Cherry blossoms bloom on O Quy Ho mountain pass in Sa Pa in Vietnam’s northern highlands. Photo by Thanh Tung
British travel magazine Wanderlust has listed Vietnam among 20 best places to travel to in January, citing “sunny and pleasant weather conditions.”
“The weather is similarly pleasant, dry and sunny – with only slight differences between the north and south. Crowds have yet to arrive post-Christmas,” Wanderlust said, suggesting that tourists will get to experience the country in “relative peace.”
This year, Vietnam’s biggest and most important festival, Tet, or the Lunar New Year, begins January 22, meaning foreigners will have a great opportunity to see how it is celebrated nationwide.
In addition to Hanoi, HCMC, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Hue, the magazine also recommended relatively lesser-known Lan Ha Bay, the world’s biggest cave Son Doong, or Cat Ba National Park which is home to the rare golden-haired langur.
The list of destinations recommended for January by the travel magazine also included Norway, The Maldives, Los Angeles, Slovenia, Barbados, Laos and the Mekong River.