The Hanoitimes - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have been named among the top 50 safe destinations for solo travelers by US-based news website Business Insider.
Although it can be frightening, traveling alone is often the best way to explore a new country or city. Unrestricted by the wishes and to-do lists of companions, solo travelers get to experience a side of their destination which is completely tailored to their own interests.
Business Insider has compiled a list of the 50 best cities in the world that everyone should travel to alone in their lifetime. The cities were chosen and ranked based on three main criteria: A city's popularity with tourists according to MasterCard's 2017 Global Destination Cities Index.
Its crime rate out of 100 according to Numbeo's 2017 Crime Index (where 0 is utterly safe and 100 is the most crime-ridden). The cost of living according to Numbeo's 2017 Cost of Living Index, which compared the prices of consumer goods such as restaurants, groceries, and transportation in each city against prices in New York City, which was ranked one of the most expensive cities to live in 2017.
Hostelworld's 2017 survey of the world's most sociable and friendly cities also provides an idea of how welcoming the locals are to solo travelers for some cities, though not all destinations were not included in the survey so this did not influence the ranking. Scroll on to discover the 50 best cities in the world for traveling alone, ranked in ascending order.
In which, Hanoi is placed in 31st position with destination popularity: 44th, crime index: 49.51, cost of living: 43.53% of New York. In addition, Ho Chi Minh City ranks 29th in the top 50 world destinations for solo travelers with destination popularity: 40th, crime index: 57.11, cost of living: 41.48% of New York.