When ‘fountain of knowledge’ TripAdvisor makes a list of the world’s top-ranked travel experiences, it’s sure worth paying attention to.

So where in the world can travellers find the best local tours, activities, and experiences, based on the combined average destination ratings and reviews?

Let’s take a look at the fabulous top five!

1. Costa Rica

Known for rainforests, volcanos, beaches and surfing, the country ranked first place for its EPIC travel experiences. These included the White Water River Rafting Class II-III from La Fortuna-Arenal, a Small-Group Guided Sloth Seeing Tour in La Fortuna and the Private Monteverde Cloud Forest Walk.

2. New Zealand

New Zealand, famed for its adventure tourism, ranked second among the best countries. Activities you cannot miss there include the Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert, Tandem Parasail Flight over the Bay of Islands
and a half-day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo.

3. Vietnam

Known for its bustling cities, delicious food and beautiful coastline Vietnam took third place. A trip to Vietnam is not complete with a half-day Hanoi Food Tour, full-day Mekong Delta Bike Tour from Ho Chi Minh City and evening Hoi An Food Tour by Bike.

4. Ireland

The lush, breathtaking Atlantic Island came in number four for its Whiskey Tasting Tour of Dublin, 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour and Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour.

5. Scotland

Beautiful Scotland scored fifth place for its Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour, four-day Tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye from Edinburgh and Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour.

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