Airbnb highlights Thai growth

Baan Sai Tan in Koh Samui is one of the 2018 “travel inspirations” compiled by Airbnb.

More than 1.15 million Airbnb guests traveled to Thailand last year, signaling further growth in hotel entrepreneurship this year, Airbnb said.

Data from 2017 shows that more than 1.15 million Airbnb travelers have arrived in Thailand, up 67% from 2016.

Airbnb, an online marketplace for accommodation, said Thailand’s popularity with domestic and international travelers shows no signs of slowing down, as people around the world continue to seek unique and authentic experiences in the country.

People from all over the world flocked to Thailand last year, with the largest proportion of incoming international guests in 2017 coming from China, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia and Great Britain.

Meanwhile, Thai tourists have traveled to more than 100 different countries and six continents over the past year, including non-traditional destinations like Bolivia and Zimbabwe.

Popular travel destinations for Thai travelers are Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Great Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, according to Airbnb.

The top urban destinations for Thai travelers in 2017 were Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Kyoto, Singapore, London, Fukuoka, Paris, Sapporo, Rome, Milan and Los Angeles.

Additionally, Thais are increasingly using Airbnb to explore their own country, with Khon Kaen, Chon Buri and Hat Yai seeing annual growth of 139%, 150% and 204%, respectively.

The top domestic destinations among Thai travelers last year were Pattaya, Bangkok, Hua Hin, and Chiang Mai.

In Bangkok and Chiang Mai, many neighborhoods are becoming increasingly popular among travelers. With many of these neighborhoods experiencing huge growth shows how Airbnb is bringing lesser-known neighborhoods into global consciousness.

In this way, Airbnb not only stimulates attendance and economic activity in these communities, but a new love and appreciation for areas that were previously neglected.

The most popular neighborhoods in Thailand including Bangkok, Sukhumvit, Sathon, Din Daeng, Huai Khwang, Klong Toey, and Thon Buri neighborhoods.

A more unique type of trip

More and more, people are avoiding the usual cookie-cutter visits where they see the same things as everyone else.

Instead, curious travelers look for something authentic, different, and unique – handcrafted experiences they won’t find anywhere else, that help them truly understand the character of a new city.

Airbnb experiences provide unprecedented access to communities and places travelers would not typically encounter on traditional tourist trips, meeting fellow travelers and passionate locals. Southeast Asians are joining the trend and can’t wait to sign up for the latest experiences this year.

Some experiences turned out to be particularly appealing, the following being some of the most popular experiences for travelers to the region: creating your own scent in Seoul; urban cycling adventure in Osaka; Night hike in the fortress in Seoul; One Kind House in Singapore; Bangkok’s cycling oasis; and Learning the Art of Growing Wasabi, Tokyo.

As part of its 2017 review, Airbnb also compiled some 2018 travel inspirations. These include Tamarind Cottage Treehouse, Chiang Mai; Yong Yi Yuen, Penang, Malaysia; Villa Singaraja, Bali; Retreat on a private island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines; Bamboo dome of rice field in Bali; Baan Sai Tan in Koh Samui, Thailand; and Jonker Street Peranakan Malaysia in Malacca.

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