Vietnam ranked the top among cheap destinations in 2017: Forbes

Updated at Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017, 19:29
The Hanoitimes - The prestigious American magazine Forbes recently published an article about 21 of suitable destinations for low-cost travelers in 2017. Northern Vietnam led the top in Forbes among the cheapest destinations in 2017.
Forbes has interviewed 14 travel experts who make it their business to keep track of the best bargains around the world to make a list of the most affordable destinations to visit in 2017. And Vietnam is ranked as one of cheapest places this year.
According to the article, Northern Vietnam is still an ideal destination for low-cost travelers who do not have a big budget for their travel.
The article states about mostly beautiful mountain sceneries, ethnic groups, low prices for food and accommodation, and also that a large part of northern Vietnam is overlooked by travelers. Prices in northern Vietnam are generally very low.
Tam Son town in Ha Giang province.
Tam Son town in Ha Giang province.
In an article on Forbes mainly provides low prices, eg. food $0.5-2 and accommodation in the private rooms from $10-15/night, at the hostel around $5. Lunch can be enjoyed at tourist spots, you can spend also for eat about $20.
Ideally, but not for all the people – traveling in Vietnam on a motorbike. To rent a motorbike/scooter is relatively cheap and ranges from $7-10/1 day.
Vietnam is very suitable for the low-cost travelers - cheap transportation, accommodation and food.
It is very good to go in Vietnam from another country in Southeast Asia, if you are already there. Flights are really very cheap from the neighboring countries, Forbes's article wrote.
In 2015, the US magazine also listed the Southeast Asian nation among the 10 coolest places to visit.
The country stands out as a low-cost travel destination in South Asia for affordable luxury resorts, healthy food at cheap prices and beautiful sights.
“Eat your way through historic Hanoi, kayak in the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay or relax in ancient Hoi An and the nearby beaches,” said Marybeth Bond, National Geographic writer, who has firsthand knowledge of the destinations.
In Hanoi, for just US$20, travelers can go on a city tour with a tour guide on foot or by scooter, according to Forbes travel experts.
Affordable accommodation also makes Hanoi as a budget-friendly city where tourists can book a room for less than $70 per night.
Hanoi has repeatedly entered lists of best-value destinations. The city has been named the cheapest travel destination by TripAdvisor for the past three years.
Budget tourism site Price of Travel also recommended it as the third cheapest tourist spot in Asia for 2017, with daily expenses for a backpacker estimated at US$18.16.

Hanoi has repeatedly entered lists of best-value destinations.
Hanoi has repeatedly entered lists of best-value destinations.
Visitors to Vietnam are advised to learn the names and ingredients in the dishes because there is a very high chance that they will want to order them again, said Bond.
Food is serious business in the country where a street meal and a beer can cost the same as a caramel macchiato at Starbucks.
With the help of a local tour guide, travelers will be taken on an adventure to taste a variety of street food such as banh mi and pho.
The other destinations in the Southeast Asia that were placed in the list of Forbes include Palawan in Philippines (ranks 8th) and Luong Prabang in Laos (ranks 13th).
Thu Minh