Bangkok has been voted the world's best city for the fourth year in a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The magazine has released the winners of the 2013 World's Best City Awards, with Bangkok voted the top city in the world for the fourth year in succession.
The city won the award for the first time in 2008. This year, Bangkok earned 90.40 points in the readers' survey conducted between January and March. Istanbul was named the world's second best city with a score of 89.98, followed by Florence (89.84), Cape Town (89.57), Kyoto (89.31), Rome (89.09), Charleston (88.65), Barcelona (88.45), Paris (88.35) and Chiang Mai (88.15).
The Thai capital was also voted the best city in Asia with a score of 90.40, followed by Kyoto, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul and Hanoi.
The world's best city award is based on six main criteria: tourist attractions (including scenery, attractiveness and liveliness), culture and tradition, food and shopping facilities, friendliness of the people, travel value and satisfaction gained from spending.
Thailand’s hotels did well too, with the Peninsula Bangkok rising from No. 66 in 2009 to No. 7 in 2010, while Thai Airways was voted the world’s eighth best international airline.
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