27/10/2011 13:33 | By Lonely Planet, contributor, MSN Travel
Must-visit holiday spots for 2012

Garam Chashma, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan

Garam Chashma, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan (© Martin Moos_Lonely Planet Images)
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Grab your calendar - Lonely Planet have recently published their new travel book Best In Travel 2012 - often regarded as the definitive guide for the coolest, most exciting places to visit. Included in the categories are best value, best city and top regions. We present some choice extracts to whet your wanderlust - let us know your favourites.

Lonely Planet's Best Value Destinations for 2012, 2: Tajikistan
Marco Polo was impressed, and you will be too, once you have experienced the stunning scenery of this safe, stable Central Asian nation. It can be accessed at dirt-cheap rates, even including the hire of a car and driver.

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29/06/2012 04:04
Hello to all the authors 
How are you ? we would like to kindly request to you about the bad situation in kalaw is from the Trekking Services guide called Jimmy Shwe and his sister called Toe Toe from Ever Smile Trekking Guide and they all of them are seriously persuate to all the tourists to their agency and so pushing to go trekking with them and also they were link and working together with the hotel of Eastern Paradise Motel which is owning by high rank military family .
So please warning about this situation in next lonely planet updates .
Best Regards .
15/04/2012 08:00
Hi to all the authors 
Can you give me some information about the situation of kalaw Myanmar Ever Smile Trekking Guide Jimmy Shwe , Toe Toe and Naing Naing. They all of them are making laundary money.
18/12/2012 14:39
Hello all the travellers
Please one information in kalaw is the if you plan to go for the trekking never book the trekking with the ever smile trekking agency in kalaw and one of the cook of the Ever Smile and he stole my camera and seriously bad situation at there Ever Smile.

14/07/2012 16:20
Hi to all the travellers 
In kalaw Ever Smile Trekking Guide called Jimmy Shwe and Toe Toe they were always making black money to white money and making laundary money with them,
So please you should never book the trekking with them.
06/01/2013 12:50
Hello my Fellow FutureTravelers,
No doubt about it, the 2 day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake was definitely a highlight of my stay in Myanmar. I recommend it highly and, if he is available, try and get Harri SIngh as your guide. He can be found through the Golden Lily Guesthouse there. However, there are many good "local" guides in Kalaw that can lead you and introduce you to all the diversity that trail has to offer. But, one thing you need to be aware of and that is to stay far away from the Ever Smile Trekking Believe it or not, I think that they are the worst human beings that I have ever come across in my entire life. They are not locals and direct 100% of their energies toward slandering the humble local family guides. They combat their own deficiencies by creating horrible lies about others in the business and as a result are despised by the community. This resentment can be felt all along the trail as villages, farmers, and other guides turn a cold shoulder as Ever Smile groups walk by. Adversely, if you are with a local family guide, that wonderful countryside and its effervescent people welcome you as only Myanmar can.
So, put Kalaw on your itinerary, and enjoy your trip, and if there is anything that I might be able to help you with as you prepare to go please do not hesitate to ask. I love traveling in Myanmar more than anything else in life.So you should never book the trekking with the Ever Smile Trekking agency.
17/01/2012 11:08

how about Croatia,Dalmatia?

Perfect for adventure holiday

11/12/2011 03:47
For best adventure holiday..i don't think there is a place better than Nepal. It has something for everyone. Either it be paragliding, canyoning, trekking or white water rafting, for best result mix everything.  for more info dev@leg-it.com
28/10/2011 11:15

Must visit holiday spots for 2012..................................... I could think of hundreds of places far better than your 8!!!!!!


01/11/2011 03:12

In location one, must the “stunning  scenery” include a gentleman casually displaying his arse?

28/10/2011 10:27
Why have you stated that the All Wales Coast path will run for 1377 Kilometres instead of 855 miles? Don't you know that Wales is part of the United Kingdom and they use Miles not Kilometres.
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