Bangkok has topped the list of world’s most visited city for the fourth consecutive year. Mastercard analyses the spending data and visitor count of international travel each year to arrive at this interesting insight. Wondering why exactly travellers from all over the world flock to these places, and how much they spend on an average? Read ahead.
1. Bangkok: 22.78 million, $184 per day
Brace yourselves, Bangkok is so lively it’s infectious! Head out to the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and Marble Temples during the day and wait! You’re not done yet as Bangkok legit doesn’t sleep at night. Be prepared to face BIG TIME FOMO!
2. Paris: 19.1 million, $296 per day
I don’t think this is a question need answered. You can dream a million time about being on the top of Eiffel and walking on Pont Alexandre III with a loaded gelato but hey, you should actually visit Paris at least once to realize it lives up to its hype.
3. London: 19.09 million, $148 per day
London is not just characterized by its skyscraping gothic cathedrals and the larger-than-life Football Clubs. It’s felt truly in its classic English cuisine, the bustling Tower Bridge on an evening or the cobbled hidden neighbourhoods that we don’t know of. See it to believe it!
4. Dubai: 15.93 million, $553 per day
Age-old tradition wrapped and delivered in a glamorous package is what Dubai is about. The highlight of Dubai vacation is that it caters to your wildest possible idea of Luxury.
5. Singapore: 14.67 million, $272 per day
Stroll around the Gardens by the Bay, visit the Marina Bay Sands and Chinatown like a first-time visitor or go off the beaten track—get your hearts frozen in the Haw Par Villa or ride the giant slide in the Changi airport. You’ll see yourself planning your next Singapore trip when you’re still in the current.
6. Kuala Lumpur: 13.79 million, ~ $ 150 per day
Southeast Asia isn’t giving up anytime soon! It hosts the most international travellers every year, surpassing mighty Europe. Uncompromising vacation without burning your wallet is Malaysia for you! Make sure you add an adventure or two in your itinerary as there’s a striking adventure side to this otherwise cityside marvel.
7. New York: 13.6 million, $152 per day
New York is one place you can travel any time, all of a year, or even go settle there—and it’ll still fascinate you each passing day. The food is irresistible, and the lifestyle is simply bewitching!
8. Istanbul, Turkey: 13.4 million, ~ $ 120 per day
There is a lot on the plate. Diverse culture, sumptuous Hagia Sophia, imperial cathedrals on one side and plain wilderness on the other. Safe to say Istanbul aces the art of versatility.
9. Tokyo: 12.93 million, $196 per day
Tokyo is a melting pot of ancient and ultramodern. Wandering around the world’s most populous city whilst getting lost in its eclectic vibes is the best experience you should have in Tokyo!
10. Antalya, Turkey: 12.41 million, ~ $ 120 per day
Antalya is a sweetheart of both history lovers and adrenaline junkies alike. There is the historic city of Aspendos city to explore, the simply beautiful Durden Waterfalls and the Cirali stretch to later settle for a beach break.
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