Bangkok seizes the top spot as well as Phuket and Ko Samui as the best holiday destination


Bangkok – September 17, 2013: Smart Travel Asia, represented by Ms. Pidichanan Petchngovilai, Regional Advertising Manager, has recently advised the awards to Bangkok for being ranked as the top of the “2013 Best Holiday Destinations” including other awards to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) represented by Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Division at TAT Head office.

From the results of its 2013 Best in Travel Poll, Smart Travel Asia, travel magazine for Asia read by over 1,000,000 visitors all over the world, has disclosed that Bangkok, the City of Angels has been voted as the best city for holiday destination soaring from the former year’s rank at fifth; moreover, this city captured fourth place as the “2013 Top Cities for Business”.

“Compared to its rivals like the capital city of other countries in ASEAN, Bangkok is a versatile city, able to capture various needs of travellers; it can offer a variety of travelling experiences to visitors. For instance, in the heart of this city, you can enjoy shopping and eating out in upscale restaurants in Siam Square and the surrounding area while in the next 30 minutes, you may find a peaceful moment by visiting the temples along the Chao Phraya River. This is the charisma of Bangkok,” said Mr. Sugree Sithivanich.

Ms. Pidichanan Petchngovilai also added that according to the survey, people would rather travel to do business here; however, they increasingly prefer to come for leisure like shopping particularly IT items and enjoy the nightlife, too. Moreover, golf and medical packages including spas have become an emerging activity drawing luxury travellers.

Not only Bangkok but also the renowned seaside destinations of Phuket and Ko Samui were a hit on the list as well. Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman, was ranked as third in the poll while Ko Samui was voted ninth in the 2013 Best Holiday Destination.

The award for Phuket, ranked as the 3rd 2013 Best Holiday Destination, is presented to Mr. Kitsana Kaewtumrong, Director of the Domestic Public Relations Division, TAT.

Ko Samui, which was ranked as the 9th 2013 Best Holiday Destination, is presented to Mr. Bandhit Ketmala, Chief of the International Advertising Monitoring Evaluation Section, TAT.

Smart Travel Asia’s “2013 BEST IN TRAVEL POLL” runs from May to July 2013, which the poll covers the related travel business: destinations categorised as business and holiday, airports, airlines, cabin crew service, hotel brands, etc. As for the voters’ profile, they annually took average of 12.32 air trips and earned US$ 156,307. The three most important determinants for the vote were 1) actual use of the product, 2) feedback from friends and colleagues, and 3) visibility of the brand in their browsing space.

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