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Tripadvisor reveals best travel experiences in the world for 2023
Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards continue with Best of the Best “Things to Do” - a definitive guide to unforgettable bookable travel activities and excursions Asia wins big with 5 entries in the Top 10 Best Experiences in the World list; Top Experience in Singapore is the Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore

SINGAPORE, June 21, 2023 – Today Tripadvisor®,  the world's largest travel guidance platform, announced the winners of its 2023 Travellers’ Choice® Best of the Best “Things to Do” Awards. As the summer travel season gets into full swing, these are Tripadvisor reviewers' favourite activities from across the world that will turn any vacation into a trip to remember.


Analysing 12-months of Tripadvisor review data (May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023) from millions of travellers across the globe, Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best “Things to Do” is a definitive list of extraordinary experiences for travellers looking to create memorable moments. The list brings together the very best activities and excursions – from bookable tours and experiences to top attractions that travellers can visit along the way. 


In addition to the Top Overall Experiences, Tripadvisor offers 10 further sub-categories including Top Attractions, Amusement Parks & Water Parks, Bucket List Experiences, Cultural & Historical Tours, Food & Culinary Experiences, Nature & Outdoor Activities, Sailing & Day Cruises, Snorkeling & Water Sports and Wine Experiences. New for 2023 is Family-Friendly Experiences, activities that are perfect for kids and the parents tagging along with them.


According to Tripadvisor’s most recent Seasonal Travel Index, almost a third (28%) of travellers are motivated by the opportunity to experience something new and just under half (44%) want to make memories with family and friends on vacation. With experiential travel taking center stage, Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best “Things to Do” is an essential guide for travellers looking to do something a bit different on their next trip. 


Unmissable Experiences 

The world’s best experiences for 2023, according to Tripadvisor reviewers, is an eclectic mix. From sampling Iceland’s culinary delights on a Reykjavik food walk to a guided tour of Korea’s Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which separates South Korea from North, there are an array of new experiences awaiting travellers this summer.  


Delving into the collective wisdom of the travel community, this year’s best experience in the world is a full day tour of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. On the Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour, travellers will visit all the island’s top sights including the impressive Hālona Blowhole and the Byodo-In Temple, as well as the island’s most beautiful beaches and surf spots. The rest of the Top Overall Experiences is a diverse list ranging from an Icelandic food tour in Reykjavik to sand surfing through the Dubai desert dunes. 


According to Tripadvisor reviewers, Vietnam is the place that left the biggest impression on travellers, with 3 different tours in 3 different cities making it to the Top 10 list in Asia.


Top 10 Experiences - World

Top 10 Experiences - Asia

1. Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour - Honolulu, Hawaii

  1. Thai Cooking Course - Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. Thai Cooking Course - Chiang Mai, Thailand

  1. Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - Ubud, Bali

3. Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - Ubud, Bali

  1. Best DMZ 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour from Seoul - Seoul, South Korea

4. Red Dunes ATV, Sandsurf, Camels, Stargazing & 5* BBQ - Dubai, UAE

  1. Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour - Siem Reap, Cambodia

5. Best DMZ 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour from Seoul - Seoul, South Korea

  1. Hanoi Jeep Tours - Hanoi, Vietnam 

6. Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure - Reykjavik, Iceland

  1. Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike/Car with Local Students - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

7. Amsterdam Luxury Guided Sightseeing Canal Cruise - Amsterdam, Netherlands

  1. Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore - Singapore

8. Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour - Siem Reap, Cambodia

  1. All Inclusive Taj Mahal Day Tour from Delhi by Superfast Train - New Delhi, India

9. San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour - San Juan, Puerto Rico

  1. Hue to Hoi An Top Gear with Lefamily Riders Tours - Hue, Vietnam 

10. Hanoi Jeep Tours - Hanoi, Vietnam 

  1. Tanah Lot - Private Full Day Tour - All Inclusive - Bali, Indonesia


Must-See Attractions

With half of global travellers prioritising visiting attractions on their upcoming trips this summer, according to Tripadvisor’s Summer Travel Index, Tripadvisor has compiled a list of the world’s best. Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia holds on to the top spot for a second year running as the No. 1 Top Attraction in the world, followed by Rome’s Colosseum, which also took second place in 2022. Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and The Dubai Fountain in the UAE are new additions to the world list for 2023, taking third and fourth place respectively. 


In Asia, Angkor Wat held onto its top spot as the top attraction in the region, followed by Gardens by the Bay and the Taj Mahal, all iconic attractions in big cities in Asia.  


