VOV.VN - Globally-renowned magazine Forbes of the United States has named Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognised World Heritage site in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, on the list of the 24 best destinations for travel in 2024.
“The unprecedented demand for travel we saw last year continued in 2023,” says Zane Schafer, vice president and general manager of OvationNetwork. “Next year, people will be looking for a deeper, more experiential connection with destinations that are off the beaten path.”
OvationNetwork, an American television network, shared its list exclusively with Forbes.
Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts one of the most unique ecosystems and geological formations in the world. Few sites provide such a mix of natural beauty, abundance of outdoor activities, fresh food, tranquility, and accessibility, Forbes wrote.
“Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or an adventure seeker, Ha Long Bay has something to offer everyone,” advises Andrew Lewis Harrison, a travel advisor. “The unique rock formations made up of limestone karsts and islets, add to the magic of this unduplicated location.”
The article also suggested visiting the place via a junk boat excursion. “If you’re worried that Ha Long Bay will be too crowded, book a trip north to Bai Tu Long instead,” it shared.
Topping the list was Sardinia in Italy which lures travelers with its luxurious Costa Smeralda, immaculate beaches, and high-end boutique shops. Travelers are able to explore coastal villages, enjoy fine dining, and indulge in rich local experiences.
It was followed by Urla, a quiet Aegean coastal town situated just half an hour drive from Izmir which is famous for its wineries and vibrant art scene.
Niseko in Japan came third for being a great place to experience an unforgettable winter destination outside of the usual US or European spots. The top ski area in Japan offers many activities both on and off the slopes.
The list also names several famous places around the world such as Jeju in the Republic of Korea, Orkhon Valley in Mongolia, Goa in India, Tangalle in Sri Lanka, Oaxaca in Mexico, Comporta in Portugal, and San Sebastián in Spain.