vietnam_las_vegasOnce attracting visitors in their millions with its ancient culture, music and breathtaking landscapes, Vietnam is now taking its tourism market in a whole new direction with fresh announcements regarding the country’s gambling laws.

Although currently illegal for locals in Vietnam, gambling soon looks set to be legalised as the government and heads of industry seek to capitalise on the increasing popularity for gambling in South East Asia and in particular online gambling with companies like bodog, sbobet and m88 indonesia.

Should the new regulations go ahead, the country is already well-equipped with the infrastructure to become the Las Vegas of Asia. Gambling is a hugely popular — although largely clandestine — activity in Vietnam, with locals participating in underground games of b?u cua cá c?p, Mahjong poker, Xiangqi, Ti?n lên and Tai Sai. If legalisation is approved, Vietnam will be furnished with a market of ready-made gambling fans primed to pour into newly-built casinos.

Although only open to foreign visitors, Ho Chi Minh City is also already packed with existing casinos that cater to all gambling tastes from flashy slot machines to tables for blackjack, poker and traditional asian gambling games.

As well as the casinos, it is the rise of Vegas-style casino hotels that heralds Vietnam as a new international centre for gambling. The combination of hotel and casino has proved a popular one for high-rolling tourists and the Lao Cai International, the Movenpick Hotel and The Royal International Gaming Club have all cashed in on this lucrative idea, incorporating luxury accommodation with high-end casinos to rival any on The Strip.

Vietnamese casinos are not sticking to traditional gambling either. Like Vegas, new high-tech gaming rooms such as the Movenpick’s Club 21 are springing up everywhere. Club 21 is packed with enough innovative blackjack, horse racing, slots and roulette machines to satisfy even the most tech-savvy of jet-setting gamblers.

Should the legalisation of gambling for locals go ahead then, the gambling industry in Vietnam has all the components it needs to grow in leaps and bounds. It’s gambling-loving population, casinos that are already popular with foreign visitors and the rise of fellow Asian countries as new international gaming hubs should combine to make Vietnam the Las Vegas of South East Asia.