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Old 08-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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My impressions:

Tokyo / Osaka - awesome cities, world class, few English speakers unless you are in business, not exotic
Beijing - severe differences between poor and wealthy, socioeconomic differences very apparent, not exotic
Seoul / Busan - (Seoul) clean, modern world class city, hard to find English speakers, not exotic
Shanghai - never been
Bangkok - crowded with heavy traffic jams, friendly people. Humid and hot. Exotic, to me.
Hanoi / Hochimin City - never been
Singapore - world class city, clean, modern and safe. English is spoken all over. Feels very sterile and conformist. Not exotic.
Kuala Lumpur - never been
Bali - never been
Taipei - never been
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:11 PM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Originally Posted by OZpharmer View Post
If any of you have ever been to at least 2 or more of these cities, what would be your pick?

Tokyo / Osaka
Seoul / Busan
Hanoi / Hochimin City
Kuala Lumpur
To me 'exotic' means most different to what I'm used to, most traditional.etc. I think in East Asia, Cambodia seems the most exotic to me, but of the cities above i've been to Beijing, Bangkok, Hanoi, HCM, Singapore and KL.

There are exotic aspects to all of those cities, but Singapore felt the least exotic because it's pretty Westernized (both the place and the people) and developed. Hanoi is probably the most exotic, but then again I don't really find Asian culture that weird or foreign (albeit on the surface).
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:12 AM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I have not been to Asia, but...

I've researched a trip to India and always read that it is a total culture shock for Westerners visiting for the first time. I'm guessing that Kerala would not be as much so, but other places in India would be.

I'm guessing Pakistan, Nepal, or Bhutan would even be more so, although all for different reasons.
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