Vietnam ranks fifth in a list of ten best graduation trips to take in 2024 by Lonely Planet

Monday, 04/03/2024 21:45
Vietnam, the only representative of Asia, has ranked fifth in a list of the 10 best graduation trips to take in 2024 by Lonely Planet.
Foreign tourists at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)  

VNA reported the article by the travel magazine, the affordable, beautiful, and warm country will get graduates out of their comfort zone.

On local tourist destinations from north to south, it wrote: “Get lost in a sea of mopeds in Hanoi and slurp pho on stools along the sidewalk. Head up to Halong Bay, where you can tour its limestone islands on a junk boat. Enjoy an urban metropolis like Ho Chi Minh City, wander the Binh Tay Market or visit Vietnam's only Taoist temple, Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda, before cruising along the Mekong Delta and getting to know the locals at the Cai Rang Floating Market.”

Foreign tourists take a boat tour in Ha Long Bay, northern Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Lux Cruises 

Other countries on the list include Mexico, the US, Greece, and Costa Rica.

New York Times suggests coffee shops in HCM City

Amid a hectic and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, there’s a cafe for every coffee acolyte, with seven places being perfect for travelers to try egg coffee and other Vietnamese specialties, VOV reported the article by the New York Times of the United States.

Travelers try egg coffee and other Vietnamese specialties in Ho Chi Minh City
(Photo courtesy of New York Times) 

Café Cheo Leo is a favourite destination due to the exceptional bitterness and caffeine wallop provided by most robusta beans.

Even sweeter concoctions await inside Lacaph, a classy new coffeehouse in District 1, just off Rach Ben Nghe, the slim urban canal that snakes through the southern city, the US newspaper wrote.

Decorated with dark wood paneling and track lighting, the cafe serves lemonade for VND80,000, combined with coffee-blossom honey and a dose of coffee brewed in a traditional Vietnamese phin, a stainless-steel cup with an internal metal filter. In addition, the house coconut coffee for VND80,000 blends cold brew, coconut milk, coconut syrup, and coconut ice cream.

96B in Tan Dinh district is a good suggestion for any travelers. Gray, angular, and industrial, the style of this small cafe packs educational ambitions with hands-on workshops from VND300,000 to VND660,000 and is devoted to everything from roasting beans to latte art.

There might be no better place to test ones tasting skills than at this vast, loft-like, neo-industrial The Workshop cafe, just off bustling Dong Khoi street.

Meanwhile, Little Hanoi Egg Coffee tells tourists everything they need to know about its signature attraction, with a frothy, foamy, and sweet take on egg coffee on offer for VND40,000, with the Hanoi classic being made with whipped egg yolks, condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla flavoring.

Bel coffee shop provides a great place for cool kids and global nomads, while baristas work the levers of a state-of-the-art Slayer espresso machine.

Known as Ca Phe Vot, “Net Coffee” in English, the small, garage-like space is tucked away at 330/2 Phan Dinh Phung, a narrow lane in the Phu Nhuan district which is south of the airport.

Vietnam ranks second in number of foreign tourists to Laos

Nearly 837,632 Vietnamese tourists headed to Laos in 2023, the second biggest number of foreign visitors to the neighbouring country, VOV cited the figures given by the Laos Tourism Development Department.

Vietnam ranks second in number of foreign tourists to Laos 

A recent report compiled by the department indicates that Laos welcomed over 3.4 million international arrivals last year. Topping the visiting nationalities was Thailand with more than 1.3 million arrivals, followed by the likes of Vietnam, China, and the Republic of Korea.

The statistics revealed that the number of Vietnamese travelers to Laos in 2023 rose by 133% compared to 2022 and vice versa, with the number of Laotian tourists visiting Vietnam going up by 155% on-year.

Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang all proved to be among the favourite tourist destinations for Vietnamese tourists during their trip to Laos.

According to the Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the country aims to receive over 2.2 million domestic arrivals and nearly four million foreign arrivals this year, with tourism activities expected to generate around US$1.3 billion in revenue.

Laos recently launched the Visit Laos Year 2024 programme which consists of 79 activities nationwide. It provides an opportunity for the Asian country to introduce its unique culture and traditions to international tourists.

Hanoi tourism promotion programme to feature drone light show

According to NDO, a light show with the participation of hundreds of drones will be the highlight of “Get on Hanoi 2024” - a programme to promote Hanoi’s tourism on March 9-10.

The poster of the programme. 

The event will be staged at the creative space near Trinh Cong Son and Lac Long Quan Streets.

It will mark the opening of more than 50 cultural, festival and tourism activities held throughout the capital city in 2024, advertising its image to domestic and international friends.

The activities are part of efforts to realise the city’s target of welcoming 27 million visitors this year, including 5.5 million foreign visitors.

Besides the light show, residents and visitors will have a chance to taste Hanoi’s typical foods, attend folk games, and appreciate the award-winning photos of a tourism photography contest./.

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