Hanoi (VNA) – US travel site TripstoDiscover has
named Vietnam’s popular destinations Sa Pa (Lao Cai) and Ninh Binh among the 14
Up-and-Coming Destinations in Asia to Visit.

According to the site, Sapa is located in the far north,
surrounded by dramatic beauty with its world-famous rice paddies.

“It sits high up in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and
makes a great base for trekking or mountain biking tours with routes that will
bring you past magnificent waterfalls, through rice paddies, and around
charming mountain villages home to families known for making fantastic local

Travellers can see how handicrafts are made and purchase
everything from traditional weavings to carvings for gifts or souvenirs in
local villages, the site says.

Meanwhile, picturesque Ninh Binh, lying southeast of
Hanoi, boasts hundreds of limestone monoliths that topped by vibrant greenery
that rise from the ground, scattered throughout the city with rivers flowing

In Trang An, visitors can take a boat tour through some
of the many caves in the limestone mountains, the site suggests.

“There are many pagodas here too, including Bai Dinh and
Bich Dong, the latter of which is built right into a cave. Bai Dinh pagoda
serves as the Buddhist Centre of
Vietnam and is Southeast Asia’s largest pagoda,” it adds.

Apart from Sa Pa and Ninh Binh, the list also include
Sarawak village on Borneo Island (Malaysia), Bagan (Myanmar), Sumba Island,
Nusa Lembongan and Belitung Island (Indonesia), Champasak (Laos), and Koh Kood