Vietnam among the 20 best countries to visit: survey

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Terraced rice paddy fields are seen during the harvest season in Hoang Su Phi, north of Hanoi, September 17, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Kham Terraced rice paddy fields are seen during the harvest season in Hoang Su Phi, north of Hanoi, September 17, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Kham

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Vietnam has been voted as one of the 20 best countries in the world to visit, according to a survey released recently by travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler (CNT).
The Southeast Asian country is the 12th destination that travelers want to visit, the results of CNT’s annual Readers' Choice Awards showed.
Wandering American chef Anthony Bourdain says going to Vietnam changed his life.
“It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go," he told CNT. "We'd be happy just to sip Vietnamese coffee and eat pho all day, but the adventurous can descend into the world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.”
Son Doong Cave in the central province of Quang Binh. Photo: Ryan Deboodt 
The awards are based on the ratings and feedback of more than 128,000 readers -- the highest level of participation in the magazine's history.
For the fifth year in a row, Italy is the No. 1 destination that travelers want to visit.
The 20 best countries you should visit this year:
1. Italy
2. France
3. USA
4. Spain
5. Greece
6. Australia
7. New Zealand
8. Thailand
9. Turkey
10. India
11. South Africa
12. Vietnam
13. Sri Lanka
14. Netherlands
15. Mexico
16. Portugal
17. Ireland
18. Japan
19. Canada
20. Morroco

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