Bangkok: third most livable city is SE Asia

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Today’s annual Most Livable City report, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), saw Bangkok ranked third in Southeast Asia – behind Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Bangkok’s global ranking of 98th is 20 places behind its Malaysian neighbour but higher than last year’s 102nd placing and closer than the 32 places that separated the two capitals in the 2017 report.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Hanoi (2nd) and Ho Chi Minh City (5th) made the list of the top five global cities with the largest year-on-year improvement.

After seven years at the top of the EUI Most Livable City report, Melbourne has been displaced by Vienna as the most livable city.

Both Osaka and Tokyo moved into the top ten cities while Hong Kong and Singapore came in at 35th and 37th respectively.

The EIU’s rankings provide scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities around the world

Roxana Slavcheva, Editor of the survey, said: “Although Melbourne can no longer claim the title of the most livable city in the world, Asia-Pacific cities have a lot to boast.”

“With a global top 10 containing three Australian cities and two Japanese ones, Australasia clearly dominates the top performers.”

“At the other end of the scale, three of the cities posing the highest number of challenges to daily life are also located in the region, so the picture is a lot more nuanced.”

Andrew Batt
The author of this article is Andrew Batt, the founder and editor of Andrew has been writing about property and real estate issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia for more than 10 years. He has worked for PropertyGuru Group, DDproperty, Dot Property Group, Hipflat and AsiaRents. He has also produced content for leading Thailand property developers and real estate agencies.

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