October 31, 2020, 01.07 AM

Hostelworld ranks Thailand’s Surat Thani as the second-best destination for backpacking thanks to the city’s many access points to other breathtaking islands.

British backpackers find Surat Thani ideal for relaxing before heading to their favorite beach.

Hostelworld reported a 256 percent increase in the number of UK backpackers booking accommodation at the Thai tourist destination largely driven by factors such as working culture, street food, and various hidden beaches.

Hostelworld’s top-20 destinations for backpackers in 2020

The Philippines’ Siargao nabs the third spot on Hostelworld’s list. It also took the top rank as the Best Island in the Philippines by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2019.

Hostel bookings at this teardrop-shaped island surged by 181 percent with many British backpackers eager to experience the white sandy beaches and luscious forest surrounding the area.

Indonesia’s Lombok island ranked fifth with a 107.5 percent growth in hostel bookings as per Hostelworld’s assessment.

Read also: 7 Best Places to Visit in Lombok, Indonesia for Nature-Loving Travelers

The inclusion of Lombok island on the list reflects the distance young travelers will take to go backpacking in Indonesia.

The complete list of Hostelworld’s top-20 destinations for backpackers in 2020 including the performance of hostel bookings at each respective location are listed below:

  1. Nusa Penida, Indonesia 610 percent
  2. Surat Thani, Thailand 256 percent
  3. Pulau Siargao, the Philippines 181 percent
  4. Ha Giang, Vietnam 118 percent
  5. Kuta Lombok, Indonesia 108 percent
  6. Phong Nha, Vietnam 104 percent
  7. Amman, Jordan 61 percent
  8. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 49 percent
  9. Ibiza, Spain 49 percent
  10. Ninh Binh, Vietnam 36 percent
  11. Coron, the Philippines 23 percent
  12. Faro, Portugal 20 percent
  13. Yosemite, US 18 percent
  14. Beirut, Lebanon 18 percent
  15. Fukuoka, Japan 18 percent
  16. Lagos, Portugal 17 percent
  17. Mount Fuji, Japan 13 percent
  18. Ha Long, Vietnam 12 percent
  19. Cornwall, UK 12 percent
  20. Quy Nhon, Vietnam 12 percent

(Writer: Nicholas Ryan Aditya | Editor: Silvita Agmasari)

Source: https://travel.kompas.com/read/2019/12/04/115114127/nusa-penida-jawara-pertama-destinasi-backpacker-terbaik-dunia-2020?page=all#page2 

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