Vietnam lags behind regional peers in solo travel destination ranking
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A tourist sits on a cliff on top of Pha Luong Mountain in Son La Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Meo Gia.
Vietnam stood behind many of its Southeast Asian neighbors in a best solo travel place listing, ranking 46th out of 73 destinations, a report says.
The country lagged far behind neighbors like Thailand (9th), Singapore (20th), the Philippines (27th), Malaysia (28th) and Indonesia (32nd), according to the global ranking compiled by American media company U.S. News & World Report.
The ranking measures 73 travel destinations around the globe based on seven factors: culturally accessible, fun, friendly, pleasant climate, safe, scenic and approachable.
"Vietnam is densely populated and growing quickly, with about a third of the population living in bustling cities," the report read.
"War ravaged much of Vietnam’s landscape, but fantastic caves, imperial landmarks and emerald island coves remain. Pho, a brothy noodle soup, and a growing culinary arts scene have garnered global attention."
When it comes to traveling alone, European and South Pacific countries are seen as the best.
Spain topped the list, followed by Italy and Greece. New Zealand came in fourth and Australia rounded out the top five.
"With an increasing number of people around the world vaccinated against Covid-19, anticipation is growing over the prospect of obtaining a "vaccine passport," leaving lockdowns and taking a respite. But while vacations can sometimes be associated with families and friends packed together in cars, more people are ditching group adventures to travel the globe solo," the U.S. News newspaper said.
Vietnam has stopped all international commercial flights since March 2020 and remains closed to foreign tourists. Visitors entering the country since have mainly been experts, high-tech workers, and investors.