|A corner of Thua Hien-Hue's Lang Co Bay
In its new global checklist of best travel journeys that people in their fifties, "with a successful career and enough money in hand", can take, the US magazine recommends Vietnam is a perfect place to interact with locals, enjoy authentic food and cultural experiences.
It suggests an exploration of UNESCO heritage sites in central Vietnam, such as the Hoi An ancient town, Hue Imperial Citadel and My Son Sanctuary.
“A visit to the Banyan Tree Lang Co in central Vietnam will get travellers away from everyday life with its exotic location, ancient towns, and UNESCO World Heritage sites.”
“Guests can explore local fishing villages and lagoons in a traditional basket boat, learn to make spring rolls and Bun Bo Hue, a traditional noodle dish, or book private yoga instruction,” it said.
The other Southeast Asian destination Travel Leisure recommends is Thailand's Phuket.
Vietnam has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s best value for money destinations.
In 2017, the Forbes magazine ranked Vietnam as one of the cheapest destinations to visit, with affordable luxury resorts, healthy food at cheap prices and beautiful sights.
A report compiled by International Living, an Ireland-based publishing company that writes about retiring overseas, and Panama-based travel magazine Live and Invest Overseas ranked Vietnam seventh among 10 best beach destinations in the world for retirees this year.