Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Halong are four of the Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations recognized by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.
Hanoi is rated fourth on the list while HCM City, Hoi An and Halong rank 15th, 17th and 25th, respectively.
“The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving its Old Quarter, historic monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern development. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city,” is what the TripAdvisor website says about Hanoi.
The travel site also describes HCM City as Vietnam’s largest, bustling largest hub which sets the cultural and economic pace of the country.
Hoi An on the central Vietnamese coast is a well-preserved example of an important Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th-19th centuries, and Halong is famous for its stunning limestone islands, rock formations and caves.
The fifth annual awards recognise 412 outstanding destinations in 38 markets across the globe, including with separate lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, and Central America, as well as China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.
The awards are given in two categories: Top 25 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations and Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations. The Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards recognize the top travel spots worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of the destinations, taking into account travellers’ favourites and most highly rated locations.
The awards ceremony will be held in Singapore on June 18.