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Vietnam ranked 12th among 20 best countries to visit in the world

11. SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town ranked No. 6 on CNT's Readers' Choice Awards for the world's best cities. With the glorious Table Mountain and one of South African hotelier Sol Kerzner's luxurious One&Only resorts, it's certainly a draw, but the vineyards of Franschhoek and the safari lodges of Kruger National Park also beckon.

One&Only Cape Town Resort sets the benchmark as Africa's finest resort experience

12. VIETNAM 

Wandering 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.

Rice fields in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

13. SRI LANKA

If you're lost, this is where you can find yourself. Fill a backpack and take the island's "charmingly decrepit" railway to wherever. Buy fritters and curry dishes from train hawkers, look out onto seemingly endless tea fields, and hop off to see sites like the Golden Temple of Dambulla and the famous markets of Pettah.

A train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy travels through the highlands of Sri Lanka.

14. NETHERLANDS

Forget why 20-somethings flock here. Go to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other crannies of this gorgeous country for the incredible museums, unparalleled coffee, and stunning countrysides. We suggest splurging on a stay at the newly built Waldorf Astoria — a collection of six townhouses with a Guerlain Spa — on Amsterdam's oldest and most storied canal.

15. MEXICO

Look out Spain and Italy, Mexico's culinary scene has entered the ring. The country logged three restaurants — Pujol, Quintonil, and Biko — on the 2015 World's 50 Best Restaurants List. All three are in Mexico City.

16. PORTUGAL

Small but mighty, Spain's neighbor has a distinct culture, cuisine, and language. In the summer, head to the western village of Comporta, Portugal's answer to Ibiza. And no trip to the country is complete without a glass of port wine from the Douro Valley

 

17. IRELAND

From castle hotels to boisterous pubs and the greenest countrysides your eyes will ever behold, Ireland is a feast for the senses. CNT recommends renting a car and taking the world's longest road trip on the Wild Atlantic Way.

18. JAPAN

Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are a few of the hot spots to explore in Japan. Home to more than 2,000 breathtaking Buddhist temples and shrines, Kyoto was voted the No. 1 city in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine this year.

 Mount Fuji - Janpan's highest mountain

19. CANADA

From wilderness camping on Vancouver Island to a stay at North America's oldest Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, Canada offers travelers all types of experiences. A ride down the toboggan lanes in Quebec City is a must in the wintertime.

20.MOROCCO

The home of Casablanca is a treasure trove of spice markets, surrealist landscapes, jaw-dropping mosques, and world-class surfing. The cuisine is like none other, with a mix of Arab, African, Persian, and French flavors.

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