Top 10 Attractions - World

Top 10 Attractions - Asia

1. Basílica de la Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain

  1. Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Colosseum - Rome, Italy

  1. Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

3. Anne Frank House - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  1. Taj Mahal - Agra, India

4. The Dubai Fountain - Dubai, UAE

  1. Museum PASIFIKA - Bali, Indonesia

5. Empire State Building - New York City, N.Y.

  1. Old Quarter - Hanoi, Vietnam

6. Musée d'Orsay - Paris, France

  1. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine - Kyoto, Japan

7. Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

  1. Wat Phra Chetuphon - Bangkok, Thailand

8. Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

  1. Hoi An Ancient Town - Hoi An, Vietnam

9. Central Park - New York City, N.Y.

  1. Ta Prohm - Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Plaza de Espana - Seville, Spain

  1. Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Kate Urquhart, General Manager, Experiences at Tripadvisor, said: “Experiences turn travellers into adventurers, connecting them with the local community and giving them unforgettable stories for years to come. With more than 300,000 bookable experiences in over 250,000 destinations worldwide, Tripadvisor helps people access the best things to do globally, and we’re committed to expanding that number of tours and attractions across every destination. These awards are a testament to the businesses dedicated to ensuring the Tripadvisor community enjoys the most memorable trips, and we’re grateful to everyone who took the time to share their reviews and help fellow travellers plan their next escape.”


Family Fun

This year’s awards include a new subcategory, Family-Friendly Experiences, which highlights the most loved days out by parents and children alike. The No. 1 world experience in this inaugural category is a private boat tour in South Carolina. Private Dolphin Tour in Hilton Head Island. This trip was “the highlight of our family vacation” for one reviewer and others highlighted the captain’s knowledge, noting “there was not a dolphin or nature questions he was unable to answer”. Other winners include a wizard walk in York, UK, and a Roman gladiator school in Italy. 


Best of the Rest

Amusement Parks & Water Parks: The best places to scream, splash, and get your adrenaline fix, according to travellers who love a good thrill. 

  • No. 1 in the world: Siam Park - Tenerife, Spain.

  • No. 1 in Asia: Waterbom Bali - Bali, Indonesia (also No. 5 in the World!) 

See all the winners here.


Bucket List Experiences: Unique things to do that’ll make your trip—and give you the best stories for later.

See all the winners here.


Cultural & Historical Tours: Discover a new city on foot, bike, even Vespa(!) with the best guides in the game. 

See all the winners here


Food & Culinary Experiences: Tours and experiences that are known for their great taste (literally).

See all the winners here


Nature & Outdoor Activities: Fresh air, new heights, wildlife sightings—the greatest outdoor adventures start here.

See all the winners here.  


Sailing & Day Cruises: Get out on the open water with traveler-loved expeditions.

See all the winners here.


Snorkelling & Water Sports: From snorkelling and scuba diving to kayaking and surfing, these are the best things to do under—and over—the sea.

See all the winners here.


Wine Experiences: Sip your way through these top-rated tours and tastings. 

See all the winners here.


See all the winners across subcategories here.




Travelers’ Choice Methodology

Travelers' Choice Best of the Best “Things to Do” Awards are determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for experiences, tours, activities and attractions on Tripadvisor over the 12-month period from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023, specific to each award subcategory, as well as an additional editorial process.

Tripadvisor is proud to serve a broad and diverse community of travelers from all over the world. As such, Tripadvisor reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any property, business, destination or point of interest listed on Tripadvisor for an award based on additional factors that reflect Tripadvisor corporate policies and values. For more details on Tripadvisor's awards policy, see here.

Experiences are classified as bookable tours and activities on Tripadvisor. Non-bookable experiences, or attractions, are activities on Tripadvisor that travelers can visit without booking any ticket. Nine of the Best of the Best Things to Do subcategories are limited to experiences, except Top Attractions and Amusement & Water Parks, where attractions are included, for a bigger picture of travelers' favorite things to do.

Tripadvisor Seasonal Travel Index Methodology

A Tripadvisor Consumer Sentiment Survey, based on data drawn from an online survey of over 2,400 consumers, in partnership with Qualtrics, conducted between March 17-27, 2023 across six countries - Australia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, U.K. & U.S.


Site behavioral data sourced from first party traffic data on the Tripadvisor platform, gathered between January 10, 2023-April 10, 2023, for searches made by travelers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan and Singapore for travel between June 1 through August 31, 2023.


About Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the world's largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions of nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby. As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type. The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP), own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps.


* Source: SimilarWeb, unique users de-duplicated monthly, March 2023


** Source: Tripadvisor internal log files