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View Poll Results: Which city wins (after tallying up by criteria)
Bangkok 16 69.57%
Kuala Lumpur 7 30.43%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-27-2013, 03:15 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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My ranking for each:

Location: Tie. Bangkok is closer to the rest of Asia while KL is a bit closer to Australia. As for regional setting/location, KL is set amidst green hills, while Bangkok is in the middle of a fairly barren plain.

Scenery: KL has better local scenery.

Climate: Bangkok has more variety between seasons and has a dry season, but gets hotter during the hot season. Overall BKK.

Urban layout/landscape: Both cities are laid out kind of haphazardly, but I prefer KL's city layout overall, it seems to have more greenery/trees too.

Skyline: KL. Bangkok has a lot of buildings but it looks like a mess.

Parks: Kuala Lumpur

Public transport/road infrastructure: Both not as good as Singapore or HK, tie.

Architecture: Bangkok is an older city with more interesting traditional Thai architecture. Both also have their fare share of modern architecture.

Streetlife: Bangkok feels a bit more vibrant overall.

Entertainment/Nightlife: Bangkok

Dining/Cuisine: Close but Malaysia for it's diversity. Thai food is excellent but BKK lacks KL's variety.

Culture (Museums, Art.etc): Bangkok

People (Friendliness.etc): BKK has more people who are friendly because they are out to scam you, and KL's hospitality staff can be friendly. Also find the shop-keepers in KL friendlier than Singapore so I'll go KL.

Cost of living/Livability: KL is a bit more livable and not too much more expensive than BKK so KL. KL is more westernised and easier to adapt to as an expat.

Amenities: KL

Tourist attractions: Within the city, Bangkok, but the surrounding area, KL.


Overall verdict: Kuala Lumpur 9 to Bangkok 5

Only vote if you have spent more than about 3 days each in each city. It would be nice if you could compare by criteria and giving a short explanation.

 
Old 05-27-2013, 03:30 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Originally Posted by Trimac20 View Post
My ranking for each:

Location: Tie. Bangkok is closer to the rest of Asia while KL is a bit closer to Australia. As for regional setting/location, KL is set amidst green hills, while Bangkok is in the middle of a fairly barren plain.

agree

Scenery: KL has better local scenery.
agree

Climate: Bangkok has more variety between seasons and has a dry season, but gets hotter during the hot season. Overall BKK.
agree

Urban layout/landscape: Both cities are laid out kind of haphazardly, but I prefer KL's city layout overall, it seems to have more greenery/trees too.
agree

Skyline: KL. Bangkok has a lot of buildings but it looks like a mess.
agree

Parks: Kuala Lumpur
not sure

Public transport/road infrastructure: Both not as good as Singapore or HK, tie.
agree

Architecture: Bangkok is an older city with more interesting traditional Thai architecture. Both also have their fare share of modern architecture.
agree

Streetlife: Bangkok feels a bit more vibrant overall.
agree

Entertainment/Nightlife: Bangkok
agree

Dining/Cuisine: Close but Malaysia for it's diversity. Thai food is excellent but BKK lacks KL's variety.
agree

Culture (Museums, Art.etc): Bangkok
agree

People (Friendliness.etc): BKK has more people who are friendly because they are out to scam you, and KL's hospitality staff can be friendly. Also find the shop-keepers in KL friendlier than Singapore so I'll go KL.
agree that there are more scams in BKK but I still think the people in BKK are friendlier..so y vote is BKK

Cost of living/Livability: KL is a bit more livable and not too much more expensive than BKK so KL. KL is more westernised and easier to adapt to as an expat.
I say tied.

Amenities: KL
agree

Tourist attractions: Within the city, Bangkok, but the surrounding area, KL.
I say BKK


Overall verdict: Kuala Lumpur 9 to Bangkok 5

Only vote if you have spent more than about 3 days each in each city. It would be nice if you could compare by criteria and giving a short explanation.

I responded with my opinion and came up with Bangkok 7 to 5. I really like KL but BKK still wins imo.
 
Old 05-28-2013, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Without going through the criteria, I'd take Kuala Lumpur. It's greener, leafier, an easier language, and, I just like it.

I do prefer Thai and Thai food to Malay culture and Malay food. However, Malaysia does have a lot of Chinese and Indian influences which makes it interesting.
 
Old 05-28-2013, 07:26 PM
JL
 
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looks like bangkok though they only considered shopping as the main reason...thanks to the chinese...

Why Bangkok Is the World

"Bangkok has beaten London to the number one spot as 2013’s most popular tourist destination, and it’s not just because of Thailand’s reputation for spicy food and Buddhist temples: It’s the shopping. The average Chinese visitor spends $167 per day in Thailand"

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Old 06-11-2013, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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I cant really go through the criteria as I don't know BKK enough I have only been once where as I have been to KL many times, so if I was to pick one today I would choose KL.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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Only vote if you have spent more than about 3 days each in each city. It would be nice if you could compare by criteria and giving a short explanation.
How many times have you been to each city?
 
Old 06-11-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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How many times have you been to each city?
Once to Bangkok for only four days and many times to KL.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 04:53 AM
 
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Bangkok as the city to visit and KL as the city to live. KL has a lots of positive things with it, but I find it incredibly boring as a place to visit. Bangkok has a lot of negative things, but I find it much more interesting for a tourist.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Bangkok as the city to visit and KL as the city to live. KL has a lots of positive things with it, but I find it incredibly boring as a place to visit. Bangkok has a lot of negative things, but I find it much more interesting for a tourist.
I'd agree with this. However, I wouldn't say KL is a boring city. It's just that Bangkok is a significantly more exciting city to visit. KL would be very 'on par' with most other cities for just 'normality'. There is a lot to see and do in KL.

But, Bangkok is without doubt, the most 'anything goes' place on Planet Earth. So, comparitively, it just 'wins' because of that title.
 
Old 06-14-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Alexandria
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You're in luck cause I'm visiting both places next month. Hope they are WOC friendly.
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