HCMC – Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage sites – Halong Bay, the ancient town of Hoi An, and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – have been recognized as some of the must-visit attractions in Southeast Asia by UK-based travel magazine Wanderlust.
Halong Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh, known for its stunning landscape of 1,600 limestone rocks, is top on the list. Wanderlust describes it as a unique and dramatic sight that cannot be found “anywhere else on Earth”. Kayaking, visiting oyster farms, and exploring the beautiful beaches are recommended activities for visitors.
Hoi An, an ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam, is highlighted for its rich history as a prosperous trading port and its charming lantern-lit streets. The town’s status as a World Cultural Heritage site adds to its appeal.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, famous for its breathtaking caves and underground rivers, is also included on the list. Wanderlust portrays the park’s caves, such as Son Doong, Hang Va, Toi and Thien Duong, as must-visit attractions in the north-central province of Quang Binh.
The Wanderlust list features a total of 16 out of 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southeast Asia. Alongside the three Vietnamese attractions, it includes other remarkable sites like the Singapore Botanic Gardens in Singapore, Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysia, and Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia.