Based on the huge potential for development of bilateral ties between Vietnam and India in tourism, and also the direct flight routes connecting two cities of India and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, it is expected that Vietnam will welcome the 100,000th Indian visitor to Vietnam in near future.
According to the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam, Ms. Preeti Saran, most of Indian travelers favor cultural and historical sites, especially those related to Buddhism and Hinduism. Therefore, the world cultural heritage site of My Son in central Quang Nam province and ancient pagodas are attractive destinations to Indian holiday-makers.
She also suggested the Vietnamese tourism sector strengthens the promotion of its cuisine among Indian tourists as Vietnam has a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits that meet the taste of Indians, particularly vegetarians.
At present 10,000 Indian tourists come to Vietnam every year due to the lack of information on Vietnamese tourism and a direct air route between the two countries. However, on November 5, India’s Jet Airways launched direct routes between New Delhi and Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air also have plans to run direct flights to India’s localities. The opening of direct flights is expected to help foster the two countries’ tourism ties.
Indian citizens also may find it much easier to obtain a visa to Vietnam since they now have two ways to go about this matter:
- Apply for a visa at Vietnam Embassy; OR
- Apply for a visa on arrival (for its guide, please click here)