Bangkok voted the Best in Asia 2012 News Feed

Bangkok has been voted the top city in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, ahead of Hong Kong, Kyoto and Singapore.

The fast developing Thai capital was given a Readers' Choice Rating of 83, based on the following categories: Ambience (70.4), Friendliness (70.4), Lodging (84.7), Restaurants (81.8), Culture/Sites (86.6), Shopping (81.5).

This year, 46,476 readers participated in what is the 25th annual survey, with Condé Nast readers choosing a grand total of 1,306 winners worldwide in a range of regions and categories. The methodology is designed so that each candidate is rated, category by category, on a five-point scale — excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The points that represent a percentage of excellent and very good ratings are then averaged out to calculate the final marks.

Bangkok has rapidly shot up the rankings in travel surveys over the last few years, thanks to its diverse blend of historical and modern attractions, as well as a much improved public transport system, which now includes both a Sky Train and Metro service. The Thai capital also offers visitors ever more sophisticated choice of shopping, dining and entertainment options, many of whom stop off in the capital on their way to or from the Kingdom's ever popular beach destinations; Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui

International brands are also increasingly choosing Bangkok as a place to set up shop. This year, two much anticipated international fashion brands, Ralph Lauren and H&M arrive in the city. Ralph Lauren opens its first women's accessories store in the capita, while the H&M clothing chain, a global favourite for its affordable fashion offerings adds another new dimension to the city's fashion landscape. Top British Fashion Designer Stella McCartney has also opened store in Bangkok, inside the upscale Erawan shopping mall.

Some of the biggest names in music seem to agree that Bangkok is the place to be in 2012. Superstar Jennifer Lopez will wow the crowds with her Dance Again World Tour on December 4th. The singer, dancer, actress and fashion queen will perform at Impact Arena, where Maroon 5 also staged a sell out show in October. JLo's extravaganza will be followed by a slightly more sedate but equally impressive performance, when Sting takes to the stage with his Back to Bass Fall Tour. The highly acclaimed former frontman for Police will be joined by an accomplished line up of musicians including guitarist Dominic Miller, keyboard impresario David Sancious and drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta.

The day after Sting's performance, Sir Elton John will return to Thailand, also to play Impact Arena in a show sponsored by Singha Corporation as part of a special tour to celebrate 40 years since the release of “Rocket Man". The single reached number 2 in the UK charts and number 6 in the U.S, staying in the top seller lists for 13 and 15 weeks respectively, the highest positions ever achieved by the global music star. Sir Elton has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and also holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind ’97, which sold over 37 million copies.

With such illustrious names joining the 20 plus million visitors expected to arrive in the Thai capital this year, and a vast array of attractions, events and activities on offer both in and beyond Bangkok; Thailand looks set to stay at the top of the global travel rankings of some time to come.

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