Bali, Indonesia maintains No. 1 most popular destination in Asia & No. 4 in the world new this year, seven subcategories of destinations for travellers of every type.
SINGAPORE – Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, announced the first of its highly anticipated, annual community-powered Travellers Choice Awards for 2022: the Best of the Best Destinations. If 2021 was the year travellers dipped their toes in the water with smaller getaways and outdoors trips, 2022 is shaping up to be the year we return to travel in a big way. Despite new variant surges, data shows that the desire to travel remains stronger than ever. In fact, in a recent Tripadvisor sponsored survey, 71% of travellers globally say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022. Just as travellers are ramping up on their plans for the year, the 2022 Travellers’ Choice list is here to identify the best places to go.
“As the world returns to travel, trips will look different than before. New destinations, new experiences, and new priorities will take center stage. Nearly three-quarters (70%) of travellers globally say that it’s important they ‘see new places’ when thinking about their future travel plans,” said Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Media Partnerships APAC at Tripadvisor. “Our goal is to help guide travellers to discover the best trips for them. Whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, food lovers or sun seekers, the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations have carefully curated subcategories that are sure to inspire their next big trip.”
What’s hot for 2022?
In addition to Tripadvisor’s typical Popular and Trending Destinations lists, this year the Awards include the Best of the Best Destinations for Food Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Skiers, City Lovers and Sun Seekers, offering inspiration for every type of traveller. On Tripadvisor’s hallmark Popular Destinations list, highlighting the highest-rated and most loved spots around the globe, Dubai has officially dethroned perennial icons like London, Paris and Rome for the crown of the Most Popular Destination in the world for 2022. Asian destinations that made it to the world list include Bali (4), New Delhi (15), Singapore (16), Bangkok (21) and Phuket (23).
Top 10 Popular Destinations in Asia for 2022
1. Bali, Indonesia
Don’t miss: Bali Day Tour - Exploring The Most Scenic Spots
2. New Delhi, India
Don’t miss: Private Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort By Superfast Train
Don’t miss: Sunset Sail - Dinner Cruise
4. Jaipur, India
Don’t miss: Private Full Day Tour of Jaipur with Guide
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Don’t miss: Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
6. Phuket, Thailand
Don’t miss: Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch
7. Goa, India
Don’t miss: Fontainhas Heritage Walk
8. Udaipur, India
Don’t miss: Full-Day Private City Tour of Udaipur Including Boat Ride in Lake Pichola
9. Mumbai, India
Don’t miss: Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
10. Hong Kong
Don’t miss: Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
The Tripadvisor community’s new favourite place to travel: Trending Destinations are locations around the world seeing the greatest year-over-year growth in reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor – including everywhere from dreamy beaches to places full of architectural wonders.
Majorca, Spain is the No. 1 Trending Destination in the world for 2022. This gorgeous island is becoming more than a spring break hot spot. With picturesque seaside coves, children’s beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture, younger crowds and families alike are setting their sights on Majorca. The only destination in Asia that made it to the world list this year is North Male Atoll, Maldives, coming in at No. 20.
The Best of the Best Destinations for you
Food Lovers: Rome takes the top spot for the Best of the Best Destinations for Food Lovers, whetting the appetites of travellers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can’t-miss gelato. On the same list, Bangkok lands a No. 9 spot, while Singapore comes in at No. 10. Hanoi makes an appearance as well at No. 22 and Hong Kong rounds off the world list at No. 25.
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is the Best of the Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts in the world for 2022. Coming in a close second is Jim Corbett National Park in India. The oldest national park in India, situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Corbett has long been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers. The park is best known as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India.
Sun Seekers: Paradise looks different for everybody. But these sunny destinations are as close to the real deal as you can get. Cancun is the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for Sun Seekers in the world for 2022. Right behind it in second place is Bali, Indonesia. No island has enchanted travelers quite like Bali. Less than half the size of Hawaii’s big island, Bali manages to pack countless adventures into one small package. Dazzling beaches beckon the sun seekers and surfers along the island’s southwest coast, while ancient temples and a thriving wellness scene draw travelers inland to Ubud. Two other Asian
destinations that made it to the world list are Phuket, Thailand at No. 13 and Goa, India at No. 18.
City Lovers: If you’re looking for a “Bright Lights, Big City” kind of vibe, you can’t miss Dubai, the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for City Lovers. Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is the ultimate destination for city lovers. Some iconic Asian cities have made it to the world list this year, including New Delhi, India at No. 10, Singapore at No. 11, Jaipur, India at No. 14.
Skiers: Zermatt, Switzerland has been crowned the No. 1 Best of the Best Destination for Skiers in the world in this inaugural list. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is travellers’ favourite ski area in the town, described as an “Alpine paradise.”