The runners-up are Yushan (China); Iguazu Falls (South America); Great Barrier Reef (Australia); Amazon Forest and Grand Canyon (the U.S.), the Vietnamese Government said on its website Sept 8, citing the NewOpenWorld.
Top in the list is the Dead Sea of Israel, it added.
The ranking has been attributed to the country’s efficient campaigns abroad to promote the bay as a new world wonder.
Halong Bay is one of most beautiful bays in Vietnam, the best destinations which attracts many tourists every year. Halong has been twice recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage for its natural beauty and geology.
The bay is currently attracting both domestic and international visitors through land and maritime route. Bei Hai – Halong in particular, is considered a golden maritime tourist route for both China and Vietnam, especially in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Over the past eight months, the tourism sector in the province has surpassed set targets for 2010 with more than 5.3 million tourists arriving and an estimated turnover of VND2.3 trillion.
The voting is in the four phase, which is done in the form of a global vote scheduled from 2009 to 2010.
The New Open World plans to release the final result in late 2010.