The 6 friendliest destinations in the world to celebrate International Day of Friendship
In 2011, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the 30th of July as International Day of Friendship to celebrate the idea that friendships between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. To coincide, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, presents six destinations that are highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for ‘friendly locals’.
Based on thousands of Booking.com traveler recommendations, these beautiful destinations are home to warm and welcoming people that are eager to socialize and point you to the hidden gems of the city, because who else is better to reveal the true personality of a city than its friendly locals?
With more than 43,000 recommendations for friendly people by Booking.com travelers, Lisbon is a colorful coastal destination with a friendly city atmosphere, and delicious food and wine. The charming Portuguese capital is one of the oldest cities in the world and is very easy to explore on foot or by using public transport.
Where to stay: Located in the historical center of Lisbon, Castelo 122 is 300 meters from the iconic São Jorge Castle and offers modern apartments with a fully equipped kitchenette. The property is highly rated for its staff and according to Booking.com guests, its host, Vitor, will give you a warm welcome and help you have a great stay in Lisbon.
Although the vibrant Japanese capital is one of the most populous cities in the world, Tokyo is a place with extremely polite and friendly people. Most visitors describe the city as a clean, energetic and an inspiring destination with so many different places to discover.
Where to stay: The Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten has been offering heartfelt hospitality for more than a century. The hotel features sophisticated guest rooms with modern facilities and traditional Japanese aesthetics, and based on Booking.com travelers’ testimonies, the staff will make you feel like you’re at home.
Also known as the Venice of the North, the picturesque city of Amsterdam with its iconic canals and houses comes highly recommended by Booking.com travellers for friendly locals. Rent a bike and ride through the city’s scenic neighborhoods or, if weather permits, take your picnic basket and enjoy a day in one of Amsterdam’s beautiful and relaxing parks.
Where to stay: Situated just 600 metres away from the Anne Frank House Jordaan Suite bed and bubbles is a modern suite in the heart of Amsterdam. Upon arrival a bottle of Prosecco awaits you, and according to Booking.com customer comments, the property’s amazing owner, Angela, can help you with things to do and places to eat in the city.
Chatting while enjoying your pint of Guinness is a great way to mingle with the locals while visiting the lively city of Dublin. Home to more than 700 pubs, the Irish capital has an incredible culture of folklore music, great food and, of course, friendly locals
Where to stay: The Merrion Hotel is an award-winning, 5-star hotel housed on a Georgian building with beautiful landscaped gardens, Italian marble bathrooms, a Michelin awarded restaurant and an infinity pool. According to Booking.com guest testimonies, the hotel’s staff will do their best to make you feel like royalty.
Full of imperial temples and beaming smiles from some of the world’s friendliest people, the Thai capital of Bangkok is a vibrant destination worth exploring. If you would like to mix with the locals, don’t miss the Chatuchak weekend market, one of the largest markets in the world which gathers more than 200,000 visitors a day.
Where to stay: The stylish Hansa Bangkok House is a modern bed and breakfast with uniquely decorated rooms and a sun terrace overlooking the city. Guests visiting the property will feel like they’re staying at a friend’s house thanks to the excellent service provided by Ann and the rest of the staff.
The cosmopolitan capital of Spain is well noted for its friendly locals by Booking.com travelers and was the most visited Spanish destination by international travelers during 2016. Home to a glorious climate, lively beach culture and countless Gaudí masterpieces this beautiful destinations is a kaleidoscope of taste and colour.
Where to stay: Set in the heart of Barcelona, Casa Valeta offers spacious apartments with kitchen facilities and a furnished balcony or patio. This property is highly recommended by Booking.com travelers thanks to its super friendly owner Martin and his hospitality.