Da Nang is the only representative of Vietnam named in the list, following Bangkok Chinatown in Thailand.
“Asia is back — brighter, bolder, and more ambitious than ever. The region took longer than others to shake off pandemic-related travel restrictions and border closures, but has returned in full force, eager to remind international travelers what they’ve been missing,” according to the U.S. magazine.
Da Nang, a modern beach city located amidst dozens of UNESCO-recognized sites in Vietnam’s heartland — including Hoi An City and the former imperial capital city of Hue — is one of Asia’s big post-COVID-19 success stories.
The city welcomed more than 1.6 million international tourist arrivals in the January-September period this year, exceeding the target of 1.5 million set early this year.
Many international air routes have been reopened, making the city easier to get to than ever.
|Tourists visit Ba Na Hills, a popular tourist site in Da Nang City, central Vietnam.
Son Tra Peninsula, located just 20 minutes from the city center, is another tourist draw. It is home to a 17-story, 67-meter-high statue of Lady Buddha, as well as endangered red-shanked douc langurs that live in the peninsula’s nature reserve.
Food specialties like mi Quang, a noodle delicacy of the central region, and banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes) should be another feature of any travel itinerary, the U.S. magazine suggested.
Hotel and resort developers are also taking note of Da Nang’s newfound popularity.
Other destinations in Condé Nast Traveller’s list are Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, Kobe City in Japan, Kochi City in India, Mongolia, Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, and south and central Sri Lanka.