World's Best Cities 2012
No. 1 Bangkok
It’s no surprise that this city of contrasts, 10 million strong, has captured the No. 1 spot overall for three years and counting. Gilded Buddhist temples are juxtaposed with slick skyscrapers; long-tail boats ply the peaceful river. The sweet and spicy food—served on the street or from the top of high-rise towers—is addicting, and so is the affordable shopping.