It is undeniable that Covid has placed a serious impact on the tourism industry; however, the difficulties posed by Covid might also have contributed to bringing new travel experiences, which are authentic, nature-friendly and wellbeing-oriented, to Vietnamese travelers.
Recently, glamping has become much more popular as Vietnamese millennial travelers start looking for authentic experiences that are close to nature. Glamping is also a way to help travelers realize their wanderlust at the same time have a safe space with social distancing since glampsites are mostly located in unspoiled areas that are away from the city center. Some destinations within Vietnam which are gradually becoming viral for their glampsites at the moment include Da Lat, Ha Giang, and Cat Tien.
Da Lat is undoubtedly the most famous glamping destination in Vietnam at the present with extremely diverse areas of hills, forests, valleys or lakeside, which are ideal for a glamping trip.
One of the popular glampsites is CampArt by #MợJen, a glampsite next to Suoi Vang lake located in the Golden Valley as many Vietnamese celebrities chose this to pay a visit last year. The attraction of CampArt by #MợJen lies in the fact that its capacity is limited to only 30 guests per day, with different kinds of tents located far from one another for privacy. Besides, this glampsite is also considered to provide the most European-styled glamping experiences.
In addition to the conventional tent-liked glampsites, there is a phenomenon of Campervan in Libra Valley Dalat, located 4.3 kilometers from Langbiang Hill and 7 kilometers from Dalat Flower Gardens as it takes advantage of old vans and transforms them into a “mini guest house” with a bed, a set of tables and chairs for two, a refrigerator, an oven, a stove and a kettle. The campsite is quite fully-equipped with a common space, a shared washing machine, a kitchen with a microwave and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
Although having been developed and improved quality, glamping areas in Vietnam at the moment are still below the five-star service quality of those in foreign countries. The facilities and amenities at the glampsites are in mid-scale in general to enhance its affordability and preserve the original atmosphere of a normal camping trip.
SUP (Stand-Up-Paddling) and kayaking
The trend of SUP boarding and kayaking became popular again in 2020 since the pandemic led to travel restrictions, forcing travelers to seek staycation and find new experiences in their own city. Kayaking has long been a dynamic travel experience, but after the epidemic, it has gained more and more attention thanks to its contribution to the travelers wellbeing and personalization as they can freely enjoy the destination in their own way.
SUP is usually popular in flat water and therefore, almost any locality in Vietnam, not necessarily a beach destination, can take advantage of this activity as long as it has rivers, streams or lakes. Currently, SUP has appeared in the provinces across Vietnam from North to South such as Ha Giang (with Nho Que river), Hanoi (with West lake), Hoa Binh (with Hoa Binh lake), Thanh Hoa (with Ma River), Quang Binh (with Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park), Dak Nong (with Ta Nung Lake), Ho Chi Minh City (with Saigon River), as well as central coastal provinces and Mekong Delta localities.
The travel trend toward nature and less-crowded areas has made trekking and hiking gain increasing popularity in the past few years. These activities are likely to rise in the near future as Vietnam has many forests and hills, which are interesting to expand the travel experience of guests at the destination.
Some of the most beautiful trekking and hiking trails in Vietnam include Ta Nang – Phan Dung through the three provinces of Lam Dong – Ninh Thuan – Binh Thuan, Cat Ba island in Hai Phong, cave systems in Quang Binh, Fansipan – the roof of Indochina, or Cuc Phuong National Park, Nam Cat Tien, Bach Ma, etc.
As most of the activities and experiences mentioned above are related, there are now trekking tours to the hills or lakeside valleys, where travelers will rest in the glampsites and further explore nature with SUP or kayaking. Destinations that can combine all three activities above are more likely to attract local visitors with new staycation packages, as well as easily attract travelers from other localities in the coming time.