Phu Quoc (Kien Giang) is considered the most attractive destination during the holiday season of April 30 to May 1 this year.
“Phu Quoc is definitely the most crowded destination in Vietnam on the occasion of April 30 this year. From Tet until now, Phu Quoc is always crowded. Up to 90% of my guests this time are interested in combos to go to Phu Quoc”, shared Ms. Hoang Tuyet, director of Top One Travel travel agency.
More expensive than going to Singapore
Most travel combo agents commented that the price of air tickets to Phu Quoc has increased rapidly since the beginning of the year. Before that, airlines used to offer many good fare incentives. Only those who “hunt” from the beginning of the year can travel at a comfortable price during the holiday season 30/4-1/5. Currently, many parties comment that the price of airfare to Phu Quoc is “in the sky”.
According to the reporter’s research, the price of airfare to Phu Quoc (from Hanoi) in April (excluding holidays) is very high (about 5-6 million VND/person/round trip). Travelers say this price is even higher than going to Singapore and Malaysia. If you book tickets from last week, the amount you have to pay to buy a ticket to Singapore, Malaysia is only about 2-3 million VND/person/round trip.
“I calculate the average airfare to Phu Quoc on holidays is about 6.8 million VND/round trip/person. A hotel room for 3-4 nights is about 3-4 million VND. That does not include entrance fees, food and drink. Tourists who go on holiday without booking early will spend about 12-13 million VND/person on this occasion. If you can buy a travel combo or go on a tour, it will be lower”, said Ms. Pham Huyen, Director of Trading Co., Ltd. and Green King Service.
Ms. Huyen shared that airlines sometimes offer discounted flight tickets, but often in the middle of the night. Therefore, it is difficult for ordinary customers to “hunt” a good price.
In fact, visitors have quite a few options for this year’s holiday when tourist attractions are already operating normally. However, Phu Quoc is still the first choice compared to Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Da Nang or Da Lat (Lam Dong) despite the “high” airfare.
Explaining this, a Top One Travel representative shared: “Da Nang is a short flight with a relatively soft price. However, both Da Nang and Nha Trang are destinations that have been famous for too long, some people went to dozens of times, meanwhile, Phu Quoc emerged about 5-6 years ago and has more and more amusement parks and beautiful resorts.”
Combo price is near the top
The price of a travel combo will depend on up to 70% of the airfare and often fluctuate according to the airfare. Meanwhile, most hotels with 3 stars or more have announced prices from the beginning of the year for weekdays, holidays, peak days.
Therefore, only airfares are volatile. Currently, when compared with pre-epidemic prices, a representative of Best Price travel agency realizes that airfares are 30-50% higher. Even some peak days the ticket price is twice as high as weekdays. That leads to combo prices this year are generally higher than the past 2 years.
“It’s almost near the peak of 2019,” commented Mr. Bui Thanh Tu, the company’s Marketing Director.
Hung Kings’ Anniversary holiday is not too “hot”
This is the opinion of many companies about the trend of choosing the travel time of Vietnamese tourists in April – the time when there are 2 holidays. According to them, the holiday of April 30 to May 1 attracts more interested people.
Vietnamese tourists have always considered April 30 to May 1 as a big holiday, so they want to travel on this occasion. In addition, companies often have bonuses on this occasion, so people’s need to go out will be higher. More importantly, on this year’s holiday, April 30-1/5 has 4 days off and March 10 has only 3 days.
In fact, according to statistics from some travel companies, the number of tourists booking travel services on these two occasions is quite different (70% compared to 30%). Therefore, if you do not want to suffer from high prices and crowded tourist scenes, the occasion of the 10th of the third lunar month (the holiday on April 9-11) can be considered a good time for tourists to travel.
In case you still want to travel on April 30 to May 1 but have not booked a flight ticket or a hotel room, you should be prepared that the amount to be paid will be even higher, especially if your destination is Nha Trang, Da Nang or Da Lat.
As for Phu Quoc, Ms. Hoang Tuyet commented that the airfare to go here has almost peaked and is difficult to increase. However, if you book too close to the date, you will not have many options for flight time and satisfactory hotel rooms.
“In fact, many families have yet to buy plane tickets or book a hotel room. They are waiting for their child’s final exam schedule or summer vacation to decide,” Ms. Tuyet said.
@ Zing News