TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2019: Top Southeast Asian Destinations
It’s that time of the year again when visitors from all over the globe start searching for new travel ideas. And where better to find the dose of inspiration than from TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice list?! The list of 2019 named some of the destinations in Southeast Asia, which have seen an increasing number of visitors. Find out the top favourites in Southeast Asia from the list of Top Destinations 2019, and if you haven’t been to these places, it’s the time to do.
- Bali, Indonesia
This magnificent island stands at #5 on the list, after only the big names like London (UK), Paris (France), Rome (Italy) and Crete (Greek), showing how attractive Bali is to travelers. There are so many things you can in Bali, from simply relaxing, meditating, hiking, diving, to white-water rafting. The island is blessed with incredibly diverse landscapes, pristine nature and a wide variety of species call this place home.
What’s even better, you can travel from Bali to its neighbor islands (the local flights are cheap!). Islands like Nusa Penida is where you can find some of the most unique beaches with turquoise water, and if you are up for a more heart-pounding experience, pay the giant Komodo dragons a visit on their island.
- Phuket, Thailand
The world has been crazy about this beautiful island of Thailand for years. To be named as “The pearl of Andaman Sea”, Phuket has all the components to seduce travelers from all around the world. This alluring tropical destination can appeal to all, from the dreamers and drifters to the hedonists and adrenaline junkies. The island paradise offers its admirers a perfect combination of relaxation and indulgence and promises to dazzle at each and every corner. White sand beaches and crystal water may reel the travelers at first, but the real charm which can make the world be infatuated with Phuket is the never-ending list of attractions.
- Siem Reap, Cambodia
The world-famous Angkor Wat is the first destination you’ll want to explore in Siem Reap or in Cambodia in general, and many travelers think the same. Every year there are thousands of people come to admire the world’s largest religious monument, and this visit is worth every second. But beyond the grand Angkor complex, there are other fun activities one can take part in. Adding a touch of nature in your trip by visiting the sacred mountain Kulen, the scenery is wonderful with lush rainforest and gushing waterfalls. Or jump on a boat to explore the village on Tonle Sap Lake, inhabited by many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities.
It is one of the world’s most ancient capitals. The city became the capital from more than 1,000 years ago with the former name ‘Thang Long’ (ascending dragon). There are many reasons to love this city, the streets with a mix of old colonial buildings and modern shops, the smell of delicious food lingering in the air, the bustling vibe as you walk through the Old Quarter. You’ll never be bored when you’re in Hanoi, this city offers a variety of experiences, and there is always something new to discover around every corner.
Go for a stroll around the boulevards of Hanoi, travelers can watch the local life unfold before their eyes. Hanoians are also very warm-hearted, and enthusiastic to show foreign visitors to their beautiful city.
- Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, the capital decorated by a number of colors, is surely the first stop in any Nepal trip (apart from where the airport is located). Besides the spectacular landscapes, you will be amazed by the thick history and vibrant culture here. There are so many wonderful sights to see within the city, including the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, the remains of the Hanuman Dhoka, and Golden Temple (or Kwa Bahal) – a Buddhist monastery. The streets may be full of rickshaws, the traffic can be really slow, and the whole city sometimes makes you knit your brown a little bit with many different smells, sounds, and people. However, in the end, Kathmandu is still the soul of Nepal. And you, as a traveler, will treasure every bit of life in Kathmandu and fall for this city with all your heart.
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