Monday, 2nd February 2015
South East Asia's cities scored highly in Wanderlust's Travel Awards 2015
Laos, Burma and Vietnam may have come in at numbers eight, nine and ten respectively in the Top Country category of the Wanderlust Travel Awards this year, but their cities scored even more highly.
Luang Prabang (Laos) took number one in the Top City section, with Bagan (Burma) coming second and the port city of Hoi An (Vietnam) making the fifth spot.
Bagan won the category last year, but its score of 95 out of 100 wasn't quite enough to beat Luang Prabang's impressive 97.14.
In fact, the Laotian city has beaten off competition to be crowned the top metropolis in these awards for nine out of ten years.
Wanderlust pointed out that the land of monks, trees, sunsets, sticky rice, boat rides and beaming people has a lot to recommend it.
Its website stated: "Luang Prabang is never far from the top spot in this category – proof of its enduring charm, and the bevvy of treasures and unique experiences that await every traveller. Last year's Top City winner, Bagan, takes a close second place – proving that not only are our readers an intrepid bunch, they have fantastic taste, too."
The awards were announced recently at the Destinations Travel Show at Olympia in London, after 3,000 of Wanderlust's readers narrowed down nominations from 208 countries into the winners.
After booking a holiday, one of the first things many people do is buy a guidebook to help them get the most of their time away, but with so many to choose from the decision as to which publisher to go for can be difficult.
The Wanderlust judges took on this challenge too, with the top five comprising of: Cicerone at number one, Dorling Kindersley at, the Lonely Planet, Bradt and Rough Guides at three, four and five.
For armchair travellers, the awards also recognised some of the great programming that has been scheduled to show off the beauty of our world.
Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve was voted the best, with The Mekong River with Sue Perkins and David Attenborough's Life Story making it into third.
If you are wondering which equipment brand to put your trust in for your trip, then the judges came up with Rab in first place, followed by Paramo and Rohan.
Wanderlust has proven itself to be an invaluable form of inspiration for those planning travels across the globe since it came into being 17 years ago. Not bad for a magazine that was first planned on the back of a sick bag during a long-haul flight!
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