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Old 10-10-2013, 12:24 PM
 
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The ones I've been to:
Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
Hanoi
Bangkok is the city on this list that clearly stands a step above the rest.
Bangkok has beaten London to the number one spot as 2013ís most popular tourist destination for a reason! It has something for everyone:
- great food
- historic sites (e.g. temples)
- shopping (e.g. world famous night markets)

And it has to be one of the liveliest cities I have ever seen.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Delhi - A hot mess, literally. Very low-rise with a defunct city core, spotty electricity, with a ring of affluent guarded/gated suburbs. Sprawl, Indian-Style.
Jaipur - Pretty forts, and a dusty central historic old town area. Surrounded by miles of garbage-dump slums. Great deals on fabric, though.
Agra - The filth of the city makes the Taj Mahal even more stunning in its beauty.
Mumbai - As built-up a city as I've found in India. Sprawling, cleaner than the northern cities, but by no stretch of the imagination clean. Lots to see and do.
Bangalore - Heavy traffic, more built-up than the northern cities. Smoke from autoricks takes the place of trash everywhere.
Kuala Lumpur - Dense, tall city core. Small city with undersized elevated train trams. Impossible to walk anywhere as sidewalks don't connect to anything. Glitzy shopping area, fun Chinatown filled with knock-off brand name products. A bit sterile outside of the shopping areas.
Bangkok - Sprawling city with endless diversions. Love the streetside night markets, outdoor bars, fancy downtown malls, huge flea market, amazing temple district. The clubs downtown are pretty but kinda gross with old European men looking for young Thai girls. KSR has much more fun nightlife. Ping Pong Show?
Phenom Penh - Small low-rise city. Not much to see outside of the atrocity museums. Friendly people and good food.
HCMC - Frenetic.
Hanoi - Small, boring, scammy. Old town is probably more fun to visit if you're not saying in a hostel in the middle of it.
Nanning - One of a thousand huge Chinese "tertiary" cities. Sterile.
Guilin - (Locally) touristy, with some character. Nice lake and hill. Countryside with character.
Kunming - Same deal as Nanning only bigger and with more concrete.
Chengdu - More high-rises, ok parks.
Xi'an - Something different at least. Pretty fun place. Lots of local sex tourism. Lots to see and do. Good street food if you can find it. Interesting wall/fortifications giving the city very unique character.
Beijing - The center of the Chinese world, and knows it. Ridiculous layout that has nothing to do with humans. Hours upon hours of walking required to use the subways or get anywhere. Tons to see. Tons of scams. Smog thick enough to cut with a knife. A true communist dystopian freakshow. Everyone should see this city.
Shanghai - Not as bad as Beijing, but not as interesting either. Architecture straight out of the Jetsons cartoon. Lots to see. Ok street markets. Lots of fake tourist traps.
Chongqing - Second favorite Chinese city. Off the beaten path in a bend in the river. No Westerners so no scammers. Built up city center and tons of fun things to see (abandoned nightclubs, ancient-looking ropeways, not normal tourist attractions, but fun for those who enjoy weird sights) great hotpot.
Kashgar - Favorite Chinese city, probably because it's not really Chinese. Livestock markets, crazy beautiful mountains nearby, awesome Sunday market. Civil unrest.
Tokyo - Awesome city with everything you could ever want to see. Great transit, great food, tons to do. Pretty good nightlife. Expensive, clean if a little well-worn.
Kyoto - Like a postcard. Amazing preservation of history.
Taipei - Favorite Asian City. 24-hour town. Awesome night markets, great transit system, best food in Asia. Crowded, polite, clean, fun.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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I'm curious to the type of scams that go on, could you expand on that?

Might be off topic, but any opinion on Kuching?
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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