The Republic of Korea (RoK) is attracting increasing numbers of Vietnamese travellers thanks to its scenic landscapes, distinctive culture and simplified visa procedures.

Last year, there were approximately 140,000 Vietnamese visitors to the RoK, a 20 percent increase from 2013, according to the Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper.

The Ho Chi Minh City-based BenThanh Tourist, through its cooperation with the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air, is offering tours to the RoK at 17.99 million VND (850 USD) per person, a 30 percent reduction.

The discounted tours leave from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City during March.

The itinerary includes visits to Kyeongbok palace and the Lotte World park in Seoul, strolls on poetic Nami island, and the exploration of ethnic groups in Seongeup village on Jeju island.-VNA