The New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure has named Vietnam on its list of the top 17 destinations for tourists after the COVID-19 crisis ends.
A tourist takes a photo of St Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi after the social distancing regulations were eased.
According to the magazine, the social distancing period helps people to lean into leisure while spending time at home, but it’s always been travel that fuels them.
In a recent article, Karen I. Chen, the magazine’s editorial producer, wrote she wishes to lie on a gorgeous tropical beach and go to packed street food stalls and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, eating insanely good food when travelling in Vietnam.
Chen and her friends originally had plans to visit the Philippines and Vietnam in May, but those plans, like so many others this year, have since been thwarted.
“I’ve travelled all over East Asia and Southeast Asia, but these two countries I’ve yet to check off my bucket list — and from what I hear, I’ve saved two of the best for last."
It’s incredibly unfortunate that Asians have experienced racism around the world just because the first outbreaks of the virus occurred in Asia. In the end, it’s a global pandemic that has affected all travellers. “I can’t wait to get a chance to go back and spend some tourism dollars in this incredibly vibrant, culturally rich part of the world,” Chen wrote.
Besides Vietnam, the list of Travel + Leisure magazine includes many other famous tourist destinations worldwide such as Santorini (Greece); Jamaica; Midwest, New Orleans, Palm Springs & Texas, Puerto Rico (the US); Copenhagen (Denmark); Australia; London (the UK); Paris (France); Mexico; and Italy.
Earlier in 2019, the magazine nominated Hoi An ancient town in central Vietnam as the best city in the world, with ancient roots, distinct architecture, a contagious energy, and one of the best street food scenes on the planet. VNS
Vietnam’s central coastal city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City were both named among the top 25 trending destinations in the world for 2020 by the world’s largest travel platform TripAdvisor.
Vietnamese cities continued to be popular among local travelers in 2019, with local destinations taking up nine out of the top ten cities in 2019, according to Agoda.