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06/08/2010 - Bangkok wins Travel and Leisure Top City award  06/08/2010 - Bangkok wins Travel and Leisure Top City award

Despite recent troubles in the Thai capital, Bangkok has received Travel and Leisure magazine's "Top City" award. The results are based on votes cast between December and March and will feature in the August edition of the publication.

Sixteen thousand readers from around the world cast their votes to decide who would receive this year's "Top City" award, with Bangkok coming in first place and the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai taking second. Other cities within the top ten were Florence, San Miguel de Allende and Rome.

The award couldn’t come at a better time for Thailand, as nationwide hotel occupancy for its high season in May was ten percent down on the same period last year.

Bangkok Governor, Sukhumbhand Paribatra commented; "What we have in our hands is very precious. We must prevent troubles and any more losses from happening in our beloved city. We should not damage it any further."

This is Bangkok's second Top City award from Travel and Leisure magazine, having previously taken top spot in 2008.

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