7 Reasons Vietnam is an Excellent Choice for an Incentive Trip
With over 10 million tourist arrivals in 2016, Vietnam is proving to be a growing destination for travel and indeed business. Among the most visited places in Vietnam are Ho Chi Minh City, the capital Hanoi, the beachside resort town of Nha Trang, the rice paddies and terraces of Sapa, and of course Ha Long Bay in the north. A dollar goes a long way in Vietnam and so it is no surprise that it is a favorite among backpackers all the way up to luxury and business travelers. Value is one of Vietnam’s many strengths as a MICE destination.
Here are 9 reasons Vietnam is an excellent choice for your next incentive or team building trip:
1. Great Savings
Vietnam set a record 10 million for international tourist arrivals in 2016, up 2 million from the previous year show that the country is beginning to take off and become a mature tourist destination with impressive hospitality. Vietnam, like Thailand, has a strong transportation network with vans, buses, trains, and flights available to transfer people across the country easily. With a rich history and culture, combined with great value, Vietnam has something for everyone.
2. Ho Chi Minh City
The largest city in Vietnam and also the business capital of the country is well equipped to welcome corporations seeking MICE destinations. As a former French colony, Ho Chi Minh City, or as the locals say, Saigon, the city retains much of its former French charm with wide, long boulevards, French colonial architecture, café culture, and a culinary legacy. It is also possible to visit the former Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi tunnels, as well as other Vietnam War era attractions.
3. Established travel infrastructure
Domestic flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi typically run for under a hundred dollars. The Reunification Express train takes about 24 hours to run from the south to the north or vice versa and private sleeping compartments can be purchased also. Besides travel by air or train, buses and vans connect the major cities with many smaller off the beaten track destinations that can only be experience in a place like Vietnam. Sleeper buses are also available that allow passengers to lay down in a more comfortable position making longer distance bus travel more attractive for their comfort and fair pricing.
4. Unforgettable memories
Whether you are staying in HCMC or Hanoi, riding motorbikes down the Ho Chi Minh trail, team bonding in the jungle around Dalat, or attending seminars at the beach resort city of Nha Trang, Vietnam will return home with you in the form of the wonderful pictures, videos, souvenirs, and fond memories. Once in the country it is easy to arrange tours with local guides at very affordable rates and build memories that last a lifetime.
5. Varied Climate
While the south is typically hot and rainy, the central region is hot and dry, and the north is relatively cooler and mountainous. This means that if the company is from a hot and stuffy Asian metropolis such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, or Hong Kong, incentive trips to northern Vietnam offer a respite from the eternal heat and sweat of the hustle and bustle of the Asian Tiger mega cities.
6. Excellent team building activities
Team building opportunities in Vietnam are as varied as the country itself! The lush jungle, mountainous north, and seemingly unending coastline of beaches and islands make Vietnam an excellent choice to take employees out of the urban rate race and revitalize company morale through adventurous and extreme team building exercises in the great outdoors. On the flip side the major cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Nha Trang all possess top quality conference and business centers for seminars and indoor team activities.
7. Central location within Southeast Asia
Vietnam is 1 and at max 4 hours away from the business centers of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and southern China. This proximity and cheap flights give Vietnam further value in that less time is lost on lengthy travel arrangements to destinations beyond Asia.