Bangkok to be top of the tree for visitors and expats

Published:  7 Jun at 6 PM
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Tagged: UK, Thailand, Money, England
A recent survey has tipped the Thai city of Bangkok as the world’s most popular, overtaking last-year’s winner, London.

For years, expats have been heading for Bangkok to work and live.with many more taking up residence in Thailand other well-known holiday destination of Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Bangkok’s top position may come as a surprise to long-term residents as it’s more commonly known as Asian’s Sin City for its lax attitude towards its sex trade.

London is tipped to take just second place in Mastercard’s survey of Global Destination Cities, with author of the survey Dr Yuwa Hendrick-Wong stating that there’s much more to Bangkok than its brothels. He notes that many businesses are now relocating to Bangkok’s metropolitan area, adding that its other entertainments, night markets, great food and cheap shopping and cost of living are valid attractions both for tourists and expat workers.

New York is expected to retain the top spot in the survey’s sector on the amount of money spent by overseas visitors, with Dr Yuwa giving the reason as the much higher cost of accommodation, transport, dining and entertainment. The research took details from public data from airlines, banks and government reports representing 132 world cities.

A British expat living in Singapore reiterated that Bangkok is a fun city both for visitors and expats, saying that many major cities in southeast Asia have stringent regulations about drinking and entertainment. He added that many Singaporean expats take time off to visit Bangkok for a long weekend.
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