Bangkok, 16 November, 2017 – The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya is the top trending attraction in Southeast Asia, according to the TripAdvisor Attractions Trend Index released this month. Also making the top 10 list were two other Thailand attractions, both in Bangkok and which offer unique Thai local experiences – Chatuchak Weekend Market in 9th spot and Jim Thompson’s House in 10th.
The Attractions Trend Index seeks to identify the top attractions around Southeast Asia that have seen the most increase in search interest among the region’s travellers. The rankings were determined by the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile by users in the region during the period of 1 September-7 October in 2016 and 2017.
A 74 percent year-on-year increase for the Ramayana Water Park earned it the number one ranking. Chatuchak Weekend Market and Jim Thompson’s House posted year-on-year increases of 35 percent and 34 percent, respectively.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor said, “It’s wonderful to have three Thai attractions among the top 10, and we extend our warmest appreciation to all those who voted for them.”
TripAdvisor called on the region’s travellers to make use of the attractions index to “inspire their search for tours, attractions and other great experiences”.
Earlier this year, the Ramayana Water Park was ranked Asia’s third best water park in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. It offers 21 water rides ranging from gentle to thrilling, a wave pool, lazy river ride, kids zones and relaxation pools.
A must-visit during any holiday in Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest such markets in the world and has over 15,000 stalls selling all manner of items from clothes, antiques and pottery to art, handicrafts and pets.
Jim Thompson’s House is the home of the American entrepreneur credited with bringing Thai silk to the world, James H. W. Thompson. It consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses and is largely unchanged. On display is his impressive collection of art and antiques that includes sculptures, paintings and porcelain.