Hanoi has been named among 16 must-visit destinations in Asia Pacific, according to a list released by That’s Magazine, a multi-media company based in top-tier cities across China.
According to the the magazine, Hanoi’s culinary experiences run the gamut, from fantastic street side pho, seafood spring rolls and cheese-stuffed baguettes, to more obscure offerings like dog meat, insects, cobra blood wine and boiled duck fetus eggs.
There’s no denying that the noodle soup varieties offered in the North Vietnamese metropolis are among the best in the world.
“Hanoi Old Quarter is a good place to start for those looking for affordable local fare, including North Vietnam’s most famous dish: pho, noodles in a beef bone broth,” That’s Magazine wrote.
Fans of the late gonzo chef Anthony Bourdain and/or former US President Barack Obama should be sure to check out Bun Cha Huong Lien, a restaurant where the duo enjoyed dinner together back in May 2016.
The meeting was chronicled in an episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown, and the table that Bourdain and Obama dined at is now enshrined in glass.
Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia tops the list, followed by the Maldives, Manado and Bunaken Island in Indonesia, Sanya in China.
Hanoi is estimated to have welcomed more than 14.3 million visitors in the first half of 2019, a 9.5% increase from the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
The number of foreign arrivals in the city in the six-month period is estimated at 3.3 million, up 10.6% year-on-year.