Chiang Mai beats S’pore as safest city in region

Safe haven: A tourist posing for pictures at Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai, which has been named South-East Asia’s safest city. — AP

Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand was named South-East Asia’s safest city and the 32nd safest among 416 cities across the world.

According to the Numbeo website, Chiang Mai won 75.5 points for safety in South-East Asia, followed by Davao in the Philippines (72.4) and Singapore (70.8).

United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi was named the safest city in the world with 88.8 points, followed by Qatar capital Doha (85.5) and Taiwanese capital Taipei (84.9).

“Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked all related agencies for ensuring safety among people,” government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.

He added that this ranking also reflects the government’s efforts in dealing with crimes, improving people’s lives and boosting confidence among foreigners.

Numbeo is the world’s largest database providing indicators on housing, crime rates, healthcare, transportation, cost of living, etc. — The Nation/ANN

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