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Galway voted world's friendliest city - Nos. 3 and 4 aren't bad either

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Remarkably, Dublin placed third and Cork fourth in the same poll. The three Irish cities dominate the prestigious, New York-based magazine's list of destinations "that know how to charm". The World's 10 Friendliest Cities GalwayCharleston, South CarolinaDublinCorkSiem Reap, CambodiaAuckland, New ZealandMelbourne, AustraliaSydney, AustraliaEdinburgh, ScotlandSavannagh, Georgia “The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” one Travel + Leisure reader said. Another claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.” "Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality," according to the magazine. "Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the 'most Irish' city.” Of Ireland's capital, the magazine had the following t…

The Philippines is a paradise home to more than 7000 islands

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Wow, just wow. Picture: Ren JuoSource: Flickr
FROM lush, thick jungle to dramatic mountain ranges and glistening white sand beaches, the Philippines is home to more than 7000 idyllic islands, waiting to be explored. But how does one choose their little slice of paradise? We’ve picked nine of our favourite islands in the Philippines so you don’t have to. 1. Kick back on the powder white sand of Boracay This once secluded island has quickly become a tourist hotspot. Aptly named White Beach, there’s a mix of accommodation options — from budget-friendly bungalows to luxe 5-star resorts. And don’t forget Willy’s Rock.
Willy's rock at Boracay.Source: Getty Images 2. Hunt for lost treasure in the caves of Caramoan Wander between incredible stalactite formations at Caramoan National Park before heading to Manipis Cave — believed to be the hiding place of General Yamashita’s treasure. 3. Kayak through the limestone formations at El Nido, Palawan Joining the likes of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and K…