Rough Guides has released its survey conducted in 2014 one more time to find the 20 most beautiful countries in the world with Vietnam on the list.
Vietnam appeared on top 20 with two more Asian country which is India placed in 13th and Indonesia in an impressive 6th.
Scotland topped the list as the most beautiful country to visit, while the rest of the top 20 was made up of Canada, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, England, Iceland, the U.S., Wales, Slovenia, Mexico, Finland, Switzerland, Peru, Norway, Ireland and Croatia.
Including in the list are the site cited Vietnam’s “impressive” rock formations in Ha Long Bay and the rice fields in the northern highlands, and it is not the first time those destinations named as global accolades.
The terraced fields outside Sa Pa have once named he 11th most beautiful natural site in the world by Touropia, another famous travel guide, while the U.S.-based Travel and Leisure selected it as the seventh most spectacular destination to visit.
Vietnam is also very famous for its stunning beaches and islands, the ancient town of Hoi An and its huge cave system, which includes the world’s largest cave Son Doong.
Vietnam welcomed 10 millions foreign visitors last year, rose 26 percent, making it the world’s seventh fastest growing travel destination, according to a United Nations report in June.
The country raked in VND400 trillion ($17.6 billion) from tourism last year and the industry is aiming to make $35 billion per year in 2020, contributing 10 percent to the economy compared to the current 7.5 percent.
At the same time, it has received criticism from travelers and conservationists about littering and the concrete invasion of resorts and cable cars at popular sites.
Tourism officials say only a third of visitors return to Vietnam, while industry experts claim the rate is less than 10 percent, compared to 60-70 percent in Thailand.0