Bangkok, defending champion, drops to the third best city to visit.
Bangkok, the defending champion, is the second runner-up after Udaipur and Capetown, while Chiang Mai in Thailand's North ranks is No.5 in the latest "Travel+Leisure" reader survey.
For the first time, Udaipur, India, is named World's Best City in "Travel + Leisure"'s 14th annual World's Best Awards readers' survey announced today.
Bali regains its title from 2007 as World's Best Island and Singapore Airlines rests at the number one spot for international airlines, as it has since 1996.
Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Mai is No. 7 in the top hotels list worldwide, while the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong and The Peninsula Hong Kong make up the top three City Hotels in Asia.
"This year's results reflect our readers' travel interests in this challenging economic reality—value, intimacy, service and discovery are key priorities," said Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure (U.S.). "For a number of top-ranked cities—Udaipur, Cape Town, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang—value ratings were sky-high."
Ratings from readers of all Travel + Leisure's international editions—Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Travel + Leisure Australia/New Zealand, Travel + Leisure Turkey, Travel + Leisure China, Travel + Leisure South Asia and Travel + Leisure Mexico—were counted in the results.
"This year has been another strong year for Southeast Asia, reflecting the fact that Travel + Leisure readers worldwide still see the region as a highly desirable destination," said Matt Leppard, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia.
While long-haul inbound markets may be wavering right now, the global interest in all that Southeast Asia offers—from city boutique hotels to jungle retreats to world-class resorts—remains strong. Some 20 per cent of the world's top hotels in the survey are in our edition's "catchment area," while having three cities in the overall top 10 is something that the region can be very proud of," he added.
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2009 WORLD'S BEST WINNERS (ASIA)
Top City Hotel in Asia is Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand.
Top Resort in Asia goes to Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India, while Udaipur India wins Top City in Asia.
Bali is recognised for Top Island in Asia.
Anantara Resort Koh Samui bags up Best Spa in Asia.
Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on July 21 at the Cooper Square Hotel in New York City, while the August issue of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia will carry the full results. The issue is on sale on August 1. The results are also posted now on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.