Over the past 12 months various Asian destinations have seen significant increases in visitors from Down Under. Australian travelers are moving deeper into well-trodden countries like Indonesia and Japan , too. Japan is home to four of Asia’s 10 fastest-growing Aussie tourist destinations, according to a recent study conducted by Agoda, one of the world’s leading accommodation sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN).
“It is really interesting to see the types of places that Australian travelers are starting to discover in greater numbers,” says Andy Edwards, Global Director for Brand and Communications at Agoda. “Beach, ski and cultural destinations—this is a list that reflects the diverse range of travelers that turn to Agoda every day for a wide range of accommodations and deals.”
From Kyoto to Krabi, here are the 10 destinations across Asia that have received the largest year-over-year jumps in bookings from Australian travelers.
Kathmandu, Nepal : Eager to put the destruction of its 2015 earthquake behind, Nepal’s captivating capital is certainly open for business again. The 144% YoY uptick in Agoda bookings by Australians, the largest increase of any destination on this list, is a testament to Kathmandu’s ongoing resurgence.
Sapporo, Japan : There may be no better place to feast on Hokkaido’s culinary riches than in its underrated capital city. Sapporo is also the gateway to Hokkaido’s world-class ski resorts. Whatever the reason, Australians have taken notice: on Agoda, Sapporo bookings grew YoY by 119%.
Padang, Indonesia : When Australians want to catch a few off-continent waves or take a tropical hike they’re increasingly heading for Padang, which saw a major 116% YoY bookings leap.
Hakone, Japan : An easy day trip from Tokyo , mountainous Hakone is an ideal place to escape the capital’s urban jungle for a few nights and to soak up Japan’s famous onsen (hot springs) culture. Hakone received a 66% YoY increase in bookings.
Surabaya, Indonesia : Surabaya benefits from a close proximity to Bali and Mount Bromo. Whether staying to explore or moving on after a stopover, Australians YoY booked 53% more accommodations.
Nagoya, Japan : Famed as the automotive capital of Japan , Nagoya is one of Japan’s emerging arts hubs and home to several standout museums. Australians booked 50% more Nagoya accommodations.
Kyoto, Japan : Though offering plenty in the way of food and shopping, Kyoto lures most travelers with its temples tucked away within the pretty rolling hills surrounding its central areas. Kyoto experienced a 37% YoY gain on Agoda bookings.
Palawan, Philippines : Visitors could easily spend weeks exploring this stunning island province and still not see it all. Palawan is a nature lover’s paradise, from diving in Coron to island hopping in El Nido. The word is clearly getting out, Palawan bookings by Australian travelers rose 33% YoY.
Krabi, Thailand : Krabi is one of the most popular picks for a Thai island getaway. Agoda saw a 32% YoY boost for the beachy province.
Bagan, Myanmar : A notable 31% YoY surge on Agoda bookings, but this is in all likelihood just the beginning. Home to an incomparable skyline speckled with soaring spires, Bagan, indeed, has more Buddhist structures than anywhere in the world. Get there before even more crowds do.