When we thinking of some of the top trending attractions in Southeast Asia a water park may not be one of the first things that we think of. However, Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya has managed to achieve that feat according to TripAdvisor Attraction Trends Index that was recently released. Thailand is undoubtedly capturing the imagination of the world at the moment in terms of travel so maybe it is little surprise that two other attractions also made the list, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Jim Thompson’s House came in 9th and 10th respectively.
As the name would suggest, the Attraction Trend Index seeks to identify the top attractions from around Southeast Asia using search data from the region’s travellers. The most significant factor when it comes to judging rankings is the percentage increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor over the period 1 September 2016 to 7 October 2017. Of course, many other searches are conducted via other mediums but it is still a significant achievement.
Ramayana Water Park achieved a 74% increase on the previous year although the other two Thai top ranking attractions managed to achieve 35% and 34% to achieve 9th and 10th position which is certainly no mean feat when you consider that they have been existence for decades.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor said, “It’s wonderful to have three Thai attractions among the top 10, and we extend our warmest appreciation to all those who voted for them.”
TripAdvisor called on the region’s travellers to make use of the attractions index to “inspire their search for tours, attractions and other great experiences”.
Ramayana is certainly an impressive water park offering 21 water rides to cater for all ages and swimming abilities not to mention tastes. For those looking to take things easy, there are relaxation pools, a lazy river and of course kids zones. Large flumes and a wave pool are there to cater for the more adventurous. It is perhaps for this reason that Ramayana was ranked third best water park in Asia in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice awards earlier in the year.
As one of the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-see for anyone visiting Bangkok. The market has over 15,000 stalls selling absolutely everything that you could imagine from clothes to pets. Even if you aren’t looking to buy anything, it is well worth going just for the experience.
Jim Thompson’s House is the home of the American entrepreneur credited with bringing Thai silk to the world, James H. W. Thompson. It consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses and is largely unchanged. On display is his impressive collection of art and antiques that includes sculptures, paintings and porcelain.