Extended public holiday sees popular getaways welcome huge numbers of visitors.
Thousands of visitors have flocked to tourism sites over the extended Reunification Day and May Day public holiday. Sam Son Beach in northern Thanh Hoa province, Cua Lo Beach in northern Nghe An province and Da Nang city and Hue in the central region have attracted some 30,000, 144,000, 450,000 and 81,000 visitors, respectively, since April 27, according to local authorities.
Central Quang Binh province also attracted around 100,000 visitors paying their respects at the tomb of the late General Vo Nguyen Giap, who passed away in 2013, according to Mr. Ngoc Tan Hao, who is in charge of security at the site.
Traffic jams accompanied the large exodus of people away from cities to tourist sites. In Nghe An province traffic was backed up for 15 km along Highway 46 from Vinh city to Cua Lo Beach, said Mr. Vo Van Tho, Head of the Cua Lo Chamber of Culture.
To meet demand, international flights during the holiday period to Da Nang tripled year-on-year, while all other domestic flights from April 25 to May 5 also saw greater frequencies. The Da Nang fireworks festival was said to be behind the major increase in visitors to the city.
Many hotels were fully booked. Nearly all of Sam Son’s 12,000 rooms had been taken prior to April 30 while Cua Lo’s 8,000 rooms in 270 hotels were booked out before April 27.
Despite the major increase in tourist numbers the tariff on accommodation at major tourist sites only saw minor increases. The hotline of the Da Nang Market Surveillance Agency received very few complaints about unreasonable price rises at hotels, according to Agency Head Mr. Lu Bang.
Many of those preferring not to travel over the holiday period visited local entertainment areas instead. In Ho Chi Minh City thousands of people went to Dam Sen Park or Thao Cam Vien Zoo, causing major overcrowding.