Recently, CNN Travel has published their lists of “24 of Asia’s most overlooked places.” Vietnam marks its appearance on this list with two unfamiliar, unexpected names which most of you might never hear of or pay attention to.

Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is already one of the touristy destinations in Southeast Asian; however, CNN has narrowed the city down into a district and marks it as one of the most overlook destination. Instead of tying yourself to the beaten-track and touristy places like Hoan Kiem Lake or Old Quarter you could further your trip into the real residential district like Hai Ba Trung District. Hai Ba Trung is a long-standing area where people of the old Hanoi have lived for generations, unlike some other new-established area. Therefore, the life here somehow still keeps the old vibe of the old-day Hanoi, a charming place of more calm streets with French colonial buildings.

Hai Ba Trung is home to three of the biggest universities in the city – The University of Science and Technology, National Economics University, and Ha Noi University of Pharmacy. With a lot of students, this area becomes a haven of street food with cheap price. It has created a lively side of this area.

In Ha Ba Trung District, there are also two parks. Within such a crowded city, the park is the only place where you can take a break from the fast-paced life and really breathe. Here you can meet the old people of Hanoi who belong to the old Hanoi. Seeing them will somehow change your perspective and give you a different impression of Hanoi.

An Bang Beach, Vietnam

Another name on the list of the most overlooked destination in Vietnam is An Bang Beach. The Southern and Middle Vietnam are well-known for their beautiful beaches, some of the prominent names like Phan Thiet, Nha Trang or Phu Quoc.

However, not many people know that near the lovely old town of Hoi An, there is a lovely beach named An Bang. Most of the tourists coming to Hoi An only acknowledge about Cua Dai Beach but it would be a little busy and crowded. You can opt to An Bang which is lesser touristy and peaceful.