Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival, Halloween, Christmas and New Year with many stimulus programmes. As a result, these tours catch the fancy of foreign travellers. Weather is very good during this season and tourists can have perfect conditions to explore, experience and contemplate the scenic landscape.

To serve the needs of tourists, many travel companies such as Vietravel, Saigontourist and Vietsense have launched autumn - winter tours. Mr Nguyen Van Tai, Director of Vietsense Travel Company, said, “In recent years, travelling uplands has become much more popular. For this reason, we have opened up 50 different tours to serve travellers. In addition, localities have launched many arts and cultural programmes such as festivals, arts performances, cuisine or visits to museums and specialty sale points to lure tourists.”

Upland tourist attractions include Sapa, Moc Chau, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ban Gioc and Ba Be with terraced rice fields, white radish flower carpets or immense tea hills enchant countless visitors. In addition, hill-tribe indigenous cuisines, cultures, customs, habits and lifestyles are special lures to tourists.

Besides existing tourist areas, many new ones are also opened, including Tu Le, La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, Mu Cang Chai and Ta Xua to offer new choices for tourists. New destinations are advantageously pristine while local people are sincere and hospitable - the plus in the eyes of visitors.

Attractive tour prices

Apart from gorgeous natural landscapes, indigenous cultures and the hospitality of local people, tour prices are also important to tourists when they go uplands.

Highland tour prices usually range from VND1 million to VND3 million, affordable to many people. Furthermore, airfares, train fares and hotel room rates are also much lower than those the peak tourism season.

Ha Phuong, a Hanoi tourist, said: "With only VND1.5 million, I had a great trip to discover the Thai people living in Moc Chau-Mai Chau. The accommodation and food were quite cheap while travelling fees were low. The scenery was stunning. The local people were honest and easy going. I'm very impressed and will come back there.”

With such charms, upland tours are expected to be the most attractive this autumn - winter tourism season. Therefore, as visitors intend to relax or explore the white buckwheat flowers in Ha Giang, white cabbage flowers in Moc Chau, Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang, they should make early reservations and enjoy preferential policies from travel companies.

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