Chinese tourists have had the official say in which of Thailand’s products and services are the best, giving an insight into potential selling points.
At an awards ceremony earlier this month, the following were awarded for being at the top of their industry among local competitors:
Best luxury hotel: W Bangkok
Best boutique hotel: Koh Chang Kacha Resort and Spa
Best resort hotel: Patong Resort Hotel Phuket
Best value hotel: De Lanna Hotel Chiang Mai
Best destination: Chiang Mai
Best attraction: Floating Market in Pattaya
Best restaurant: Sirocco
Best Thai dish: Tom Yam Kung (spicy shrimp soup)
Best Thai fruit: Durian
Best Thai spa: Let’s Relax (Phuket)
Best golf course: Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort (Lamphun)
Best shopping mall: Siam Centre
Best shopping area: Siam Square
Best airline: Thai AirAsia
Best Thai show: Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives
Best festival: Songkran Festival
Best medical service: Bangkok Hospital Phuket
The winners of each category were chosen after a social-media campaign called on Chinese tourists who have visited Thailand to vote for what they consider to be the kingdom’s best travel and tourism products, services and culinary delights.
The campaign was a joint venture between Tourism Authority of Thailand, King Power International, SINA Corporation and Jiaranai Entertainment.