In the Western Philippines, the tiny island of Boracay was dubbed the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler’s readers.
The travel magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards surveyed more than 30 thousand globetrotters.
Boracay was once a hidden oasis for backpackers, but in recent years, it has seen a surge in travelers flocking to its powdery white beaches. The luxe hotel chain Shangri-La and several boutique hotels have set up shop.
The islands of Cebu and Palawan came in second and third place respectively.
Despite ongoing political strife, and portions of Southern Philippines are currently under martial law, tourism in the Southeast Asian country has increased by 2.3 percent in 2016, according to the Philippines Statistics Authority.
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