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Travel Survey

Bangkok, Thailand, remains the most popular travel destination for Singaporean travelers, but the Maldives saw a 94% increase in searches from the Lion City in a 2013, a survey by Skyscanner reveals.

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The Marble Temple, or Wat Benchamabophit, in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the Thai capital's most beautiful temples. As a result, it is also one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Photo Credit: Ahoerstemeier.

Other travel destinations with strong growth in searches from Singapore were South Korea, with 79% growth, the Czech Republic, with 55% growth, Brunei, with 49%, and Taiwan with 37% growth.

Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates rounded out the top 10. All had double digit growth.

“It’s particularly interesting to see four European destinations in the top 10 fastest growing destination sear

ches on our site, suggesting that Singaporeans are travelling further than ever.” “The emerging destinations on our list this year are an intriguing mix of Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, says Skyscanner Marketing Manager for Southeast Asia, Janet Ranola.

In absolute terms, however, it was a very different picture.

Thailand remained the country most commonly searched by Singaporeans followed by China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Most Popular Travel Destination

Political instability and civil unrest broke out in Thailand in November 2013, however. If the situation worsens, it will be interesting to see if Thailand can retain its position as the most popular travel destination for Singaporean travelers.

During previous upheavals in recent years, many travelers originally planning to visit Bangkok simply headed to other parts of Thailand rather than avoiding the country altogether.

Key tourist destinations such as Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Phuket sometimes actually benefit from disturbances in the Thai capital.

Top 10 Travel Destinations from Singapore

1.   Bangkok, Thailand

2.   Hong Kong

3.   Taipei, Taiwan

4.   Seoul, Korea

5.   Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia

6.   Manila, Philippines

7.   London, England

8.   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9.   Tokyo, Japan

10. Jakarta, Indonesia

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