British newspaper lists Vietnam among best countries to travel in Southeast Asia

By Hoang Phong    May 14, 2023 | 10:39 pm PT
British newspaper lists Vietnam among best countries to travel in Southeast Asia
En Cave, the third-largest cave in the world, is a feeder to Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh Province. Photo courtesy by Ryan Deboodt
U.K. newspaper Independent has named Vietnam among the seven best countries to visit in Southeast Asia.

April and September are the ideal time to touch down in Vietnam, with "less humidity and lower temperatures than at the peak of summer," it said.

It urged tourists to explore the well-preserved ancient town of Hoi An with its canals and centuries-old Chinese temples and French colonial buildings that remain intact.

Ha Long, two hours by road from Hanoi, is famous for its cruise tours but has recently been overrun by tourists.

The beaches of Phu Quoc off the southern coast and Cham Islands near Hoi An "offer equal beauty in different settings."

Other natural attractions worth a visit include Son Doong cave, the world's largest, in Quang Binh Province, the Marble Mountains in Da Nang and the sand dunes at Mui Ne.

The others in the list are Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Southeast Asia is home to 11 countries, the others being Laos, Myanmar, East Timor, and Brunei.

The geographical region of Southeast Asia "is a melting pot of different religions, traditions and cultures," and is home to some of the most incredible temples, palaces and natural sights on the planet, the Independent said.

Vietnam attractions featured in a tourism promotion video. Video by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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