Readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Bangkok as the number one city in the world. Take it with a grain of salt of course, as this survey was done before the street protests of March-May. But what it shows at least is that travelers still find themselves drawn to Bangkok’s amazing collection of sights, culture, activities, food and hospitality.
Says Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia editor-in-chief Matt Leppard, “The placement of Bangkok as the World’s Best City is extremely encouraging, given the recent problems… the fact that Bangkok has been recognized this year, as it was in 2008, is testament not only to the myriad attractions on offer and the variety of top-drawer hotels, but also to the Thai people and culture, both of which bring so much joy to travelers. My hope is that this win will further boost Bangkok tourism recovery efforts, which all of us are committed to.”
Bangkok also has one of the top hotels in the world according to the same readers’ poll. The Peninsula Bangkok comes in at number 7. Not a bad pick surely. The luxury hotel towers over the awesome Chao Phraya River on its west bank, ferrying its guests across the river on its private boats. If we’re just talking about Bangkok hotels, the Peninsula does have the waterside advantage over other Bangkok luxury properties such as Sukhothai or Four Seasons /destination/bangkok/hotels/four-seasons-hotel-bangkok/514706. And perhaps the readers preferred the more modern touches of Peninsula Bangkok over the more historic ambiance at The Oriental. If you have the opportunity to stay in any of these, however, you won’t leave complaining.