Hanoi remains at top of travellers’ wishlists


A couple poses for photographs at the top of a Hanoi rooftop restaurant in Hanoi on November 21, 2021. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA/ AFP)

Although Covid-19 travel restrictions severely impacted the country’s tourism sector last year, the capital city of Hanoi has remained at the top of global travellers’ wishlists.

Hanoi came second in Tripadvisor’s top 25 popular destinations in Asia and sixth in the global list.

The world’s largest travel site wrote that the city had “aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside”.

Hanoi also ranked first among the 10 cheapest cities to live in the world selected by the United States’ World Packers. It was described as a multicultural and historical city known for “architecture, street food, nightlife, and vast history”.

Together with Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Qucc Island, Hanoi was listed among the world’s 100 greatest places to explore in 2021 by the US Time magazine.

The city was also on the list of the “Best Cities for a Workation” released by the UK travel website Holidu, ranking 18th among 147 cities globally, and named among the top 50 cities responding the best to the Covid-19 pandemic by the UK’s Deep Knowledge Analytics.

In addition, the Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021, a series of awards organised by Tripadvisor, placed Hanoi La Siesta Diamond Hotel first among the top 25 most beautiful rooftop hotels in the world.

According to Hanoi Department of Tourism director Dang Huong Giang, the city had taken numerous measures to revitalise its tourism industry, launch many new tourism products that suited the “new normal” and improve safety to attract more international visitors. — Vietnam News/ANN

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