Bangkok scoops best city prize in travel magazine survey

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Bangkok scooped the best city award in the Asia-Pacific region from the travel magazine DestinAsian, while Suvarnabhumi International Airport secured the second-best airport among 51 countries.

Prime Minister Office spokesperson Chai Watcharong encouraged Thai people to celebrate the country’s recent successes following the acknowledgement by DestinAsian in its Readers’ Choice Awards. The rankings cover various aspects of travel including best islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, airports, and cruise tourism.

Chai emphasised the magazine and its rankings garnered attention from readers across the world every year. He said this proved the popularity of the country in the eyes of international tourists.

In the destination category, Bangkok secured its reputation as a popular travel destination by winning the 2024 Best Cities ranking. Other cities featured in the ranking include Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, Shanghai, Taipei, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Two islands in Thailand featured in the Best Islands category including Phuket in third place and Koh Samui in the southern province of Surat Thani in fourth place.

In the Best Airports and Airlines category, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok claimed the second position, trailing behind the winner, Changi Airport in Singapore.

Thai Airways also earned recognition in several categories within the airports and airlines segment. It ranked third in the Best Airlines category, third for providing impressive premium and economic class experiences, and fifth for in-flight entertainment.

Another Thailand airline to feature well was Bangkok Airways which was ranked as the second-best low-cost airline.

Several hotels and resorts in Thailand left an impression on international guests as indicated by the list, including 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok (ranked 4th Best Boutique Hotel), 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai (ranked 5th Best Boutique Resort), Banyan Tree Samui (ranked 6th Best Boutique Resort), and Banyan Tree Krabi (ranked 9th Best Boutique Resort).

The Prime Minister of Thailand Srettha Thavisin vowed to put the Land of Smiles top of the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the tourism industry. The 62 year old PM expressed his confidence that Thailand will remain in the interest of international tourists and will be included in many more rankings in the future.

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Petch Petpailin

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