Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, were 2019’s top destinations for Singaporeans

Bangkok at night. Photo: Braden Jarvis
Bangkok at night. Photo: Braden Jarvis

Singaporeans traveled to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong more than anywhere else this year, according to a report out today. 

Thailand’s capital city was the destination most visited followed by the Malaysian capital and Hong Kong, according to travel site Expedia. It also noted that Singaporeans with families chose Margaret River, Australia, followed by Bali and Perth, Australia, as their favorite getaways.

When it comes to renting holiday homes, those families were more likely to hit Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, as well as Hokkaido, Japan. The most sought-after amenities when booking holiday homes were swimming pools, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi access, hot tubs and laundry facilities. 

What do they do when they get there? Expedia said Singaporeans love going on tours and sightseeing while abroad, followed by visiting tourist attractions, doing water activities and going on cruises. So no shocking surprises, there.

The overall most popular attraction this year was a scenic tour in Melbourne called the Great Ocean Road Day Tour. It was followed by Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong Kong. 

This year also saw some more adventurous Singaporeans visit less popular places such as Waikato, New Zealand, and Surabaya, Indonesia; destinations that might become mainstream hits next year. 

Here are more of what Singapore has been getting up to this year, according to Expedia:

Top 10 travel destinations:

  1. Bangkok
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Seoul
  5. Tokyo
  6. Taipei
  7. Bali
  8. London 
  9. Penang
  10. Jakarta

Top 10 travel destinations for families:

  1. Margaret River
  2. Bali
  3. Perth
  4. Tokyo 
  5. Sydney
  6. Gold Coast
  7. Otago
  8. Great Ocean Road
  9. Waikato
  10. Melbourne

Top activities:

  1. Tours and sightseeing
  2. Attractions
  3. Water activities and cruises
  4. Theme parks
  5. Events and shows
  6. Air and land adventures
  7. Culinary experiences
  8. Overnight excursions
  9. Shopping
  10. Restaurants and nightlife

Top attractions:

  1. Great Ocean Road Day Tour 
  2. Disneyland Paris
  3. Disneyland Hong Kong
  4. Tokyo Skytree 
  5. Ang Kor Wat temples
  6. Mount Fuji and Hakone via bullet train
  7. Burj Khalifa
  8. Ocean Park
  9. Phuket introductions tour
  10. Movie World and Sea World

Destinations to watch in 2020:

  1. Surabaya
  2. Perth
  3. New York
  4. Terengganu
  5. Busan
  6. Cebu
  7. Ulan Bator
  8. Nadi
  9. Semarang
  10. Hobart

Destinations for families to watch in 2020:

  1. Waikato 
  2. Visayas 
  3. Otago
  4. Canberra
  5. Osaka 

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