|Travellers can find private accommodation for $10-15 a night while dorm beds cost $5 on average in the north of Việt Nam. — Photo huc.edu|Viet Nam News
Forbes has included northern Việt Nam in a list of 21 low-cost travel destinations for 2017.
"Việt Nam is known as a budget destination, but the region north of Hà Nội along the Chinese border often gets overlooked by travellers," the magazine said in a recent report.
Bordering Laos and China, the mountains of northern Việt Nam are well-known for their sensational sceneries and culture. Travellers often return home with amazing shots of rice terraces, towering mountains, twisting roads and ethnic minority peoples, the magazine noted.
Travellers can find private accommodation for US$10-15 a night while dorm beds cost $5 on average.
Meals cost $0.50-2 and transportation between towns runs to just a few dollars.
In July, for a third year in a row, the 2016 TripIndex report by TripAdvisor named Hà Nội as the least expensive of 20 popular tourist cities surveyed.
Forbes also recommended Palawan in the Philippines (8th) and Luang Prabang in Laos (13th). — VNS