Best city in the world? Is it?

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Another week, another survey.

And somehow again, my city, my hometown, the place where I worked and even where I live now didn't make that list of the top cities in the world. Admittedly, some of those places are small and would have trouble getting together enough folk to be seen as a city.

Alas. There will be no golden plague, no ticker-tape parade, no mayoral speech here.

So who won? Well, according to US Travel + Leisure magazine's World's Best Award list, Bangkok is the best city in the world. Decided by a voting pool of thousands, probably with some input from the people in the advertising department, the results announced today are:

TOP 10 CITIES OVERALL:
1 Bangkok, Thailand 87.61
2 Buenos Aires, Argentina 87.24
3 Cape Town, South Africa 86.59
4 Sydney, Australia 86.49
5 Florence, Italy 86.24
6 Cuzco, Peru 86.15
7 Rome, Italy 85.12
8 New York, US 85.03
9 Istanbul, Turkey 84.61
10 San Francisco, US 84.42

As for Asia itself, two Chinese cities make the top 10 - well 3 if you count Hong Kong.

TOP 10 ASIA:
1 Bangkok, Thailand 87.61
2 Kyoto, Japan 84.27
3 Chiang Mai, Thailand 84.14
4 Hong Kong 83.69
5 Udaipur, India 83.51
6 Shanghai, China 81.83
7 Siem Reap, Cambodia 81.15
8 Beijing, China 81.05
9 Hanoi, Vietnam 80.87
10 Jaipur, India 80.78


And in Europe, Italy picks up 3 of the top 7 places, (but not the Euro 2008 Cup)


TOP 10 EUROPE:
1 Florence, Italy 86.24
2 Rome, Italy 85.12
3 Istanbul, Turkey 84.61
4 Paris, France 82.59
5 Krakow, Poland 82.14
6 Prague, Czech Republic 81.81
7 Venice, Italy 81.74
8 Barcelona, Spain 81.32
9 Vienna, Austria 80.99
10 Salzburg, Austria 80.63


Here's the other regions results:

TOP 5 MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA:
1 Buenos Aires, Argentina 87.24
2 Cuzco Peru 86.15
3 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 82.19
4 Rio de Janeiro 80.15
5 Antigua, Guatemala 79.92

TOP 10 AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:
1 Cape Town 86.59
2 Jerusalem 84.39
3 Fez, Morocco 80.77
4 Marrakesh, Morocco 80.46
5 Cairo 80.23
6 Dubai 78.86
7 Tel Aviv 78.60
8 Amman 74.52
9 Tunis 71.93
10 Alexandria 70.72


Top island goes to the Galapagos.

TOP 10 ISLANDS OVERALL:
1 Galapagos Islands 87.64
2 Bali 86.32
3 Maui 86.09
4 Kauai 85.87
5 Tasmania 85.00
6 Easter Island 84.78
7 Hawaii 84.66
8 Santorini 84.52
9 Great Barrier Reef Islands 84.42
10 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia 83.82



TOP 3 ASIA:
|1 Bali 86.32
2 Phuket Thailand 82.64
3 Penang Malaysia 81.67

TOP 5 EUROPE:
1 Santorini, Greece 84.52
2 Dalmatian Islands, Croatia 83.50
3 Sicily, Italy 82.92
4 Ischia, Italy 82.41
5 Cyclades, Greece (Santorini rated separately) 82.40


TOP 20 HOTEL SPAS:
1 Wickaninnish Inn Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada 92.66
2 Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand 92.19
3 Lodge at Pebble Beach California, US 90.94
4 Four Seasons Resort Nevis, US 90.88
5 Maroma Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, Mexico 90.79
6 Esperanza Resort Los Cabos, Mexico 90.63
7 Auberge du Soleil Rutherford, California, US 90.37
8 Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, France 90.28
9 Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Arizona, US 90.14
10 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 90.10
11 Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Maui, US 89.66
12 The Oriental Bangkok, Thailand 89.58
13 Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Asheville, North Carolina, US 89.51
14 One & Only Ocean Club Paradise Island, Bahamas 89.47
15 Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, US 89.42
16 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, US 88.75
17 The Peninsula Chicago, US 88.64
18 Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Beaver Creek, Colorado, US 88.62
19 Hotel del Coronado San Diego, US 88.16
20 American Club Kohler, Wisconsin, US 87.99
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