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Ko Tao is Asia’s No 1 Island in TripAdvisor

Bangkok, 25 February, 2014 – TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice Islands. In its second year, the annual awards recognise more than 100 islands globally, including top 10 lists for Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S.

Ko Phangan

Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor said, “From the coral reefs of Ambergris Caye to the beaches of Ko Tao, these Travellers’ Choice Islands winners have been highly rated by travellers around the globe. The possibility of an island escape is right around the corner at any of the amazing islands.”

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “Thailand’s islands are famous all over the world. In recent years, our beach and island resorts have attracted honeymooners, the rich-and-famous, and those seeking privacy and luxury. At the same time, there is no shortage of options for backpackers and young people travelling the world.

“We are very glad to see five of Thailand’s finest islands being recognised by TripAdvisor travellers around the world.”

Ko Tao is the clear winner, coming in tenth in the world for Travellers’ Choice Islands. It takes the top spot in Asia, with Ko Phangan, Ko Lanta, Phuket and Ko Samui coming in third, fourth, seventh and ninth respectively.

In the past year, travellers from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany and Australia have shown the greatest interest in Ko Tao (based on the top visitors by country to the Ko Tao destination page on TripAdvisor for the full year of 2013).

Travellers’ Choice Island winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of the most highly-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions listed for each island on TripAdvisor gathered during a 12-month period.

Top 10 Islands in Asia:

  1. Ko Tao, Thailand 
  2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. Ko Phangan, Thailand
  4. Ko Lanta, Thailand
  5. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
  6. Boracay, Philippines
  7. Phuket, Thailand
  8. Palawan, Philippines
  9. Ko Samui, Thailand
  10. Langkawi, Malaysia

Top 10 Islands in the World:

  1. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  4. Marco Island, Florida
  5. Lewis and Harris, Scotland
  6. Naxos, Greece
  7. Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  8. Nosy Be, Madagascar
  9. Easter Island, Chile
  10. Ko Tao, Thailand

For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Islands, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to

To see the best hotels for luxury, bargain and more, as honoured in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels from January, go to

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor™ is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than 3.7 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. The sites operate in 34 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

For further press information, contact:
GHC Asia Limited
Suttirat Ularnkul
Tel: +66 (0) 2357 1183
Email: [email protected]

TripAdvisor, APAC
Iris Leong
Tel: +65 6871 5160
Email: [email protected]

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