Thailand’s political capital and commercial hub of Bangkok has been ranked third in the latest Euromonitor International’s 100 Top City Destinations Ranking (2013 edition), covering 100 of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals. Three other popular Thai cities, Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai, were respectively ranked 15, 17 and 70 in the same listing.
There are many, many angles from which to approach Bangkok, depending upon one’s interests, needs, desires, proclivities, and time available. One could tackle the city through the lenses of art or photography, architecture, food (of course), performing arts, history, religion, culture and many more themes.
Krabi, a beach resort destination on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is welcoming more flights and being listed as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2014” by the New York Times. Krabi is famous for its myriad of beautiful beaches and islands, particularly Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta, and limestone cliffs that draw rock-climbing enthusiasts from around the world.
Voluntourism is an emerging trend in global tourism, favored by travellers who want to do more than simply visit and look at new places. It is a new type of tourism for those wishing to get involved in the places they visit in a meaningful and long-lasting way, be it with the local culture, the natural resources, or the wildlife of the area.