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Bangkok, the most visited city in the world

In 2013, Bangkok became the top destination city in the world, with 15.98 billions tourists. This is the first time an Asian city is in the top rank since the Index was launched in 2011.

Bangkok comes before London (15.96 billions), Paris (13.92 billions) and Singapore (11.75 billions). It's a very popular destination for French: in 2012, 530 000 French tourists came in Thailand, an increase of more 50 per cent in a decade.

The Thai capital, was nominated “best city in the world in 2013” by the American magazine “Travel and Leisure” and also “best city in Asia” for the fourth consecutive year, before Kyoto (Japan) and Chiang Mai (Thailand). These nominations are attributed under specific conditions: culture and traditions, gastronomy, shopping, hospitality of the residents, satisfaction of the tourists etc.

There are two parts in the city. On the one side, the old town surrounded by the Mae Nam Chao Phraya River, called the « River of Kings ». A districts with temples and markets. On the other side, the modern area with shopping malls and a business district.

Moreover, there are a lot of monuments. 400 buddhist temples amongst which the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) in the district of Yai, or the Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in the Royal Palace. One can also find luxury hotels and museums such as the house of Jim Thompson with collections of buddhist and secular art, gathered in the 50s and 60s by this silk manufacturer.

Bangkok is also famous all over the world for its festive districts amongst which Patpong, the “Red District”, or Samphantawong called “Chinatown” that turns into a huge open-air restaurant at night.

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