It was the first time that Bangkok, the vibrant capital of Thailand, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador topped their respective categories, said Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure.
Last year, Bangkok was ranked number 3 and the Galapagos number 8. The 2007 winners of best city and best island — Florence an Bali — fell to number 5 and number 2 respectively.
The results were complied from votes by magazine subscribers in an Internet poll which went live between January and March.
Travel + Leisure will honor winners on July 24 in New York City.The complete "World's Best Awards" is available on travelandleisure.com