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Old 06-01-2013, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Travelling the world
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Some Africa countries and Asia.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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South Asia, Indonesia, Papua-New Guinea
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in India.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I'm an American, but my family is originally from India. So, that country doesn't seem as exotic to me. Still fascinating though.

I think of Brazil as exotic. Some countries in Africa too.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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There is positive, neutral, and negative versions of foreign/exotic some people might be forgetting to realize, showing a variation of opinions and viewing in the foreign exotic reality to people.

Based on my personal preferences:

Positive, good, encouraging kind of foreign/exotic: Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, some areas of India, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Fiji, Tahiti Polynesia, Argentina, Austria, Bhutan


Neutral form of foreign/exotic:
New Zealand, Some of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan Eurasian region: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, some of Middle East and Maghreb: Israel, UAE, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia


Negative, bad, discouraging form of foreign/exotic: Most of Africa: Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Some of the Middle East: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria, Qatar
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:45 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in India.
Why those states in particular?
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Bali is the most stereotypically exotic place that I've visited. I tend to associate exoticism with being poor and tropical with an interesting culture. Burma was probably the most foreign place I've been to, but largely due to the lack of development.

Places in South Asia like Rajasthan and Varanasi in India, as well as Nepal and Sri Lanka also come to mind, which is why I'd like to go there once I have the time and money.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Why those states in particular?
Because Uttar Pradesh is the most historic state in India, also the state with Varansi. It has the largest collection of cities in India as well (Kanpur, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Agra, Meerut, Allahabad) and has the Taj Mahal in Agra. If these cities had the lax definitions for metropolitans like the United States, all of them would be metropolitans of 4-5 million.

If it was a country, it would be one of the most populated in the world and one of the densest (5th most populated country, just ahead of Brazil). It's the most populous state in India with 200,000,000 people and on the cusp of surpassing 4th most populated country of Indonesia.

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Old 06-07-2013, 06:53 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Bali is the most stereotypically exotic place that I've visited. I tend to associate exoticism with being poor and tropical with an interesting culture. Burma was probably the most foreign place I've been to, but largely due to the lack of development.

Places in South Asia like Rajasthan and Varanasi in India, as well as Nepal and Sri Lanka also come to mind, which is why I'd like to go there once I have the time and money.
Burma has an evocative name and is musterious. I find it as exotic as Thailand, although Cambodia seems very exotic to me, i mean they eat tarantulas like French fries for crying out loud lol.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Burma has an evocative name and is musterious. I find it as exotic as Thailand, although Cambodia seems very exotic to me, i mean they eat tarantulas like French fries for crying out loud lol.
That is surprising if this is an occurrence in Cambodia. Where did you encounter this speculative observation about Cambodia?

Well, I expect most people in Cambodia to be mostly vegetarian, or at least just never eating anything with tarantula spiders. Lol The Cambodian food cuisine appears to never allow the use of something not edible in the cuisine. I rather never associate Cambodia with people eating something not edible.

The temples/historic architecture in Cambodia, Buddhism spiritual cultural customs, and being very connected to a foreign/exotic kind of life appears to go with Cambodia’s cultural image much more.

Yes, Burma is exotic, but in my opinion a more negative version of foreign/exotic, mostly just because of how the recent oppressive government regime attempted to ruin Burmese society over there. However, maybe Burma/Myanmar at least is having some hope for a better future and eventually changing the government system and allowing this country to become more pleasant and welcoming to the majority of the population and tourists.

Thailand is a much better and more positive version of foreign/exotic compared to Burma for plenty of reasons.



The cultural image and ideas related to being foreign/exotic is multidimensional and having certain easy to figure out indicators about it vs. the more obscure/mysterious components about foreign exotic.


There is the positive, good, encouraging kind of foreign/exotic: Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, some areas of India, China. Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Fiji, Tahiti Polynesia, Argentina, Austria, Bhutan vs. the neutral in between form of foreign/exotic: New Zealand, Indonesia, some of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Eurasian region: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, some of Middle East and Maghreb: Israel, UAE, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and also a negative, bad, discouraging form of foreign/exotic: Most of Africa: Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Some of the Middle East: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahran, Syria, Qatar.
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