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#1 2010-12-01 04:46:43

Benoit
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The Mekong's rural areas stay blissfully away from the masses

Vietnam News relays the declarations of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, an industry association, estimating the number of tourists in the delta at 19 million this year and naming the provinces most visited, which must count the Vietnamese tourists, seeing that this is actually 5-6 times more than the maximum foreigner-grade hosting capacity of the whole delta.

Considering how we do not see so many tourists in Cần Thơ, the Association's figure, which will attract more investors to the provinces named than tourists, may need to be put in context. They point the provinces of Cà Mau, Kiên Giang, An Giang and Cần Thơ as being the most visited, which may hint at a bias in the data: maybe they have been counting the nights spent in the delta rather than the visitors. Maybe even every night.

The province of Tiền Giang (Mỹ Tho, Cái Bè),
much nearer to Ho Chi Minh City, would otherwise appear to be the most visited by very far, as mass tourism typically only take day trips and so only reach the near side of the nearest branch of the Mekong.

This figure also includes passage places like An Giang (Châu Đốc),
where travelers to Cambodia until now typically spend a night, and Kiên Giang, with the island of Phú Quốc, which is rapidly developing a mass tourism business in large resorts and hotels. As this is a place to stay longer, if you count each night rather than each visitor, you must certainly soon run into high figures.

However, we are blissed that these figures seem to report more on some mass destinations than on the remote places the better organized cruise services can take their passengers to.

Benoit

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