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Vietnam’s 400-year-old town rated among world’s 15 best tourism cities

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U.S. travel site Travel + Leisure names Hoi An in list of tourism cities around the world to explore this year.

Hoi An, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang, has won much love among global travelers after becoming a familiar name in global rankings by respected international travel magazines.

For a second year in a row the ancient town has made it to the list of 15 best tourism cities on earth based on a vote by readers of the New York-based Travel + Leisure.

From being a small rural village, Hoi An catapulted to global fame as the top travel destination in Southeast Asia because of some unique distinctions, which have repeatedly been hailed year after year.

Its slow pace and tranquil atmosphere, difficult to find elsewhere, make it stand out from other places in the country.

Hoi An came eighth in the list, down one spot from last year, while San Miguel de Allende in Mexico reigned supreme for a second consecutive year.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Kyoto in Japan and Ubud in Indonesia are three other Southeast Asian cities that appeared in the list.

Every year, for its World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to weigh in with travel experiences around the globe and share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and others.

Readers rate cities based on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

U.S. news network CNN recently listed Hoi An as one of the 16 best places in the world to relax and de-stress.

Hoi An ranked second in a list of the 10 safest and most exciting places on this earth for solo travelers compiled by travel editors at Momondo, a U.K.-based travel site.

The World’s top 15 tourism cities, according to Travel + Leisure:

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2. Oaxaca, Mexico

3. Udaipur, India

4. Ubud, Indonesia

5. Kyoto, Japan

6. Florence, Italy

7. Luang Prabang, Laos

8. Hoi An, Vietnam

9. Chiang Mai, Thailand

10. Charleston, South Carolina

11. Mexico City

12. Cape Town, South Africa

13. Rome, Italy

14. Istanbul, Turkey

15. Beirut, Lebanon

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Vietnam’s Hoi An a top draw for solo travel

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Vietnamese ancient town is among three Asian cities in the list, alongside Gyeongju and Thimphu.

The popularity of Hoi An, which has been a top tourist destination in Vietnam for decades now, continues go grow.

It’s latest accolade and landmark achievement is making it to second place on the list of 10 safest and most exciting places on this earth for solo travelers compiled by travel editors at Momondo, a U.K. based travel site.

The travel search site finds and compares the best offers on flights, hotels, car hire and package holidays for travelers.

Unlike Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, the two biggest cities in Vietnam that are flooded with waves of noisy vehicles and modern skyscrapers, Hoi An casts a spell over backpackers for its tranquility and slow pace of life, the site said.

“Motorbikes are banned in the town center, so take a stroll past the yellow houses with their old red-tiled roofs and admire the street-side cafes and picturesque historical homes lining canals and winding alleyways,” the site gushes.

It’s best to cycle to the pristine beach An Bang, which is just around three kilometers away from the ancient town center, Momondo says.

The beach, which is home to fishing villages and provides a romantic setting for couples, is best enjoyed between May and September and has been raved about by leading global travel magazines.

For many, Hoi An is not just a collection of 16th century houses for which the former port city has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. A cuisine particular to the ancient town, influenced by many different cultures including Japan, China and Portugal, is a major part of its attraction, too.

The U.K. travel site also reminds its readers not to leave Hoi An without trying a bowl of signature cao lau (brown noodles with pork and greens) that can only be found there.

Gyeongju in South Korea and Thimphu in Bhutan are two other Asian cities that have made it to the list, which is topped by Bordeaux, the kingdom of wine, in France.

Other cities in the list are Ghent in Belgium, Split in Croatia, Banos in Ecuador, Florianopolis in Brazil, Dublin in Ireland, Havana in Cuba and Toronto in Canada.

Another U.K. based travel publisher, Rough Guides, earlier this year included Hoi An in the top 10 destinations in Southeast Asia while the New York-based Travel + Leisure’s readers last year voted it as one of the 15 best destinations in the world.

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Da Nang a top summer draw for South Koreans

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South Koreans expected to surpass Chinese tourists as biggest group of visitors soon.

South Koreans, one of the biggest contingents of foreign tourists to Vietnam, are heavily favoring Da Nang City as a summer destination this year, according to the Ticket Monster website.

Ticket Monster Inc., one of the largest travel booking sites in South Korea, has named the central coastal city among top 10 places of choice by families and couples this summer based on the number of bookings in the next two months, said Seoul’s Yonhap news agency.

Da Nang, home to Asia’s most beautiful My Khe Beach and a neighbor to the popular ancient town Hoi An, came in second on the list, followed by Tokyo, Bangkok and the U.S. territory of Guam. The Japanese city of Osaka topped the list compiled by the website.

South Koreans are expected to surpass Chinese tourists and become the biggest group of visitors to Da Nang in the near future.

Vietnam’s third largest city has welcomed 538,000 South Korean tourists so far this year, accounting for a third of total foreign arrivals in the city, according to the municipal tourism department.

Apart from long and beautiful beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes, an open visa policy is also a big draw among South Korean holidaymakers. Vietnam offers a 15-day visa exemption for visitors from South Korea.

As many as eight airlines are operating services between Da Nang and South Korea, with a frequency of 84 flights every week.