Favourite destinations


  • Europe
  • Saturday, 01 Jun 2013

Yet again the usual suspects emerge tops when it comes to popular cities around the world.

WHEN it comes to local destinations, Kuala Lumpur has overtaken Langkawi and claimed the top spot as the choice destination for travellers.

Langkawi is now second with Kota Kinabalu remaining in third spot.

Penang (Georgetown) has moved up three spots to fourth, while Malacca moves down one spot to fifth. Interesting new entries include Johor Baru at eighth and Miri at 10th.

This results were compiled by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site (with sourced out public reviews), following its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards. Their fifth annual awards recognise 412 outstanding destinations in 38 markets across the globe, and includes lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, South Pacific and the United States.

Worldwide it’s no surprises that familiar destinations like Paris, New York City and London locked in the top three spots.– S.S. Yoga

(“+/-” denotes the change in ranking year-on-year, “0” means no change, and “new” means first entry into the top 25).

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations:

1. Paris, France (+3)

2. New York City, United States (0)

3. London, England (-2)

4. Rome, Italy (-1)

5. Barcelona, Spain (+3)

6. Venice, Italy (New)

7. San Francisco, United States (-2)

8. Florence, Italy (+4)

9. Prague, Czech Republic (+7)

10. Sydney, Australia (+4) 

11. Berlin, Germany (-1) 

12. Istanbul, Turkey (-5) 

13. Bangkok, Thailand (New) 

14. Chicago, United States (-3) 

15. Tokyo, Japan (New) 

16. Cape Town, South Africa (+7) 

17. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (New) 

18. Buenos Aires, Argentina (New) 

19. Marrakech, Morocco (-13)

20. St. Petersburg, Russia (New)

21. Beijing, China (-6)

22. Shanghai, China (-3)

23. Siem Reap, Cambodia (-14)

24. Chiang Mai, Thailand (0)

25. Queenstown, New Zealand (New)

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations:

1. Bangkok, Thailand (New)

2. Tokyo, Japan (+10)

3. Beijing, China (-1)

4. Shanghai, China (-1)

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia (-4)

6. Chiangmai, Thailand (-2)

7. Hong Kong, China (+1)

8. Singapore (+5)

9. Kyoto, Japan (+2) 

10. Male (-5) 

11. Ubud, Indonesia (+3) 

12. Seoul, South Korea (+9) 

13. Taipei, Taiwan (+6) 

14. Hanoi, Vietnam (-5) 

15. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (+7) 

16. New Delhi, India (+7) 

17. Hoi An, Vietnam (-2) 

18. Kathmandu, Nepal (-8) 

19. Luang Prabang, Laos (-3) 

 20. Jaipur, India (New) 

 21. Xi’an, China (-4) 

 22. Goa, India (-16) 

 23. Phnom Penh, Cambodia (New) 

 24. Mumbai, India (New) 

 25. Halong Bay, Vietnam (0)       

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