Ninh Binh Province in northern Vietnam ranked seventh on a list of the 10 most welcoming destinations in the world published recently by Dutch-based online travel agency Booking.com.
The ranking was based on an analysis of more than 240 million verified customer reviews on the website.
Around 90 kilometers south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh Province is famous for a high density of natural and cultural attractions, including Cuc Phuong National Park, Van Long wetland nature reserve, grotto caves and rivers in Trang An, Tam Coc-Bich Dong and Mua Caves, historic monuments in the Hoa Lu ancient capital, Bai Dinh Temple -- Vietnam’s largest buddhist worshiping complex -- and the Phat Diem Cathedral.
The northern Vietnamese province started shining on the global stage after the Hollywood movie ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was filmed there in 2016.
It welcomed nearly 330,000 visitors, including over 29,500 foreigners, during the recent seven-day Lunar New Year holiday.
La Rioja in Spain topped Booking.com’s list of the most welcoming destinations, followed by Epirus in Greece and Oberosterreich in Austria.
County Down in the UK and Mures in Romania rounded up the top five.
Marlborough of New Zealand ranked sixth, and Limon in Costa Rica, Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada, and North Dakota in the U.S. are honored in eighth, ninth, and tenth places, respectively.
The ranking is just one part of Booking.com’s 2023 Traveler Review Awards, which recognized accommodation partners, car rental providers, and airport taxi suppliers across 220 countries and territories.
The awards also included a list of the ten most welcoming places in Vietnam, which is halved by beach destinations such as Hoi An, Tuy Hoa, Con Dao, Dong Hoi, and Cat Ba.
Ninh Binh was also featured in second place on this list.
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