SEMINYAK ~ Readers of Hong Kong-based Smart Travel Asia have voted Bali the best island destination in Asia, beating out Thailand, China and the Maldives.
â€œIt is an island that has retained its disarmingly honest and simple charm, a peaceful ritual-minded Hindu enclave in a bustling Muslim country,â€ the travel site wrote in an article occupying the vote results.
With many destinations in the region contending for votes, Bali outshone them all, it said, highlighting the genuineness of the island compared to the â€œmanufacturedâ€ nature of other tourist draws.
â€œBali held top spot – and by a wide margin – demonstrating that integrity and authenticity can attract visitor votes, and dollars. This is a reassuring message in an age of instantly bottled and serially manufactured destinations where neon and crocodile shows push everything else off the stage.â€