OF COURSE NO ONE IS SURPRISED THAILAND HAS SCORED TOP MARKS IN KUONI'S 2013 TRAVEL TRENDS REPORT.
Malaysians know this very well as we are Thailand's most important and biggest market with the highest number of tourist arrivals as 2.5 million Malaysians visit the Kingdom of Smiles annually!
China has just beaten us with 2.6 million tourists but China's population is 1.5 billion compared to our 28 million! So we still win relatively!
Thailand is #2 in Kuoni's Top 10 Destinations and #1 in Kuoni's Top Destination for Singles! Naturally if you are single, it makes sense to visit Thailand where you can new friends and sex is as easy as pie!
Plus Thailand is also in the Top 10 Wedding Destinations and Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations!
The winner in the Top 10 Destinations is Maldives but who wants to swim, snorkel and get sun burned with no shred of culture or shopping (unless you are into coconut carvings or rubber slippers)? You can do all these plus everything else under the sun in Thailand! I have been to Maldives thrice and still think Thailand offers better scuba dive sites and hotels! The massage and spa in Maldives are nowhere near Thailand's which set the standards for the world to follow.
The Top 10 Destinations are;
3; Sri Lanka
10; St Lucia
Malaysia ranks 7 while teeny-weeny Singapore is 9 despite its 2 casinos and billions spent on infrastructure and manmade attractions.
Just look at what Thailand can offer!
This entire building is just a spa! You don't get this in Maldives and Sri Lanka for sure but only in Thailand as this is the fabled Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi hotel in Chiangmai
A genuine rice field in the garden of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiangmai. What a view from your verandah at bottom left!
This is not a palace or temple but a hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiangmai