Two destinations in Vietnam rated among the best places in Southeast Asia
Two locations in Vietnam - Sapa and Hoi An towns - have been named among the top ten places to visit in Southeast Asia in 2018, as selected by the readers of the UK-based travel website Rough Guides.
The northwest town of Sapa in Lao Cai province occupies sixth place on the list. Established by the French in the 1920s as a summer escape from the north’s blistering heat, its popularity has ballooned in recent years, but the adventures remain time-honoured.
Coming in at 10th place, the charming town of Hoi An in central Quang Nam province feels a world apart. Unlike Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, which have an unholy obsession with the motorbike, Hoi An is lost in a Zen-like communion of days gone by, a legacy of the French, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese who once traded here.