Vietnam shines in Rough Guides’s list of the world's most beautiful countries

Update: 10:08 | 14/01/2019
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Vietnam has been named among the most beautiful countries in the world, according to a list released by Rough Guides, a UK travel guidebook and reference publisher.

“From the impressive rock formations of Ha Long Bay to the terraced fields of mountainous Sa Pa, Vietnam has a huge wealth of easily accessible natural beauty,” Rough Guides wrote.

Its cities are alluring too, whether you prefer the modern skyscrapers of Ho Chi Minh city or the appealing contrasts of Ha Noi. Vietnam is a country on the move. Just 40 years since the end of the American War the country has rebounded with vigour. Direct flights arrive from cities worldwide, roads are being upgraded, new hotels are springing up and Vietnam’s raucous entrepreneurial spirit is once again alive and well.

Scotland tops the list, followed by Canada,  New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, England, Island, the US, Wales, Slovenia, Mexico, India, Finland, Switzerland, etc.

vietnam shines in rough guidess list of the worlds most beautiful countries
Vietnam shines in Rough Guides’s list of most beautiful countries in the world. (Photo: Hanoi Times)

Earlier, Vietnam has been named among the best destinations that you aren’t wasting too much time on travel, according to a list released by The Economic Times, an English-language, Indian daily newspaper.

Ha Long Bay limestone islands are an iconic tourist spot of the country. Apart from the picturesque Ha Long Bay, the visit to the longest dry cave in the World-Paradise Cave should be included in the list of must-go must-see spots of Vietnam.

“Thereafter, head over to mountains of Cao Bang for pristine air and untouched landscape. Con Dao islands’ reef and coves, Mekong Delta’s backwaters and the national parks are some other iconic points,” The Economic Times wrote.

According to The Economic Times, Vietnamese culture features an intoxicating blend of different influences; the Indian/Hindu influence in the South is seen across the architecture in temples and cuisines; Chinese in the North; Vietnamese in the center reflected across the port of Hoi An, royal tombs, pagodas.

Apart from these cultural influences, marvels at the modern day wonders of Vietnam are worth seeing as well. Visit the recently unveiled Golden Bridge, a 150-meter long pedestrian bridge, near Da Nang, Vietnam, The Economic Times suggested.

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(Source: Hanoi Times)