Vietnam named top heritage destination at World Travel Awards

UNESCO heritage site Trang A landscape complex in northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo by Ngan Duong

Vietnam overtook Armenia, Brazil, Egypt, Greece, Japan and Saudi Arabia to claim the title of “world’s leading heritage destination” at this year’s World Travel Awards.

The winners were announced at the grand final gala held in Oman on Friday evening.

Vietnam is home to eight UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue Monument Complex in central Vietnam; and Halong Bay, Trang An Landscape Complexthe Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the Ho Dynasty Citadel in the northern region.

These heritage sites and other destinations have been repeatedly acclaimed by prestigious travel magazines in recent years.

Hanoi was also crowned the world’s number one city break destination this year.

The Golden Bridge in Da Nang, 150 meters long and 12.8 meters wide, and designed as giant hands made of fiberglass and wire mesh, won the highest honor as the world’s first iconic tourist bridge.

The World Travel Awards, launched in 1993, recognize excellence in the travel and tourism industry and have been described as “the equivalent of the Oscars in the travel industry”.

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