Hanoi – Hanoi has remained at the top of global
travellers’ wish lists although COVID-19 travel restrictions severely hit the
city’s tourism last year.
In 2021, the capital city came second in TripAdvisor’s top
25 popular destinations in Asia and sixth in the world’s list. Hanoi has “aged
well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while
making room for modern developments alongside,” wrote the world’s largest
travel site. “Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and
pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.”
Hanoi ranked first among the 10 cheapest cities to live in
the world selected by the US’s World Packers. It is described as a multicultural
and historical city known for “architecture, street food, nightlife, and vast
“Hanoi has existed for centuries, and its Chinese, French,
and Russian influences are still tangible today. Hanoi is a great place to live
if you want to meet new people, experience a rich culture, explore the natural
beauty of Vietnam, and, of course, save money,” the site said.
Together with Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island, Hanoi
was listed among the world’s 100 greatest places to explore on earth in 2021 by
the US’s Time Magazine. The city was also on the list of the “Best Cities for a
Workation” released by the UK travel website Holidu, ranking 18th among the 147 cities globally, and named among the top 50 cities responding the
best to the COVID-19 pandemic by the UK’s Deep Knowledge Analytics.
A number of hotels in Hanoi also topped global rankings last
year. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi was awarded a Five Star rating, the top
level of recognition – from Forbes Travel Guide in its assessment of luxury
hotels, restaurants and spas in 2021, the second year in a row. Hanoi La Siesta
Diamond took the first place in the world’s top 25 rooftop hotel list voted by
Trip Advisor users. Four other Hanoi hotels were also on the list, including
Hanoi La Siesta Diamond, La Sinfonia del Rey, Peridot Grand Hotel, and JM Marvel
Hotel & Spa.
During the previous year, the city has taken numerous
measures to revitalise tourism, launch many new tourism products that suited
the “new normal” and improve COVID-19 safety so as to attract more visitors, according to Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Dang Huong Giang./.