Vietnam ideal for Asia first-timers
Updated : Friday, October 12, 2018 11:21 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamand Hong Kong are places where travellers should get their first Asiaexperience, Canadian travel news site Mapped said.

A bowl of bun oc (snail noodle soup), a favourite Hanoi dish - File Photo

Hong Kong offered a moremodern experience while Vietnam provided a more true and authentic taste of theAsian lifestyle, it said.

Food lovers should visitHanoi’s Dong Xuan Market, which offered a variety of food from a bowlof pho to something like snail soup.

Visitors should also take acruise through Ha Long Bay for jaw-dropping limestone landscapes andfairytale-like pictures of the Gulf of Tonkin, trek around Sa Pa to explore thevast golden rice fields and spend time on the beach or try out the scooterexperience.

Vietnam’s rising star in theglobal tourism firmament over the last decade has been affirmed by itsconsistent ranking in global lists by big-name travel publications like The Guardian, CNN, Lonely Planet,TripAdvisor, and Rough Guides.

According to its GeneralStatistics Office, Vietnam received 11.6 million foreign visitors in the firstnine months of 2018, up 22.9 percent from last year.

In 2018, Vietnam aims toserve 16 million international tourists and 80 million domestic holidaymakers.


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