The capital city of Hanoi and Phu Quoc island of southern Kien Giang province are on the Cable News Network (CNN)'s list of the 17 best places in Asia.
One Pillar Pagoda in Ha Noi attracts foreigners. (Photo: VNA)
The US-based television network cites natural charm, rich history and good cuisine as its reasons for choosing the two destinations in the north and south of Viet Nam.
"As the capital of Viet Nam, Ha Noi is a hub of history, culture and endless energy,” CNN said.
The Old Quarter is the best place for first-time travelers to start in Hanoi. Located on the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter’s most popular attractions include quaint Buddhist shrines, street markets, and traditional Vietnamese arts, it said.
The Old Quarter is also ideal for travelers looking to experience the rare sense of timelessness that seems to sum up this area of the city.
Besides Ha Noi, CNN suggested that travellers try Phu Quoc island, also known as “Pearl Island”, Viet Nam's largest island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
Phu Quoc island is home to stunning Bai Sao beach. (Photo: VNA)
The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia and the world's longest overseas cable car.