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By American Readers Of Condé Nast Traveler

Bangkok and Chiang Mai ranked best cities of Asia by leading US travel magazine

eTN Staff Writer  Oct 23, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand — Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been rated as the Best Cities of Asia 2008 from American readers of Condé Nast Traveler, a US leading travel and lifestyle magazine. The readers voted Bangkok as Best City of Asia with an overall score of 82.8%, followed by Chiang Mai (81.2%).

The award was conferred at the Readers Choice Awards 2008 Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at the New York Public Library, New York City, USA on October 15, 2008. It was accepted on behalf of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry by Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, which has an audience of 3.1 million and readership of 32,633, were polled on the basis of first-hand experience of their world-wide holidays.

For 20 years, it has conducted an annual readers’ choice survey to rank best cities, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts wordwide and honor them with the World’s Best award.

Criterion scores for the best cities, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent were averaged to determine the final score-atmosphere/ambience, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, and shopping.

Other high-level rankings attained by Thai products services in Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 included Phuket and Samui, which were respectively ranked 3rd and 6th on the list of Top 10 Islands in Asia. Thai Airways International was ranked 7th on the list of Top 25 airlines.

On the list of Top 100 Asia Hotels, fourteen were in Thailand as follows:

Peninsula Bangkok - Ranked 4
Oriental Bangkok - Ranked 6
Shangri-La Bangkok - Ranked 7
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai - Ranked 23
Sukhothai, Bangkok - Ranked 27
Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, Bangkok - Ranked 28
Intercontinental Bangkok - Ranked 31
Four Seasons Bangkok - Ranked 41
Shangri-La Chiang Mai - Ranked 48
J W Marriott Bangkok - Ranked 62
Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok - Ranked 76
Plaza Athenee Bangkok - Ranked 80
Conrad Bangkok - Ranked 89
Pan Pacific Bangkok - Ranked 100

On the list of Top 25 Asia Resorts, ten were in Thailand as follows:

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle - Ranked 1
Four Seasons Chiang Mai - Ranked 8
The Jedi Chiang Mai - Ranked 13
J W Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa - Ranked 14
Rayawadee Krabi - Ranked 15
Four Seasons Samui Island - Ranked 17
Amanpuri Phuket - Ranked 18
Banyan Tree Phuket - Ranked 19
Sofitel Poki Tara Krabi - Ranked 21
Anantara Golden Triangle - Ranked 24

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