Bangkok voted Best Destination City in Asia Pacific

Bangkok has been voted as the “Best City Destination in the Asia Pacific” for the third consecutive year by readers of DestinAsian magazine, a leading travel and lifestyle magazine. Voters in the Reader’s Choice poll cited its “vibrant mixture of historic sites, contemporary style, cuisine and nightlife”. Chiang Mai reached the top ten as Best City Chiang Mai while Phuket was voted second Best Island, Koh Samui came in fourth and Krabi made the top ten at number nine.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) predicts tourism related revenues will hit 48 billion baht during Chinese New Year. Around 800,000 tourists are expected to arrive from February 15-21 with 300,000 of those coming from mainland China. The Ministry said this is a 20 percent increase over the same period last year due to more direct flights from China to Thailand. Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai are the top destinations and will receive about 90 percent of total visitors.

Bangkok has the most active Facebook accounts of any city in the world and Thailand ranked eighth in the world for active accounts according to a recent study by social media management platform Hootsuite and global agency We Are Social. The survey found that Thais registered the most time on the internet last year at 9.38 hours per day, followed by the Philippines at 9.29 hours, Brazil (9.14), Indonesia (8.51) and South Africa (8.32). Thailand also ranked first in spending the most time on the mobile internet at 4.56 hours, followed by Brazil (4.21), Indonesia (4.17), the Philippines (4.13) and Nigeria (4.05). Thailand came in 11th in social media penetration at 74 percent and fourth in time spent on social media with Thais averaging 3 hours and 10 minutes a day on social media. Thailand came in 8th with mobile social media penetration with 67 percent, the global average is 39 percent. Facebook sign ups in Thailand continue to grow and Facebook users aged 22-40 years old dominate the website.

Work Permit

Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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