Top 10 Friendliest Destinations in Vietnam for 2024 – Booking.com

On February 20th, Booking.com, the popular online booking platform, unveiled its list of the top 10 friendliest destinations in Vietnam for 2024.

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This category is part of the Traveller Review Awards 2024 within this application.

The list also includes destinations like Cao Bang, Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Ha Giang, Ha Long (Quang Ninh), Da Lat (Lam Dong), Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen), and Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa). In 2023, Phong Nha was ranked first.

According to Booking, whether you’re a food enthusiast, a beach lover, or simply want to immerse yourself in nature, these destinations all offer travelers the opportunity to explore and experience. Each place provides warm hospitality and excellent friendliness, making the travel journey more memorable and meaningful than ever.

Booking also announced the list of the 10 most friendly destinations in the world in 2024, including Arraial d’Ajuda (Brazil), Ermoupoli (Greece), Viana do Castelo (Portugal), Daylesford (Australia), Grindelwald (Switzerland), Moab (USA), Uzes (France), Mazatlan (Mexico), Jaisalmer (India), and Fujikawaguchiko (Japan).

Last year, Ninh Binh was the only destination in Vietnam on this list, ranking 7th.

In addition to destinations, Booking also announced hotels as the leading type of accommodation in terms of friendliness in Vietnam.

In recent times, travelers are increasingly seeking more unique lodging experiences rather than just sticking to the traditional hotel model. Vietnam is no exception to this trend.

Despite the development of many unique types of accommodations, hotels still lead with the title of “most friendly”, followed by rental apartments, homestays, luxury resort apartments, and finally guesthouses.

The diversity and popularity of these types of accommodations in Vietnam show that travelers highly appreciate not only the variety of choices but also the unique hospitality that providers offer.

Booking also noted that Hanoi is the most friendly destination in terms of accommodations in Vietnam, followed by Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat.

Cao Bang

Tucked away in a remote area of Northern Vietnam, Cao Bang Province is bursting with beautiful geo-cultural sites. With five major river systems and 47 lakes, water plays a vital role in shaping the landscape and local life. Much of Cao Bang is protected as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The province’s extraordinary diversity makes it a spectacular place to explore, especially for adventure travelers.

Tucked away in a remote area of Northern Vietnam, Cao Bang Province is bursting with beautiful geo-cultural sites. Photo: Local Vietnam

The distance from Hanoi to Cao Bang City is around 280 kilometers. Travel time can be around eight hours depending on the type of transportation. Day and overnight buses are available from Hanoi to Cao Bang. Buses leave from the My Dinh Bus Station. Private charter and group tours to Cao Bang are also available. Local and online travel agencies can help you book your trip.

The best time to visit Cao Bang is during the dry season, from October to April. It’s worth noting that North Vietnam can get quite cold during the winter months, from November to February, so pack accordingly. The rainy season — from May to September in North Vietnam — can be beautiful, just be prepared for hot and humid weather.

Phu Quoc

As an exotic island in Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc Island is crowded with tourists from all over the world who want to enjoy their dream-like vacations with their beloved. With the following interesting Phu Quoc travel guide, you will surely have to prepare your luggage to go to this beautiful island right away!

Pearl Island possesses a variety of beautiful beaches stretching from the North to the South. Photo: Vinpearl

Pearl Island possesses a variety of beautiful beaches stretching from the North to the South. Ninety-nine mountains, majestic hills, and primeval forests with diverse flora and fauna feature the unique beauty of Phu Quoc Island.

Ha Giang

A border province and official Frontier Area, Ha Giang lies in the remote far northern region of the country. To visit this province is to journey back in time and encounter some of Vietnam’s most rugged and grand landscapes. Ha Giang is best experienced as a road trip on two wheels, soaking up the majesty of the landscape and the atmosphere of the remote towns and minority villages.

A border province and official Frontier Area, Ha Giang lies in the remote far northern region of the country. Photo: Vietnam tourism

September through to November is a good time to visit this remote province, with cooler temperatures. In November, Ha Giang is hugely popular during the Buckwheat Flower Festival. April to June is pleasant and warm, July and August can be very hot with regular monsoons.

Ha Long

About 180 kilometers away from Hanoi, Ha Long is the first-class provincial city of Quang Ninh Province and is known as a tourism paradise in the Northern region. Thanks to its privileged location, Ha Long Vietnam attracts millions of domestic and international tourists each year.

The bay has an area of 1,553 square kilometers which is made up of 1,900 large and small limestone islands in vivid shapes. Photo: Trails of Indonesia

One of the most prominent factors that bring renown to Ha Long is the beauty of Ha Long Bay. The bay has an area of 1,553 square kilometers which is made up of 1,900 large and small limestone islands in vivid shapes. Ha Long Bay in Vietnam has been recognized as a natural wonder of the world many times by UNESCO and is known as a must-visit place once in a lifetime.

Da Lat

Hidden away in the Central Highlands, Da Lat plays the cooler cousin to Vietnam’s seaside destinations. Photo: Vinpearl

Hidden away in the Central Highlands, Da Lat plays the cooler cousin to Vietnam’s seaside destinations. Famous for its countryside charm, Da Lat draws couples, wellness seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts. This mountain resort town was once a summer getaway for the French, who left their mark in the European-inspired architecture and countless lakes. Da Lat’s main lake is the center of the action, but amazing natural wonders await in the hills all around.

Tuy Hoa

Nestled on the enchanting eastern coast of Vietnam, Tuy Hoa emerges as a serene haven within the picturesque province of Phu Yen. This coastal city, with its natural splendor and cultural richness, invites travelers to discover the treasures it holds.

Nestled on the enchanting eastern coast of Vietnam, Tuy Hoa emerges as a serene haven within the picturesque province of Phu Yen. Photo: Vietnam teaching jobs

Tuy Hoa offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and cultural charm, making it a destination worth exploring. The city boasts picturesque beaches like Long Thuy, captivating landmarks such as Nhan Tower and Chua Mountain, and a rich tapestry of cultural and historical relics. Furthermore, Tuy Hoa’s strategic location and well-connected transportation networks make it a gateway to explore the surrounding regions

Nha Trang

Perched on a pristine stretch of the southern coast, Nha Trang is a playground for sunseekers. Photo: Vietnam Visa

Perched on a pristine stretch of the southern coast, Nha Trang is a playground for sunseekers. Days here are spent dining on delicious seafood, snorkeling around stunning islands, and partying on the sand after dark. Nha Trang lays claim to some of the country’s finest luxury resorts and thrilling watersports. Despite the development boom, colorful fishing villages and serene riverside restaurants are just a stone’s throw away.

Charlotte Pho