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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Asia

Bali

Diane Embree
New Favorite: Long a fan of the Tugu Bali for its laid-back take on luxury, she now also recommends the nearby Tugu Lombok, which faces a private stretch of Sire beach.
Years as Agent: 34.
Other Specialty: Southeast Asia.
Fee: Varies.

Burma

Rebecca Mazzaro
Top Tip: Don’t miss the Taunggyi Balloon Festival, in Shan state, when villagers convene on the November full moon to display handmade paper balloons.
Years as Agent: 12.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: None.

Darlene Ravin
Best Bite: In the middle of Inle Lake, in southern Burma, Nam Pan restaurant serves delicious fish and looks out onto the traditional Nam Pan village, which is built on stilts.
Years as Agent: 13.
Other Specialty: Cruises.
Fee: From $100.

China

Karin Hansen
Excited About: Lijiang, in Yunnan province, where the new Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa is giving the Banyan Tree a run for its money.
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Thailand.
Fee: From $200.

Mei Zhang *
Excited About: A lack of infrastructure had slowed travel to Diqing, in Yunnan province, but a road completed last spring is already creating a spike in tourism to its newly unesco-designated Three Rivers region.
Years as Agent: 11.
Other Specialty: Tibet.
Fee: From $400.

Hong Kong

Laura Woo
Insider Find: Sai Kung, in the New Territories, is morphing from a snoozy fishing village into a popular seaside escape thanks to handy ferry connections and a thriving street-food scene.
Years as Agent: 29.
Other Specialty: Hawaii.
Fee: Varies.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2011
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