Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Visit Vietnam: Asia's Best Value Destination

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Visit Vietnam: Asia's Best Value Destination

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Byline: Corey Bertalli Manger Grafton Travel

VIETNAM can be a polarising destination and is not everyone's cup of tea. One thing the country does very well is offer variety; it caters for the all types from the backpacker to the discerning traveller who likes to be spoilt. The last few years Vietnam has developed into a very popular holiday destination for Australians. We now have a choice of airlines from Jetstar, Air Asia, Singapore Airlines and Vietnam Airlines all offering great airfares into Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. This competition between airlines means a saving for you. I sold an air ticket recently the other day for around the $950 mark that was a return ticket with all the taxes and fees, however if you are thinking about travelling around Christmas it will not be at that level.

Vietnam is a destination that won't break the bank. Meals, drinks, accommodation, transport, sightseeing and shopping are all very cheap. I would go as far as saying it would be on par or better than Bali as far as costs go. As for accommodation you can stay in 4 or 5 star hotels for much less than you would pay here in Australia for something similar.

As a holiday destination Vietnam will offer you many choices you can decide if you want to relax at one of the many beachside resorts along white sandy beaches located just 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City at Phu Quoc or be adventurous and explore Vietnam from top to bottom.

A few of must-see cities if you decide to visit Vietnam are Hanoi with its colonial architecture, the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, the beautiful city of Hoi An and, if time permits, an overnight stay on a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay is also recommended.

A great option for those of you who love cruising and have cruised the rivers of Europe is a Mekong River cruise. …

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