The Destinations on the Rise awards highlighted 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, year-over-year.
Classic New Jersey beach destination Wildwood now ranks as the top U.S. destination on the rise, while the rapidly developing Da Nang, Vietnam is the top spot in the world. In addition to the U.S. and world, Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also unveiled for Asia, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific.
“The TripAdvisor community has helped surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travelers worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore to the temples of Vietnam, these award-winners offer highly-rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year.”
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor commented on Krabi making the fourth spot.
“Ao Nang is popular for its scenic beach and relaxing ambience, and a selection of nice accommodation, restaurants and bars. The beach is also a transportation hub to enjoy the beautiful nature of nearby islands, including Rai Le Beach, Phra Nang Cave, Ko Poda and Ko Kai. Having been named among the 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World for 2015 by globetrotters will help enhance the attractiveness of this lovely beach destination, and attract more visitors.”
Ao Nang was ranked in the fourth place, after Da Nang (Vietnam), Sihanouville (Cambodia) and Limassol (Cyprus). In the fifth to 10th place are Bodrum City (Turkey), Naha (Japan), Hurghada (Egypt), Kazan (Russia), Manaus (Brazil) and Eilat (Israel).
The Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise in the World listed Ao Nang as offering 87 hotels, 157 restaurants and 78 attractions. Meanwhile, in an article titled “TripAdvisor names its 10 Destinations on the Rise” written for CNN Travel, the writer Katia Hetter described Ao Nang as being “known for its beaches and water sports. In addition to swimming and sunbathing at Phra Nang Beach, TripAdvisor reviewers recommend the prawns and papaya at Ton Ma Yom.”Ao Nang 2
Ao Nang is located some 20 km from Krabi town, and 6 km from Noppharat Thara Beach. Krabi can be reached by plane, bus and car. There are several direct domestic flights from Bangkok, as well as regional direct flights from neighbouring countries.
According to TripAdvisor, the Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise highlight 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community, year-over-year.
Award-winners were determined using an algorithm that primarily measured the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings on accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, across destinations worldwide.
The Destinations on the Rise list was part of a larger “Top Destinations in 2014” list, which included two spots in Phuket, and several more in the vicinity.
Out of the general top 25 Asia destinations recognized, the only Thai destinations to make the list were Bangkok and Chiang Mai, in 5th and 6th places, respectively. The two destinations also made the top 25 world list in 20th and 24th places.
Only two Phuket destinations were among the 52 spots to be acknowledged, with Patong being named the 4th top Thailand destination, and Rawai, 8th. The box below shows the full Top 10 destinations of Thailand.
2014 Top Thai Destinations
2. Chiang Mai
5. Khao Lak
7. Krabi Town
9. Hua Hin