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Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2013

Lonely Planet has released its much awaited Top 10 list of countries to visit in 2013. Topping the list is Sri Lanka, which is fast becoming a top value-for-money destination. The list also includes Montenegro, a country relatively unknown to me.:)  Read the list and plan your trip/s now!

1.  Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s eight World Heritage Sites

Battered tragically by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and wracked by civil war from 1983 to 2009, many areas of the country have remained off limits to even the most intrepid traveller. Now the bitter conflict is over, investment is fuelling the tourism industry, and visitor numbers are steadily increasing. Prices are affordable, and with low-cost flights from the convenient travel hub of Bangkok, Sri Lanka is emerging as one of the planet’s best-value destinations.

2.  Montenegro

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Nature has been prolific and creative in Montenegro, producing such iconic draws as the bewitching Bay of Kotor and the buzzy beaches along its Riviera. But be sure to pack a pair of hiking boots along with your swimsuit, for Montenegro’s beauty is no less intense in the wild and rugged interior. A new – and steadily growing – network of hiking and biking trails and improved infrastructure is making this glorious quilt of nature ever more accessible, while creating new employment for locals.


3.  South Korea

Namdaemun Market, South Korea

Without fanfare, South Korea has quietly developed into an outdoor recreation destination with untapped potential in golfing, hiking and fishing. Though not quite undiscovered, few people outside the country know about it. That anonymity will likely fade away in 2013 as it bursts onto the world stage hosting a series of major sporting events.

4.  Ecuador
Ecuador’s Nariz del Diablo
Ecuador’s railway network is scheduled to radically revamp in 2013 with new lines linking increasingly cosmopolitan Quito and the coastal port of Guayaquil. Tracks will also connect Ecuador’s famed 5900m-high volcano Cotopaxi and the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose), claiming the steepest (and most hair-raising) stretch of railway in the western world. Developers believe the gamble will pay off and pull in unprecedented tourist numbers.5. Slovakia
One of the many gothic buildings in Slovakia

Two decades on from the Velvet Revolution, Slovakia has galvanised to form one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, joined the EU and ranks right up there in Google searches for bargain ski packages and stag weekends. Now the tourism industry is keen to distance the nation from being all cheap pistes and piss-ups. The image overhaul has been overdue but it’s here, and in time for the inevitable party in 2013.

Read the rest of the list here.

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  1. i’m not surprised with sri lanka.i hope i get to visit it soon before it becomes so popular.

    1. PinayTraveller says:

      Hi Melvin,

      I haven’t been to Sri Lanka myself. But it does sound like a very interesting place to visit.

      Thanks for dropping by!


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