The US-based Frommer’s travel magazine has recommended Hanoi as one of the 12 most attractive destinations for 2010.

The popular travel guide describes the thousand-year-old city as a thriving metropolis with a French colonial soul.

“A cultural centre littered with pagodas, temples, and historic monuments, Hanoi offers plenty for the traveller seeking an authentic yet eclectic Asian experience, it said, adding that the eating scene is colourful, with excellent meals available at both street-side stalls and fine eateries.

Hanoi also happens to be Asia’s “Most Asian city”, according to Ron Emmons, co-author of “Frommer’s Southeast Asia ”.

Other must go destinations on the list include Tunisia, Copenhagen (Denmark), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), Abu Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates), Hawaii (the US), Salta province (Argentina), Isles of Scilly (the UK), Mexico City (Mexico), Melbourne (Australia), Florida (the US), and Kerala (India). France ’s capital, Paris , was voted the top destination for 2010./.