Vietnam has been identified as one of 53 â€œhot-spotâ€ destinations to go in 2008 by the New York Times in its 9 December 2007 travel pages.
Sapa - small town in early morning
According to the article, at 48th position, golf is the main reason behind Vietnam's selection and specifically named the Dalat Palace GC, Ocean Dunes GC and the Montgomerie Links â€“ Vietnam.
The NYT said: â€œThree decades after the fall of Saigon, the city (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) has become an unlikely stop on the global golf circuit.â€
In the past decade, old courses like the Dalat Palace Golf Club have been spruced up, and newer ones, like the Ocean Dunes Golf Club in nearby Phan Thiet, on the South China Sea, and designed by Nick Faldo, have raised the benchmark. Still to come is the Montgomerie Links, just off China Beach, and the first Vietnamese course designed by Colin Montgomerie.
The paper also named Laos as the top attractive destination in 2008. (CPV)