14th Annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

2009-WorldsBest_TravelLeisureBangkok, July 10, 2009 – Travel + Leisure, the world’s leading travel magazine, organized its annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey, for the fourteenth consecutive year. Readers were once again asked to rate the best hotels, cities, islands, airlines and other travel-related services worldwide and vote for their favorites.

Bangkok and Chiang Mai Voted Among Top 10 World’s Best Cities

Two cities in Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, were voted among the top 10 cities in the world, according to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, the results of which were published in the August 2009 issue of the magazine.

Travel + Leisure readers selected Bangkok and Chiang Mai as the third and fifth best cities in the world, respectively — as well as second and third best cities in Asia. The Thai islands of Phuket and Koh Samui were awarded the third and fifth best islands in Asia.

Top Cities Overall

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Top Cities – Asia



Top Islands – Asia

03_Top Islands - Asia 500


Among The Top 100 Hotels in the world, eight were in Thailand, including the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai (#7), the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok (#20) and the Anantara Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai (#53). And 11 Thai hotels were also named among the top 40 resorts and city hotels in Asia.


Top 100 Hotels Overall
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai ranks seventh in the Top 100 rankings. Seven other hotel and resort properties in Thailand also made the Top 100 Hotels list.



Top 15 Resorts in Asia

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Top 40 City Hotels in Asia
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok leads the list of hotel properties in Thailand in the Top 40 City Hotels in Asia.

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Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, said: “This year’s results reflect our readers’ travel interests in this challenging economic reality—value, intimacy, service, and discovery are top priorities. As for that so-last-August-sounding word, luxury, it’s all about enclaves that shelter stealth wealth, from Amankora Paro in Bhutan to San Ysidro Ranch in California, where casual and laid-back are the names of the game. Dramatically sited outposts like Jade Mountain, in St. Lucia, rank high, and an adventurous spirit also prevails at places such as Bushmans Kloof, in the Cedar Mountains of South Africa. For a number of top-ranked cities—Udaipur, Cape Town, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang—value ratings were sky-high. And while so many far-flung metropolises made a strong showing, they did not entirely steal the show; old favorites, like T+L’s hometown, New York City, as well as Florence, Rome, and San Francisco remain in the top 10 overall.”

2009 World’s Best Awards Survey Methodology


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