This Is the Best City in the World

In­ter­na­tional trav­ellers around the world have weighed in

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Travel - BY BROOKE NELSEN

LOOK­ING FOR A NEW

des­ti­na­tion to visit dur­ing your next hol­i­day? Whether you’re a bud­ding trav­eller or sea­soned jet­set­ter, don’t set­tle on a typ­i­cal trip to Paris or Lon­don. Sure, those cities can cer­tainly daz­zle. How­ever, why not opt for a more ex­cit­ing lo­ca­tion that’s closer to home? We guar­an­tee you won’t re­gret it!

Our sug­ges­tion: Bangkok, the cap­i­tal of Thai­land.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port from Master­card, the Thai cap­i­tal is the most pop­u­lar city in the world for

in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers – for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

The re­port pre­dicts that Bangkok will wel­come nearly 20.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional overnight vis­i­tors this year. While Lon­don used to hold the num­ber one spot, Eng­land’s cap­i­tal city main­tained its po­si­tion in sec­ond place for the sec­ond year in a row. It ex­pects over 20 mil­lion vis­i­tors this year.

Paris was ranked third, with a pro­jected 16.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors. Dubai and Sin­ga­pore came

Bangkok is the most pop­u­lar cap­i­tal city in the world for in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers

in fourth and fifth place, re­spec­tively.

The Big Ap­ple ranked sixth with 12.7 mil­lion vis­i­tors and, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the num­ber of vis­i­tors to New York is ex­pected to de­cline this year.

Tokyo may be in ninth place right now, but jet­set­ters might want to watch out for this Asian cap­i­tal. With a pro­jected growth rate of 12.2 per cent, it’s poised to overtake the top-ranked cities in the near fu­ture.

De­spite its po­si­tion on top of the list, Bangkok doesn’t rank among the most out­ra­geously ex­pen­sive hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. That hon­our goes to Dubai, whose in­ter­na­tional overnight vis­i­tors spent $28.5 bil­lion in the cap­i­tal city last year. On the other hand, Bangkok falls in fifth place for visi­tor spend­ing, with $14 bil­lion in rev­enues.

The Wat Ben­cham­abophit Dusit­va­naram tem­ple is one of Bangkok’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions

Be daz­zled by Thai dancing, an el­e­gant art form re­fined over cen­turies

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