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Lonely Planet reveals the trendiest destinations in the world for 2012

BAGAN, BURMA - JANUARY 18: The Golden Shwezigon Paya Pagoda in the sunset, Temple on Jan 18, 2007 in Bagan, Burma.Once the capital of the first Myanmar Kingdom, Bagan has about 4000 sacred stupas and buddhist monuments built between the 10th and 14th centuries AD. In 2002 Bagan was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
BAGAN, BURMA - JANUARY 18: The Golden Shwezigon Paya Pagoda in the sunset, Temple on Jan 18, 2007 in Bagan, Burma.Once the capital of the first Myanmar Kingdom, Bagan has about 4000 sacred stupas and buddhist monuments built between the 10th and 14th centuries AD. In 2002 Bagan was nominated as UNESCO World Heritage. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)

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UGANDA, Burma and Ukraine have been chosen by the influential Lonely Planet guide as the top three tourist destinations for 2012.

Ukraine, referred to as the great unknown of Europe, is expecting an unprecedented number of visitors for the Euro 2012 football championships.

Lonely Planet begins the story on Ukraine with a joke: "Wide-scale counter-espionage? No, not even in Odessa. Communist grime everywhere you look? One glimpse of glorious Old Town Kiev or the wildlife on unspoiled Crimean shores will set you straight. Cheap beer? You bet: it's cheaper than water."

However it does not ignore one of the most famous, if not tragic, tourist attractions of Ukraine - Chernobyl.

The site of one of the greatest nuclear disasters of all times is often the only thing foreigners can think of when asked about what they knew about the country.

Besides Uganda, Burma, and Ukraine, the top ten places to go and things to do all around the world include Jordan, Denmark, Bhutan, Cuba, New Caledonia, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

The new book prepared by Lonely Planet experts Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012 contains travel inspiration and tips for the upcoming year.

Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world. It was founded in 1972 by two British travelers - Tony and Maureen Wheeler - and is based in Melbourne's western suburbs.

The Wheelers arrived to Australia having travelled Asia. They began with publishing a guide to South-East Asia, which they managed to explore with little money in their pockets. Since then the company has turned into the largest travel guide publisher in the world.

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