Chiang Mai top Songkran destination

About 70% of foreign tourists polled recently planned to celebrate Songkran and Chiang Mai was the most favoured destination for the festivities, the research centre of Bangkok University, or Bangkok Poll, reported on Wednesday.

  • Published: 10/04/2013 at 01:16 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The other 30% had no thoughts of joining in the celebration, according to Bangkok Poll.

The pollster said opinions were sought from foreign tourists in Bangkok between April 2 and April 4. It did not say how many foreigners were interviewed.

Bangkok Poll said 14.9% of the respondents who planned to take part in the festivities said Chiang Mai was their destination of choice for the water throwing the most, followed by Phuket (10.3%) and Khao Sarn Road (8.4%).

Asked about their main concerns in joining in the Songkran celebration, 32.5% of them said personal safety and their possessions, 29.3% pointed to traffic congestion and 15% said rude and aggressive water play .

But 26.3% of the respondents had no worries at all.

Asked which tourist attractions they wanted to visit the most, 26.9% said ancient ruins, 24.4% preferred natural tourist destinations and 14.5% wanted to see Thai culture, tradition and folk art.

The polled foreign tourists gave an average 7.65 points out of 10 satisfaction rating for their visit to Thailand, up 0.23 points on the survey from March 30 to April 1.

Asked whether they would visit Thailand again, 80.9% said they would, 17.2% were unsure and 1.9% said no.

A high 93.6% of the respondents said they would recommend that their friends and relatives visit Thailand, 5.1% were unsure and 1.3% would not do so.

The pollster said 96% of them had strong confidence in the security provided by Thai authorities, while 4% had little confidence.

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