Hanoi has been honored by TripAdvisor in the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2024 awards. It ranked first in the category of 20 Best Food Destinations and fourth in the category of 25 Top Destinations. The travel site described Hanoi as a charming capital that has preserved its Old Quarter, monuments, and colonial architecture while combining them with modern developments. The city’s appeal is further enhanced by its lakes, parks, boulevards, and numerous temples and pagodas. Hanoi is easily explored by taxi.

Hoi An Ancient Town in central Quang Nam Province also received recognition, ranking tenth in the Top Destinations category and second in the Honeymoon Destinations category. Hoi An is a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries. It has become a popular destination for backpackers and tourists who can visit attractions such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple. The town is known for its traditional colored lanterns, which are displayed on the 14th day of every lunar month.

Hue, an ancient imperial city in central Vietnam, gained the eighth position in the Cultural Destinations category. It is famous for the Huong (Perfume) River, which flows through the heart of Hue City and adds a poetic and lyrical beauty to the city. Hue is home to numerous historic sites, including the ornate Imperial Citadel, royal tombs, Thanh Toan Bridge, and the Forbidden Purple City.

Other Vietnamese destinations recognized by TripAdvisor in the Trending Destinations category include Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, ranking third, and Sa Pa Town in Lao Cai Province, ranking fifth. Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its limestone islands, rock formations, and caves, which have been shaped by wind and water over centuries. Visitors can explore its beauty by renting a kayak or taking a tour. Sa Pa Town provides a peaceful oasis amidst the mountains and rice paddies, and features a Gothic stone church that reflects the town’s French influence. Visitors are recommended to enjoy Vietnamese or European-inspired cuisine downtown and experience the Saturday night “love market.”

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