The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice list is one of the main platforms that people would look into to find inspiration for their next holiday. If you’re looking for suggestions for Southeast Asia, here are the top choices on the 2019 list.
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 and hundreds of activities waiting, no wonder this gem is placed at #2, after only Bali (Indonesia).
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 of Vietnam 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.
Despite the rise of some Asian destinations, Bangkok is still one of the most visited cities on the list of 2019. So what is really in Bangkok, which attracts millions of travelers each year? Walking streets, colorful night-markets and vibrant floating ones, golden palaces, parks, and safari… This capital city is a “one in millions”. You will never find out why you shop too much in Bangkok, spend the whole day wandering around Pratunam or Siam Square, then unwind in the European-style gardens of Dusit. And shopping is not only the only fun but also eating. Bangkok outdoes itself when it comes to gourmet, too! Savor mango sticky rice at a food stall before taking in the gilded splendor of the Grand Palace. Thon Buri is home to the awesome Wat Arun temple, and over in Phra Nakhon, you’ll find the Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Hoi An, Vietnam
“City of Lanterns”, “Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritage Site”, “Yellow City”, “Central Vietnam’s Food Hub”, … the names that travelers have given Hoi An are endless. Entitled the Best City in the World in 2019 by Travel + Leisure and now in the top of Traveler’s Choice 2019 list, this small town is a star on the tourism map of Vietnam – an unmissable destination. The former port town is lined up with yellow houses along Thu Bon river. The interesting mix of cultures is showcased as you slowly walk through the centre of Hoi An, there are buildings in Chinese style, Japanese style right next to ancient warehouses. As the sun disappears into the ocean waves, the riverside is lightened up by thousands of lanterns – something very Hoi An. Every big and small alley becomes dazzling under the lantern light, take a stroll after dark to enjoy this glamorous face of the town.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
“Capital of the north”, Chiang Mai, is renowned for its abundance of temples found on almost every corner of the city. It will take a while for you to catch on with its own different life, but the charm is irresistible, and it still remains less touristy than many southern cities. In the city’s center, the remains of ancient walls embrace over 30 temples. Limber travelers can climb 300 stairs to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, an ornate Buddhist temple in the hills. Then you will be attracted by the Night Bazaar nearly every night. The National Museum and Botanic Garden are great places to soak up some local culture and to breathe in the delicate fragrance of Thai orchids.
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