Thailand’s high ranking in tourism, gastronomy, economy and health

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced a variety of awards and high rankings awarded to Thailand over the past year. On Thursday, they proudly proclaimed the kingdom’s favorable ratings in over 14 different categories and surveys. The country itself has earned nods over the past year in tourism, livability, happiness, Covid-19 response, security, and more.

Bangkok has received praise for its popularity with tourists as well as its cuisine, while the traditional Tom yam kung meal has also been recognized. Koh Samui, Phuket and Koh Pha Ngan have also been hailed as top destinations for tourists and digital nomads.

Among the awards or rankings that feature Thailand as a whole or a specific destination in 2021 and 2022 so far:


  • Koh Pha Ngan
  • Koh Samui and Phuket
    • DestinAsian’s 3rd and 4th Best Islands for Tourism
  • bangkok
    • Voted #1 in Asia-Pacific according to DestinAsian travel magazine’s tourist survey
  • Thailand
    • 4th best tourist destination in the post-Covid era by Visa Global Travel Intentions Study
    • 8th for highest travel security by US insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection
    • 14th country with the highest Google Street View visits


  • Thailand
    • 71st most livable country in the world according to government consulting and marketing firm CS Global Partners
    • 35th in using soft power in the 2022 Global Power Index compiled by Brand Finance


  • bangkok
    • 9th best city in the world for foodies by TripAdvisor
  • Tom yam kung (spicy shrimp soup)
    • 20th best soup in the world by CNN Travel
  • World’s Best Food by CNN Travel
    • No.1 – massaman curry
    • No. 8 – tom yum kung
    • No. 46 – som tam

Quality of life & health

  • Chulalongkorn University
    • 16th best university in the world for its support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the Impact Ranking 2022 of the British magazine Times Higher Education
  • Bumrungrad Hospital
    • 30th best in the world according to Newsweek.
  • Thailand

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