The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has just been named the cheapest city in Asia and the second cheapest city in the world!
The respected TripAdvisor TripIndex for Summer 2013 compares costs across 49 cities in Europe, Americas, Africa, Oceania and Asia. In the comparison are a 4 star hotel, taxi trip, cocktails and dinner, all based on two travellers.
In summer 2012 Hanoi was in number one spot with a total cost for the four items at 141.22 USD. This summer, the total cost is 176.14 USD, which is 35 USD more. Sofia in Bulgaria has overtaken Hanoi this year as the cheapest destination in the world overall with a total cost of 158.42 USD (just 18 USD less than Hanoi).
Overall Hanoi has the cheapest dinner for two people out of all 49 cities at 36.71 USD, thanks to a fantastic array of local restaurants in the city. There are a few international restaurants but the majority of the dining in Hanoi is focused around authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with street food remaining a popular option for food on the go.
Daily life in Hanoi proceeds at a frenetic pace and there’s always something going on. The Old Quarter district provides a fascinating insight into the former French colonial rule, with rich period architecture, narrow streets ad traditional shopfronts. The museums are a great way to while away a few hours, with the Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Women’s Museum and the Fine Arts Museum my particular favourites. At the center of Hanoi is the serene Hoan Kiem Lake where you can (almost) forget the constant buzz of mopeds. And you can’t leave Hanoi without visiting the two key sites of the former leader Ho Chi Minh himself. His official residence is fascinating: with his books, furniture and cars on display. In fact he chose to live his last years in the modest wooden house on site rather than in the Presidential Palace. And the soviet-style Hi Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must-see where Uncle Ho lays embalmed whilst travellers and locals shuffle by.
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After Hanoi, the next 3 cheapest cities in Asia are: Bangkok in Thailand (6th place), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (7th place) and Mumbai in India (16th).
And with more direct flights than ever to Vietnam, it seems that summer 2013 is the perfect time to visit Hanoi.