Top 44 Places to Visit in 2009 from the New York Times

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The New York Times Travel section recently published “44 Places to Go in 2009″, an article on the top places to vacation. Compiled by Seth Sherwood and Gisela Williams, the places are organized by categories like luxury travel, foodie, family, party, eco, frugal and culture. An interactive list was posted on the Times‘ website and quickly received hundreds of comments and reader’s recommendations. Here, we have listed some of the places of interest.

Lebanon’s capital city Beirut received top honors as the newspaper’s top recommendation for luxury travel, foodie destination and a party city. Emerging as the “Paris of the Middle East,” Beirut offers lavish luxury hotels, exuberant nightlife and a diverse collection of world-class restaurants.

The Times selected Washington D.C. for the no. 2 spot of cities to visit in 2009, no doubt keeping in mind the U.S. Inauguration that swept the nation’s capital last week. Washington was recognized as a foodie destination for its top restaurants as well as a truly family-friendly city.

The top luxury travel destinations included Fjallnas, Sweden; Maremma, Italy; Phuket, Thailand; Monterrey, Mexico; Bhutan; Seychelles; Boracay, the Philippines; Cologne, Germany; Red Sea, Egypt; Kazakhstan and Stockholm, Sweden. Phuket was recognized as a top destination for luxury travel. Phuket is a dreamy island with magical landscapes and international glamour. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is roughly the size of Singapore. It is famous for its stunning beaches, lively nightlife and the friendly Thai spirit of the island. It is a colorful world of emerald waters, golden temples and crimson sunsets.

NY Times‘ reader recommendations also listed Beirut as a top destination, followed closely by Penang, Malaysia; Buffalo, New York; Metz, France and Rome rounding out the top five.

For the complete list of top places to vacation in 2009, please visit the New York Times. Photo credits: Beirut and Phuket.

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