Travel + Leisure Ranks Bangkok #1

Five Star, Hotels, What's New — By Kevin Revolinski on July 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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.

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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.

Tags: bangkok, best city, best hotels, Hotels, oriental, peninsula, travel + leisure


  • Scott Cejka says:

    Now, if they could just do something about the air quality! Bangkok could def rise in the ranks of great cities, as could many places in Asia, if their air/environmental quality would just improve. I found myself blowing my nose at the end of the day and black soot coming out every night while there.

  • Kevin Revolinski says:

    Man, you got that right. But know that Bangkok actually used to be a bit worse before the advent of the BTS SkyTrain and MRT subway. Most of the taxis use liquified petroleum gas (LPG) which is at least a little better and a recent article in the Bangkok Post indicates the government is pushing for conversions to natural gas vehicles.

    It’s going to take so much more than all this of course, but it’s something.

  • Mark Twain says:

    For air quality… Manila, Mumbai or Jakarta is even worse than Bangkok, but few people travel to those countries.

    However, Bangkok is popular city that many people mention about. It can be positive or negative comments, just like a rock star…

  • Sofa Slipcover · says:

    there are many luxury hotels that are quite cheap and affordable these days, ::


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