24 Aug 2017
Bangkok has been named the world's best-value long-haul city break in 2017, according to a survey conducted by Post Office Travel Money.
Government Spokesman Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkumnerd said that the Prime Minister was pleased with the results of the survey, which were also published on the websites of the Daily Mirror and the Telegraph.
The survey indicates that visitors to Bangkok can spend the lowest amount of money on quality services for accommodation, food, transport, and tourist attractions, compared with cities in other countries. The average total expenses for three days in Bangkok are about £317, or 13,700 baht.
The Prime Minister said that the Government has a policy to stimulate tourism and encourage foreign visitors to stay longer and spend more in Thailand in order to boost the country's economy. It has also issued several measures to promote tourism. The measures involve, for example, the exemption of visa fees and the extension of long-stay visas for senior tourists. Moreover, the Government has facilitated the travel of tourists and tackled problems of exploitation in travel and tourism.
According to several international tourism surveys, Bangkok has been listed one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city has diverse attractions, from cultural and historical sites, to shopping malls with countless outlets selling an amazing variety of goods at a wide range of prices.
Bangkok has been named the best city in the world for street food by international news network CNN. It has been on the "World Best Cities" list created by the US-based magazine Travel and Leisure for 20 years. The city also remains the most visited destination in Asia Pacific, in terms of visitor numbers, according to the Mastercard Asia-Pacific Destinations Index 2017.