HCM City remains Vietnamese travellers’ favourite destination for New Year celebration hinh anh 1A corner of HCM City (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City remains a top favourite destination of Vietnamese tourists during the New Year holiday for the second consecutive year, according to data from digital travel platform Agoda.

Agoda said that travellers are looking for new experiences to celebrate the start of 2022. Famous cities remain hot destinations but the travel trend to 'escape' to more off-beat nature or beach destinations dominates this year's New Year's Eve plans.

Tourists in Vietnam are choosing 4-5 star venues to welcome the New Year, as they opt for ‘staycation’ due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel platform added.

Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai leapt to the second place this year from the seventh in the 2020’s ranking. Da Lat in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong was down one spot to the third place this year, followed by the capital city of Hanoi.

Phu Quoc island of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang occupied the fifth place thanks to its pilot programme to welcome foreign visitors back, followed by Nha Trang beach city in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa.

The northern province of Ninh Binh, home to various tourist attractions like Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Trang An landscape complex, was named in the list for the first time this year, ranking 10th./.