Bangkok top destination in Asia, says Agoda

Tourism December 07, 2018 16:23

By The Nation

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Bangkok is the most popular Asian destination in 2018, Agoda, one of the world's fastest growing online travel agents, said in a press release issued on Friday.

Bangkok's appeal in particular has continued in 2018, as it is not only a convenient transit point to explore the rest of Thailand, but is also teeming with energy, quirks and fascinating culture, the company said. 

According to this year's booking data from Agoda, Pattaya is also a top Asian destination, taking the number 10 spot on the list.

The top destinations in Asia are Bangkok, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Osaka, Taipei, Seoul, Singapore Bali and Pattaya respectively.

Agoda said Thailand as a whole ranks as the second most-booked Asian country this past year. 

“From historic temples and sparking white sandy beaches, to rich culture and world-famous cuisine, it's no wonder why Thailand continues to draw in travelers from around the world,” it added.

Japan, meanwhile, has claimed the crown for top Asian country overall. 

Top countries in Asia are Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

According to Agoda, domestic trips led the way for Thai travelers in 2018, with Japan and Singapore the most popular countries to visit further afield.

Agoda's booking data for 2018 reveals Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Phuket are the top five destinations overall, with laid-back destinations such as Khao Yai (7), Chonburi (8), Krabi (9) and Chiang Rai (10) rounding out the list.

Tokyo (6) also makes an appearance in the top 10. No visa requirements, additional flight routes and diverse cultural highlights make this city a top choice for Thai travelers looking to explore abroad.