A recent poll examined the choices of four nations in South-East Asia about travel plans this year.
Two out of five South-East Asian respondents of a recent TripAdvisor poll said that they are planning to travel within Asia for their next trip. Of the four countries that took part in the poll, the region seemed the most popular choice for respondents from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Thais, on the other hand, preferred to travel within their own country with almost half those polled choosing that option. Despite it being Visit Malaysia Year 2014, Malaysians would rather travel out and only about one in 10 prefers to travel in the country. Indonesians seemed more keen on destinations within their own country, with 27.2 per cent planning to travel around the archipelago.
Overall, Europe was the next most popular region for the respondents, with 16.8 per cent and their home country next with 13.2 per cent.
After Asia, the next most popular destination for Malaysians was Europe at 16.1 per cent followed by the Middle East at 12.7 per cent and Australia/New Zealand at 11 per cent. Singaporeans also opted for Europe next but Australia/New Zealand was the third choice followed very closely by the Middle East. Whether or not it had some to do with the Haj is only a conjecture.
Australia/New Zealand was not very popular with both the Indonesians and Thais. And no respondent from our northern neighbour even picked the Middle East (this was also true for Central America).
More than 1,600 respondents in these four countries took part in the poll that ran for a month on the TripAdvisor website.