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View Poll Results: What are your favorite countries for travel in Southeast Asia? (Pick up to 3)
Brunei 0 0%
Burma 1 3.33%
Cambodia 2 6.67%
East Timor 0 0%
Indonesia 8 26.67%
Laos 2 6.67%
Malaysia 6 20.00%
Phillipines 8 26.67%
Singapore 9 30.00%
Thailand 13 43.33%
Vietnam 7 23.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by The Postman View Post
Maybe cos American Filipinos are wealthier than average and thus more likely to be Chinese/part Chinese?
Maybe that's part of it, but my family is not Chinese at all and we have a Buddha in our house. But other Filipino family decorate their whole house in Chinese stuff, maybe they're Chinese-descent.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Hermosaa View Post
Yes the oldest Chinatown is in the Philippines but we do not have Chinese Temples like most Asian countries maybe only in Cebu. Chinese in the Philippines are Catholic and in fact so many are active in the church.Many also enroll their kids in Catholic Schools.
Yeah, there are Catholic schools in Manila that are known as "exclusive Chinese schools"
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:25 AM
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To be honest, I'm not that interested in how Catholic or Buddhist the Phillipines are... But carry on.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:07 PM
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My daughter lives in Jakarta and while the city is mostly dirty, crowded, with lots of pollution, it's malls and hotels are extremely luxurious, and lots of history ... temples, etc. She spends some of her weekends visiting the islands (usually very small), which are geared more toward the tourists, but still very inexpensive.

Singapore is much more modern like in the U.S. She plans to go back as she only spent a couple days there.

She visited Vietnam for a week and a half and absolutely loved it. Went back-packing with friends from North to South Vietnam. Said that North Vietnam is beautiful, more so than South Vietnam. Lots of history, wonderful food, quaint villages, and beautiful countryside. She found the people to be very hospitable, and plans to go back to North Vietnam for another visit, she liked it that much. Also very inexpensive.

She is holding off on Thailand until later. Much more expensive there.

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:45 PM
Location: SGV, CA
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Thailand is pretty much the go-to Southeast Asian destination for first timers. It has broad appeal to almost any kind of tourist. There's a reason Bangkok is the most visited city in the world.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:05 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah Sapa was awesome, but becoming really touristy (if you think the cities are bad the local hmong are the most persistent touts and hawkers I've ever encountered. I'm sure your daughter can tell you about that lol). There are still a lot of beautiful, comparatively untouristed places like Ba Be lake that one can visit in the region. Also one can go on hikes to Fansipan.etc.

Thailand is getting dearer, but it's mainly in the tourist areas. Go outside them, even in larger cities but especially in the villages and countryside, and Thailand is still dirt cheap.
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