Bangkok, 20 March, 2014 – TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice TM awards for Beaches. In its second year, the awards recognise more than 322 beaches globally, including top lists for Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific and the U.S.
“For those planning their next holiday destination by the sand and sea, these award-winning beaches serve as inspiration,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Just looking at the photos will take you away for a moment, until you can plan a trip.”
Eight beaches in Thailand were featured in the Top 25 Beaches in Asia, with Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach as well as Krabi’s Railay Beach and Phra Nang Beach ranked number five, seven and ten respectively. On average, Nai Harn Beach has seen a 22 percent increase year-over-year in share of international search traffic on TripAdvisor for the one month period between 20 January and 19 February, 2014.
Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, said:
“We are very glad to see three of our popular beaches on the list of the Top 10 Beaches in Asia according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards. Thailand has long been known as one of the world’s best destinations for sun and sand holidays. To be recognised by TripAdvisor’s travel community is truly an honour.”
Travellers’ Choice Beaches Award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.
Top 10 Beaches in Asia:
1. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
2. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
3. Agonda Beach, Goa, India
4. Secret Lagoon Beach, El Nido, Philippines
5. Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand
6. Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), Boracay, Philippines
7. Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
8. Yalong Bay, Hainan, China
9. Cavelossim Beach, Goa, India
10. Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand