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The World's Top 15 Cities : 2017’s Top Urban Destinations
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The World's Top 15 Cities : 2017’s Top Urban Destinations

American travel publication Travel+Leisure recently made a list of the "World’s Top 15 Cities".

“Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and overall value,” as quoted from the article.

The World’s Best Cities list shows growing interest in Asia, as seven of the top 15 urban destinations are in the region. 

Here's the complete list.

15. Barcelona, Spain (Score: 89.52)

Photo by Simon Watson
Photo by Simon Watson

14. Udaipur, India (Score: 89.54)\

Udaipur | Condé Nast Traveller India
Udaipur | Condé Nast Traveller India

13. Siem Reap, Cambodia (Score: 89.57)

Siem Reap | Cambodia.com
Siem Reap | Cambodia.com

12. Rome, Italy (Score: 89.73)

Rome | Lonely Planet
Rome | Lonely Planet

11. Santa Fe, New Mexico (Score: 89.94)

Santa Fe | Audubon
Santa Fe | Audubon

10. Luang Prabang, Laos (Score 90.10)

Luang prabang | LightRocket via Getty Images
Luang prabang | LightRocket via Getty Images

9. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (score 90.13)

Ubud, Bali | Four Seasons
Ubud, Bali | Four Seasons

8. Cape Town, South Africa (Score 90.24)

Cape Town | TripAdvisor
Cape Town | TripAdvisor

7. Hoi An, Vietnam (Score: 90.31)

Hoi An | Palm Vietnam Travel
Hoi An | Palm Vietnam Travel

6. Oaxaca, Mexico (Score: 90.41)

Oaxaca | Visit Mexico
Oaxaca | Visit Mexico

5. Florence, Italy (Score: 90.75)

Florence | found the world
Florence | found the world

4. Kyoto, Japan (Score: 91.13)

Kyoto | NYTimes.com
Kyoto | NYTimes.com

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand (Score: 91.40)

Chiang Mai | Bangkok.com
Chiang Mai | Bangkok.com

2.  Charleston, South Carolina, US (score 91.54)

South carolina | Same.org
South carolina | Same.org

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Score: 92.12)

The views of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel from the city center look straight out of a fairytale | Business Insider
The views of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel from the city center look straight out of a fairytale | Business Insider

There’s a lot to love about San Miguel, a colonial treasure anchored by El Jardín, a leafy plaza marked by open-air cafés and the pink Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church. Art and textiles are big here: Mexicans and expats alike pop into independent boutiques selling artisan-made goods, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Fábrica La Aurora, a former textile factory that’s been converted into a series of contemporary art galleries. Restaurants serving delicious Mexican dishes (rich moles, hot

Restaurants serving delicious Mexican dishes (rich moles, hot gorditas, stuffed chiles) are tucked along cobblestoned streets lined with historic houses. For one of the best views of the city, make a reservation at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende’s Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar (this hotel also ranked as the No. 2 City Hotel in the country); margaritas pair well with the chiming church bells at sunset.

Source : Travel+Leisure | The Jakarta Post

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