Travel website has announced the winners of its “2011 Traveler’s Choice Food and Wine Destinations” awards, with Thailand’s capital beating out Hong Kong to claim top prize in the Asia category.

But though Bangkok might be making great strides where wine appreciation is concerned, it’s definitely the food and not the drink that earned this street food mega-city the top spot on the list.

The current flooding is having some impact on tourism. Key tourist destinations and attractions across Thailand are not damaged by the floods and most are open.

Bangkok Street Vendor
As well as being renowned for quality street food, Bangkok has a diverse range of high end dining options


Travel website has announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations awards, with New Orleans, Florence and Bangkok taking top honors in the United States, Europe and Asia, respectively.

The inaugural Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations award winners are based on traveler ratings and TripAdvisor reviews.

For many, Bangkok edging out Hong Kong to claim top prize in the Asia category comes as a surprise, given Thailand’s high taxation rate on imported wine, and all imported alcohol.

Here are the full lists of Asia, United States and European winners.

2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Asia Destinations

1. Bangkok, Thailand

2. Hong Kong

3. Seminyak, Indonesia

4. Singapore

5. Sapporo, Japan

6. Hoi An, Vietnam

7. Kyoto, Japan

8. Seoul, Korea

9. Osaka, Japan

10. Koh Samui, Thailand

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. The Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations award winners were determined based on the most highly rated food and wine destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.

“TripAdvisor’s community of millions have helped us determine award-winning destinations for a topic near and dear to travelers’ hearts and stomachs,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine award winners are remarkable spots around the world that satisfy all tastes.”

2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine U.S. Destinations:

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. Napa, California
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. Charleston, South Carolina
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. New York City, New York
  7. Savannah, Georgia
  8. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  10. Asheville, North Carolina


2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Europe Destinations:


  1. Florence, Italy
  2. Paris, France
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Sorrento, Italy
  5. York, England
  6. Siena, Italy
  7. Bologna, Italy
  8. San Sebastian, Spain
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Edinburgh, Scotland


For the complete 2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations lists go

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