Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than 11,000 hotels in 109 countries released on Friday.
In this March 13, 2014 photo, tourists spend time on Patong Beach in Phuket province. (AP photo)
The Southeast Asian country ranked first with more than 1,250 beachfront properties, followed by the US with 1,016 and Mexico with 943. Spain, with 736, was fourth, trailed by the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and Sri Lanka, said the survey by the Beachfront Club, a website that maps and details seaside hotels around the world.
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