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Vietnam among Condé Nast Traveler reader's favorite countries

Released at: 14:11, 11/11/2019

Vietnam among Condé Nast Traveler reader's favorite countries

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Vietnam makes top 10 for first time in reader survey.

by Le Diem

Vietnam has been ranked on a list of the world’s top 10 favorite countries by popular British magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

For its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, the travel magazine asked readers to rate their favorite countries across the globe and attracted a record 600,000 votes in this 32nd edition. The list was based on a scoring system representing overall average levels of satisfaction.

Vietnam scored 90.46 per cent and appeared in the top 10 for the first time, in tenth spot. The country pulses with energy and has plenty of well-trodden paths, according to Condé Nast Traveler. While bustling metropolitan areas Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hoi An are renowned for their vibrant street food, markets, and cultural offerings, head away from urban centers and you’ll find peaceful natural surroundings and sacred temples.

The country has long been known as a bastion for intrepid backpackers, but that’s fast changing, it added. For starters, more than 3,000 km of coastline holds some of the best beaches in the world, while the countryside of undulating rice terraces and hills provides serenity away from the crowded, chaotic cities. Here, you’ll find architectural wonders as well ancient imperial temples, forts, and tombs, which are in direct contrast to the hive-like buzz of cities. The dichotomy is energetic and striking.

Indonesia topped the list with a score of 92.78 and other countries on the short list included Thailand, Portugal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Peru, Greece, the Philippines, and Italy.

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country among the ten fastest-growing travel destinations in the world, according to a report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) last month.

The number of international arrivals to Vietnam surged three-fold from 5 million in 2010 to a record 15.4 million last year, a 20 per cent increase against 2017. It welcomed 14.5 million international visitors in the first ten months of this year, up 13 per cent over the same period last year.

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