Place: Thailand Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: Because it's as beautiful and exotic as ever, and there are some good deals being offered to woo back tourists after political unrest shut Bangkok airports for a week late last year and drew protesters into city streets. With a new government coalition, strengthened by a good showing in parliamentary by-elections, the situation was recently stabilizing, and the State Department removed a travel alert from Thailand. The Tourist Authority of Thailand has launched a campaign, called Thailand Super Deal, to offer free room nights and other discounts at dozens of hotels. Information: Thailand's official tourism website -- Jane Engle Pictured: A night market in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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