Which Thai destinations are Chinese tourists flocking to this Golden Week?

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OVER the past decade, Thailand has become one of China’s favorite international holiday destinations, with its bustling cities, idyllic beaches and off the beaten track retreats providing the perfect destination, whatever one’s travel needs.

Once again, Thailand is set to be the second hottest destination, behind Japan, during China’s National Day Golden Week (Oct 1 until Oct 7), one of its busiest travel periods, according to booking data from Agoda.

Bangkok retains its position as the number one Thai destination for the third consecutive year, with Phuket and Chiang Mai vying it out for the second and third spot, respectively.

In Bangkok, Chinese tourists can enjoy the diverse shopping scene that caters for all budgets and tastes, from high-end malls offering the latest fashions and accessories from international luxury brands, to bespoke boutiques offering latest Thai designed products and the markets in Pratunam area.

If shopping isn’t their thing, travelers can explore the historical and regal architecture throughout the city, including a visit to the Royal Palace or the serene Wat Arun. The culinary delights of Bangkok will also keep Chinese travelers satisfied and ready to keep exploring.

Phuket, named the second most popular Thai destination for October’s Golden Week holiday offers plenty of entertainment for international and domestic travelers alike, with travelers taking advantage of Phuket’s sandy beaches, and nearby scuba diving islands, such as the famous Racha Yai Island.

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In fact, it seems Chinese travelers can’t get enough of Thailand’s coastal beauty, with coastal cities and islands in Southern Thailand accounting for seven out of 10 of the most popular Thai destinations for Chinese visitors.

Koh Samui (fourth place), Pattaya (fifth place), Krabi (sixth place), Koh Lanta (seventh place), Hua Hin/Cha-am (eighth place), and Koh Lipe (ninth place) are six other beach destinations accompanying Phuket on the list.

Third most popular spot Chiang Mai is the perfect place to chillax at the numerous hip cafés or enjoying the vista from the top of Doi Inthanon

Away from the coast, this Northern Thailand city surprises with its relaxed vibe, stunning landscapes, and trending tourist attractions. Pai, also in the north comes in at the 10th spot.

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Here are the top 10 destinations in Thailand for the Chinese people during the Golden Week holiday:

  1. Bangkok
  2. Phuket
  3. Chiang Mai
  4. Koh Samui
  5. Pattaya
  6. Krabi
  7. Koh Lanta
  8. Hua Hin/Cha-am
  9. Koh Lipe
  10. Pai

The “National Day Golden Week” is usually a seven- to eight-day holiday celebrated annually in China since 2000.

This year the holiday takes seven days, from Oct 1 to Oct 7. Throughout the period, Chinese people usually take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to indulge themselves in various leisure activities, including traveling abroad to neighboring Asian countries.