Luang Prabang, Bagan and Hoi An Win Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015

Category: Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam

Cities in Southeast Asia have never far from top travel choices. Wanderlust, a leading British travel magazine, just announced the annual Top City of Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015 voted by its readers: with Luang Prabang on top, Bagan ranks second and Hoi An takes number five in this category. Their countries are also amongst the Top Country list.

The Laotian city, Luang Prabang, wins over Wanderlust’s readers with its everlasting charm and the most laid-back atmosphere of life. Attractions like Wat Xieng Thong and Royal Palace Museum offer a shortcut to the Lao culture, while the Mt. Phousi provides a fascinating sunset observation spot. Early in 1995, Luang Prabang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has been bringing visitors ever since the 1980s.

Mount Phousi in Luang PrabangThe 100-meter-high Mt.Phousi is a great place to overlook the amazing landscape.

Began topped last year’s survey. Though dropped a place this year, Bagan has never been less favored by the Wanderlust readers, “intrepid bunch with good taste”, claimed the magazine. This historic Myanmar city is best known for its symbolic scene - hot air balloons flying over plains with thousands of glittering stupas and temple scattered, a dream-like image one thought only appears in movies.

Bagan air balloon, MyanmarThis activity was named one of the world's best hot air balloon rides by Telegraph.

Speaking of Hoi An(also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the pristine Vietnamese ancient town has earned praise from Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet and many other recognized travel insiders for its peaceful vibe and beautiful architectures. If you are still not sure about what it is like, this Hoi An attractions overview may help.

Hoi An ancient town, VietnamHoi An remains a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating back to the 15th century.

Top City of the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015: 
1. Luang Prabang 97.14%
2. Bagan 95%
3. Stockholm 94.74%
4. Kyoto 94.29%
5. Hoi An 94.12%
6. Vancouver 93.85%
7. Berlin 93.51%
8. Rome 93.13%
9. Vienna 92.86%
10. Krakow 92.5%

As Wanderlust put it: "The results are based on satisfaction rather than the number of votes." So it can be seen that these days, travelers are inclined to be fond of monks and boats rides over simply metropolis. Are you already beaten by the travel bug? Here is Odyssey travel expert Vera Zhao’s recommended top 10 things to do in Indochina region. Get inspired and pack.

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