ARE you in dire need of endless travel inspiration to plan a trip to destinations in Asia Pacific this year?
Then look no further as Lonely Planet has compiled a ranking of the top destinations to visit, with Margaret River in Australia’s South West claiming the top spot.
“Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it has been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south,” Lonely Planet wrote in describing the destination.
“Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland,” it added.
On top of nature-based activities like surfing, whale-spotting, and coastal hikes, the region also hosts food and culture festivals aplenty, such as Gourmet Escape, Truffle Kerfuffle, and Taste Great Southern.
Here are the top 10 destinations listed in the fourth annual Best in Asia Pacific, which was expanded this year to include Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.
1. Margaret River and Southern WA, Australia
2. Shikoku, Japan
3. Bay of Islands and Northland, New Zealand
5. The Cook Islands
6. Central Vietnam
8. Palawan, Philippines
9. Beijing, China