Bali, Indonesia, credit Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash
Tripadvisor has published their Most Popular Destination list in their Travellers Choice Awards 2021 and the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali tops the list.
Besides Bali a further 5 destinations in Southeast Asia featured in the World Top 25 Destinations.
Bali – Number 1
Tripadvisor says that “Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colourful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.”
They recommend that you ensure that you visit Kelingking Beach, Sekumpul Waterfalls and Mount Batur on your trip. Top Things To Do In Bali
Hanoi – Number 6
According to Tripadvisor “The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or “ascending dragon”, but it hasn’t forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.”
Don’t miss the Old Quarter, the Lake of the Restored Sword and Temple of Literature and National University. Top 19 things to do in Hanoi
Bangkok – Number 8
“Bangkok is full of exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples—as you go from one to the next you’ll be continually blown away by the craftsmanship and elabourate details. But if you’d rather seek enlightenment in a gourmet meal, or dance the night away, you’ll also enjoy Bangkok—the restaurant and nightclub scenes here are among the best in the world.”
Don’t miss the Temple of Dawn, Wat Phra Chetuphon and Lumpini Park. Top 20 things to do in Bangkok
Hoi An – Number 11
“This city on the central Vietnamese coast is a well-preserved example of the important Southeast Asian trading port it was from the 15th-19th centuries. Already a common stop for backpackers, it is becoming better known to tourists. On the 14th day of each lunar month, the town trades its electric lights for traditional coloured lanterns. Sights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple. Let the town’s expert tailors make you some bespoke clothing.”
Don’t miss Hoi An ancient town and An Bang beach. Top 13 things to do in Hoi An
Siem Reap – Number 12
“When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.”
Don’t miss Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and the Cambodia Landmine Museum. Top 9 things to do in Siem Reap
Phuket – Number 14
“Phuket offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular holiday sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks. Three wheeled-Tuk Tuks, taxis, buses and long tailed boats transport visitors between these marvels. Phuket’s south coast offers its most popular beaches. The north is more tranquil. Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are popular spots. Diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing are just a few active options. Inland, forested hills, mountains and cliffs wait to be explored.”
Don’t miss Freedom Beach, Soi Dog Foundation and Bang Tao Beach. Top 26 things to do in Phuket
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