Friday, October 31, 2008

Bangkok and Chiang Mai lead Conde Nast Asian travel survey

Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been voted by readers of Conde 'Nast Traveler Magazine as the top two cities to visit in Asia.

A total of 32,633 readers participated in the 2008 Reader's Choice Survey announced last week. The findings will appear in the magazine's November issue. Bangkok has won this category every time since the magazine created the "Best Asian" cities category in 2001, said its editor Klara Glowczewska.

Cities making the top-10 list are Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong are joint second, followed by Singapore Kyoto, Shanghai, Jaipur in India, Tokyo, Hanoi and Beijing.

Thai hotels also figured prominently in the survey, with Four Seasons' Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai topping the category, while the Peninsula placed 16th, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (23rd), Shangri-La Hotel (38th) and the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai (63rd).

Heading the top-10 list of islands in the Indian and Pacific ocean regions was the Maldives, followed by Bali, Phuket, Mauritius, Seychelles, Samui, Cebu, Langkawi, Borneo and Lombok in Indonesia.

The airline category was headed by Singapore Airlines, followed by Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Thai Airways, All Nippon Airways, Qantas Airways and Korean Air.

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