BANGKOK — Travellers around the world have voted four Thai beaches onto TripAdvisor’s top ten list of the best beaches in Asia.
The rankings were determined by the quantity and quality of traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over a twelve-month period.
Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach was ranked third, with Krabi’s Railay Beach, Phuket’s Kata Noi Beach, and Krabi’s Phra Nang Beach taking 7th, 8th, and 9th place respectively.
“We are very proud to hear that our beaches have been recognized as some of the best beaches in Asia according to TripAdvisor,” said Pichaya Saisaengchan, a PR director for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). “Hopefully travelers will still continue to visit Thailand to explore the enduring charm of Thai beaches.”
Thailand's tourism industry struggled in 2014 after street protests broke out against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The protests continued for six months, with occasional outbursts of violence that killed nearly 30 people, before the military staged a coup and declared nation-wide martial law on 22 May 2014, further crippling the tourism sector.
The industry was also hampered by the brutal murder of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao in September 2014. The murder was widely reported in Thai and international media, and tarnished the island’s reputation as an idyllic getaway.
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