Making Dong Ho paintings in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. (Photo: Vnexpress)

At the beginning of January every year, the New York Times publishes a list of 52 destinations after collecting readers’ opinions from more than 2,000 different options.

This year, after two consecutive years of pandemic impact, the list is different as many new destinations can tackle problems like over tourism and climate change.

Among 52 destinations, the Red River Delta of Vietnam is the only destination in Southeast Asia.

Charly Wilder, editor of the travel page of the American newspaper, commented: “Once travel begins to normalize, tourists will undoubtedly flock to Vietnam’s world-famous beaches and dynamic megacities. But head north to the traditional villages of the Red River Delta, and you can immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural practices and a way of life that is at risk of disappearing.”

According to New York Times, since ancient times, villagers along the Cau River in northern Vietnam have sung Quan ho, a call-and-response folk music style performed by alternating all-female and all-male duets from neighboring villages that was recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage practice in 2009.

Currently, dozens of ancient villages in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang still preserve this unique folk song style with traditional cultural practices combined with tourism development.

Many travel companies in Hanoi organize tours to take tourists to discover ancient villages, Buddhist temples, craft villages, as well as river tours to contribute to preserving history./.

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