25 best rated destinations in the world 2018
TripAdvisor unveils the world’s 25 best rated destinations in 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
1. Paris, France
While you are visiting the major attractions in Paris like The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc, make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brasseries as possible also. And don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can find it here.
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2. London, United Kingdom
Being one of the most vibrant, diverse and exciting cities, you will probably find something of your interests here! Be sure to go through this list of 20 Top London Attractions for some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities.
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3. Rome, Italy
Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Among the most significant resources are the many museums, aqueducts, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Catacombs. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world’s most visited tourist destinations.
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4. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or swim with tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or explore the colourful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. Then move on to the “artistic capital” of Ubud for a cultural dance performance, or for a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.
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5. Crete, Greece
In Greek mythology, the island of Crete was the birthplace of the thunder god Zeus. It is the largest of the Greek islands and is known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. Crete offers travellers the chance to lounge on sun-drenched beaches, snorkel and kayak in clear waters, explore archaeological treasures, and sample unusual local delicacies such as marathopita (fennel pie) and sautéed goat.
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6. Barcelona, Spain
A Gothic gem on the Spanish coast and one of the world’s leading cultural centers. Barcelona’s influence on Western civilization has been recognized by UNESCO, which has named eight world heritage sites within the city. Stroll Las Ramblas and enjoy Barcelona’s unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, lively nightlife and trendy, stylish hotels.
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7. Prague, Czech Republic
TripAdvisor: … grand city with extraordinary historic and cultural sights, and it’s definitely worth a visit. The often-rebuilt Prague Castle has overlooked the city since the 9th century, and the synagogues and cemetery of the Jewish Quarter are must-sees. Nightlife here is diverse and plentiful, from trendy clubs to sophisticated wine bars to late-night cellar bars.
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8. Marrakech, Morocco
Travellers flock to Marrakech to see stunning architecture like the Bahia Palace, shop in open markets and take in beautiful art galleries and the Menara Gardens. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day.
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9. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul in Turkey is where Europe and Asia meet. You’ll find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs in this vibrant city.
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10. New York City, New York
TripAdvisor: The first time you go to New York, go ahead and be a sight-seer—everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, etc. But on a return trip, pick a neighbourhood and go deep. You’ll find hole-in-the-wall bars, great delis, quirky shops… exploring the non-touristy side of New York is an incredibly rewarding experience for a traveller.
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11. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, in the Andaman Sea, is one of top tourist destinations in Thailand. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets while Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos. Visiting Phuket for the first time? Take a look at Must see attractions in Phuket for your first visit.
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12. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. It has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.
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13. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia is a popular resort town and a gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Although the complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap, there’s so much more. You can also eat bugs at the Old Market, if you are adventurous enough. Or take a Khmer cooking class. Or even people-watch on Pub Street.
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Jamaica is a melting pot of African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures. It offers long beaches, protected coves, rugged mountains, waterfalls, caves and sunshine.
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15. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destinations along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Playa del Carmen is also one of the top diving destinations in the world, thanks to vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns.
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16. Lisbon, Portugal
Quoting The Guardian: “Portugal’s capital is bursting with culture and great places to eat, stay and party – and it’s the cheapest city break destination in western Europe…It’s a place so beautiful you can’t believe people are using it to live in. And Lisbon is decidedly lively. Every year it seems there is more to do, more to eat and more distance to cover.”
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17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai mixes modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping and entertainment. See downtown from atop the Burj Khalifa and spend an afternoon along Dubai Creek exploring the gold, textile and spice souks. For thrill seekers, you can float above the desert dunes in a hot air balloon, climb aboard a high-speed ride at IMG Worlds of Adventure or skydive over the Palm Jumeirah.
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18. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the modern skyscrapers to the traditional historic temples. It offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens.
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19. Kathmandu, Nepal
Trek to see the Monkey Temple, the valley’s oldest and most sacred shrine. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments and temples, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel District.
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20. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is a haven for foodies; from fish balls on a stick or stinky tofu on the street to bakeries offering wife cake, pineapple buns and egg tarts. You can also opt for as much dim sum as you can eat. A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without trying out some of their celebrated dim sum items, from steamed, baked, pan-fried to deep fried.
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21. Hurghada, Egypt
The stunning coral reefs and turquoise calm waters for most of the year have made Hurghada, on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast, a popular destination for various watersports, particularly recreational scuba diving and snorkelling. Although it does seem overrun with tourists at times, it’s a relatively easy beach escape for Europeans.
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22. New Delhi, India
Designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, the Indian capital is a striking modern metropolis. A gracious contrast to Old Delhi’s winding streets, the grand avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture. Chaotic traffic is best left to the locals. Negotiate a good price for taxis or travel on the New Delhi Metro.
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23. Cusco (Cuzco), Peru
In this high-altitude melting pot of Amerindian and mestizo culture, you’ll find extraordinary textiles, lively summer festivals and archaeological wonders.
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24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With breathtaking views from Corcovado Mountain and amazing deals in the city’s endless malls and markets, Rio de Janeiro is a holiday paradise, whatever it is you travel for.
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25. Sydney, Australia
City slickers, culture vultures and beach bums alike fall in love with Sydney. Hang out at famed Bondi Beach or stroll the calmer sands of Coogee. Not only that, you can also find great shopping in the Rocks district and along George and Pitt Streets. If you want a 360 view of the city, skywalk on Sydney Tower.
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