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    Chiang Mai named World Best City for a Beautiful Bike Ride

    Bangkok, 17 June 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Chiang Mai’s reputation as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations continues to grow after the city was named among the world’s best cities for a beautiful bike ride, according to Instagram data in new research by MoneyBeach.

    MoneyBeach, a bicycle insurance search engine, registered in England and Wales, released its research titled, “The World’s Best Cities For A Beautiful Bike Ride, According to Instagram Data” on 2 June 2021. The study named Chiang Mai as the most picturesque city in the world for a bike ride.

    According to MoneyBeach, it compiled a list of over 120 popular tourist cities from around the world and used Instagram data to find how many images have been uploaded to the platform in relation to cycling in the specific city. This was achieved by detailing the number of times hashtags including#(city name)by bike, #(city name)cycling, and #cycle(city name) had been used.


    It analyzed over 350,000 city-specific cycling hashtags on Instagram to discover which location had the most snaps shared under them. The results were then weighted against city size (km˛) to reveal the ratio of images taken vs. the scale of the city. The city with the most images taken per km˛ was then crowned the most picturesque. All data correct as of May 2021.


    The study was also published in a New York-based Travel & Leisure publication on 12 June 2021, titled “Here Are the Most Beautiful Cities in the World to Bike, According to Instagram Data”, citing the research from MoneyBeach.


    Press Release: Chiang Mai named World’s Best City for a Beautiful Bike Ride, according to Instagram data - The Pattaya News

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    I take it no-one involved in this article has ever been poisoned by the toxic fumes of a passing songtaew shortly before being mowed down by one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Chiang Mai named World Best City for a Beautiful Bike Ride
    Completely agree.

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    According to MoneyBeach, it compiled a list of over 120 popular tourist cities from around the world and used Instagram data to find how many images have been uploaded to the platform in relation to cycling in the specific city. This was achieved by detailing the number of times hashtags including#(city name)by bike, #(city name)cycling, and #cycle(city name) had been used.
    'Threw a dart at a map', more like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    used Instagram data to find how many images have been uploaded to the platform in relation to cycling in the specific city. This was achieved by detailing the number of times hashtags including#(city name)by bike, #(city name)cycling, and #cycle(city name) had been used.


    It analyzed over 350,000 city-specific cycling hashtags on Instagram to discover which location had the most snaps shared under them.
    fair enough, sorta.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The results were then weighted against city size (km˛) to reveal the ratio of images taken vs. the scale of the city. The city with the most images taken per km˛ was then crowned the most picturesque
    Right, so manipulated the data...

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    most pics per km2 posted on instagram = the most picturesque and beautiful in the world, is a bit of a leap, in fairness.

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    So basically all those pics could be labelled "That shithead of a songtaew nearly mowed me down" then.

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    I have always thought that in just about every aspect Chiang Mai is massively overrated. I kind of grew into it a little bit the last time I was there, but I really don't get the hype.

    For a bike ride, although very flat, Ayutthaya and then out into the little villages and towns around the back of the temples is a good 'un.
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    Smeg will go absolutely apocalyptic if he's still around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Smeg will go absolutely apocalyptic if he's still around.
    It's full of backpackers and crusties like Cy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Smeg will go absolutely apocalyptic if he's still around.
    He’s already apocalyptic…but yes.

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    Been to CM twice and I think I could mount a good argument against that #1 rating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy John View Post
    Been to CM twice
    That's a lot of times

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    mai hong song loop was great... shut down though now I beleive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    mai hong song loop was great... shut down though now I beleive.
    Wasn't in May.

    Checkpoints abound, but never manned.

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    Did they mention the liklihood of actually surviving the ride?

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    Isn't there a big hill that is popular with lycra loving losers?

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