The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced impressive performances across the country’s destinations, hotels and resorts in Travel + Leisure magazine’s The World’s Best Awards 2019, with numerous spots on multiple Top 10 and Top 15 lists.
Most notable was Thailand’s domination of the ‘Top 15 Southeast Asia Resort Hotels’ category, with 10 places going to Thai properties. These were Six Senses Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay ranked 2nd, Anantara Hua Hin Resort in 3rd place, Chiang Rai’s Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort ranked 4th, Six Senses Samui as 5th, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in 8th place, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort as 9th, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui ranked 10th, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas in 13th place, Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa as 14th and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa ranked 15th.
In ‘The Top 15 Cities in the World’ category, Chiang Mai was named in 3rd place and Bangkok in 15th, while in ‘The Top 10 Cities in Asia’ Chiang Mai took 2nd place and Bangkok 7th.
For the Thai capital, Bangkok, it was the 10th consecutive year of being voted onto ‘The Top 10 Cities in Asia’ list and as such it was honoured with a place in the WBA Hall of Fame.
Ko Lanta earned itself 9th place in ‘The 15 Best Islands in the World’ and 5th place in ‘The Top 10 Islands in Asia’ followed by Koh Samui in 8th place.
In ‘The Top 100 Hotels in the World’, 14th place went to Six Senses Yao Noi, 47th place went to Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort was placed 52nd and Six Senses Samui was placed 71st.
Lebua at State Tower also featured on the list of ‘The 10 Best City Hotels in Asia’, where it was voted into 5th spot.
In ‘The Top 15 Resort Hotels in Asia’, Six Senses Yao Noi was named in 4th place, Anantara Hua Hin Resort in 9th place and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in 11th place.
The World’s Best Awards are based on an annual readers’ survey, in which Travel + Leisure readers vote in airline, airport, destination, hotel, cruise and other categories.