End-year is a great chance to make a review and take note of the new travel inspirations for the upcoming year. From the famous tourism and travel platforms, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Ninh Binh were honourably mentioned in the lists of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, Asia, and worldwide.
THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN VIETNAM ON A GLOBAL SCALE: CERTIFIED, QUALIFIED, AND PROMISING
Recently, Tripadvisor has just launched the top list for the destination for 2023 with six categories including popularity, food, culture, nature, trending, and skiing. Among six pillars, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, and Hoi An are three Vietnamese representatives, and Hanoi takes the spotlight when appearing simultaneously in two categories.
Hanoi: the most popular destination in Vietnam for food and culture
Specifically, TripAdvisor honoured Hanoi in two categories including Best Destinations for Food and Most Popular Destinations. For the first category, Hanoi ranked third place after Roma (Italy) and Crete (Greece). Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam as well as the heart of Vietnamese cuisine. There are many representative dishes which have the origins in Hanoi, such as pho, egg coffee, bun cha, banh mi, and so on. With its diverse gastronomy, Hanoi is well deserving of appreciation from TripAdvisor for its sophisticated cuisine. Besides, recently, Banh Cuon – the famous rice rolls from Thanh Tri (Hanoi) – was in the top 10 of the most delicious food globally from the critics of the famous Australian magazine “Traveller”.
For the second category, Hanoi is in 17th place out of the 25 most popular destinations based on the votes of TripAdvisor’s users. The site praised the charming city with its well-preserved architecture, historical values, the fusion between Western and Oriental cultures, and outstanding cuisine. Furthermore, the users also suggested some famous attractions in Hanoi to visit, such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum or Hoa Lo Prison attest. Also, as the city is famous for “the water inner city”, the site also recommended tourists visit different lakes and the Red River area in Hanoi.
Trending destinations: Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An
Under the category of Top Trending Destinations, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An are the representative from Vietnam honourably appearing on the list alongside world-famous destinations like Cuba, Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), and Copenhagen (Denmark). Notably, Hoi An is in second place, and the famous city in the middle region of Vietnam amazes tourists with its beautiful traditions and unique architecture representing the long history of the city. Moreover, within the same month, Hoi An was also on the list of “Most Beautiful Destinations” of the well-known travel magazine Travel and Leisure.
Ho Chi Minh City is in the 17th spot out of 25 destinations. Travellers are into the dynamic and contrasting atmosphere of the city. Ho Chi Minh City is full of a young and vibrant vibe with skyscrapers, central business districts, and youngster hubs. In contrast, the relics from Vietnam War, the Saigon River, and the rural area make Ho Chi Minh City more peaceful and tranquil. Furthermore, taking a tour of the Mekong Delta, Ben Thanh market, and floral streets are the notable nominees from the voters to enjoy the foremost part of the city.
Most welcoming destination: Ninh Binh
Lastly, Booking.com – one of the biggest Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in the world – has recently listed Ninh Binh as one of the most world-welcoming destinations. Ranked 7th on the list, the Dutch-based OTA praised the city for its richness in historical values and natural magnificence. A boat tour passing the paddy fields is the favourite touring activity from the opinions of the users on this website. In addition, also appearing on this list last year, Hoi An was the representative from Vietnam honoured as one of the ten most welcoming cities on Earth.
MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN VIETNAM: TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS
Each of the destinations has its own charms and uniqueness. Therefore, the travelling ideas will be distinct from city to city. Below in this section, you might find some travel tips and suggestions from the local experts on how to fully live up to your experience in each city.
Cool gastronomic tour in Hanoi
If you find a place that fills with many signature Vietnamese dishes to try, it should be Hanoi. A culinary tour dedicated to Hanoian street food is a favourable approach to understanding and blending into the local culture.
Each type of ingredient can provide various choices for the dishes that you can take. For instance, noodle is a clear example of how diverse the cuisine can offer to you. Apart from the famous Pho or Bun Cha, you can taste Bun Ngan or Mien Ngan, a dish that includes sour rice noodles or vermicelli noodles served with Vietnamese goose meat and broth. Taking a local food tour is a good deal to consider because apart from tasting the best food that only the local people know, you can understand deeply the story behind the dishes and have a stronger connection with the local cuisine. You can check out the amazing Hanoi Street food tour from AVT which can leverage your cuisine experience to a higher level.
Eco and relaxing tour in Hoi An
Talking about Hoi An reminds us of a tranquil city with a relaxing vibe apart from the hustling and rush of modern life. Recently, with the stressful lifestyle in the urban area and resonating with the effects of Covid-19, wellness tourism has become a trend as well as an emerging demand for a large group of tourists. Therefore, a destination like Hoi An is the right “medicine” to cure the hurting and painful souls. To enjoy the chill vibe fully and immerse totally in the peaceful Hoi An, the bike tour is highly recommended. Not only wandering around the main Old Quarter and riverside areas of Hoi An, but the bike tour from AVT can also take you to visit the surrounding villages, meet local people, join their daily activities, and luxuriate in the rustic nature and scenery. Nothing can be more healing than direct human interaction and nature.
The most popular destinations in Vietnam for dynamic and new energy: Ho Chi Minh City
Regarding Ho Chi Minh City, it could be said that no place can be more suitable to be lively and live up the history at the same time. A day tour with cyclo around the city can be the best choice to visit all the most famous historical and cultural attractions around Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, the cyclo tour can make you feel the realness of Saigon’s lifestyle. On the other hand, when lighting up the night, Ho Chi Minh turns into a different personality. Dynamic energy is everywhere and in a different formats. There are diverse options to feel the real vibrant of the city, such as visiting the night market, hanging out at Bui Vien Street, watching the Lo To show (the popular local art form in the South of Vietnam), and chilling by the Sai Gon riverbank.
Ninh Binh Day Tour
Last but not least, Ninh Binh is an outstanding destination in Vietnam to visit. The destination has everything that you want to see and is suitable for multiple types of tourists: natural wonders, cultural identity, historical values, and delicious local food. A local suggestion for a day trip in Ninh Binh includes exploring the Trang An heritage complex (Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Mua Cave, Trang An ancient capital), Cuc Phuong National Park, and eating local food (goat meat and dried rice with pork chop).
If you want to examine if the international praises for those fantastic cities are true or not, go on the tour with AVT. Here at AVT, we proudly offer you plenty of choices from long-day package tour which includes all the best cities in Vietnam like Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Binh, and Hue. Also, we have regional and day tours which more focus on one city or region’s outstanding characteristics. Check out the offer in the Travel Style section or let us know your idea via the Build Your Own Trip button. We are always here to listen to your wishes and welcome you to our beautiful Vietnam. Let us make your dream trip come true!