By Hotels.Com on November 8, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR – November 8, 2017 – Malaysian singles are going places this year, and they are certainly ready to mingle in cities around the world, according to the latest data from Hotels.com.
“Solo travels are booming in Malaysia, signifying the increasing wanderlust and the growing appetite for adventure amongst Malaysian travelers. Our data has indicated that more Malaysian single travelers are venturing into overseas destinations this year, with strong growth recorded by popular destinations like Hong Kong and Tokyo” said Jessica Chuang, Regional Director for Greater China, Southeast Asia & India for Hotels.com Brand.
Where the singles go to mingle – Most popular overseas destinations for Malaysian single travelers*
|2017 Ranking||Destination||Annual growth from 2016|
|10||Ho Chi Minh City||42%|
Eat: Solo gastronomic adventures
Malaysian singles love eating trips. Hong Kong, world-famous for its exciting street food and dim sum establishments, is popular amongst Malaysian foodies – little wonder it recorded a 217 percent growth amongst single travelers this year. From siu mai to egg waffles, the ‘Culinary Capital of Asia’ offers an interesting mix of Eastern and Western flavors in its over 11,000 restaurants. Located in the heart of the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui culinary scene is Hotel ICON, a modern property with rooms designed to suit the taste of millennial travelers.
Tokyo, the city with the highest number of Michelin stars in the world (304 stars) is popular amongst Japanese food-loving Malaysians. The Tsukiji fish market, which handles over 2,000 tons of seafood every day, is the place to be for solo travelers who seek comfort in fresh sushi and sashimi. Located next to Asakusa Sushi-Ken, the first halal sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa is a popular option for Malaysian foodies who seek a comfortable base in the middle of the bustling culinary scene in Tokyo.
Play: Rides and glam
Singapore, the most popular destination for Malaysian singles this year, offers an exciting mix of world-class shopping at the world-famous Orchard Road, exquisite gourmet meals at Marina Bay Sands and fun-filled rides at Universal Studios Singapore (USS). With more than 20 rides including the world’s tallest pair of dueling roller coasters, the USS is perfect for adrenaline-seeking single travelers. The Fullerton Singapore, the winner of Hotels.com’s Loved by Guests award 2017, is known for its glamorous cocktails, served in an Instagrammable Art Deco venue.
With the vibrant nightlife scene at Soho and exclusive venues in Kensington, London is still a favorite amongst Malaysians. Single travelers may find joy in London’s established cultural scene, from the musicals at the iconic West End theatre to the pop concerts at the O2 arena (Adele, anyone?). At the heart of the theatre precinct is the Haymarket Hotel, with its sophisticated furnishing and modern, sleek interior.
Rove: Serendipitous discoveries
For some single travellers, getting lost in a foreign city provides an opportunity for soul-searching and unexpected discoveries. Bangkok is the second most popular overseas destination for Malaysian single travellers this year. With its extensive Skytrain and MRT services, getting around Bangkok is a breeze. The city also boasts an immense array of cultural offerings, from the Grand Palace to Wat Pho, with a huge reclining Buddha. Travellers who seek to mingle with like-minded solo travellers from all around the world stay at hostels in the city centre such as the Boxpackers Hostel.
“Malaysian single travellers love to visit vibrant cities like Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo where the actions are, and Hotels.com is excited to continue to provide the accommodations that best fit their personal preferences. With 25 million genuine guest reviews, Hotels.com also has the insight and information needed to help Malaysian singles to plan for their dream solo getaway,” added Jessica.
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