Bali and Phuket are ranked as the top travel destinations in Asia in Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards 2019. Out of the 25 exotic holiday destinations across Asia, these two stand tall for their natural beauty and charisma. We cannot agree more as both Bali and Phuket paint the picture of paradise on earth and they have everything to be called a traveler’s ultimate dream.

Based on data, Tripadvisor continues to observe the changes in travel trends. Bali, known for its amazing surfing spots and winsome rice terraces, now attract travelers to experience other offerings on the island. This year, its top attractions include the majestic Mt. Agung and The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud.

(If you’re planning to visit the sanctuary, read our Guide to the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali article.)

Despite this, Bali’s must-visit temples continue to charm tourists with their cultural richness. And of course, enjoying the beautiful beaches of Bali such as Seminyak and Nusa Dua are still imperative to their itinerary.

On the other hand, the many beaches of Phuket remain the island’s highest-rated attractions with Bangtao and Freedom beaches being the top two. The lure of the sandy shores draw in tourists by the thousands each year and these fuel the bars, clubs, restaurants, and many different beachside places that thrive on the island.

(Check out our list of the top 12 beaches in Phuket.)

Tourism continues to be a big player in Thailand’s economic progress to which Phuket is unquestionably its biggest contributor. In addition to beaches, the lively nightlife, temples, food, wildlife, and festivals continue to draw visitors. Phuket is also considered a top destination for luxury travelers, hosting a myriad of private villas, resorts, and marinas.

The ranking was determined based on the reviews of millions of travelers that make use of the website. At present, Tripadvisor has over 730 million reviews and opinions covering a list of over 8 million business establishments worldwide. The American site continues to be one of the most reliable sources of information, if not the most, for travelers today. It embodies the online socialization that has redefined the marketing considerations of this generation. At the same time, it encourages business to really improve their services and continues to be an essential tool, helping the travel community to get the best out of their adventures.

See all top 25 destinations in Asia by TripAdvisor here.