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Bangkok named world’s best destination of 2013

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok has been named the world’s most popular tourist destination this year and the most visited among tourist friendly provinces in Thailand, following two surveys by MasterCard and Tripadvisor.com.

Bangkok has surpassed the world’s renowned iconic locations like Paris, New York and London. It came out on top in 2013 thanks to the city’s generosity, hospitality and kindness which have contributed to the global top spot.

Last year, Bangkok only ranked 3rd as the world’s best tourist destination, according to the MasterCard Worldwide Global Destination Cities Index 2013 survey, but it topped the rank in the Asia-Pacific region. The award was presented to Bangkok Governor, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paripatra, on May 27th.

According to Mr. Matthew Driver, president for Southeast Asia at MasterCard Inc., the ranking is based on the number of international visitor arrivals and their spending, exclusive of airfare, in each of the 132 destination cities. Bangkok beat out London, Paris, Singapore, and New York, which came in second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

When it comes to the best city in Thailand, Tripadvisor.com has ranked Bangkok the most favorable destination in the country before Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya City, Patong beach, Hua Hin, Phuket’s city center, Kao Lak, Karon and Boh Phud beach. Bangkok has also gained its popularity from comments and reviews on the website.

Read more: NNT


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