TAT: Foreign tourists love Thai sea


BANGKOK, 1 July 2011 – Foreign tourists are found to be most attracted to Thai sea, sand and beaches, according to a recent survey on 100 top Amazing Places in Thailand by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). 

TAT Deputy Governor Prakit Piriyakiet reported that the survey was conducted with 3,389 foreign tourists with travelling experiences in Thailand from 68 nations. The ‘100 Amazing Places in Thailand’ survey was carried out online from February to April 2011.

Bangkok has 20 attractions voted to the list, followed by Chiang Mai with 11 places. Surat Thani and Chon Buri have 10 each, followed by Phuket with nine attractions on the list.

Classified into categories, 31 of the attractions are sea and beaches, 29 art and culture, 20 nature and landscapes, 12 shopping places and eight recreational sites.

Among the highly popular beaches are Phi Phi Island, Pattaya beach, Patong beach and Ang Thong archipelago. Popular cultural sites are Jim Thompson silk museum, and Naatayasala traditional Thai puppet (Joe Louis) Theatre. Doi Ang Khang, Pai and Doi Thung are noted natural districts.

As for Bangkok, most popular places are Jatujak weekend market, China town of Yaowarat, Siam Niramit cultural show and Siam Paragon shopping complex.