One of the popular tourist destinations in Asia just so happens to be a stunning island. There are so many different ways to experience Asia when traveling, but would anybody ever turn down an island getaway?
To no surprise, Indonesia’s top destination beat out the likes of many other wondrous islands across Thailand and Vietnam, among others.
Yes, we are talking about the breathtaking island of Bali. Indonesia’s prized treasure takes home the trophy in this year’s Conde Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards for ‘best islands in Asia’.
This set of awards is one of the most respected in the travel industry, so it is big news for the island to be this year’s champ.
World travelers now know where to go for their next exotic adventure. Let’s take a look at why travelers voted Bali as the best island in Asia:
Canggu Is Bali’s Hotspot This Year
No doubt about it, Canggu is the hottest destination in Bali this year. This area is buzzing with fun beach clubs and a lively nightlife scene, making it the top choice for the younger generation of globetrotters.
You don’t have to party to enjoy your time here, however. The beaches are amazing, whether to simply spend a chill day in the sun or catch some waves.
This area draws in travelers from around the world, making it an excellent place to network as a digital nomad at trendy cafes or simply make new friends.
Despite New Rules, It’s Still Fun
Bali officials made international headlines throughout the year with new rules being implemented for tourists.
The strict government became tired of “bad tourists”. They put their foot down by setting new laws, which seemed like it could be a deterrent for some travelers.
The goal was to catch 100 “bad tourists” every month. However, most travelers are on their good behavior and don’t need to be “bad” to have fun in Bali.
With unrivaled beaches, surfing spots, and unspoiled nature, it’s easy to see why tourists still flock here.
So much so that even experts are blown away by tourism numbers as the expectations have been shattered.
Even with new rules, reports of heavy traffic, and packed crowds, travelers still love making their way to Bali.
Resorts Are Selling Out Fast
It’s not only summer that tourists flock to this amazing island; it’s popular year-round. In fact, hotels are expected to sell out during the winter season.
Bali has some of the top resorts not only in Indonesia but all of Asia, especially along the coast. In fact, Bali also ranked high in Conde Nast’s ‘best resorts in the world’ category.
Luxury stays at resorts such as the 5-star Alila Villas Uluwatu, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, or Capella Ubud never cease to disappoint.
Bali’s beautiful coastline goes on for seemingly endless miles and may be best experienced at some of the top resorts in the world.
New Sights Gaining Popularity
Sometimes travelers tend to hit up the most common spots, but those can often be deemed “tourist traps”.
By doing a little digging, finding up-and-coming places can often lead to a better travel experience. Sure, it’s great to experience what others love in the most popular destinations.
Yet, finding more authentic destinations with fewer tourists can be equally, if not more, enjoyable. Take Nusa Penida, for example.
This separate island off the coast of Bali has become a super popular day trip. Over 2 million tourists have made the short journey this year.
While not every Bali tourist has this island on their list, it has definitely become more popular over time and, in all likelihood, will continue on that trajectory.
Other travelers love even lesser-visited islands, which offer similar stunning sights with a more laid-back vibe.
You really can’t go wrong with Nusa Penida, but lesser-visited Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are gems worthy of a visit in their own right.
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