CNN names Vietnamese Banh mi in top 24 best sandwiches in the world

Thursday, 27/04/2023 20:15
CNN Travel has included banh mi (Vietnamese baguettes) among its top 24 sandwiches in the world in 2023.
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VOV reported that according to the website, Banh mi can be easily found at street vendors and food carts everywhere. This is not only a popular breakfast/lunch/dinner to Vietnamese people, but also well-known and beloved by many foreign visitors.

It is regularly ranked in the list of delicious dishes that foreign tourists must try when visiting Vietnam.

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CNN said the classic version is pork-based, starring cha lua (Vietnamese-style pork roll), shredded pickled carrots, pickled daikon, cilantro leaves, mayonnaise and other ingredients. Depending on the region, travelers can taste different kinds of banh mi with various fillings. "The taste is crunchy, fresh, savory, and utterly delicious," CNN said.

The criteria for CNN’s list are being a famous sandwich that represents a country, having a delicious taste and being loved by locals.

Besides banh mi, three other Asian representatives were Shawarma and Falafel pita sandwiches (Middle East) and Katsu sando (Japanese fried pork cutlet sandwich with shredded cabbage).

During the journey to the ancient capital of Hue, a local chef can take visitors directly to the market and select ingredients for a cooking class.

Furthermore, the enchanting beaches in Quy Nhon or Tuy Hoa in the central region will be the next stop before ending the journey by discovering the bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

Aside from Vietnam, the author also introduced other destinations that tourists can explore this year, including Malaysia, India, the Republic of Korea, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Costa Rica, the United States, and Iceland.

Le Figaro selects Vietnam as most attractive long-distance trip in 2023

According to VOV, French daily newspaper Le Figaro recently published an article highlighting Vietnam as one of the most attractive long-distance trips for this year.

Tam Coc in the northern province of Ninh Binh boasts sparkling rice paddies and spectacular rocky mountains 

The media outlet pointed out that Vietnam can be considered a winter destination for French tourists. However, spring is also a suitable time as tourists are able to avoid the crowds and troubles that come with travelling during the peak season.

Le Figaro also described Vietnam as the worthy destination to experience nature and indigenous cultures.

The author suggested that guests take a 16-day trip to explore the country from North to South to savour scenic views of green rice fields and gain greater insights into the tradition of knitting or dyeing indigo of the Dao and Mong ethnic communities in Sa Pa, a famous tourist destination in northern Vietnam.

The author also suggested that tourists spend time visiting Tam Coc in the northern province of Ninh Binh, a site which boasts sparkling rice paddies and spectacular rocky mountains and has been dubbed "Ha Long Bay on land".

Tourists can also call at the laboratory of a fragrance chemist or immerse themselves into local life on a farm run by farmers.

Activities to attract tourists during upcoming holiday

Cities and provinces nationwide are offering various tours and activities to attract visitors during the upcoming five-day holiday on the occasion of the Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) and International May Day (May 1), reported VNA.

On Ha Long Bay (Photo: VNA) 

Apart from night tours of Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Hoa Lo prison relic site, Literature Museum and night pedestrian streets in the capital city of Hanoi, many new tours have been introduced such as cultural and spiritual tourism combined with health care in outlying Soc Son district, Bac Co - rice flower season at the National History Museum, returning to the ancient Vietnamese capital at the Co Loa citadel relic, and heritage journey at Thang Long Imperial Citadel and Bat Trang pottery village.

In the northern port city of Hai Phong, food tour has become a booming trend on the social media, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists, especially young people.

At Co Loa festival (Photo: VNA) 

Visitors to the city could join the Red Flamboyant Flower Festival 2023 themed “Hai Phong – Shining at estuary of the sea” from May 12-14. For the first time, the Vietnam Sea and Island Folklore Festival will be held from April 28-29 with a series of scientific, sports, and cultural events.

This year, the northern province of Quang Ninh plans to launch 38 new tourism products, including the "Night Cruise Street", sailing and music on Ha Long Bay, or walking along the night and pedestrian street around Long Tien Pagoda area in Ha Long City.

Bai Tho mountain is also reopened for tourists to experience mountain climbing, discover cultural and historical values, and check in to admire the unique beauty of Ha Long Bay and Ha Long city from above. The Ha Long Carnival Festival 2023 will get underway with many new features, promising to be a lively and colourful destination.

Localities in Quang Ninh are also launching new unique products such as the Van Don Orange Week and two pedestrian roads in Minh Chau and Quan Lan districts, camping on Ba Chau beach, Thanh Lan island, and tours of islands near the coast in Co To island district, with the first-time snorkeling to see coral reefs in Thanh Lan island commune.

The Da Nang beach tourism season 2023 will take place in the central city of Da Nang from April 28 – May 3 with various music performances, kite flying, food tasting and sport festivals.

Similar events are also scheduled in Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Lam Dong, Quang Tri, Can Tho.

The Hung Kings Temple Festival, part of the Ancestral Land Culture and Tourism Week, will be held from April 20-29 in districts and townships of northern Phu Tho province, offering tourists an opportunity to experience the rituals of worshiping the legendary founders of the nation and explore unique tourism products associated with culture of the ancestral land.

On the occasion, the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage week, an international conference on tourism, culture, heritage and sustainable development of Vietnam, the Northwest Tourism Fair 2023, and the ancestral land culinary culture festival are also planned./.