But it is not an easy trip for amateur travelers due to its twisting, narrow roads and dangerous mountain passes that have claimed the lives of many motorbike riders, including foreigners.

New York Times suggested hiring a guide from QT Motorbikes and Tours to explore the diverse cultures of ethnic minorities such as the Hmong and Tay.

"Road improvement projects and new high-end accommodations have made the loop more accessible and inviting."

It advised tourists to take a boat ride on the emerald Nho Que River through the canyon at Ma Pi Leng Pass.

The local tourism boom in recent years has seen many motorbike rental services spring up across Ha Giang. Foreigners only need to leave their passports and pay around VND150,000 ($6.40) a day to rent a vehicle.


London tops this year’s New York Times list, followed by Japan’s Morioka and the U.S.’s Monument Valley.

Other Asian representatives in the list are Bhutan, Kerala in India, Fukuoka in Japan, Flores in Indonesia, and Taipei in Taiwan.