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Bangkok tops 2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations Awards

July 13, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok, recently presided over the ‘2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations Award’ Award Presentation ceremony to celebrate Bangkok being voted as the top destination in Asia by TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site, at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.   

Mr. Marc Charron (left) and M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra (right)_reOn this occasion, Mr. Marc Charron, TripAdvisor’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, together with top management of TripAdvisor Asia Pacific, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), Thai Hotel Association, Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand, travel agents and operators joined this auspicious event.

This was the first time that Bangkok gained the No. 1 spot out of 25 popular travel spots in Asia.  Tokyo and Beijing were ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

(+/- denotes change in ranking year-over-year, 0 is no change and new is new to the top 25)Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand (New)
  2. Tokyo, Japan (+10)
  3. Beijing, China (-1)
  4. Shanghai, China (-1)
  5. Siem Reap, Cambodia (-4)
  6. Chiangmai, Thailand (-2)
  7. Hong Kong, China (+1)
  8. Singapore (+5)
  9. Kyoto, Japan (+2)
  10. Male (-5)
  11. Ubud, Indonesia (+3)
  12. Seoul, South Korea (+9)
  13. Taipei, Taiwan (-6)
  14. Hanoi, Vietnam (-5)
  15. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (+7)
  16. New Delhi, India (+7)
  17. Hoi An, Vietnam (+2)
  18. Kathmandu, Nepal (-8)
  19. Luang Prabang, Laos (-3)
  20. Jaipur, India (New)
  21. Xi’an, China (-4)
  22. Goa, India (-16)
  23. Phnom Penh, Cambodia (New)
  24. Mumbai, India (New)
  25. Halong Bay, Vietnam (0)

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TripAdvisor’s fifth annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards recognises 412 outstanding destinations in 38 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.

The awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favourites and most highly rated places.   Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, as well as destinations pinned as “Favourite” on the TripAdvisor app.

“As one of the world’s great cities, it comes as no surprise that Bangkok has been named Asia’s number one in this year’s Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards,” said TripAdvisor’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Mr. Marc Charron.  “The amazing food, beautiful historical landmarks, abundant shopping, and perhaps most of all the warm and welcoming Thai hospitality one finds there, is known to all who have been lucky enough to visit. I’m very happy to see Bangkok recognised for it is a truly remarkable and memorable destination, and our travellers’ favourite in Asia this year”, he added.

For the complete list of 2013 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, please visit http://th.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations

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