- Rising stars: Vietnam’s Da Lat, Sa Pa named among best new destinations for 2017
- Da Lat, Sa Pa named among best new destinations for 2017
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Two Vietnamese towns, Da Lat in Lam Dong province and SaPa in Lao cai province, have entered the new list of the top 10 risingdestinations in Asia in 2017 by popular travel booking site TripAdvisor.
The list recognised 43 destinations around the world based ontravelers’ review ratings for accommodation, restaurants, attractionsand increasing booking interest.
The towns are described by Trip Advisor as the best vacation choices for 2017.
Da Lat, situated 1,500 meters above sea level in the CentralHighlands, came in at number four in the top 10 list of risingdestinations in Asia and Sa Pa in the northern highlands at number six.
Given various nicknames such as the city of eternal spring, the cityof flowers and the city of love, Da Lat is recommended for providing acool respite from Vietnam’s year-round hot weather.
The former colonial resort town is full of beautiful French-erabuildings and surrounded by pine trees, flowers and vegetables farms.
In January, the New York Times also recommended Da Lat among 52places to visit in 2016, describing it as “an agricultural El Dorado”with unique scenes of pine forests, locally grown avocados, andartichoke tea.
Meanwhile, around 2,000 kilometers to the north is Sa Pa, known forits trekking trails. The colourful town is recognized as a perfect oasisfor travellers interested in mountain trekking or visiting the terracedrice paddy’s.
Tourists can visit the Saturday night “love market,” the Gothic stonechurch at the town center which is a reminder of the French missionaryinfluence, and many downtown Vietnamese and European restaurants.
Other top ten ranking destinations included Baku city (Azerbaijan,first place), El Nido (Phillipines, second), Jodhpur (India, third),Jeju (Republic of Korea, fifth), Hualien (Taiwan, seventh), Kuching(Malaysia, eight), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia, ninth) and George Town(Malaysia, tenth).
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