Travel

Where next, wanderlust?

By Lydia Koh
May 04, 2012

The ancient Colosseum is seen during an heavy snowfalls early morning in Rome. – Reuters file picThe ancient Colosseum is seen during an heavy snowfalls early morning in Rome. – Reuters file picKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Guess where is the world’s most popular travel spot? Hint: Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games. If you haven’t guessed it yet, London was named the world’s best travel spot in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveller’s Choice Destination awards.  The annual awards — in its fourth year — honour top travel spots around the world according to millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Winners are chosen based on popularity of destinations, with travellers’ favourite and highly-rated places marking the spot. 

TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveller’s Choice Destinations awards covers 440 destinations in 37 markets, covering Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific and the United States.

TripAdvisor is a free go-to site for travellers, providing guides and research on their intended destination. It is also a community for travellers, enabling users to post opinions on destinations, rate the places they have been to and engage in travel-related discussions. 

“Whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor’s community of travellers,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

While London scored the top spot for the world’s, Europe’s and UK’s best destination, New York and Rome came in second and third places respectively. In Asia, Siam Reap won travellers’ favourite destination in Asia. It is no surprise, seeing that Angkor Wat is one of the most popular temples in the world. Beijing and Shanghai won first and second runner-up consecutively. 

For the complete list of 2012 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, go here.

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice World Destinations:

1. London, England

2. New York City, New York

3. Rome, Italy

4. Paris, France

5. San Francisco, California

6. Marrakech, Morocco

7. Istanbul, Turkey

8. Barcelona, Spain

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Berlin, Germany

11. Chicago, Illinois

12. Florence, Italy

13. Buenos Aires, Argentina

14. Sydney, Australia

15. Beijing, China

16. Prague, Czech Republic

17. Las Vegas, Nevada

18. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

19. Shanghai, China

20. Honolulu, Hawaii

21. Los Angeles, California

22. New Orleans, Louisiana

23. Cape Town, South Africa

24. Chiang Mai, Thailand

25. Dublin, Ireland

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations:

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Beijing, China

3. Shanghai, China

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

5. Male, Maldives

6. Goa, India

7. Boracay, Philippines

8. Hong Kong, China

9. Hanoi, Vietnam

10. Kathmandu, Nepal

11. Kyoto, Japan

12. Tokyo, Japan

13. Singapore

14. Ubud, Indonesia

15. Hoi An, Vietnam

16. Luang Prabang, Laos

17. Xi’an, China

18. Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

19. Taipei, Taiwan

20. Koh Tao, Thailand

21. Seoul, South Korea

22. Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam

23. New Delhi, India

24. Varanasi, India

25. Halong Bay, Vietnam