Vietnam on the fast track to wellness tourism

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The Anam spa in Vietnam. Photo: Theresa Storm BEYNE THIERY / CALGARY

Development is sweeping Vietnam, partially spurred by record tourism. Foreign visitors rose 20 per cent last year (with Canadian arrivals increasing eight per cent), which makes it the world’s fourth-fastest growing travel destination. And while handfuls of beach resort destinations pepper Vietnam’s 3,200-kilometre-long, S-shaped eastern seaboard, which runs the length of the country from north to south, two are making news now: Cam Ranh and Da Nang.

Quickly-developing Cam Ranh (on the south-central coast a half-hour south of Nha Trang) is shooting to be the country’s hottest new international resort destination, if it isn’t already, while Vietnam’s third-largest city Da Nang and the well-established central coast stretching south to Hoi An lead the country’s blossoming wellness trend, recognized for outstanding spas and retreats.

It is evident after travelling for seven weeks through much of the country that Vietnam and its tourism sector is undergoing a large-scale metamorphosis. What most surprises — and revives — us is the contemporary Western-style offerings, married with tranquil Asian esthetics, in these two sun and sand spots. For luxe lovers with a penchant for sea, sand and spa, the new developments are welcome news.

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