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Hanoi, Phu Quoc among best travel destinations in Asia

In a list of 17 best places in Asia, CNN places Hanoi and Phu Quoc Island together in ninth place.

The US-based channel cites natural charm, rich history, and good cuisine as its reasons for choosing these two destinations in the north and south of Vietnam.

The capital city

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One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi.

2018 was a successful year for Hanoi’s tourism sector with a record high 5.74 million foreign visitors, up 16 percent from a year earlier.

Hanoi’s cuisine has become internationally renowned as visitors write and blog about its street food in particular. Celebrity endorsements from the likes of former US President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Australian PM Turnbull and the UK’s Prince William have further highlighted Hanoi's cuisine, particularly its street dining ambience.

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Bun cha - grilled pork rice noodles and herbs, a dish savored by former US President Obama and the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain during Obama's visit in Vietnam in 2016.

The city was named among the top 15 destinations in the world by TripAdvisor members in March.

It is also on top of the list of most affordable destinations in the world, with backpackers needing just $18.29 a day in Hanoi, according to the 2019 Backpacker Index formulated by Price of Travel, the world’s largest database of travel costs.

Hanoi has also announced that it will spend $4 million on continuing its tourism promotion campaign on CNN over the next five years. The network will produce 30-second and 60-second commercials introducing Vietnam’s first Formula 1 race which will be held in April 2020 and the 31st edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2021.

‘Pearl Island’

Phu Quoc Island, once a rather sleepy, low-key destination, has become one of Asia’s most talked about destinations over the last couple of years, especially for luxury tourism.

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The longest oversea cable car situated on the Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam.

In 2010 the island, Vietnam's largest island in the southern Kien Giang Province, received only 239,000 visitors. In 2015, three years after the Phu Quoc International Airport's opening, some 850,000 visitors visited the ‘Pearl Island,’ but the number has gone exponential in the last three years.

Nowadays, the island receives more visitors in one month than it did for whole of 2010. For example, last June and July saw 340,000 and over 407,000 visitors respectively.

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Source: VnExpress

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