As the year comes to an end, it’s time for all those “Best of” and retrospective posts. This blog is no different. Yes, it’s an excuse to highlight some of the best – or at least most popular – posts on the blog in the past year.

(Results are based on statistics until 27 December 2010.)

Definitely the post that got me the most traffic this year (getting roughly thrice as many hits as the next most popular post), not to mention blogger/Twitter attention. (It was even retweeted by @lonelyplanet.)At its peak, the post got 363 hits (on 27 April); in April and May, the post averaged more than 50 hits per day.

TRAVEL TIP OF THE YEAR: 7 Tips to Save Money in Singapore
TRAVELTUESDAY PICTURE OF THE YEAR: Independence Monument at Phnom Penh

Independence Monument at Phnom Penh - Click to View Hi-Res Image

Special Mention: Slums Along Pasig River

The former was the most popular Picture of the Week posted this year. The latter had more total hits, but was posted in 2009.

SOUNDTRIP OF THE YEAR: Kings of Convenience

Kings of Convenience - Eirik Bøe and Erlend Øye

Kings of Convenience performed at Singapore’s Mosaic Music Festival. I was fortunate enough to catch them live; they were amazing! You can check out my photos from their concert in Singapore here.

TEN MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2010

These are the posts that got the most hits this year, regardless of when they were first posted. My San Fernando, Pampanga series remains as one of the most popular topics on the site. Meanwhile, only three posts from this year actually made the list.

1. 7 Tips to Save Money in Singapore
2. San Fernando, Pampanga: Part Two – Heritage Sites and Buildings
3. San Fernando, Pampanga: Part One – Food Tripping
4. 5 Typical Tourist Things I Do (and Not Ashamed to Admit!)
5. San Fernando, Pampanga: Part Three – Giant Lantern Festival 2008
6. VIGAN! Day Two
7. SM Mall of Asia Grand Festival of Lights Parade and Firefly Singing Christmas Tree
8. Bangkok Delicious: A Thai Food Adventure
9. Day Three (02-Apr-09): Goodnight Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
10. The Big Trip – Day One (31-Mar-09): Moto, Pho, and Uncle Ho (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

FIVE MOST POPULAR POSTS FROM 2010

1. 7 Tips to Save Money in Singapore
2. 5 Typical Tourist Things I Do (and Not Ashamed to Admit!)
3. Bangkok Delicious: A Thai Food Adventure
4. A Very Nice Bus Trip (Kuala Lumpur and Singapore: Day 12, 11-Apr-09)
5. Walk This Way (Kuala Lumpur: Day 11, 10-Apr-09)