Bangkok was named the No. 1 city in Southeast Asia and Phuket the No. 1 island in Southeast Asia, in the first edition of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia’s “Asia’s Best Awards”.
Chiang Mai is also on the list of top 10 cities in Southeast Asia, coming in at 6th place. Ko Samui and Ko Phi Phi are also on the list of the 10 best islands in Southeast Asia, at 2nd and 9th place respectively.
Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia said of Bangkok: “If the warm smiles, spicy street food and the feel of the wind in your hair as you zip around the city on a motorbike or tuk-tuk is appealing, Bangkok certainly hits the mark. If you prefer high-quality bed linen in your private pool suites and Michelin-starred meals, the city has you covered, too. Whether you’re simply spending a night en route to the islands, using Bangkok as a hub for further exploration of Southeast Asia, or visiting what we advocate as a dedicated holiday in its own right, the options do not miss.”
Of Phuket, he said: “As well as the postcard-perfect sandy stretches and bustle of Patong, Phuket is home to a wide range of neighborhoods – do you want luxury, a beach party vibe, a hipster local, a family atmosphere or yoga? and detox? There are plenty of unique accommodations, outdoor activities and attractions to explore on Thailand’s largest island. And wow, Phuket Town really comes into its own; take a day break from the beach to admire photogenic Sino-Portuguese architecture and a thriving food and bev scene.”
At Asia’s Best Awards 2022, readers voted for a number of categories, including their favorite hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars across the Southeast Asia region, with various “Best” lists for Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
For Thailand, the lists include the best city hotels, the best beach resorts, the best hinterland resorts, the best hotel pools, the best hotel bars, the best hotel spas, the best beach clubs and the best new openings in Thailand 2021 (hotels, restaurants and bars).