According to VOV News, for its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the travel magazine asked readers to rate their favorite countries across the globe, attracting a record 600,000 votes. The listing, released this week, was based on a scoring system representing overall average levels of satisfaction.
Vietnam ranked behind Southeast Asian neighbors like Indonesia (6th) and Thailand (7th).For the second time in a row, Italy topped the best countries in the world, followed by Sri Lanka, and Portugal. Japan and Greece rounded out the top five.
|An aerial view of Hon Thom Island in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Khanh Tran.|
The best time to visit Vietnam is between April and June when the north emerges from its chilly winter season,” the magazine said.
In central Vietnam, Hoi An and Hue are at their best between March and August when the skies are blue and the lukewarm seawater makes the nearby shores great for beach holidays, it wrote.
A little further south, the beaches of Nha Trang and Quy Nhon can be visited almost every month, but encounter the occasional downpour between October and December, Condé Nast Traveler added.
|Photo: Vn Express.|
|Thung Nam mountain, Cao Bang province. Photo: Chu Xuan Khoa|
In the category of hotels, the survey shows that four Vietnamese hotels were among top 20 in Asia based on the votes of 715,000 readers around the world, Vn Express reported.
Azerai La Residence in the central town of Hue came in ninth while Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi ranked 11th. JW Marriott Hotel, also in Hanoi, was at 13th while InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72 came in 15th.
|Ba Na Hills has become a famous tourist destination attracting thousands to a vast entertainment complex in an European setting. Photo: Vietnam Insider.|
|The aerial photo shows the Pedagogical College of Da Lat and its surroundings bathed in sunrays drenched mist. The building, designed by French architect Paul Moncet, was built in 1927. Photo: Vietnam Insider.|
The number of international visitors to Vietnam soared from 10 million in 2016 to 18 million in 2019, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism reported. With Covid-19 travel restrictions, the country’s January-September intake of foreign tourists dropped 70 percent year-on-year to 3.78 million, the lowest since 2015.
Though the government allowed the resumption of some international commercial flights, foreign tourists have yet to be allowed back into the country.
|Halong Bay is among the destinations loved by international tourists (Photo: CNTraveler)|
Last month, in publications in the US and UK, CNTraveler repeatedly put Vietnam on the list of new destinations to visit after the Covid-19 pandemic ends and 2021. CNTraveler explained that this vote was because Vietnam has well controlled the Covid-19 pandemic, Nhandan reported.
|Flyboarders show off their skills at Ghenh Rang – Tien Sa Tourism Area in Quy Nhon Town, 2020. Photo by Nguyen Tien Trinh.|
Previously, CNTraveler (published in the UK) also selected the Vietnam’s Thong Nhat (Reunification) Express, also called the North-South railway route, to the list of the ten most beautiful railway lines in the world, selected from the book “Around the world in 80 trains” by author Monisha Rajesh.