The Lonely Planet has unveiled its “Best in Asia 2018” list, a collection of the 10 best destinations to visit in Asia in the year and Ho Chi Minh City is in third place. Busan in South Korea has been chosen as the number 1 destination as an eclectic and vibrant city, “An amazing confluence of landscapes, culture, and cuisine … Busan offers an eclectic range of activities for all travelers: hikes to Buddhist temples and hot springs and seafood tasting at the country’s largest fish markets. Busan is the cultural city of East Asia for 2018 and will be the most dynamic with colorful events putting values on the country’s cultural heritage, from urban art festivals to traditional dance performances. ” Lonely Planet. Uzbekistan is in second place for its architecture and old cities, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in third place is defined as a super mega-city that somehow continues to stay very cool.
” Aging apartment blocks are being colonised by vintage clothes stores and independent coffee shops, innovative breweries like Heart of Darknessand East West Brewing are fuelling one of the best craft beer scenes in Southeast Asia, and a selection of eclectic venues are strengthening the local music scene. Add these recent developments to the city’s essential long-standing attractions like the War Remnants Museum, which details HCMC’s recent history in eye-opening displays, a pioneering street food scene and accommodation suited to all standards – not forgetting superb flight connections – and it appears this buzzing Asian megalopolis is in no danger of going out of style. Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name as Saigon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam having hosted more than six million foreign tourists in 2017, according to the Municipal Tourism Department.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia 201
Busan, South Korea
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Western Ghats, India
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Sichuan Province, China
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia 2018, the third in its series, is available online HERE