Thailand wins ‘Best Wedding Destination’ award from Wonderlust Magazine

Thailand wins 'Best Wedding Destination' award from Wonderlust Magazine

Bangkok, 10 May, 2018 – Thailand recently won a ‘Best Wedding Destination’ award from India-based Wonderlust Magazine, an accolade that celebrates the achievements of the people and enterprises making a difference in their respective sector.

The Kingdom is very well known as a dream wedding destination worldwide. It especially has always been the most popular destination for grand Indian style weddings or local Thai Buddhist nuptials, along with other celebrations; such as, milestone birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said popular beaches destinations for wedding celebrations include Hua Hin, Phuket, Khao Lak, Pattaya, Krabi and Ranong.

“Over 400 Indian couples tie the knot in Thailand every year, with average wedding parties ranging from 200 to 600 guests per event. And this is a figure we expect to continue to grow in the coming years, from India and many other countries around the world,” he said.

Thailand is a preferred choice for Indian wedding celebrations for the following reasons: its proximity to India, Thai hospitality, beautiful locations; a range of world-class hotels, a wide variety of excellent international cuisine, modern excellence combined with a traditional flair, and the ability to serve all wedding needs, according to Mr. Yuthasak.

Thailand can fulfil the needs of any wedding party from immigration and customs advice, venues, lavish set up, expensive décor, dancers, celebrity entertainers, floral arrangements, food and beverage requirements with ice sculptures included, plus makeup artists as well as religious officials. All this combined with Thai hospitality makes Thailand the ideal wedding location.

Guests attending the wedding can also opt to extend their stay in Thailand to discover its unique restaurants, shopping, health, beauty, spa and wellness activities and lots more. With the varied destinations ranging from pristine beaches, islands or lush jungles, Thailand is the ascending choice for more and more wedding planners from all around the world.

Bangkok voted Best City Destination in Asia Pacific third year in a row

Hong Kong, 07 February, 2018 – Bangkok has been voted as the “Best City Destination in the Asia Pacific” for the third consecutive year by readers of DestinAsian magazine, a leading travel and lifestyle magazine. The cosmopolitan capital of Thailand was recognised “for its vibrant mixture of historic sites, contemporary style, cuisine and nightlife”.

Bangkok voted Best City Destination in Asia Pacific third year in a row

Mr. Ronald Liem (left), DestinAsian Publisher , and Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications

The award was conferred at the annual “DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards” Ceremony in Hong Kong held today. It was accepted on behalf of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry by Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Mr. Tanes said, “We thank all the readers of DestinAsian magazine for their confidence. All of us in the Thai travel and tourism industry are very proud to be recognised thus. It is both an acknowledgement and reflection of our well-established dynamism, and a fitting reward for all those who work hard day in and day out to enhance our tourism products, services and value proposition.”

He added, “Bangkok is known the world over for its superb attractions, outstanding cuisine and gastronomical delights, excellent hospitality, friendly people, exemplary service standards, exceptional shopping outlets, all at great value for money. Over the next few years, you will see even more positive changes and improvements in what is known as the “City of Life.”

Other Thai winners which received high ratings in the DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 include:

CategoryWinner
Best AirlineThai Airways (3rd)
Best Low-Cost AirlineNok Air (5th)
Best First and Business ClassThai Airways (4th)
Best Economy ClassThai Airways (5th)
Best In-Flight EntertainmentThai Airways (4th)
Best Frequent Flier ProgrammeRoyal Orchid Plus, Thai Airways (3rd)
Best AirportSuvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (5th)
Best CityChiang Mai (10th)
Best IslandPhuket (2nd), Ko Samui (4th), Krabi (9th)
Best Boutique HotelThe Siam, Bangkok (5th),

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok (8th)

Best Hotel SpaBanyan Tree Spa Phuket (2nd),

Anantara Spa, Anantara Hua Hin (4th),

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin (5th),

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (9th).

Best Hotel in ThailandMandarin Oriental, Bangkok (1st),

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok (2nd),

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (3rd),

Banyan Tree Bangkok (4th),

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (5th),

Banyan Tree Phuket (6th),

Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa (7th),

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui (8th),

The St. Regis Bangkok (9th),

The Peninsula Bangkok (10th).

DestinAsian publisher Ronald Liem commented “We see the Readers’ Choice Awards as a litmus test of how travel industry brands are doing in our home region. After rolling out a system of country-wide rankings in last year’s edition, we have continued that approach, and it’s wonderful to see finalists representing both major cities and more idyllic holiday destinations.”

This year’s poll was conducted between August and October 2017. The voting process involved naming a winner in each of 31 different categories including hotels and resorts, service residences, spas, airlines, airports, and destinations. Optional comments about the winners’ standout attributes shed light on characteristics that readers deem the most important: friendliness of staff and services, convenient location, modern facilities, quality of dining options, comfort, and excellence in design.

The full results will appear in the February/March 2018 print issue of the magazine.

The DestinAsian Media Group began operations in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2001 and apart from DestinAsian itself, now publishes several lifestyle publications including DestinAsian Indonesia, Prestige Indonesia, and DA MAN.

Layana Resort and Spa in Ko Lanta awarded high marks on TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards

Layana Resort and Spa in Ko Lanta

Bangkok, 31 January, 2018 – Layana Resort and Spa in Ko Lanta is enjoying accolades from its loyal legion of guests who awarded the luxury beach resort with high marks and positive reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, ranking it 11th in Asia and No. 1 in Thailand in its 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Located on the idyllic tropical island of Ko Lanta, the Layana Resort and Spa is an adult-only resort with 57 luxurious guestrooms and comforts including an infinity salt-water pool, a large Jacuzzi and a private beach. Sun-lounging guests can expect total relaxation, as the staff offer ‘chilled fruit kebabs, iced water and eucalyptus towels’ every hour or so. Guests can also indulge in ‘first rate’ wellness treatments that adopt both Eastern and Western techniques at the award-winning spa.

Layana Resort and Spa in Ko Lanta

According to TripAdvisor, its Travellers’ Choice Awards for hotels showcase the cream of the crop accommodation that travellers can stay in all over the world. These are based on remarkable service, value and quality; all hallmarks of what makes a great stay regardless of the traveller’s budget.

Travellers’ Choice a=Award winners were based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. Now in the 16th year of the Awards, TripAdvisor recognises 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family, All-Inclusive and Value for Money.

Photo credit: Layana Resort and Spa

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