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Old 12-17-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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Be it Big city or smaller town, what makes you enjoy such city so much?
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Probably Shanghai. I've spent a substantial amount of time there for work and gotten to know the city well. There's a lot of things to do there, a lot of variety of activities, substantial nightlife and it's fun nightlife without the vices you see in other places. A clean city. No crime.



I also like Saigon (Ho-Chi-Minh) but didn't spend enough time there to know it well. A lot of bustle and activity. Dense living. A lot of neighborhoods with interesting architecture. Quirky, friendly people.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Bangkok. I'd live there for the street food alone! Even for a middle aged married man, I enjoy the energy of the town. It's really second to none. Also love the fact that I can walk down almost any soi and know I'll be safe. Enjoy the fact that I can hop on the SkyTrain and be from one end of town to the other very quickly.


Also love the balance of Asia and the western world.
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Hard for me to argue with Shanghai or Bangkok, like them both a lot. (Never been to HCMC)

Probably my biggest regret is not moving abroad when I was younger, even though I had the opportunity and resources to do so. If I could do it over again, I am pretty sure I would have chosen to start in Taipei. But I guess trying to exclude my biases based on family, roots, social and business networks and so forth, I would say my favorite place that I've visited is Seoul. Just something about it that was magical and offered most of the amenities and sensibilities of Japan but for some reason in a culture that I found more friendly and welcoming. Hard to really say why but I really loved Seoul.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I've been to almost all cities in East/Southeast Asia. It really depends on what you like. For me, they're almost the same in these regards:
- congestion
- vibrancy
- landscape and street scape (I used to wake up one morning in my hotel, with a hang over and I looked out my window and it took me 1 minute or so to figure out which city I was).
- food (in terms of variety).

Are you just gonna visit for holidays? Bangkok is nice. Seoul and Tokyo are good choices too.
Are you gonna work? Singapore offers better quality of life.
Are you gonna retire? Penang and Kota Kinabalu are best bet.
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I've liked different cities at different times. At the current time, I'm a bit more interested in Bangkok than I have been at other times.

But I've liked/preferred tons of other Asian cities at different times for different reasons.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I've been to almost all cities in East/Southeast Asia....
Are you just gonna visit for holidays? Bangkok is nice. Seoul and Tokyo are good choices too.
Are you gonna work? Singapore offers better quality of life.
Are you gonna retire? Penang and Kota Kinabalu are best bet.
Interesting list, I had never heard of Kota Kinabalu. I'm curious - what can you tell us about it?
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Interesting list, I had never heard of Kota Kinabalu. I'm curious - what can you tell us about it?
I haven't been there either but it is the biggest city in East Malaysia (in Borneo Island).

Kota Kinabalu was just regarded as one of the best places to retire for 2019.
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:39 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Bangkok! It's dirt cheap, and it's one of the best party cities in the world. I would go back in a heartbeat!

I would never want to live there though...
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Bangkok! It's dirt cheap, and it's one of the best party cities in the world. I would go back in a heartbeat!

I would never want to live there though...

Most people find it too chaotic! Man, my wife really wants to live there! We'll retire in Thailand in approx. 5 years. I'm lobbying for Chiang Mai. Little more mellow.


I could live in BKK but it would have to be out a ways. They did recently expand the BTS tho..
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