The number of foreign tourists arriving in Vietnam in the first nine months is estimated to have reached nearly 4.85 million, a year-on-year increase of 13 percent, according to the General Statistics Office.

However in September alone, only 460,238 tourists visited the country, a decrease of 13.7 percent against August.

Tourists from the Republic of Korea saw the highest increase with 38.2 percent, followed by Malaysia (25.4 percent), Japan (24.5 percent), Thailand (23.4 percent), Taiwan (19.4 percent) and France (8.1 percent).-VNA