Top 5 Of Everything (From Our Trip)

BEST SCENERY

1.   Bolivian South-West circuit (right)

2.   Patagonia, Argentina

3.   Nepali Himalayas

4.  Banaue, Philippines

5.   Plains of giant cacti, near Cachi, Argentina

Just misses out: Ha Long Bay, VietnamAndes, near Mendoza, Argentina; Palawan, PhilippinesLiwonde, MalawiEastern Laos

BEST TREKKING

1.   Annapurnas, Nepal (right)

2.  Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar

3.   El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina

4.   El Chorro, Bolivia

5.   Tiradentes, Brazil

Just misses out: Banaue, Philippines

BEST CUISINE

1.   Vietnam (right)

2.   Ethiopia

3.   Argentinian steaks

4.   Mozambique

5.   Nepal

Just misses out: Laos

Most disappointing: Brazil

BEST LOCAL MUSIC

1.       Mozambique (right)

2.       Colombia

3.       Brazil

4.       Ethiopia

5.       Tanzania

Worst: Vietnam, then Philippines

BEST BIG OR CAPITAL CITIES

1.       Buenos Aires, Argentina (right)

2.       Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3.       La Paz, Bolivia

4.       Kathmandu, Nepal

5.       Hanoi, Vietnam

Just misses out: Cartagena, Colombia; Sucre, Bolivia

Most disappointing: Maputo, Mozambique

Least enjoyable: Manila, Philippines; Mbeya, Tanzania

CHEAPEST BEER

1.   Ethiopia (30p – 40p) (right)

2.   Uganda

3.   Malawi

4.   Philippines

5.   Vietnam (Vietnam also had the single cheapest beer – 12p)

Most expensive: Singapore (up to £4 for a small 330ml can)

BEST ANIMAL EXPERIENCES

1.       Mountain Gorillas, Uganda (right)

2.       ‘Keeper for a Day’, Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre, Uganda

3.       Safari in Hlane National Park, Swaziland

4.       Tropical fish, snorkeling at Two Mile Reef, Vilankulos, Mozambique

5.       Swimming with Manta Rays, Tofo, Mozambique

Just misses out: White Rhino tracking on elephants in Chitwan National Park, Nepal; Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Most disappointing: Expensive trip swimming with Whale Sharks (there weren’t any), Tofo, Mozambique

BEST BEACHES

1.       Several off El Nido and Port Barton in Palawan, Philippines (right)

2.       Kendwa, Zanzibar, Tanzania

3.       Ipanema, Rio, Brazil

4.       Tofo, Mozambique

5.       Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Just misses out: Cape Maclear, Malawi

Most disappointing: Taganga, Colombia

BEST SNORKELING

1.       Two Mile Reef, Vilankulos, Mozambique (right)

2.       Off El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

3.       Mnemba Atoll, Zanzibar, Tanzania

4.       Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi

5.       Manta Rays, Tofo, Mozambique

Just misses out: Prison Island Reef, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Most disappointing: Island near Paraty, Brazil

BEST HOSTEL / HOTEL

1.       Mayoka Village, Nhkata Bay, Lake Malawi (right)

2.       Geodomes, Byoona Amagara, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

3.       Greenview, Corong-Corong, Palawan, Philippines

4.       I Keu Ken hostel, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

5.       Melia 5-star hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam

Just misses out: Dreamer Hostel, Santa Marta, Colombia

Worst: Brothel hell-hole, by Mbeya bus station, Tanzania

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN (sorry no pics!)

1.       Colombia (right)

2.       Ethiopia

3.       Philippines

4.       Argentina

5.       Vietnam

Just misses out: Laos

Most disappointing: Brazil

BEST CUP OF COFFEE IN A COFFEE-GROWING COUNTRY

1.       Ethiopia (right)

2.      Vietnam

3.       Brazil

4.       Bolivia

5.       Malawi

Just misses out: Colombia

Most disappointing: Uganda

BEST BEER – BY AVERAGE SCORE 

1.   Ethiopia (8.25/10) (right)

2.   Swaziland  (8.0/10)

3.   Argentina  (7.0/10)

5.   Mozambique  (6.6/10)

5.   Laos (6.6/10)

BEST NATIONAL (most popular in the country) BEER

1.   Ethiopia – St. George (8/10) (right)

2.  Laos – Beer Laos (8/10)

3.   Swaziland – Sibebe (8/10)

4.   Colombia – Club Colombia (8/10)

5.   Philippines – San Miguel (8/10)

Most disappointing: Brahma, Brazil (3/10)

MOST AMAZING MAN-MADE THINGS 

1.  Church of St. George, Lalibela, Ethiopia (right)

2.   Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

3.   Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt

4.   Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5.   Terraced rice fields, Banaue, Philippines

FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE (very generalised)

1.   Ugandans (right)

2.   Lao

3.   Burmese

4.   Bolivians

5.   Malawians

Most helpful people: South Africans (but not just in South Africa)

MOST BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWN

1.   Barichara, Colombia (right)

2.   Tiradentes, Brazil

3.  Guatapé, Colombia

4.   Ouro Preto, Brazil

5.   Hoi An, Vietnam

Just misses out: Villa de Leyva, Colombia; Iruya, Argentina;

MOST PHOTOGENIC COUNTRY (most photos taken per day)

1.   Bolivia – 57.4 per day

2.   Myanmar – 46.2

3.   Uganda – 43.2 

4.   Ethiopia – 42.6

5.   Tanzania (Zanzibar) – 37.9

Just misses out: Nepal (37.3); Laos (34.2); Swaziland (34.0)

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