Backyard Travel Destinations Feature in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2012

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Condé Nast Traveler, a leading authority on business and leisure travel throughout the world, recently announced their 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards for Asia’s top ten cities. The list, voted by readers, features many of Backyard Travel’s most popular tour package destinations.

Bangkok, Thailand

We’re delighted that cities we offer as tour destinations have ranked so high in most categories of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

Bangkok took the number one spot recording the highest number of reader votes for its great variety of cuisine, cultural spots, accommodation and bountiful shopping options, which range from flea markets to designer shopping malls. Backyard Travel offers guests looking to experience the top city in Asia the Quintessential Thailand tour, which begins with three nights in the City of Angels.

Kyoto was awarded joint second place in the top ten, with an overall rating of 80.7 out of 100. Kyoto scored the highest points in the ‘ambience’ and also the ‘culture/sights’ category of the poll, emphasizing Kyoto as a true destination to embrace the soul of Japan. There’s no better way to experience this sublime ancient capital than with Beauty and Balance: Exploring Kyoto package offered by Backyard Travel, which takes guests to visit the most famous attractions of this traditional city.

Thailand also took the fifth spot on the list with the northern city of Chiang Mai The ‘Rose of the North’ being voted high on the list. Travelers can experience the charm of the beautiful scenery and embrace the local flavors, sights and sounds with Backyard Travel’s Family Adventure in Chiang Mai tour.

Ubud, the arts and spiritual capital of Indonesia, found on the island of Bali is perhaps a surprise inclusion at number six on the list to some, but the recognition is due in no small part to the cultural and historical sights of the city and the numerous activities on offer, as well as the friendliness of the locals; Ubud ranked highest of the top ten cities for friendliness. The ideal way to experience a holiday with a difference, the Active Ubud – Raft, Bike and Jeep package is perfect for those who love outdoor activities and crave the chance to get back in touch with nature.

Hoi An is the only city from Vietnam to make the Condé Nast Travelers’ Reader’s Choice Awards top ten. This lovely town in the center of Vietnam’s coastline is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of character, charm and picturesque scenery. With Backyard Travel’s Luxury Vietnam Unveiled tour, guests can experience the best of Vietnam, including three days in this relaxed port town which has retained much of its original architecture.

Once the royal capital of Laos, Luang Prabang rounds off the top ten list and is another city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This beautiful, spiritual town filled with friendly locals and great food is the best place to experience traditional Laos culture. The Discover Luang Prabang – The Gem of The Mekong tour package by Backyard Travel allows visitors to witness the history of this evolving country.

“We’re delighted that cities we offer as tour destinations have ranked so high in most categories of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Backyard Travel’s Operations and Product Director Maeve Nolan. “The 25th annual survey, voted by 46,476 readers, once again reinforces, for good reason, that Asia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.”

Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit or Facebook page

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