Up and Coming Luxury Travel Hotspots: Vietnam and Cambodia

Luxury travel is something that is difficult to define due to the fact that it is both subjective and constantly evolving. Something that most experts in the industry can agree on is that seeing the world with a luxurious spin is about creating a memory that people will cherish and look back on with fondly for the rest of their lives.

While luxury travelers of yesteryear were easily impressed by glitz and glamour, today’s consumers take a more sophisticated approach with an interest in authentic experiences and gaining intimate insights and a deeper connection with the culture of the destination. Many luxury travelers gravitate toward immersing themselves in cultures that the common traveler has not had an opportunity to see.

With this development in mind, it is not surprising that Vietnam and Cambodia are rapidly becoming highly sought after destinations for high-end travelers. The unique combination of lavish hotels and authentic experiences make these regions tough to beat.

These countries have set their focus on developing tourism with newly constructed boutique hotels, activities and tours. Vietnam has even agreed to invest $6 billion in Cambodia’s domestic companies which will likely be used in the improvement of roads and therefore better accessibility to tourist hotspots. Southeast Asian tourism is no longer dominated by Thailand and Malaysia, as has been the case in the past.

Economic Reform

Economic reform in Vietnam has also created a new upper class that can afford the products sold in Ho Chi Minh City’s designer boutiques. Retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana are now receiving business from local residents in addition to tourists. This newly acquired supplement in local business ensures that they can stay profitable during the off-season when tourist spending is down.

Improved Infrastructure

The development of roads in the provinces of Cambodia and Vietnam were a crucial first step in bringing life to tourism in both countries. Increased safety, convenient flight patterns and ease of overland transportation have been other key factors in drawing more tourists to the region.

Places to See

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument ever built. It is historic, architecturally astounding and naturally beautiful. This site is at the top of the list when most world travelers are determining itineraries. If you are not familiar with Angkor Wat, I would recommend checking out this video captured by National Geographic.

Ha Long Bay includes 1,600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape with limestone pillars. The majority of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. The following link will give you an idea of the beauty.

Song Saa Private Island is located on Koh Quen and Koh Bong, two small bordering islands in the Koh Rong archipelago, and just a 30 minute boat ride from Sihanoukville or one hour flight from Siem Reap. This Island boasts world-class beaches, luxury hotels, seven ocean view villas with private seashores, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities and nighttime boat cruises.

Song Saa Resort borders the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and is still largely undeveloped and open. This is a great place if you are looking for peace and quiet.

The Central Coast of Vietnam is also becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia due to world-class resorts, golf courses and improved accessibility via newly expanding plane routes from China, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong..

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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kristopher Hewkin


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