London / Bangkok, 30 May, 2014 – Thailand was recently voted the top wish-list destination in South East Asia by followers of the influential London-based travel deals provider Travelzoo. More than 3.7 million UK subscribers were polled, and they named the kingdom as the number one nation in the region they wanted to visit, ahead of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Travelzoo’s first annual poll followers were asked which global destinations and iconic landmarks they would put on their “bucket lists” (a tally of the things people want to see and do in life before they die, or “kick the bucket”). The aim of the poll was to monitor the popularity and status of various destinations among their subscribers who had to name long- and short-haul holiday spots.
Judged by region, Travelzoo’s followers voted Thailand as the most desirable place to visit in South East Asia which won over a third of the vote (36%), ahead of Vietnam (25%) and Cambodia (8%).
TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “This is a poll that acknowledges Thailand as one of the ultimate destinations – an exotic place that travellers from around the world regard as being a must-see place at some point in their lives.
By coming to Thailand, travellers know they will experience not only beaches and mountains, but also a unique and lively culture, ancient temples, exciting nightlife, a distinctive and fiery cuisine, and some of the friendliest people in the world. The kingdom offers once in a lifetime experiences to travellers and visitors of every age.”
The Travelzoo poll found that long-haul destinations remain popular with European travellers, with China coming first in the Asia category and Australia topping the polls in the Asia-Pacific region. The top bucket-list landmarks were the Grand Canyon in the US, followed by Peru’s Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Sydney’s Opera House and the Taj Mahal in India.
Travelzoo is an independent, Internet media company which promotes over 2,000 international travel and entertainment companies worldwide. With over 27 million subscribers worldwide, Travelzoo’s expert reviews are used by travellers and tourists to find the best travel deals and enjoy exotic breaks.
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