Come for stunning scenery, cheap eats and accommodation and DIY transportation.
Mu Cang Chai, a popular tourist site in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai
Forbes has included northern Vietnam on a list of 21 low-cost travel destinations for 2017.
"Vietnam is known as a budget destination, but the region north of Hanoi along the Chinese border often gets overlooked by travelers," the magazine said in a recent report.
According to the magazine, areas along the border with China, north of Hanoi, budget travellers can find private accommodation priced at 10-15 USD a night and dorms for 5 USD on average, while meals cost maximum 2 USD.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, came second in the list, followed by Lisbon (Portugal), Seoul (the Republic of Korea) and Bucharest (Rumani).
Forbes also reccomended Palawan in the Philippines (8th) and Luang Prabang in Laos (13th).