An article by Fikri Zaki Muhammadi, Bali Daily.
The Russian edition of lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Bali Asia’s most beautiful island in its 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating Koh Samui in Thailand and Cebu and Visayan in the Philippines.
The award received 1.3 million votes for various categories from the magazine’s readers in Russia, including the 2013 world’s best island, which was awarded to Maui Islands in Hawaii, the US.
Bali scored 83.1 in the overall points, beating Koh Samui and Phuket in Thailand, Cebu and Visayan in the Philippines, and its neighboring island, Lombok. The survey assessed the islands’ scenery, people’s friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging, activities and beaches.
“It’s a wonderful place to visit, with plenty of places to suit all budgets and interests,” Condé quoted a voter as saying in its online edition.
“[Bali] probably [has] the sweetest people in the world. Hotels are exquisite, culture is exotic and rich, food is extraordinary,” another reader was quoted as saying.
The magazine recently handed the award to Bali through Indonesian Ambassador for Russia, Djauhari Oratmangun in Moscow.
“It’s a wonderful place to visit, with plenty of places to suit all budgets and interests.”
Djauhari said in his speech that Bali’s achievement was a result of persistent promotions by all stakeholders in the country to Russian tourists. He said his side would continue to introduce more areas on the resort island, as well as other places in Indonesia.
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