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Luang Prabang in top 10 world best cities 2009 by American magazine

(KPL) Luang Prabang, a UNESCO-listed world heritage town in northern Laos, has been ranked as a top-ten of the world?s best city, according to the latest survey of Travel+Leisure magazine.

The American magazine pointed out that Udaipur (a city in India?s Rajasthan state) was rated the first by the survey, and was followed by Cape Town in South Africa, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, Florence, Luang Prabang, New York, Rome and San Francisco.

According to the 14th annual World?s Best Awards given by the magazine www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2009/, Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos and the jewel of tourism of Laos and the region, is ranked the seventh.
In rating the cities, the survey, conducted during the first quarter of this year, took into consideration factors such as sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping and value.

Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes, is a city, a Municipal Council and the administrative headquarters of, the Udaipur district in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency.

Top Cities Overall
Rank '08 Name Score
1 - Udaipur, India 87.94
2 3 Cape Town 87.69
3 1 Bangkok 86.80
4 2 Buenos Aires 86.22
5 - Chiang Mai , Thailand 86.18
6 5 Florence 85.61
7 - Luang Prabang , Laos 85.45
8 8 New York 84.65
9 7 Rome 84.63
10 10 San Francisco 84.53
11 4 Sydney 84.27
12 - Jaipur 84.14
13 - Oaxaca 84.01
14 9 Istanbul 83.90
15 - Fez 83.82
16 6 Cuzco 83.40
17 - Jerusalem 83.23
18 - Siem Reap 83.17
19 - Quebec City 83.05
20 - Kyoto 83.01

* "-" means that the property was not among the top-ranked in this category last year

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  1. Wow interesting cities mentioned there, I have been to a few and Istanbul being the last one. I would definitely recommend it.


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