Hoang Lien Son mountain range

The magazine revealed that thanks to the newly-installed cable car system to the peak of Fansipan - the roof of Indochina, the number of tourists increased significantly. The range, located around 195 miles northwest of the capital city, "remains rugged, rural and a world away from hectic Hanoi.”

National Geographic said the scenery and life around Hoang Lien Son are still wild and natural. Tourists can enjoy hiking in and around Hoang Lien Son National Park and nearby Muong Hoa Valley, then rest at houses of Hmong, Red Dao, Tay ethnic minority groups and others.

Each year, the magazine announces the world's best tourist attractions based on nominations from the worldwide travel community.

Other spectacular places that made the list are Canterbury Region, New Zealand, Dordogne (France), Dakar (Senegal), Peruvian Amazon, Mexico city (Mexico), Greenland (Demark) and others.

Hoang Lien Son is one of Vietnam’s grandest mountain ranges. Apart from the Fansipan peak, Sa Pa Town, with its picturesque rice terraces and dreamy cloud scenes, is a major tourism draw./.

BTA