Bali beats competition

SINGAPORE, 20 December 2016: If you need to identify the 10 most popular destinations  based on travel interest for New Year and holidays through to February, TripAdvisor has the list and Bali tops it.

The review and booking site monitored the booking and search trends of Southeast Asian travellers for the travel period 1 December to 28 February 2017.

It measured the average one-week costs for hotels, airfare, meals and attractions. The seasonal report also gives travellers hints on savings at these destinations by identifying the best weeks to visit.

inside no 4Bali emerged as the most popular destination overall in terms of traveller interest (search volume) for Southeast Asian travellers looking to take a holiday in the New Year, followed by Luzon in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Bangkok in fourth place.

“This report comes in handy for travellers who are planning breaks in the New Year,  Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day,” said TripAdvisor, communications director Asia Pacific, Janice Lee Fang. “It also offers insight into when is best to go to save on hotels and activities if they book for the right time.”

Bangkok was top in Southeast Asia as far as booking an affordable holiday with an average cost of a week-long holiday at USD1,219 including hotels, airfare, meals and tour.

But beach lovers looking for paradise on a budget should make a beeline for the Filipino islands of Cebu in late January (USD1,202) or Boracay in early February (USD1,280).

TripAdvisor recommendations

1. Bali, Indonesia.

Highly-rated value hotel: Pondok Ayu.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD77.

Local activity: Learn how to cook Balinese cuisine for USD65.

2. Luzon, Philippines.

Highly-rated value hotel: Azumi Boutique Hotel.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of USD59.

Pagsanjan Falls, tourist boat.Local activity: Tour Spanish colonial and vibrant modern-day Manila for USD48.

3. Hong Kong, China

Highly-rated value hotel: The T Hotel.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD109.

Local activity: Hong Kong dinner cruise for USD131.

4. Bangkok, Thailand

Highly-rated value Hotel: Smart Suites.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of USD30.

Local activity: Local tour on Tuk-Tuk for USD55.

5. Tokyo, Japan

Highly-rated value Hotel: Hotel Mystays Asakusa-bashi.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD123.

Local activity: Sumo Wrestling Competition for USD87.

6. Singapore

Highly-rated value hotel: Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of USD93.

Local activity: Singapore at night tour for USD44.

7. Boracay, Philippines

Highly-rated value hotel: Dave’s Straw Hat Inn.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD43.

8. Phuket, Thailand

Highly-rated value hotel: Kantary Bay, Phuket.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of USD79.

Local activity: Tour lagoons of Phang Nga Bay by kayak for USD112.

9. Cebu Island, Philippines

Highly-rated value hotel: Main Hotel and Suites.         Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD28.

Local activity: Cebu’s arts and crafts for USD97.

10. Seoul, South Korea

Highly-rated value hotel: Metro Hotel.

Bookable on TripAdvisor at an average nightly rate of: USD90.

Local activity: Food streets of Seoul tour for USD88.

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