International tourists vote Bangkok as the best city

Wat Arun at sunset in Bangkok Thailand

Wat Arun at sunset in Bangkok Thailand: Flickr.com

International tourists voted Bangkok as the best city to visit out of the ten countries attending The 8th Plenary Meeting of Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21).

Bangkok scored 7.19 out of 10, according to the polls conducted by Bangkok University Research Center. Japan ranked second at 3.12 followed by Singapore at 2.45, Hanoi at 1.65 and Delhi at 1.49. The delicate Thai cuisine was cited as a major attraction at 20.4 percent, followed by cultural sites at 19.7 percent, Thai hospitality at 16.8 percent, Thai culture and tradition at 15.8 percent and Thai shopping venues at 15.1 percent.

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha were voted as the most captivating places at 39.4 percent, while 11.5 percent voted for Wat Phra Chetuphon or Wat Pho. Pratunam and Pathumwan shopping venues at 11 percent, Chatuchak Market at 10.7 percent followed by Khaosan Road at 6.5 percent.

The overall satisfaction scored 7.33 out of 10. Food and beverage scored 8.56 while the travel value scored 8.41, hospitality and friendliness scored 8.37 and the tourist sites scored 8.14. However, the climate was the least satisfactory matter with the score of 4.62.

The research also found that 77.7 percent of the tourists would like to re-visit Bangkok, 19.3 percent was unsure and 3 percent would not come back. 91.9 percent would tell others to visit Bangkok.

Furthermore, 63.7 percent of international tourists were confident that Thailand had the potential to handle the spread of H1N1 influenza, 19.3 percent claimed the Thai political instability affected their travel decision making.

This year, the Asian Network of Major Cities 21(ANMC21) was held in Bangkok during 1-4 November 2009 to provide member countries the opportunity to promote their cities through exhibitions and stage performances. (NNT)

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