Ubud Dethrones Bangkok As The Best Asian City

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 | 963

Condé Nast Traveler magazine's 2009 Reader's Choice Awards holds exciting results. This year, 25,008 readers voted on more than 10,000 destinations. And what did they say?

Ubud, Bali has been voted as the friendliest town of all. And it also receives the honor as the Top City in Asia!

Ubud has been known for its culture and verdant vista. It's a peaceful town where on one hand you can find fine dining restaurants and spas and on the other, you can stumble upon paddy fields and various cultural ceremonies during your stroll around it. Temples and art galleries are abundant. The sight and atmosphere invites inspiration that many visitors come to spoil their muses. The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which is hailed by the Harper's Bazaar, UK, as "one of the six best literary festival in the world," is held annually in this town because of that reason.

Another reason why Ubud finally received its limelight might be because of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. In the memoir, Gilbert conveyed how she finally was able to love once more after she visited Ubud. It's now in the production of becoming a movie, with the filming currently taking place in Ubud (Monkey Forest and the Art Market) and Jimbaran.

About the results, the Condé Nast Traveler Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska commented, "It's clear that our readers are as devoted to the worldwide diversity of travel as ever." As these results prove that when it comes to find your favorite place to visit, no destination is too far.

The full list of winners is available on cntraveler.com at: cntraveler.com/readerschoice

(Image credit: Merbabu, Wikimedia Commons)

Related Links