Red River Delta, Vietnam among top 52 best destinations in 2022

Destination Editor
10:30:10 - January 14, 2022

The New York Times has included Vietnam’s Red River Delta in its list of 52 best places for travelers to visit in 2022. This is the only destination in Southeast Asia named on the list.

At the beginning of January each year, the New York Times will announce a list of 52 destinations after collecting readers’ opinions based on 2,000 different options. After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s list highlights destinations that can deal with issues like overcrowding and climate change.

The New York Times’ editor, Charly Wilder, commented: “Once travel begins to normalize, tourists will undoubtedly flock to Vietnam’s world-famous beaches and dynamic megacities. But head north to the traditional villages of the Red River Delta, and you can immerse yourself in centuries-old cultural practices and a way of life that is at risk of disappearing.”

Photo credit: VN Express.

Also according to The New York Times, since ancient times, villagers along the Cau River in northern Vietnam have sung Quan họ, a call-and-response folk music style performed by alternating all-female and all-male duets from neighboring villages that was recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage practice in 2009. In the decade since, 49 ancient villages in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces have taken measures to safeguard the cultural heritage of Quan họ, which includes countless rituals celebrating culinary traditions. Many travel companies often organize tours to take visitors to discover ancient villages, Buddhist temples, craft villages, temples of the Ly dynasty,… to contribute to preserving history.

Red River Delta, Vietnam among top 52 best destinations in 2022

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