Three Vietnam's Most Ideal Places to Avoid Summer Heat in Asia

Three Vietnam's destinations listed among 10 cooling getaways in Asia, listed by Channel NewsAsia International, an English language Asia-Pacific news network, based in Singapore.
July 25, 2023 | 15:27

Channel NewsAsia has picked 10 cooling getaways in Asia to escape the intense heat, with three Vietnam's destinations - Sa Pa in Lao Cai province, Da Lat in Lam Dong province, and Ba Na Hills in Da Nang – featured on the list, according to VOV.

Sa Pa is accessible via an eight-hour sleeper train ride from Hanoi that will leave travelers refreshed upon arrival for more reasons than one. With cool temperatures all year round, Sa Pa offers respite even during the "hottest" months between June and August, according to Channel NewsAsia.

3 Vietnam's Most Ideal Places to Avoid Summer Heat in Asia
Sa Pa in Lao Cai province is one of 10 cooling getaways in Asia. Photo: VOV

The destination's allure extends beyond its climate, boasting villages and homestays teeming with culture as well as rice terraces and waterfalls littered along guided treks and motorbike tours.

The website suggests that visitors should try to conquer Southeast Asia’s lofty peak of Fansipan on a hike, or alternatively hop onboard a fancy funicular ride for the smug satisfaction of basking in the panoramic views without breaking a sweat. Viewing the sunrise from the Glass Bottom Bridge, perched 2,200m above sea level is also an unforgettable experience.

Ba Na Hills in Da Nang is the next destination on the travelers’ list to escape the intense heat. It is located just 35 kilometers from Da Nang's city center in the central region and can be easily accessed by bus, private hire, or GrabCar.

The resort area mostly owes its fame to the iconic Golden Hand Bridge, suspended in the clouds by two colossal stone hands, which has been an instant social media sensation since its launch in 2018, it reported.

The third position goes to Da Lat, dubbed the “Paris of Vietnam”. Nestled in the lush Central Highlands region, Da Lat is an eight-hour bus ride or a swift domestic flight away from Ho Chi Minh City.

Here, European allure can be found in the local picturesque railway stations, churches, and accommodations that are themselves attractions, the article wrote.

Thrill-seekers will not be disappointed in Da Lat, as waterfall canyoning, high rope courses, and mountain bike trails await in its backyard, it added.

3 Vietnam's Most Ideal Places to Avoid Summer Heat in Asia
Da Lat is seeking to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Photo: Lam Dong Newspaper

Others to feature in the list include Singapore's nearby destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan (China) where temperatures dip below 30 degrees Celsius even in their warmest months.

They include Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands, and Kundasang town in Malaysia; Khao Kho, Khao Yai, and Chiang Rai in Thailand; and Alishan in Taiwan (China).

Vietnam's destinations have continually been honored by the foreign media recently, helping popularise the country as a beautiful, hospitable, and attractive destination for international visitors, VNA cited the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT).

The Golden Bridge in Da Nang has also been named among the world’s 100 greatest places by the renowned Time magazine of the US. The Guardian Daily of the UK also listed this bridge among the world’s most striking pedestrian bridges.

Hoi An and HCM City are the two destinations standing in the winner list of World’s Best Awards 2023 as the favorite cities in Asia, voted by readers of by US travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Hoi An ranked 13th, followed by HCM City.

In addition, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Phong Nha-Ke Bang of Vietnam are among the best UNESCO world heritage sites in Southeast Asia as selected by British travel magazine Wanderlust.

Recently, Vietnam's National Assembly approved the extension of e-visas’ validity from 30 days to 90 days with multiple entries. It also increased the temporary residence at border gates for those entitled to unilateral visa exemption from 15 days to 45 days, and this policy will take effect on August 15.

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