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The 2018 Friendliest Cities in the World

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By CNT Editors of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 11: The only Asian city to make this year's top 10, Chiang Mai is the kind of place where, if you stick around for a couple days, locals will start recognizing you and saying hello (prepare to become friends with the guy selling bubble tea on the corner outside your Airbnb by day two). Whether you explore the old town or enjoy street food at a communal table, you will encounter "friendly, welcoming" people. Little surprise, given that Thailand's entire marketing slogan is "land of smiles."

For years, we've asked our readers to rate a city's "friendliness" in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, focusing on where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? Hundreds of thousands of readers took the survey this year: If there's something to Southern hospitality, well, it seems like Australia's about as far south as you can get, based on the rankings. Then again, Ireland makes the list multiple times, so you can find a friend on the either side of the globe. In 2018, these are the friendliest cities in the world.

© Ashit Desai

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