According to Condé Nast Traveler readers at the 33rd Readers ’Choice Awards 2020, Thailand was ranked number seven in a ranking of the 20 best countries in the world.
The top positions are divided between Italy, Sri Lanka, and Portugal.
Additionally, some of the most popular locations in Thailand also scored highly on this important list.
Ko Phangan was ranked third among the five best islands in Asia while Chiang Mai ranked second among the ten best small towns.
Thailand is making efforts to re-boost tourism after the coronavirus pandemic hit its economy. Therefore, this announcement can help them to reactivate the tourism industry in the country, whose borders remain almost totally closed.
The Governor of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Yuthasak Supasorn, says that they are always very proud to see Thailand on this list. However, this becomes even more important in this challenging year, considering that the COVID-19 restrictions are affecting international travel.
In this regard, he stated: “We would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the readers of Condé Nast Traveller as well as travellers from across the globe for their confidence in Thailand. When all difficulties from the Covid-19 pandemic have improved, Thailand will certainly be more than ready to welcome international tourists once again.”
Condé Nast Traveler indicated that the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards are the first time that voters choose when almost no one travels. Besides, it declared that the names that star in this year’s edition are those who have provided comfort to voters, who connected with them even much later and without having visited them in months.
“These are the enduring gems that can withstand the test of time and the vicissitudes of circumstances. So while it is always an honour to be on this list, in this strangest of years, it is a special honour, indeed. Many readers have told us that when we emerge from this pandemic, they want to turn their attention to the classics, whether that means personal favourites or places they know have brought joy to others,” said Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Thailand came in at number seven on the list with a score of 92.62. Over it are Indonesia, Greece, Japan, Portugal, Sri Lanka, and Italy. Moreover, it managed to be above countries such as Vietnam, Ireland, Malaysia, Turkey, among others.