MANILA, Philippines – Palawan made it to the top 10 list of the world’s best regions for 2013 by popular travel guide Lonely Planet.
The list, which was released on the Lonely Planet website on Tuesday, ranked Palawan at No. 8, calling it “the ultimate archipelago for adventurers.” It recommended Palawan for those looking for off the beaten track destinations, as well as adventure and culture.
“Palawan incorporates thousands of sparkling, rugged islands and is fringed by 2,000 km of pristine coastline. So far Palawan’s natural marvels have only been sampled by plucky backpackers. Not for much longer. The trail these pioneers have blazed is set to explode, with regional airlines waking up to Palawan’s potential and clambering to schedule direct flights to the capital. Throw in the mushrooming growth of style-conscious boutique hotels normally found in places like Ko Samui or Bali, and you can feel that Palawan is ready to hit the big-time in 2013,” Lonely Planet said.
The list of top 10 regions was topped by Corsica in France and also included Canada’s Yukon, the United States Gulf Coast and Japan’s Inland Sea.
Lonely Planet, which first became popular as a backpacker guide, also released its list of top cities and countries for 2013.
Sri Lanka topped its list of top countries, with Lonely Planet calling it a “cut-price paradise back on the map.”
“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,” it said.
Meanwhile, San Francisco, the “darling of America’s west coast,” was named top city for 2013 by Lonely Planet.
“Famous for hills, earthquakes and a penchant for liberal politics, San Francisco continues to attract kindred spirits, eagerly embracing all newcomers to the bosom of its cultural mélange. If you need an extra incentive to get yourself to San Francisco, the city has an ace up its sleeve – the 34th America’s Cup is coming to fog city in 2013, and big changes and upgrades are afoot all along San Francisco’s heaving waterfront,” Lonely Planet said.