Sapa Town (in Lao Cai Province) and Ninh Binh Province have been named among 14 up-and-coming destinations in Asia by the US-based travel site TripstoDiscover.
The site stated that "Sapa, which is located in the far north of the country, is one of the best places to visit in Viet Nam. It is surrounded by dramatic beauty with its world-famous terraced paddy fields".
The US travel site also highlighted that "It sits high up in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and makes a great base for trekking or mountain biking tours with routes that will bring you past magnificent waterfalls, through rice paddies, and around charming mountain villages which are home to families known for making fantastic local handicrafts.
When visitors travel to the villages, they can see how the traditional weavings and carvings are made and purchase some as gifts or souvenirs".
Referring to Ninh Binh Province, the TripstoDiscover described it as being incredibly picturesque, yet it remains far less popular than its sister to the northeast, Ha Long Bay located in Quang Ninh Province.
"It possesses hundreds of limestone monoliths topped by vibrant greenery that rise from the ground scattered throughout the city with rivers flowing through", the site noted.
The travel site suggested some activities in Ninh Binh such as visiting caves in the limestone mountains beautiful pagodas, including Bai Dinh and Bich Dong in the Trang An landscape complex.
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