SINGAPORE, 6 December 2016: TripAdvisor announced, Monday, its Attractions Trend Index that is based on the greatest increase in traveller interest during September to October 2016.
“The Attractions Trend Index reveals the diverse mix of sites and activities in Southeast Asia that are rising with travellers when they move around the region,” said TripAdvisor Asia Pacific communications director, Janice Lee Fang.
“From beautiful beaches to art appreciation and lively market shopping, travellers can find incredibly local experiences across markets that are completely bookable on TripAdvisor this year-end.”
Pasar-Sindhu Market, Sanur, Indonesia.
This charming market, made up of small shops selling local delights, fresh produce, as well as trinkets and souvenirs, is a hit with locals and tourists alike. A sunrise cycle tour in Sanur costs around SGD76 per person.
Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines
Ranked as Asia’s 2nd best beach on this year’s Travellers’ Choice™ awards by TripAdvisor, Nacpan beach is slightly more off-the-beaten path option. TripAdvisor users have hailed the beach as one that is more ‘tourist-less’ and thus paradise for travellers looking for peace.
Nguyen Hue Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This pedestrian-only street comes alive at night with an eclectic showcase of parades, music and dance. The best way to discover it is through a walking street food tour with a local guide, costing approximately SGD48 per person, where you can sample local specialities.
Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo City, Philippines.
Nestled in the heart of Antipolo City, Pinto Art Museum houses a collection of local contemporary art pieces by famous Filipino artists. The museum itself is made up of a sprawling complex of six great storytelling gallery spaces and is acknowledged as ‘instagram-worthy’ by TripAdvisor users.
Gili Meno Beach, Gili Meno, Indonesia.
Rated as the best beach in Indonesia in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice™, Gili Meno is the smallest and most peaceful among the Gili islands, making it a favourite with honeymooners and solo travellers. Also known as a popular dive site, travellers can book a snorkelling tour of the Gili Meno and its two neighbouring islands to explore shipwrecks, reef gardens and swim alongside turtles from SGD110 per person.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud, Indonesia
Make the most out of your visit to Ubud with a private guided tour, where one of the stops is the spectacular Tegenungan Waterfalls. Described as a “must-visit” in Ubud by TripAdvisor users, the 20 metre falls are best known for its natural scenery, clean waters and huge waterfall pool which is ideal for swimming. Private tours cost SGD110 per person.
As the Philippines’ largest self-sustaining eco development, Nuvali comprises acres of green space, a bird-watching sanctuary, cycling trails and lakes. It is popular with travellers in pursuit of outdoor activities such as biking, wakeboarding and fishing while nature-lovers can volunteer for tree planting at Nuvali’s three-hectare tree nursery or visit its organic farm some vegetable and fruit picking. The best part? There’s no entrance fee!
Puri Saren Palace, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Take a step into Balinese history with a cultural tour of Ubud, which includes a visit to Puri Saren, the former residence of Bali’s last monarch. Acknowledged as a “great piece of history” by TripAdvisor users, Puri Saren’s intricate carvings and structures are recognised as some of the best examples of traditional Balinese architecture. Cultural tours start from SGD78 per person.
Kawasan Falls, Moalboal, Visayas, Philippines
Known for its clear waters and natural beauty, Kawasan Falls is best explored with a local guide: trek through surrounding local villages, cross abandoned bridges and hop on a wooden raft for a ‘hydro massage’ under the falls. Tours start from SGD228 per person.