Chiang Mai is highly ranked on TripAdvisor’s traveller’s choice destinations in 2012. Labeled Thailand's "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is a great place for visiting historic sites, eating delicious street food, taking a cooking class, and, perhaps bathing and feeding an elephant, according to TripAdvisor travelers.
Topping TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Destinations this year are the perennially popular London, New York City, Rome, Paris, and San Francisco, in that order. The Top 5 in Asia were listed as follows: Siem Reap, Beijing, Shanghai, Chiang Mai, and Male, in the Maldives.
TripAdvisor visitors to Chiang Mai noted that the city and its environs offer the fortunate traveler “historic sites, delicious street food, and a good place to bathe and feed an elephant.” Recommended destinations include Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Chiang Mai is also celebrated for its temperate climate, international flavor, unique culture, and diverse nightlife. A short one-hour flight from Bangkok, Chiang Mai has long been considered one of the most livable – and delightful – cities in Asia.
TripAdvisor reviewers further noted that Chiang Mai is also a great place to take a cooking class, among many other learning experiences. Many more activities and destinations were also highlighted in user reviews, which can be found at: http://www.tripadvisor.com
TripAdvisor and its network of sites and affiliates constitute the world’s largest travel community, thereby bestowing great prestige on their annual list. More than 50 million monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions can hardly be wrong-- these users are among the throngs of travelers visiting the world’s most attractive, desirable, and interesting cities. The awards are based on the popularity of these cities, according to users’ comments, reviews, and favorites.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Jean Ow-Yeong noted that "whether travellers are looking for a grand annual vacation or a quick weekend getaway, they can be inspired by hundreds of incredible travel destinations as identified by TripAdvisor's community of travellers."
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. For tourism industry professionals, they run a dedicated division providing access to their millions of monthly visitors.