Le Thanh Son and three of his friends from the central highland town of Buon Ma Thuot will spend the holidays in Malaysia.

Vietnam will enjoy a four-day holiday for Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1) starting this Saturday.

Son, 30, said he decided to travel abroad to avoid the “massive crowds” and “heavy traffic jams” he has seen on previous national holidays.

He and his friend had driven to the resort town of Da Lat in the Central Highlands for the Reunification Day holiday in 2019. They had been stuck in heavy traffic for a few hours at the roundabout of the downtown.

During the three-day holiday for the Hung Kings festival this month, he visited Can Gio, on the outskirts of HCMC, but also saw crowds of people there.

“I promised myself never to go to crowded tourist hotspots during national holidays. It’s tiring and time-consuming.”

Like Son, Thanh Mai and his family in Hanoi have decided to visit Cambodia over the upcoming holidays instead of battling the jostling crowds at national tourist hotspots.

Mai said she booked a tour package for 7.5 million VND ($328.74) per person.

Although his family had first planned a trip to Phu Quoc Island off the south coast, the thought of the crowds at the restaurants and entertainment venues and the hours it would take to catch a taxi or Getting entry tickets was confusing.

The choice of overseas tours for people wishing to avoid domestic holiday crowds has been made easier as many countries around the world have reopened international tourism and lifted travel restrictions. Vietnam has also resumed regular flights and eased entry restrictions for people returning from overseas.

Hoang Thuy Linh, deputy director of marketing and communications at tour operator HCMC Saigontourist, said their overseas tours for the holiday were nearly full.

His company will organize 60 tours for Vietnamese tourists in Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. There are still a few slots left for tours in Asian countries like Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, she added.

Bui Thanh Tu, marketing director of travel company BestPrice, also saw positive signs for the outbound travel market as the number of holiday bookings increased.

Tu said that visiting Southeast Asian countries for holidays cost between 7 and 12 million VND per person. Tours to Dubai cost around 30 million VND and to the Maldives 60 million VND, a slight increase from normal days.

Under current regulations, foreigners entering Vietnam need only present a negative Covid test result.