Pattaya has been voted the best place in Thailand to count down to the New Year in a poll by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The city’s week-long “Pattaya Countdown 2012” beat out New Year’s celebrations in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Khon Kaen in the online survey open during the last two weeks of December. TAT officials said both Thai and foreign tourists voted.
Pattaya’s Countdown 2012 was voted best in the Kingdom.
Three voters were chosen at random to win 2,000 baht Central Department Store gift cards.
Pattaya garnered 60 percent of the votes with “The Best Countdown in Bangkok 2012” receiving 19 percent of the votes. Chiang Mail came in third with 12 percent while Phuket got only 2 percent and Khon Kaen just 1 percent.
Full results and winners are listed online at http://poll. tourismthailand.org/countdown