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Top 10 Travel Destinations For 2012 According To Facebook

Posted: 01/04/12 07:30 AM ET

At Uptake, my colleagues and I have crawled Facebook's friend graph, analyzing the travel buzz in over 200 million comments, status updates, photo descriptions and check-ins from hundreds of thousands of people. We've whittled all this analysis down to create one ultimate list of top travel destinations you shouldn't miss in 2012. We hope that the list and pictures inspire your next great travel experience!

An interesting side note: The town of Farmville, Virginia was removed from our Top 10 List when we realized that the reason it ranked so high in our results was that everyone on Facebook was talking about Farmville the game, not the city. Sorry Farmville, Virginia, better luck next year!

Luang Prabang, Laos
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Most people limit their exploration of Southeast Asia to its better known neighbors of Thailand and Vietnam. But Laos has tremendous bounty to offer and according to Facebook users, Luang Prabang is its shining jewel. Dramatic, green-draped mountains and the sluggish Mekong River are the backdrop for this beautiful city, where French architecture, gilded temples and cobblestone streets create an ancient and romantic feel. Combine all this with terrific Southeast Asian food and the friendliest people you'll ever meet and you have a sensational travel "must" for 2012.

Photo: Flickr/amanderson2
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