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Bangkok tops as world’s most popular travel destination; five Indian cities in the list too

Among the 132 cities considered for the index, 42 cities were from Asia-Pacific region, 36 from Europe, 19 cities from Latin America, 14 cities from North America and 21 cities from the Middle Eastern region.

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The famous Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (Source: Thinkstock images)

People love to travel and given a chance that’s what most would continue doing throughout their life. Work? Who needs that in their life?! Ok, jokes apart, this year Thailand’s fun heaven Bangkok topped the list as the most popular destination in the world. Imagine, even the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland or the lovely pristine beaches of Seychelles couldn’t keep up with it.

According to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard, the ‘city of angels’ topped the list among 132 cities, attracting 21.47 million international visitors in 2016. Thailand expects to welcome a record 33 million visitors this year, thanks to a jump in the number of Chinese tourists, reports Reuters. London, which stands second, recorded 19.88 million visitors. Both these international cities were followed by Paris, Dubai, New York, and Singapore.

The port city is a perfect assemblage of historical and modern tours. From luxurious malls to dynamic floating market, the city offers contrasting variety to visitors. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, it hosts many historical temples and palaces. No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to The Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew, which enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot –the Emerald Buddha, curved out of a single stone. And then there’s the famous Thai cuisine and hospitality which makes for a wholesome experience.

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Mumbai also features in ‘Top 10 Destination Cities’ in Asia-Pacific region at tenth position. (Source: Wikimedia creative commons)

Other contenders
Not in the top 10, but five Indian cities have made it to the list too with three beign within the top 50 cities. Mumbai secured its position at number 27, Chennai at 30th, New Delhi at 48th, Kolkata at 62nd and Pune at 91st. Mumbai also features in ‘Top 10 Destination Cities’ in Asia-Pacific region at tenth position. Interestingly, Chennai is among the ‘Top 20 Fastest-Growing Destination Cities’ with at least one million overnight visitors.

Among the 132 cities considered for the index, 42 cities were from Asia-Pacific region, 36 from Europe, 19 cities from Latin America, 14 cities from North America and 21 cities from the Middle Eastern region.