TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced the Top 25 Destinations of 2012. The destinations are awarded based on the opinions of millions of travellers worldwide.The travellers have spoken and among the top 25 are five destinations BikeHike Adventures knows inside and out.
#6 Marrakech, Morocco
It’s easy to lose yourself in the narrow, winding streets of the Medina—and we mean that both literally and metaphorically. Smell the spices in the air, brush up on your haggling at a local souk, then sip mint tea in the Majorelle Garden. End your day lounging in the rooftop garden of your riad, watching the sun set over this timeless city.
#7 Istanbul, Turkey
The city of Istanbul is a vibrant mix of many cultures, due in part to its location (straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait) and, well, in part to its history of getting conquered. The Hagia Sophia, for example, was a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. You’ll spot Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture around town.
BikeHike runs an award winning multi-sport tour throughout Turkey that begins and ends in Istanbul. It features biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and even a hot air balloon ride!
#9 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Most travellers don’t come to Siem Reap because they’re dying to explore Siem Reap—they come to Siem Reap because it’s the closest city to the amazing Angkor Archaeological Park. And Siem Reap is absolutely fine with that. In fact, it’s a bit of a tourism boomtown. You’ll find a wide range of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs here, many of them brand-new.
Cambodia and Vietnam are enchanting countries with so much to offer. To showcase the full southeast Asian experience, BikeHike offers Active Indochina, a multi-sport tour featuring the best of both countries.
#13 Buenos Aires, Argentina
We think it’s time to stop calling Buenos Aires the “Paris of South America.” As anyone who’s been there will tell you, this city has a spirit all its own. Spend a day visiting the city’s many fine museums and the amazing Recoleta cemetery, then hit the modern Puerto Madero neighbourhood at night to take your pick of the city’s coolest restaurants and clubs.
To showcase both Buenos Aires and Argentina’s wonderful Patagonia, BikeHike offers On the Trail of Argentina’s Patagonia, an 8-day guided trek.
#24 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Spend your time in Chiang Mai visiting historic sites, eating delicious street food, and, oh, perhaps bathing and feeding an elephant. Several local elephant camps compete for your business (read our reviews to determine which one is best for you). Chiang Mai is also a great place to take a cooking class, according to TripAdvisor travellers.
BikeHike is proud of Adventure Siam, an 11-day multi-sport adventure throughout Thailand featuring in Chiang Mai, among other lesser-known gems.