Bangkok T+Ls Worlds Best City
the whys and hows by the Editor-in-Chief, Matt Leppard
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Bangkok T+Ls Worlds Best City
the whys and hows
Matt Leppard 15 July 2010 3 comments
Bangkok regained the top spot in Travel + Leisures 2010 Worlds Best Awards readers survey, announced last week, closely followed by Chiang Mai in the second. Meanwhile, 10 Asian hotels are placed in the top 100 hotels in the world, with Peninsula Bangkok (named as Asias number 1 city hotel) coming in at number 7 and Four Seasons Singapore at 14. Other Asian properties placed in the lists top 50 include Shangri-La Singapore at number 20, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai (27), the Hotel de la Paix in Cambodia (29) and the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, also in Chiang Mai (45).
Also scoring highly in the poll, voted for by readers of all six editions of Travel + Leisure, are Singapore Airlines (Top International Airline) and Bali (Top Asian Island and fourth in the Top Islands Overall category).
The above is culled from our own T+L SEA press release, but it doesnt delve into how Bangkok won, what it means, and how it should be interpreted. Some of the livelier forums, at least here in Bangkok, have been buzzing about this honor, with many users complaining that its inaccurate at best.
This is wrong-headed thinking, although its clear that some confusion has arisen as to the nature of the results. Well, it is what it is, to be honest. First off, the pollaccessible online by readers of the U.S. and international editions of T+L under stringent U.S. survey/polling regulationsis a reader survey (not a dubiously subjective editors opinion piece) of global travelers favorites.
In the Best City category, readers were asked to rate sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value. It is not any sort of livability index, or any other imaginative interpretation of Worlds Best City. It was also conducted from December 2009-March 2010, before the recent problems in Bangkok kicked off.
That said, the strong showing of Asian properties and destinations is really no surprise. Asia, and particularly Southeast Asia, continues to offer some of the most attractive world-class properties, located in such varied locations as exotic rain forests, vibrant cities, and even on water; with such a choice, Southeast Asia will remain one of the worlds most popular regions.
In addition, the fact that Bangkok has been voted in the top spot 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.
The full results will be published in the August edition of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, out August 1.
Why dont you let us know what you think of the results?
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