Hanoi named one of world's best winter vacation spots

By Hoang Phong   August 12, 2023 | 04:52 pm PT
Hanoi named one of world's best winter vacation spots
People in colorful ao dai pose for photos on Ta Hien Street in Hanoi on the first day of Lunar New Year, January 22, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Hanoi ranked sixth on a list of the 21 most ideal destinations for winter escapes thanks to its 'beautiful weather,' according to American media company U.S. News & World Report.

"Vietnam's capital city offers beautiful weather come winter. Daytime temperatures comfortably rest in the 60s and 70s (degrees Fahrenheit), and rain showers are infrequent," said the report.

A wintertime visit also allows tourists to explore some of Hanoi's best events, such as the Lunar New Year which falls on January or February, and the Perfume Pagoda Festival, one of the largest Buddhist pilgrimages in northern Vietnam, according to the rankings.

U.S. News & World report recommended a tour of the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's first university built in 1070, and also suggested that tourists try a bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) for diner.

Phuket and Hanoi were the only two Southeast Asian destinations on this year’s list, which was based on expert analysis and reader votes.

Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, topped the list, followed by Australia’s Sydney and Switzerland’s Lucerne.

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