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Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016

2015-10-31 12:21 ChineseTime

Global travel company Lonely Planet has announced - early Wednesday morning - its Best inTravel list for 2016 featuring the top 10 countries to visit.

Singapore was listed as the No. 1 country to visit in its 2015 list mainly due to its SG50 hook of"various new developments to elevate the Singapore experience to a new level, from Marina Bay toa new crop of swanky hotels".

It is no longer on the list for 2016. But Singapore did get a mention on one of the few side listscompiled along various travel themes - namely, New Openings in 2016 (for the new National Galleryof Singapore- see bottom of story).

Otherwise, the top country to visit in 2016 as recommended by Lonely Planet now is Botswana.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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1. BOTSWANA 博茨瓦纳

Democratic, progressive, enlightened – but above all, invigoratingly wild. The story of Botswana’sjourney from poverty to become one of Africa’s most stable, thriving societies is inspirational; thecountry celebrates 50 years of independence in 2016 and there’s a lot for it to shout about, notleast the way it has balanced economic growth with protecting its natural riches. Prepare for asevere case of slack-jawed-with-awe syndrome when you visit.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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2. JAPAN 日本

It might be number two but it's always number one for travellers in search of an otherworldlyexperience. Nowhere else on earth exemplifies that dog-eared 'modern yet ancient' cliche like theland of the rising sun.Tokyo’s successful bid to host the Olympics in 2020 has raised thetemperature of a feverish city amid a blur of new development, but beyond the suburbs Japanremains as elegant and enticing as its graceful wooden temples.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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3. UNITED STATES 美国

The 'best idea' America ever had - the National Park Service - turns 100 next year. It oversees thecountry's 59 national parks and hundreds of historic landmarks, and celebrates a centenary ofsafeguarding Yosemite, Yellowstone, Badlands, Zion, and the rest. So lace up your hiking boots andset foot in the miraculously well-managed 340,000 sq km network of surreal and spectacularlandscapes it defends, from earth-rending canyons to alligator-infested swamplands to belchinggeysers. It's a national triumph.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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4. PALAU 帕劳

Palau is unquestionably one of the most magical diving and snorkelling destinations in the world -and it's fighting to stay that way. This far-flung Pacific archipelago has turned 100% of its marineterritory into a sanctuary in a bid to protect what has been dubbed a 'Serengeti' of the sea.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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5. LATVIA 拉脱维亚

It’s taken Latvia 25 years to shrug off the fetters of Communism, but this Baltic treasure looksready to shine for its silver anniversary. The country is resuscitating ancient traditions, restoringcrumbling castles and manor houses hidden in its pine forests, and transforming its once stodgycuisine into cutting-edge New Nordic fare. Seductive Riga, meanwhile, has built on its reign as aEuropean Capital of Culture with improved infrastructure and a round of renovations as itspopulation continues to grow.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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6. AUSTRALIA 澳大利亚

The strength of the Aussie dollar over recent years has made a trip down under a toughproposition for travellers on a budget. But with the currency faltering and petrol prices also on theslide, 2016 could be the perfect time for a road trip. You’ll want to gawp at the mega sights,naturally, including the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s pristine wilderness, both of which facegrowing environmental threats. See them now before compromises are made.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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7. POLAND 波兰

Recession-defying Poland has superpowers – while the rest of Europe descended into thedoldrums, visitor numbers here climbed and there’s no end to the boom in sight as Wrocławprepares for a stint as European Capital of Culture 2016. Kraków will have a turn in the limelight toowhen the Pope arrives to celebrate World Youth Day, and new air routes to Kraków, Szczecin,Katowice, and Gdańsk means this is a destination on the rise.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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8. URUGUAY 乌拉圭

An estimated three million foreign visitors will arrive in Uruguay next year – but it’s a wonder it isn’tmore when you grasp what the ‘Switzerland of America’ has to offer. Sandwiched between Braziland Argentina, Uruguay has unfussily become a progressive society that boasts a small butperfectly formed capital in Montevideo, pampas where you can act out a gaucho (cowboy)fantasy, and nightlife on sea amid the glamour of Punta del Este. Expect that three million to rise.

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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9. GREENLAND 格林岛

Greenland has the world’s lowest population density, but those that brave this chilly chunk of theplanet are not short of diversions: see the midnight sun glimmer on glaciers, sail among breachingwhales, dogsled the tundra, watch the Northern Lights dance across the ice sheet... In March2016, Greenland will host the Arctic Winter Games, the largest event of its kind ever, along with afestival of song, food and dance. What better time to visit this Arctic wonderland?

Lonely Planet 2016 Best in Travel list of top 10countries to visit

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10. FIJI 斐济

Listen up: the route to paradise just became a little easier. Pleasure-loving Fiji has recovered itsequilibrium at last after a coup and constitutional crisis, and travellers will soon benefit from anupgrade to the country’s Nadi International Airport. So what will it be, then? Idle at an upscaleresort, try the latest extreme sport, or focus on the classic pursuits of diving, sailing and angling asyou soak up what this tropical archipelago has to offer(Lonely Planet)

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