Bangkok tops global Airbnb search rankings

Thailand’s capital attracts most searches from accommodation sharing platform users worldwide

Visitors take a ride along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. (Photo: Airbnb)

Bangkok was the top trending destination for Airbnb customers globally in the first nine months of 2022, according to the shared accommodation platform.

The finding was based on searches conducted on Airbnb from January 1 to September 30 for check-ins in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 for check-ins last year, the company said. The top 10 trending destinations in 2022, in order, were:

  1. bangkok
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Málaga, Spain
  4. Seoul, South Korea
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Itapema, Brazil
  7. Angra dos Reis, Brazil
  8. Capao da Canoa, Brazil
  9. Auckland, New Zealand
  10. Brisbane, Australia.

Bangkok’s popularity continues in 2023, as searches from January 1 to September 30, 2022 for future registrations in 2023 ranked the Thai capital fifth, behind Málaga, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in that order.

“The reopening of more countries this year has unlocked pent-up demand from international travelers looking to reconnect with loved ones or visit their favorite destinations again,” said Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s general manager for Southeast Asia. East, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Airbnb also reported the top 2022 travel categories on its platform for Thai customers, based on bookings from May 11 through September 30:

  • Amazing pools
  • National parks
  • Beach
  • Tropical
  • Shared houses.

The most popular international destinations for Thai travelers in 2022 were Seoul; Bern, Switzerland; Singapore; Wallis, Switzerland; and Ile-de-France, France.

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