The top five winners of TripAdvisor's 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards for destinations were Marrakech, Siem Reap, Istanbul, Hanoi and Prague. TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel website and its Travelers' Choice award winners are based on votes from millions of TripAdvisor users who submitted their top international travel destinations.
Marrakech, Morroco offers exotic sightseeing, including palaces, mosques, gardens and outdoor markets. It is also known for its architecture, cuisine and warm weather. Siem Reap, which is located in northwestern Cambodia, is home to ancient temples and ruins, as well as the city of Angkor Thom, a 12th-century royal headquarters. In addition to its historical sites, Siem Reap offers modern bars, restaurants and street vendors.
Istanbul, Turkey is a cross-section of Asia and Europe. Its mosques, Turkish baths and bazaars sit side-by-side with lively night clubs and restaurants. Vietnam's Hanoi includes pagodas, temples and colonial architecture. It also features reminders of the Vietnam War, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison.
Prague, in the Czech Republic, serves as an alternative to tropical vacations. The Eastern European city is filled with opportunities for cultural enrichment. The Prague Castle offers a full day's worth of exploration. Old Town Square is filled with statues and memorials and is home to a medieval astronomical clock installed in the 1400s. Many of Prague's pubs are located underground, making them unique settings for evenings out.