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Thailand’s capital has been named the world’s most-visited city for the fourth consecutive year, according to the annual Global Destination Cities Index 2019 compiled by MasterCard. Other Asian cities that made it to the top 10 include Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo taking 5th, 6th and 9th place, respectively. The list, which ranks 200 cities with the most international visitors, is based on publicly available data and visitor numbers (see 2018’s top 10 most-visited cities in the world at the bottom of this article).

Having hosted a total of 22.78 million visitors in 2018, Bangkok continues to welcome more travellers than anywhere else in the world. As reported by the index, the average stay in Bangkok was 4.8 nights; in this light, we’ve compiled a list of the five most stunning hotels that will inspire your next trip to this dynamic city.

 

1. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

A beautifully elegant hotel that was built in 1876, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok exudes old world charm like no other. The design is a blend of traditional Thai elements with modernity. Plus the service here is always flawless.

 

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2. The Siam

At The Siam, one of the hotel’s best features is the Art-Deco-meets-Thai-style design, not to mention the surrounding lush greenery that just makes it all pop. It’s also very private here, leaving guests undisturbed and at peace.

 

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3. The Sukhothai Bangkok

With elements reflecting the ancient kingdom, The Sukhothai Bangkok reflects the glorious era with ease. Natural materials feature in its design along with acres of gardens and lotus ponds. It’s truly an escape from the bustling city, but it’s conveniently located downtown.

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4. The Peninsula Bangkok

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya, The Peninsula Bangkok is an urban retreat that offers views of Bangkok’s cityscape and yet seems slower paced to let guests really relax. The incredible 280-foot outdoor three-tiered swimming pool doesn’t hurt either.

 

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5. 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok

Luxurious, urban, well-designed and modern, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences has it all in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Oh, and did we mention the unbelievable view from the rooftop infinity pool?

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*These are the world’s top 10 most-visited cities in 2018: 

1. Bangkok (22.78 million visitors)

2. Paris (19.10 million visitors)

3. London (19.09 million visitors)

4. Dubai (15.93 million visitors)

5. Singapore (14.67 million visitors)

6. Kuala Lumpur (13.79 million visitors)

7. New York (13.60 million visitors)

8. Istanbul (13.40 million visitors)

9. Tokyo (12.93 million visitors)

10. Antalya (12.41 million visitors)

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Fontaine Cheng
Digital Editor
Born and bred in London, Fontaine is a self-proclaimed foodie with extensive experience in the luxury lifestyle landscape. When not exploring the world — discovering cultures and tasting new dishes — she can be found sipping a nice cup of tea (or G&T) hoping to adopt a puppy.