Bangkok Tourism Boom

Wat Pho BangkokWhich of the world’s cities is visited by the largest number of international tourists? According to the new Global Destination City Index, Bangkok is now at the top of the list. The Thai capital, which beat out London by just 1 percent, draws the bulk of its tourists from China as well as Tokyo and Singapore.

In 2012, Bangkok was also home to two of the most-photographed locations on Instagram: Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Siam Paragon shopping mall.

n mall by ton_supachai8686

Instagram mall image by Supachai Amporn

Bangkok airport by marnoet_a

Instagram airport image by Marnoet Aunjairam

Siam Paragon mall by nok77

Instagram mall image by Surin Jittjang

Haven’t had the opportunity to visit this bustling metropolis? Consider our December 2013 program “In the Realm of Angkor: Splendors of Thailand & Cambodia.”

Bangkok Royal PalaceTravelers on the program will tour Bangkok’s exceptional museums and dazzling palaces; discover northeast Thailand; and continue to Cambodia to explore Phnom Penh, known for its French colonial architecture, and legendary Angkor. Olivier Bernier, erudite scholar, author and lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will accompany us on our exploration of this magical part of the world.

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