Portugal wins but Chiang Rai? Who Goes There?

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It’s awards time!
The British Travel Awards, (in which you all voted didn’t you) will be announced shortly but beating them to the punch have been the Danish travel awards and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Danes have voted for Portugal as the best European Holiday destination and quite a few Brits would agree. The readers of Conde Nast Traveler ( can’t get used to spelling it the American way with just one “l”)however seem to bear no similarity to choices over here. No, their 28,000 plus readers voted for the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai as their top choice. When it came to the top 10 European Islands there were none from the UK or Ireland. No UK or Irish city appeared in the top 10 European Cities.
The top British hotel was the Milestone Manor in London (which was rated equal 47th in the world) and the top Irish hotel was the Merrion in Dublin. (not in the top 100)
I have to say that I haven’t stayed in any of the top 30 in the isles or any of the top 100 worldwide!
The readers of Conde Nast Traveler obviously have more money than most of us and probably more time. Am I envious? Maybe a little. But it certainly doesn’t show what the bulk of holidaymakers like you and me think.

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