Stay updated on Covid-19 in Southeast Asia. For more information, click here.

Published on June 14, 2013

Bangkok, 14 June, 2013: Bangkok was listed at number 13 and is a new entrant to the list. Chiang Mai came in at 24, unchanged from last year. Both cities have undergone a major transformation in recent years.

Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city with a broad range of shopping malls and backpacker haunts, sophisticated restaurants and elegant boutique hotels, health & wellness spas and modern convention centres. It also boasts unique treasure trove of cultural attractions and museums. Now recognised as dynamic metropolis, it has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world.

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality. The former capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it is also the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. Other than its beautiful and historic temples, Chiang Mai boasts intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery.

TripAdvisor® claims to be the world’s largest travel site. Now in their fifth year, 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards recognise 412 outstanding destinations in 38 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.

The Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travelers’ favorites and most highly rated places.

“Based on insights from millions of travelers from around the world, the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards help identify the most highly rated and loved vacation spots,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The awards highlight 412 winners worldwide and these impressive destinations offer something unique for every traveler type to help them plan their next perfect trip.”

For the complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations winners, go to

Contact information:

International Public Relations Division,

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4544-48

Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419