The last few days of the year are always reserved for looking back at the past 12 months and highlight the best things that happened. And Hotels.com has done just that, looking at the booking data it collected over the course of 2017 to find out the most popular international destinations for Indian travelers in the year. Here, then, is a quick look at the top seven destinations outside India in the year 2017. ALSO READ: Top 7 Domestic Destinations for Indians in 2017, according to Hotels.com Also Read - Indian Expat Stranded At Dubai Airport After He Fell Asleep & Missed His Flight Back Home
Dubai skyline with Burj Khalifa
First up is the city and emirate of the UAE that seems like a perennial favorite. It is, however, only in the recent years that Dubai has figured in the travel list of many Indians. The city has risen rapidly and quiet literally from the sands of the desert, thanks to the oil boom in the late 1960s. Today, it is home to the largest mall in the world and the tallest structure in the world and many other modern architectural marvels, along with a plethora of activities that won’t leave you bored at any point. Also Read - Watch | Dubai's Burj Khalifa Lights Up to Alert Residents To 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Next up is another cosmopolitan urban paradise that rose rapidly since the 1960s: Singapore. The city-state has evolved in just a few decades into a popular destination for Indians, offering everything from luxury cruises to delicious street food and adventurous activities and relaxing spa treatments. There are sprawling parks, bustling markets, intricate, centuries-old temples, swanky skyscrapers and charming mansions in this city. Also Read - Watch: Instead of Money, People Play Poker With Toilet Paper Rolls at London Club
Grand palace and Wat phra keaw in Bangkok
Full disclosure: Thailand is going to feature pretty prominently in this list. And the first Thai destination that also ranks third in popularity overall is Bangkok, the capital city itself. Bangkok doesn’t have the same clean, sorted-out atmosphere of Dubai or Singapore, but it makes up for that with its strong character. The city, in all its imperfections, feels alive with a thousand different cultures melted together to form a single one. And exploring Bangkok is an experience unlike any other urban adventure.
Our next entry is another destination in Thailand: the city of Krabi that lies in southern end of the city, beside the Krabi River. Located nearly 800 km from Bangkok, Krabi overlooks the Andaman Sea and is home to some of the country’s most spectacular seaside views, with more than 80 smaller islands dotting the sea around the region. Most of the Krabi province is covered by national parks, and the waters off the coast are home to spectacular diving sites. Ko Lanta National Park has some of the most popular sites, and there are plenty of waterfalls and caves to explore as well.
Pattaya in Thailand
Coming in at number five in this list is the resort city of Pattaya on the gulf of Thailand, just around 100 km from Bangkok. Its namesake beach is the most popular sight, but Pratumnak on the south side has plenty of viewpoints as well. Then there are the three near islands and a handful of far islands located off the shore of Pattaya.
Fishing boats at Patong beach in Phuket
Our next entry is the most famous beach and beach town in the island of Phuket, Thailand. Patong beach is pretty much the whole Phuket experience wrapped into one town. There is a 4 km long beach with all the action the middle and more secluded sections at the ends, nightclubs and pubs to dance the night away, street stalls and markets where you can shop and eat some delicious seafood, and a chance to catch the sun set between the distant hills of Phuket. NOW READ: Photos of Patong Beach in Phuket Island to Make You Crave for the Sun and Sand
The seventh and final entry isn’t a beach paradise or an exotic cosmopolitan urban jungle. It is, however, the ORIGINAL cosmopolitan urban jungle: jolly old London itself. The city has been thriving for several centuries, and continues to do so. London, along with New York City, is one of the most popular cities in the world, full of architectural marvels, historical monuments and relics, museums, pubs, restaurants, shopping malls and streets and so much more.