CHIANG MAI, 5 December 2014 – Chiang Mai has been voted as the ‘Best Destination for Festivals’ by readers of the world renowned magazine, Lonely Planet Traveller. The award presenting ceremony was held in Bangkok last month.
The award is just an addition of honor to Chiang Mai after the province was voted by the same magazine as the ‘Best Destination for Culture Experience’ in 2013. The province also ranked one of the Ten Best Destinations by Lonely Planet in 2010 and 2011.
Chiang Mai has been recognized as award-winning province due to a lot of prizes it has received worldwide in cluing 31 trophies from the prestigious Thailand Tourism Awards.
It ranked second as best tourist destination in the world by Travel&Leisure, one of the most favorite magazines in America. The magazine puts the province as one of the top three tourist destinations which retirees want to visit the most in South East Asia.
The Baan Mae Kam Pong Village, a community-based tourist town has won the Best Travel Destinations Around the World and also the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Gold Award this year due to its potentials in a wide range of tourist aspects such as nature treks, flora and fauna, waterfalls, birds and northern Lanna traditions.
Mr. Wisut Buachum, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Chiang Mai said the province is the center of tourism because of craftsmanship and convenient transportation as well as being the creative city friendly for living, traveling and investment.
Chiang Mai’s tourism revenue has increased from 53,000 million baht in 2012 to 58,000 in 2013.