Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City listed in top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost
Update: Nov 19, 2015
(TITC) – The world’s famous travel guide book publisher “Lonely Planet” has just announced the top 10 world’s destinations with reasonable cost for 2016. Both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City have ranked 2nd.

Located in the Red Rive Delta, topography of Ha Noi is alternated by rivers, lakes, mountainous and hills forming many beautiful sightseeing such as: Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Ba Vi Mountain, Huong Son Landscape…In addition, over 1,000 years of establishment and development with many ups and downs of history, Ha Noi still remains its valuable ancient architecture works including Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Ha Noi, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Su Pagoda, Long Bien Bridge…and maintains many famous traditional craft villages such as Bat Trang Pottery Village, Ngu Xa Bronze Casting Village, Van Phuc Silk Village…

Belonging to the monsoon tropical climate region, Ha Noi has four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, of which autumn (from September to November) is the most beautiful and romantic time. In autumn, Ha Noi’s landscapes appeal by yellow celtis sinensis pers, red almond leaves and buds sesame flowers, green sticky rice and the fragrance of sua flowers…

To Ha Noi, visitors will have the chance to enjoy traditional dishes such as noodle soup, Ho Tay fried shrimp cake, La Vong grilled fish pies, Thanh Tri stuffed pancake… Besides, visitors can discover ten famous food streets including Hoan Kiem Lake (sweet and sour salad), Cau Go (seafood), To Tich (fruit relish), Ta Hien (fresh beer), Gam Cau (grilled belly), Phung Hung (hot pot), Ly Van Phuc (grilled chicken), Hoe Nhai (beef steak), Ngu Xa (rice noodle roll), and West Lake (snail).

Located between Southeastern region and Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City has many tourist areas and entertainment attractions such Can Gio Mangrove Forest, Thanh Da Peninsula, Suoi Tien Park, Dam Sen Park…; temples and pagodas (Quoc To Temple, Giac Lam Pagoda…), the French architecture works (Nha Rong Wharf, Ben Thanh Market, Opera House, Post Office, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral...) and historical relics (the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Independence Palace…)

Ho Chi Minh City has focused on constructing and developing its tourism infrastructure as well as invested in building more tourist sites such as Mot Thoang Viet Nam, Binh Quoi, Suoi Mo…, recently Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street- the most modern walking and traffic street in Viet Nam

Due to being the centre of fertile southern land, Ho Chi Minh City cuisine is diversified and attractive. 7 food streets in HCMC selected by many visitors include: Vinh Khanh and Thanh Thai (snail), Nguyen Canh Chan (fruit), Ha Ton Quyen (sparkling puller), Vo Van Kiet (lemon tea), Nguyen Thuong Hien (mixed rice paper salad), and An Duong Vuong (grilled octopus).

Besides Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, other destinations with reasonable cost in the top ten consist of Estonia; East Africa; New Mexico State (the United States); Bosnia and Herzegovina, Galicia (Spain); Quebec City (Canada); Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast; Timor-Leste and Western Australia.

Pham Thanh