The Hanoitimes - From stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, Southeast Asia is home to remote regions where beauty is largely undiscovered.
Vietnam has been named among the six best remote getaways in Southeast Asia, according to a list released by South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong English-language newspaper.
“Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are regional powerhouses in their own right, and they hold the key as a gateway to some remarkable locales. Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam plays host to more historical activities,” South China Morning Post wrote.
A waterfall in Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Vietnam's Central Highlands.
South China Morning Post advises travelers that visitors can embark on tours to explore the old temples and pagodas that make up most of Hue city and explore central Vietnamese cuisine with a street food tour.
North of Ho Chi Minh City is the mountain town of Da Lat, where adventure lovers can indulge themselves with canyoneering, white water rafting and a high ropes course. In the mountains northwest of Hanoi lies Sapa where nature lovers can embrace the serenity of the mountains with a tour to the Love and Silver waterfalls and the historic Cat Cat village.
Thailand tops the list, followed by Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos.
The number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in the first five-month of 2019 is estimated at nearly 7.3 million, up 8.8% against the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
In the five-month period, increases were recorded in the number of holidaymakers from almost all markets, particularly Thailand (47,5%), Taiwan (China) (26%), South Korea (22.4%), Malaysia (14.5%), Japan (13%), among others.
Vietnam expects to welcome some 18 million international visitors this year, compared to 15.5 million in 2018.