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MASTERCARD has released its Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI), which ranks 200 cities around the world with the most international visitors.

Based on the card issuer’s proprietary analysis of publicly available spending data and visitor numbers, the results include information on the most-visited cities as well as consumers’ spending habits.

Unsurprisingly, the bustling Thai capital city of Bangkok has topped the cities index for the fourth consecutive year.

Bangkok, an ultramodern cityscape rising next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, welcomed nearly 24 million visitors last year, about 60 percent of the record 38.27 million tourists who visited Thailand the entire year.

With these figures expected to spike in 2019, it comes as no surprise that Bangkok has retained its status.

Packed to the brim with culture, an abundance of heritage and history, round-the-clock entertainment, world-class retail options, streets lined with a variety of food options, and beautiful architecture, Bangkok rakes in the most international overnight visitors – 22 million in all.

Take a look at the world’s most visited city:

Train Market

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Wat Arun Temple

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Yaowarat Road, Chinatown

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Thai-style street food

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Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Grand Palace

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Streetside dining

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Thai native taxi (tuk-tuk)

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