Foreign back-packers stay for week in HCMC, survey

Some foreign back-packer in Pham Ngu Lao street. A single foreign back-packer spends US$600 during a stay in and around the vicinity of the back packers area of Pham Ngu Lao Street in HCMC (Photo: U. Phuong) 

A research study conducted by Dr. Nguyen Duc Tri, head of the tourism faculty at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City has revealed that a single foreign back-packer spends approx. VND12 million (US$600) during a stay in and around the vicinity of the back packers area of Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr. Tri disclosed this at a scientific seminar on the Pham Ngu Lao tourism section. The seminar “Planning of Pham Ngu Lao tourism section of the district” was held by the People’s Committee of District 1 and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on July 7.

Foreign travelers normally spent from a couple of days to a week in HCMC. Approx. 96.8 percent of tourists stayed in HCMC up to 22 days and spent an average of one week in the Pham Ngu Lao section. The tourism section receives on an average 1,900 visitors per day.

By L. Nam – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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