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ON September 2, Vietnam observed its National Day to commemorate the late president Ho Chi Ming reading the Declarations of independence of Vietnam at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi on September 2, 1945.

It signified major turning point for the Southeast Asian country as it officially marked the independence and sovereignty of Vietnam from France and Japan, and the establishment day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Vietnam’s National Day, a glorious public holiday, is typically celebrated with cheerful spirit with the Vietnamese flags on display everywhere you turn, coloring the streets with lively red backgrounds and jovial red stars. Thousands of Vietnamese people gather at Ba Dinh Square to witness the annual marching while fireworks are set off in every other major city.

For both local Vietnamese and travelers, it is also a good time to explore some of the country’s best destinations, such as its beaches.

According to Agoda, seven of the top 10 domestic destinations are located on the nation’s 2,000-kilometer coast, which means Vietnamese travelers are seeking a little vitamin-sea over the long weekend and getting ready for the rays.

Proximity to Ho Chi Minh City sees Vung Tau top the list for domestic getaways, with the countless connecting buses, limos and hydrofoil services ensuring the town is set to be buzzing over the long weekend.

Da Nang came in second, with adjacent Hoi An taking seventh place to ensure a busy period for the central coast. Perennial favorites Nha Trang and Phan Thiet claimed fourth and sixth spots respectively.

Unesco World Heritage-listed site Halong Bay’s hotels and junks are set to be popular too, with the stunning emerald bay claiming ninth spot ahead of the southern paradise island of Phu Quoc, which rounded out the top 10.

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Mountain towns Dalat (fifth) and Sapa (eight) also featured in the top 10, as did the nation’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, which was the only major city in the top 10, coming in third.

Meanwhile, city-breaks dominate for travelers who are pulling-out-the-passports over National Day, with Bangkok and Singapore topping the list of destinations for the period. Other Asian metropolises such as Taipei, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur also fared well with Vietnamese travelers this year.

Thanks to the addition of direct air services earlier this year, Bali has climbed in prominence to claim third spot among international destinations, drawing travelers with its myriad beach, mountain, culinary and cultural offerings, as well as visa-free entry for Vietnamese.

Paris was the only non-Asian city to crack the top 10 internationally, while direct flights to Tokyo saw the city occupy seventh spot on the list.

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