Bali is a favourite among TripAdvisor’s travellers according to the travel website 2016 published list of the world’s favourite islands. Last week, the website announced the winners of its ‘Travelers’ Choice Awards’. Bali was in the poll recognized as the best island in Asia and came also out as the world’s fifth best island destination. it is followed by Phuket in Thailand which respectively came number 2 in Asia and number 8 in the world. Close on the heels of Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan were awarded fifth and sixth best in Asia, respectively.
Talking to the Jakarta Post, the Ministry of Tourism expressed its satisfaction: “Indonesia is an archipelago blessed with thousands of wonderful islands that offer spectacular scenery, unique ambiance and vast marine biodiversity. Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan are island destinations that are not merely great to visit, but places that serve as enchanting sanctuaries that perpetuate harmony between the people, culture and nature of Indonesia,” said the Tourism Ministry representative to the newspaper.
From the ten Islands picked up by TripAdvisor’s travellers, Indonesia and Thailand had the largest number of nominations -three each- while the Philippines, Malaysia as well as India and surprisingly Japan were represented with one destination. In the world, Maui in Hawaii was named the top Island.
TripAdvisor used an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest, resulting in its list of award winners.
List of TripAdvisor Top Islands in Asia
Top 10 islands in Asia
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Phuket, Thailand
3. Ko Samui, Thailand
4. Koh Tao, Thailand
5. Lombok, Indonesia
6. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
7. Boracay, Philippines
8. Langkawi, Malaysia
9. Havelock Island, India
10. Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, Japan