US-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named beaches in Vietnam's Hoi An Town and Phu Quoc Island among the 100 best in the world.
The announcement was issued based on opinions collected from its "most well traveled friends, colleagues and cohorts" and readers, CNN said, without releasing any information on the number of people surveyed.
Hoi An's An Bang Beach was ranked 86th while Phu Quoc's Bai Dai (Long Beach) stands at 93rd.
CNN said An Bang has gentle waves and soft white sand.
The beach is situated about three kilometers east from the center of the famous historic town of Hoi An and has a nearly four-kilometer coastline.
It said Bai Dai, which has a 15-kilometer coastline, reminds of some of Thailand's beaches during the late 1980s, with local families offering motorcycles for rent for US$5 per day and bungalows for $20 a night.
It is located in northwest Phu Quoc, which CNN said has fast become Vietnam's best known island destination.
Seychelles' "archetypal" Grande Anse Beach topped the list followed by Italy's Rabbit Beach. Completing the top five were Grace Bay (Turks and Caicos Islands), Anse Source d'Argent (Seychelles) and Anse de Grande Saline (Saint Barthélemy).
The two Vietnamese beaches attract tourists for their pure and archetypal beauty, clear and blue water, and beautiful landscapes, said the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
Bai Dai was once ranked first by Australia's ABC News in 2008 among the world's top five "hidden beaches" or most beautiful and cleanest beaches, though it remained quite unknown to the rest of the world.
An Bang Beach secured the 43rd position among the world's top 50 beaches by CNNGo, the channel's travel website, two years ago.
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