Tiny Ubud bests Bangkok, Paris and Rome in Condé Nast best city poll

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The Independent Online

In the 22nd Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey, released October 16, tiny Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, is the most surprising inclusion among some of the top cities in the world like San Francisco and Florence. Sydney, the top rated city overall, won in the Australia and Pacific region for the eighth straight year.

Despite being a town with just 8,000 inhabitants, Ubud has been the arts and culture hub of Bali since the 19th century. Ubud is home to Borobudur, one of the world's largest Buddhist monuments and Indonesia's most visited tourist attraction. This small town received a perfect score for friendliness.

Cities were judged in six categories: atmosphere/ambiance, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping. A five point scale -- ranging from excellent to poor -- determined the final score.

2009 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Best Cities

Asia City Score
1 Ubud, Indonesia 82.5
2 Bangkok 82.2
3 Hong Kong 81.3
4 Chiang Mai, Thailand 80.9
5 Kyoto 80.2
US City Score
1 San Francisco 84.8
2 Charleston, South Carolina 83.1
3 Santa Fe, New Mexico 81.6
4 New York City 81.3
5 Chicago 81.2
The Americas City Score
1 Vancouver 82.3
2 Buenos Aires 81.9
3 Québec City 81.4
4 Victoria, British Columbia 80.6
5 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 79.6
Africa+Middle East City Score
1 Cape Town 82.4
2 Jerusalem 75.3
3 Beirut 71.7
4 Tel Aviv 70.9
Europe City Score
1 Florence 84.6
2 Rome 82.4
3 Venice 81.1
4 Barcelona 80.8
4 Salzburg 80.8
Australia+Pacific City Score
1 Sydney 86.9
2 Melbourne 79.1
3 Queenstown 77.5
4 Christchurch, New Zealand 73.7

The questionnaire was available to all via the magazine's website, accumulating more than 25,000 respondents. Full results are available on their website and in their November issue.

For more information please visit: http://www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/readerschoice/cities