The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is crowing with pride over Condé Nast’s recently published list of ‘The Friendliest Cities in the World: 2020 Readers’ Choice Award, which sees Chiang Mai topping the charts for being the friendliest city in the world.
According to the popular travel magazine, “Chiang Mai, the kind of place where, if you stick around for a couple days, locals will start recognising you and saying hello. (Prepare to become friends with the guy selling bubble tea on the corner outside your Airbnb by day two.) Whether you explore the old town or enjoy street food at a communal table, you will encounter friendly, welcoming people. Little surprise, given that Thailand’s entire marketing slogan is the ‘land of smiles’.”
This is Condé Nast’s 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey and each year tens of thousands of readers add their vote to the many lists published.