Bucket List: Condé Nast Lists Philippines Among "The 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World" - Travel

Pearl of the Orient, the world is your oyster.

Condé Nast Traveler has included the Philippines in its “The 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World” list.

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“Every country in the world has something to offer, from local cuisine to groundbreaking architecture. But actually ranking the most beautiful countries in the world? That’s a bit trickier (eye of the beholder, and what not),” Condé Nast Traveler said.

To produce the list, the magazine used the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report.

This is an annual survey that ranks the world’s countries based on different factors. These include safety, life expectancy, and natural resources.

The latter considers details like total animal species, the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the amount of protected ecosystems.

From there, Condé Nast Traveler pulled the top 30 countries from the “natural resources” section of the report. It then polled its editors for their personal picks.

“There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines. And they easily number among the most beautiful in the world,” Condé Nast Traveler’s Caitlin Morton wrote.

The writer singled out the country’s various  

“The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan encompasses mangrove forests, one of the world’s most impressive cave systems, and an underground river. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island consist of an estimated 1,776 grass-covered domes that are mysteriously uniform in shape. The rice terraces of both Banaue and the Philippine Cordilleras provide panoramic views of every shade of green imaginable,” Morton wrote.

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