US Is Vietnam's Top Source of Tourism Dollars
Americans spent $100M last year
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
In this file photo, Vietnamese fishermen start their morning fishing in Ha Long bay in northern Quang Ninh province.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

(Newser) – US troops may have left Vietnam about 40 years ago, but US tourists continue to return in a big way. Americans spent $100 million in the country last year, making it the top source of tourist dollars for the nation, reports the Vietnam News Agency. South Korea ($82.6 million) and Australia ($82.1 million) were the next closest. Don't be surprised if Russia makes the top three next year: A separate report at VietnamNet says visits from Russians are booming—170,000 in the first seven months of the year, up 57% from last year. (It didn't have a dollar figure for comparison's sake.)

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Sep 18, 2013 2:49 AM CDT
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Sep 17, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
The first time I left Nam was in Dec’71. In 2008 I returned with my wife as part of a tour and was surprised at how friendly the people were and how beautiful the country was. Interesting that in the hotels and restaurants we went to the menus and price listings were in U.S. Dollars and prices were very reasonable. By the way, the first thing that struck me getting off the plane was also the same thing that struck me the first time around – the heat and humidity.
Sep 17, 2013 11:42 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD.... I knew a guy who served (3) tours in Vietnam .. and took a (3) week vacation back to Vietnam, and visited a lot of the places with a Vietnamese guide, where he fought and was stationed at.................... REALLY