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View Poll Results: What is the most exotic foreign city?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4 23.53%
Istanbul, Turkey 3 17.65%
Moscow, Russia 0 0%
Kathmandu, Nepal 3 17.65%
Bangkok, Thailand 4 23.53%
Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 5.88%
Beijing, China 0 0%
Tokyo, Japan 1 5.88%
Other 1 5.88%
Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-06-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Which do you consider to be the most "exotic" city in the world?

I'd personally go with Istanbul, followed by Rio de Janeiro. Moscow is more "mysterious and intriguing" than "exotic" but its also a good destination I want to go to for an "adventure".
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:58 PM
 
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I've been to Istanbul and will attest that I felt like I was really far away from home. The city is very interesting for Westerners. If you want to go somewhere that is really memorable and a pleasant experience, I'd recommend it and the country of Turkey, for that matter. I felt much more "well traveled" after that trip. Nearly everyone speaks English so it's easy to travel within the city.
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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It has to be ...... Damascus!!! Stunning! Very exotic and mysterious, land of 1001 nights! Also , BAKU ... very obscure but fascinating!
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:29 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Samarkand. Actually I don't know if it's that exotic but I sort-of like the name. It also has that "Silk Road" history.

Mandalay in Burma also sounds like it'd be exotic. It might actually be exotic as Burma/Myanmar is a fairly isolationist society so its cities might be less Westernized than most. Luang Prabang, Laos might be another possibility. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a somewhat isolationist non-Western nation, although it reportedly gets a fair amount of tourists.

Of more modern cities maybe Bandar Seri Begawan is exotic. Or I just wanted to say Bandar Seri Begawan

Granted much of what's exotic depends on where you're starting from. If you're starting from a more "Eastern" cultural perspective than Reykjavik, Iceland or Lafayette, Louisiana might be highly exotic. Provo, Utah could also be exotic from some perspectives.
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Aloverton
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DC. I cannot think of a single place in the world I'd expect to feel more completely foreign.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:59 AM
 
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DC. I cannot think of a single place in the world I'd expect to feel more completely foreign.
Dallas.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Tokyo, as someone who is mildly allergic to technology overload, brash lights and modernism it is about the most alien place to me on earth !

In terms of pleasant "Exotic" proper somewhere like Istanbul , Udaipur in India, most cities in Yemen , Djenne in Mali etc...
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Hong Kong is my favorite city in the world. Its a merged version of English and Chinese culture.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I wouldn't know, as I am not well-travelled enough, but, just to guess:
Salalah, Oman; the Garden City of Arabia!
Muscat, Oman
Cusco, Peru; still more Incan then Spanish!
Omdurman, Sudan
Lhasa, Tibet; however, with the Chinese influx, perhaps less than it once was.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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I think by exotic you mean foreign... which in my opinion is definitely istanbul... I felt that city was completely different than anything i experienced... I am currently in Brasil but haven't made it to rio yet... hopefully November... But so far i feel the part of Brazil i am in is similar to what i am used to... But I always imagined Rio's topography to be extremely exotic... We'll see...
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