World's Greatest Places 2021 by Time mentions 3 Vietnam cities
Recently, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), and Phu Quoc have been voted among World’s 100 outstanding destinations to explore in 2021 by Time Magazine.
With the concept of “Renewed life in the Old Quarter” , Time described Hanoi as the 1000-year-old capital of Vietnam that is actively receiving the changes yet preserving the precious identity. The magazine mentioned the new Capella Hanoi hotel (Hoan Kiem District) – an artwork of renowned architect Bill Bensley and Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake (Ba Dinh District) – the very first gilded hotel in the world to prove the balance in preservation and change of the city.
A woman is passing by the temple in Hanoi Old Quater
Time also praises "Hanoi's incredible street-food culture is another source of fierce civic pride" and introduces “Pho Gia Truyen” – one of the Vietnamese specialties and also the name of the famous restaurant listed in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants “Essence of Asia” 2020.
HCMC was voted as “Tastes of Vietnam” with a lot of famous restaurants. First to mention is Anan Restaurant which was proudly listed in Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2021 and became the first Southern venue to get the precious award by William Reed Business Media in the United Kingdom. Located on Ton That Dam Street, District 1, inspired by familiar dishes of Vietnam yet in creative cooking methods, the Vietnamese-American chef Peter Cuong Franklin brings unique and impressive dishes to travelers.
Anan Saigon restaurant - Photo: @anansaigon
In addition to Monkey Gallery by Chef Viet Hong, Ivoire was stated as “a bakery that specializes in picture-perfect Vietnamese interpretations of classic French pastries, including small cakes and macarons.”, becoming a remarkable local dining venue for tourists.
Lastly, Phu Quoc – the “Idyllic Paradise” in Time’s words became one of the amazing places to discover with plenty of accommodation options. Among them, New World Phu Quoc Resort – a 375-villa resort with a private beach, lush gardens, a huge entertainment complex called Phu Quoc United Center, and lots of hotels are introduced. The US magazine expressed Phu Quoc as the very potential destination thanks to the fast-growing speed with 5 million visitors coming in 2019 – a rise of 30% compared with the previous year. Phu Quoc is expected to welcome vaccinated international tourists from autumn this year with the benefit of a 30-day visa-free policy.
New World Phu Quoc Resort - Photo: @pk.bisht
The annual TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Best Of The Best Award shortlisted Lotte Hotel in Hanoi in the list of 25 best hotels in the world voted by TripAdvisor readers this year.
The second night-time food zone in Hanoi is scheduled to be opened in Ba Dinh District in the fourth quarter of this year.
Hanoi launched a new luxury cruise tour on the famous Red River last Saturday, April 2nd as a fascinating addition to diversify tourists' experiences when returning back to Hanoi post Covid-19 pandemic.