World's Best City, Hotel, Cruise Line

Travel + Leisure is out with its 2010 World's Best Awards and the magazine's annual readers' survey has some surprises.

For one, Bangkok ranks in the top spot for cities, despite a period of violent protests this spring.

"It's worth noting that our survey took place before the political upheaval in Bangkok began in May, and that the U.S. travel warning has now been lifted," said Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure.

Other Top 5 cities in the survey are Chiang Mai, Thailand, followed by Florence, Italy; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Rome, Italy.

New Orleans and Washington return to the magazine's Top 10 list of U.S. destinations for the first time since 2005 and 2001, respectively, ranking as No. 7 and No. 10 – the top U.S. city award goes to New York.

Travel + Leisure readers say Abercrombie & Kent is the leader for World's Best River Cruises, and the Galápagos is the place with the World's Best Islands.

In the World's Best Hotels Overall category, there are 31 properties in the U.S. and Canada-up 11 percent from last year and more than in any other region. Top large city hotel in the continental U.S. is the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, while the World's Best Hotel is the Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore in India.

The top resort winner in the U.S. is the San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, in Santa Barbara, Calif., while tops in the Caribbean, in the resort category, is Nisbet Planation Beach Club in Nevis.

Two companies have held onto their No. 1 rankings every year since the poll began in 1996: Crystal Cruises (Best Large-Ship Cruise Line) and Singapore Airlines (Best International Airline). The Yachts of Seabourn is World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line, and Virgin America is World's Best Domestic Airline.

Bangkok photo, kevinpoh, flickr
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