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Hanoi and Phu Quoc island (Kien Giang province) have been listed as the best destinations to visit for the ultimate Asia experience by CNN Travel, along with 16 other destinations.
The American broadcaster listed Hanoi for its history, culture and endless energy. CNN Travel said that for first-time travelers, Hanoi Old Quarter is the best place to start.
This labyrinth of lanes reveals French colonial architecture, hardworking hawkers, artisanal crafts and no shortage of restaurants. It's busy and chaotic but navigating the crowded streets, where motorbikes reign, is half the fun.
CNN Travel advises travelers that after soaking up the history of Hanoi, you can chase the sun to Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province. The 28-island district is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia -- not to mention the world's longest oversea cable car.
Whether you stay on more developed Phu Quoc Island or ultra-remote Hon Xuong, the region promises island hopping, snorkeling, diving, sandy shores and more.
The destinations on the list include Bali in Indonesia, Luang Prabang in Laos, Kyoto in Japan, Rajasthan in India, Hong Kong, The Great Wall and Xi'an in China, Maldives, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Chiang Rai in Thailand, Hanoi and Phu Quoc in Vietnam, Bhutan, Kathmandu in Nepal, El Nido in Philippines and Seoul in the Republic of Korea.
Hanoi is expected to welcome more than 14.3 million visitors in the first half of 2019, a 9.5% increase from the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
The number of foreign arrivals in Hanoi in the six-month period is estimated at 3.3 million, up 10.6% year-on-year.