THE best islands are in South-east Asia and that is not an empty boast, with the region having monopolised TripAdvisor’s list of the top 10 Travellers’ Choice islands in Asia.
Thailand’s Koh Tao was named the number one island in Asia, despite the deaths of two British tourists there last year. It is followed by Bali and Phuket, which were named second and third respectively.
Coming in fourth to 10th place respectively were: Koh Samui, Lombok, Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan, Boracay, Palawan and Langkawi.
Koh Tao and Bali were also among the top 10 islands in the world, placing fifth and seventh respectively.
Topping the list of the world’s best islands was Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, followed by Maui in Hawaii at second place, and Roatan in Honduras at third.
The awards took into consideration over 100 islands worldwide and are based on millions of reviews on TripAdvisor from travellers across the globe. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.