Lonely Planet names Hanoi, HCMC among 'magical' choices for budget travel

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The vibrant Ho Chi Minh City only costs tourists US$20 a day or even less. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach The vibrant Ho Chi Minh City only costs tourists US$20 a day or even less. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach

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The popular travel guide site Lonely Planet has listed Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City among 11 best value destinations for tourists in 2016.
Both cities, which are the biggest and busiest in Vietnam, are considered as having “magical” prices for budget travelers who are able to live the local life by paying only US$20 a day or less for food, lodging and sightseeing.
Hanoi has been ranked second and the southern city third. The list cited results from the Price of Travel’s Index, which compared prices in 31 Asian cities. 
Estonia in northern Europe tops Lonely Planet's budget list, which also includes New Mexico, Quebec and Western Australia.
TripAdvisor earlier this year suggested Hanoi as the most affordable international destination in its annual TripIndex report, which looked into 60 key tourist cities around the world.
The leading travel review site said travelers on a budget should consider Hanoi where a three night-stay only costs around $732 a couple or $366 a person.

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