Singapore has clinched the number one spot on Lonely Planet’s list of the top 10 countries to visit in 2015.
Praised for its multicultural diversity and wide range of attractions, the southeast Asian island nation -- which celebrates its Golden Jubilee next year -- beat out Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua and Ireland (ranked second to fifth, respectively) for the top spot.
“Since sealing its independence in 1965, Singapore has been on a roll. And while its grand heritage buildings, chaotic hawker centers, luxurious green spaces and glitzy shopping malls have been luring travelers for decades, a slew of new developments has elevated the ‘Singapore experience’ to a whole new level,” Lonely Planet writes.
The media company adds that travelers to Singapore will be given an extra treat next year as the country launches new attractions to coincide with its 50th anniversary.
This week, Lonely Planet also named Washington D.C. and El Chalten, Argentina, as the number one and number two cities, respectively, to visit in 2015.
Gallipoli, Turkey, a historically-rich peninsula located on the northwestern side of the Dardanelles Strait, was named the top region to visit next year; Tunisia topped the list of best value destinations.
Check out Lonely Planet’s complete “Best in Travel 2015” list here. Lonely Planet's top travel destinations for 2014 can be viewed below: