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Best Country For Holiday in Asia?





gangstermo12
Hi everyone out there,

any idea of which country is the best and more fun for holiday in asia?

Me planning for one, don't know go where better. Please advice
watersoul
Wow, you have so much to choose in Asia!
My personal favourite has to be the tiny Southern islands of Laos (in the mekong river), absolutely beautiful with lovely people. I'd suggest going there before it becomes too commercialised like Thailand Smile
emanuel2
Last summer I went to taiwan and hong kong, both visits were very nice. Hongkong is a great city with superb nightlife. On the other side Taiwan has a great country side, and allows some great journeys. However the nightlife is not as good, but in the capital city taipeh its also quite good.
In my opinion the people in taiwan were more friendlier...but maybe its just because they're not as used to European/Western people and are pro american (politics and so on...). I had also an one-day flight stop in bangkog, as watersoul already mentioned it was very commercialised. Tourist traps every where Confused

Thats it from my side.

Gn8, time to sleep Smile
the-guide
@watersoul @emanuel2

So sorry that you have the bad experience in Thailand.
Unfortunately, you just met bad persons who always exploit.
In fact, not all Thais behave bad thing like that.
There are many nice people in Thailand.

I must apologize you for the bad experience that happen to you.

Honestly.
Just one Thai here.

.
.
watersoul
the-guide wrote:
@watersoul @emanuel2

So sorry that you have the bad experience in Thailand.
Unfortunately, you just met bad persons who always exploit.
In fact, not all Thais behave bad thing like that.
There are many nice people in Thailand.

I must apologize you for the bad experience that happen to you.

Honestly.
Just one Thai here.

.
.


Hey, no need to apologise at all, I'm actually sorry if I made it appear that I didn't like Thailand, thats not the case, honestly.
I loved the Krabi area (spent a couple of months exploring there on a motorbike), Chiang Mai, Bangkok (amazing cities), and yes definitely I met some wonderfully nice and friendly people all over.

I think it was just the commercialised and seedy side of Koh Samui which I didn't like. Koh Lanta and Koh Tao were much nicer without the fat middle aged men (tourists) who seemed to be there just to buy sex.

I would always recommend Thailand as a place to explore and spend some time. The railway network is amazing with overnight sleeper trains which take you the length of the country in comfort.

I also spent 2 weeks in one of the best hospitals I've ever been in after picking an infection up in Cambodia. I flew to Bangkok for treatment as the 'best' hospital in Phnom Penh was in a terrible condition and I needed help fast. Although the first 3 nights I don't remember as I was really sick with a fever, the treatment and condition was absolutely first class - and I was glad I bought travel insurance! Smile
the-guide
@watersoul

Don't worry, I know and admit that there are a few black sheep in Thailand.
They always spoil Thai reputation, I hate them too.
However, most Thai are still friendly and welcome.

Very glad that you also have some nice experience in Thailand. Very Happy

Thank you very much.

.
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emanuel2
@the-guide: of course I am aware that not the whole Thailand is like Bangkok, and furthermore we also have met in Bangkok some exceptions to the rule. For example a nice waiter which made for us a phone call with his mobile phone! Its just that bad experience are easier to be reminded of Smile
the-guide
@emanuel2

Yes, I understand how you feel.

Thank you very much. Smile

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deanhills
@the-guide. I'm lucky. I've met really very nice Thai people, and I wonder whether it has something to do with bypassing Bangkok the two times I visited. The first time I stayed one night at Bangkok Airport, and then travelled straight to Chang Mai and Chang Rai. I had a wonderful time in Chang Mai. I remember there was also a place called "The Pub", which was a typical British pub, and getting around everywhere on tuc tucs. My second visit last summer was also completely side-stepping Bangkok and straight to Koh Samui. I wonder whether some of the negatives are the same as in Egypt, where you get poor people who are desperate for money, and may have the appearance of being aggressive when they are doing that. The only criticism I have apart from the odd hard selling Thai, is lack of environmental discipline. The beach in Koh Samui near the administrative capital (can't quite remember the name) was litered with broken bottles and all kinds of debris coming from the ferries.

I have not been to Goa myself, but have heard really good reports in terms of value for money of friends who have visited. And ditto Sri Lanka.
metalfreek
Since I am from Nepal, I would like to suggest my country. The number one destination would be Everest base camp. Kathmandu valley is also a great place to be close with ancient art and architecture. Pokhara City is also a good place to go. If you are extreme sport fan than we have Bungy jump and Swing along with Paragliding. There are so many thing to do here. More information here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal

http://www.manang.com/nepal/popular_tourist_destinations_in_nepal/nepal_tourist_destinations.php
deanhills
metalfreek wrote:
Since I am from Nepal, I would like to suggest my country. The number one destination would be Everest base camp. Kathmandu valley is also a great place to be close with ancient art and architecture. Pokhara City is also a good place to go. If you are extreme sport fan than we have Bungy jump and Swing along with Paragliding. There are so many thing to do here. More information here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal

http://www.manang.com/nepal/popular_tourist_destinations_in_nepal/nepal_tourist_destinations.php
Nepal is on my list of places to visit. But I think before I do that, I first one to visit Istanbul in Turkey. Very Happy
metalfreek
deanhills wrote:
metalfreek wrote:
Since I am from Nepal, I would like to suggest my country. The number one destination would be Everest base camp. Kathmandu valley is also a great place to be close with ancient art and architecture. Pokhara City is also a good place to go. If you are extreme sport fan than we have Bungy jump and Swing along with Paragliding. There are so many thing to do here. More information here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal

http://www.manang.com/nepal/popular_tourist_destinations_in_nepal/nepal_tourist_destinations.php
Nepal is on my list of places to visit. But I think before I do that, I first one to visit Istanbul in Turkey. Very Happy


I forgot to add one thing though. Most people suggest that Nepal is not safe but its not true. Bryan Adams just finished his concert few days ago and this suggests that situation here is absolutely safe. You are welcome to Nepal.
watersoul
metalfreek wrote:
Since I am from Nepal, I would like to suggest my country. The number one destination would be Everest base camp. Kathmandu valley is also a great place to be close with ancient art and architecture. Pokhara City is also a good place to go. If you are extreme sport fan than we have Bungy jump and Swing along with Paragliding. There are so many thing to do here.

A very close friend of mine is in Nepal at the moment teaching paragliding, he goes out every year and his stories make me a little jealous sometimes! I shall definitely join him one year.
metalfreek wrote:

I forgot to add one thing though. Most people suggest that Nepal is not safe but its not true. Bryan Adams just finished his concert few days ago and this suggests that situation here is absolutely safe. You are welcome to Nepal.

Agreed there, my friend tells me it's one of the nicest and relaxed places he works in around the world.
fladry
metalfreek wrote:
deanhills wrote:
metalfreek wrote:
Since I am from Nepal, I would like to suggest my country. The number one destination would be Everest base camp. Kathmandu valley is also a great place to be close with ancient art and architecture. Pokhara City is also a good place to go. If you are extreme sport fan than we have Bungy jump and Swing along with Paragliding. There are so many thing to do here. More information here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal

http://www.manang.com/nepal/popular_tourist_destinations_in_nepal/nepal_tourist_destinations.php
Nepal is on my list of places to visit. But I think before I do that, I first one to visit Istanbul in Turkey. Very Happy


I forgot to add one thing though. Most people suggest that Nepal is not safe but its not true. Bryan Adams just finished his concert few days ago and this suggests that situation here is absolutely safe. You are welcome to Nepal.

I am also from nepal. Yes the concert proved to be great success. Nepal is perfectly safe to visit. And this year is Nepal tourism year. So, there are more opportunities. You are all welcome Smile
the-guide
@deanhills

Thank you very much for sharing your both side experience in Thailand.

I've heard some tourist complain about Koh Samui like that too. In past, this place is very beautiful and
interesting. Unfortunately the good things are missing. Crying or Very sad May be it was too commercialized like
"watersoul" has mentioned above. So deplore the bad management on this place. However, I think it
will be improved soon.

@metalfreek

I've learned a lot about your country, very interesting. I hope I will have an opportunity to visit Nepal
at least once in my life. It ought to be my one impressive trip. Very Happy
jwellsy
I loved Thailand in the 70's, would go back to Pataya Beach in a heart beat.
mengshi200
Beijing is also very attractive for visitor ,beacause of old history and unique culture.you can sound:One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero。
sudipbanerjee
Best country in Asia is India.
deanhills
sudipbanerjee wrote:
Best country in Asia is India.
Why do you think that? Why not Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand or any of the other countries in Asia ?
syj824
deanhills wrote:
sudipbanerjee wrote:
Best country in Asia is India.
Why do you think that? Why not Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand or any of the other countries in Asia ?

i agree with u ,HongKong is so beautyful than other ..
nigam
you try Philippines, you can see a lot of beautiful white sand beaches includes Palawan and Boracay....you can find it very relaxing....
shivaghimire
Since, Nepal is mountainous country, you should have plan to walk. If you like driving, you may miss many places. You can focus on cycling but walking is best. Nepal is cheap and its safe too. You have to walk through mountain parts to Himalayan region. Visiting northern part of Nepal will force you to remember the whole life.
deanhills
shivaghimire wrote:
Since, Nepal is mountainous country, you should have plan to walk. If you like driving, you may miss many places. You can focus on cycling but walking is best. Nepal is cheap and its safe too. You have to walk through mountain parts to Himalayan region. Visiting northern part of Nepal will force you to remember the whole life.
Which parts do you recommend for walking? Very Happy
celebi269
You really have to try the Philippines. You'll see a lot of breathtaking sceneries, taste different foods from our diverse cultures, and befriend with the most hospitable and warm people.
u16888
mountain Nepal
white sand beaches Philippines
eating & shopping HK and TW
people China
fresh air and water Tibet
Earthquake & Nuclear contamination Japan
Al Qaeda in Afghanistan
drug golden Crescent
CuddleBunny
personally i think japan would be the greatest choice. They have one of the quirkiest cultures that any modern civilisation may have. You wont be bored if you go to japan. They have western foods there as well so if youre not one for new foods that may put your stomach for a joy ride then you can always have spaghetti or something.

Places to go in japan - harajuku (for it's shopping), tokyo (being the capital city and all), kyoto (an experience of the traditional japan at its temples and shrines!)

youll love it
loremar
You should go to Philippines. From about 1700 islands definitely you can find a good tourist spot everywhere. Filipinos are the nicest and the friendliest Asians ever. No doubt. You can't find any friendlier than a smiling Filipino. I'm not talking racist, I just want to advertise my country. Surely Philippines needs some tourism boost. Very Happy
deanhills
loremar wrote:
You should go to Philippines. From about 1700 islands definitely you can find a good tourist spot everywhere. Filipinos are the nicest and the friendliest Asians ever. No doubt. You can't find any friendlier than a smiling Filipino. I'm not talking racist, I just want to advertise my country. Surely Philippines needs some tourism boost. Very Happy
Which resort would you suggest? I would like a place with a very nice and clean sandy beach, good sized breakers, snorkerlling and diving opportunities.
menino
Nepal is a nice place to visit, and my friend just came from there last month.
Thailand is just beautiful.. I didn't like Bangkok though, as it is kind of like Mumbai, but I loved the Ko Phi Phi don islands around there, and also Phuket, and Krabi Islands.
The waters over there are amazing.\
The people are also very nice, except a few of the taxi drivers, and some tour guides who ripped me off and one taxi driver who was rude to me, because I wanted to walk to my destination, instead of taking his taxi. But that was about it. The rest of my short holiday was amazing.

India is beautiful, but not everyone will like India. My friend who is from India, saw the contrast coming from Nepal border into India, where Nepal was clean and green, and then just at the border, there was garbage on the streets and some weird stench.
Nonetheless, there are a lot of nice places in India, and I love Goa, as I am from there, but I would love to be in Krabi Island. Laughing I think Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also beautiful in India, and I have to make a trip there, soon.
loremar
deanhills wrote:
loremar wrote:
You should go to Philippines. From about 1700 islands definitely you can find a good tourist spot everywhere. Filipinos are the nicest and the friendliest Asians ever. No doubt. You can't find any friendlier than a smiling Filipino. I'm not talking racist, I just want to advertise my country. Surely Philippines needs some tourism boost. Very Happy
Which resort would you suggest? I would like a place with a very nice and clean sandy beach, good sized breakers, snorkerlling and diving opportunities.

I'm not really good at travelling but I guess you check out what the other guys said. Boracay, and Palawan. Or maybe Bohol, or Cebu, or Davao. There's too many islands to mention and too many resorts that sprung out like mushrooms. It's tourism freak going on here in Philippines. But I suggest you check out Boracay first. Or "Puerto Galera" or maybe "Malapascua Island" I heard they have the best diving spots.
malaysia
The Best Answer is:

MALAYSIA

The Softest Society In The World.The Little Paradise of The World.
steevemartin1
Pakistan is the best place because there are many places like Swat, Naran ,Kaghan and K2.These all should be visited in one trip.They are marvelous and any one can enjoy their All inclusive holidays packages there.
metalfreek
Some more Information on Nepal and Everest Trekking

Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953.

The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.
brianj
Indonesia with its Bali...thats whats so called paradise...
ricardo22
Philippines and Hongkong in my oppinion...
therimalaya
NEPAL, that is a place you should travel at least once in your life time. I can give you some places you can go for holiday in Nepal.

1. Pokhara (A city with lakes and mountains with good and friendly people around)
2. Kathmandu (A city with temples, art and crafts, hills and small trekking and hiking. Further, It is a place where you can find different person from all around Nepal)
3. Western Parts of Nepal Including Rara, sefoskundo and Khaptad region.
4. Eastern Parts Including the Mount Everest and solukhumbu region, Illam, Dharan, Kanchanjunga and More
5. Low hilli regions which will give you an experience of having your one hand in low plain land and other hand in hills and mountains.
tingkagol
I liked Beijing. I've also been to Baoding. The weather was kind of depressing, but you just get the sense that you're in some place alien while out there. You can most definitely see, feel, and breathe the Chinese culture everywhere. The reeking smell of ginseng from every corner can get nauseating in a while though.

Hongkong is too crowded for my tastes. The weather was a bit too hot and humid when I was there too, though it was fun just walking by the harbor and watch the city light up at night.

The Philippines, being my homeland, is like a country solely (and only) for beach bums. Besides the obvious beautiful beaches, there's not much else to do here. A bit of a warning though: widespread mugging plagues densely populated cities- most especially Manila. That place is a nightmare to carry valuables while you're walking.

Beside those three, I've never been anywhere else in Asia. I'd like to visit Japan someday.
loremar
tingkagol wrote:
The Philippines, being my homeland, is like a country solely (and only) for beach bums. Besides the obvious beautiful beaches, there's not much else to do here. A bit of a warning though: widespread mugging plagues densely populated cities- most especially Manila. That place is a nightmare to carry valuables while you're walking.

Heeeyyyy. Sad Not true. You can go to Baguio City (The summer capital of the Philippines), National parks, Old Forts, Old Churches, and many other Historical places that are fascinating to visit that has nothing to do with Beaches. We also have beautiful falls and rivers where you can enjoy kayaking. We also have so many wonderful old caves to explore. You can also go to cities and enjoy the taste of local Philippines cuisine. You can in fact expect a lot of beautiful things in a country that is known to be as an archipelago owing to its diversified culture. The beaches are just the first beautiful things that you can notice in our country, that's why we emphasize on that but once you've stayed for longer, there's actually a plethora of places/things to discover in the Philippines. The notion that we have many pickpocket thieves is very ironic, the fact that Filipinos are Asia's friendliest people and welcome you with hospitable smiles, and greet you every time you pass by the streets. Tingkagol(Lawm nga Binisaya sa tingog?) you have been watching too much news with all those negative things that falsely misrepresents our cities/society.
endrio
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tingkagol
loremar wrote:
The notion that we have many pickpocket thieves is very ironic, the fact that Filipinos are Asia's friendliest people and welcome you with hospitable smiles, and greet you every time you pass by the streets. Tingkagol(Lawm nga Binisaya sa tingog?) you have been watching too much news with all those negative things that falsely misrepresents our cities/society.

Firstly, I think I do not watch too much news. I glance at Google news from time to time, but other than that, no. My comments about Manila are entirely from first-hand experience.

Second, it's definitely not all that widespread in Cebu, of course. That's why I love it here. I'd say to all you non-Filipinos out there to skip Manila and go to Cebu instead. Anywhere but Manila is okay actually.

Manila, on the other hand, is just a nightmare. That's sort of just a warning, since chances are the first place foreigners would ever set their feet on Philippine soil would be in Manila. I just haaate that place. Everyone is corrupt to the bone. Taxi drivers are dishonest, public events are plagued with pickpockets. Even concerts with ticket prices of $100 - these 'elite brand' of pickpockets are willing to invest that kind of money to get in the concert and go into a pickpocket frenzy. It's crazy. Even the security guards at the mall waste no time in informing you to watch your belongings. You just get the sense that you really have to watch out since pickpockets are EVERYWHERE.

Quote:
the fact that Filipinos are Asia's friendliest people and welcome you with hospitable smiles, and greet you every time you pass by the streets.

By the way, that is not a fact. That's what Filipinos claim to be - 'the friendliest'. I would only believe that if Filipinos are equally kind, courteous and hospitable to their fellow Filipinos, not just foreigners.

Kindness to foreigners is really just an in-grained culture thing. Whites, most especially Americans, have always been treated like celebrities out here. Blame it on history- WW2, Douglas MacArthur's famous "I shall return" (or something similar) promise to Filipinos and the subsequent end of the Japanese occupation. Filipinos were just indebted to Americans back in the day, and the courtesy and hospitality that we see now are just small bits and pieces left from that 'debt'. Add the fact that we have always followed American pop culture, etc. It's all really just an offshoot from different reasons, rather than an inherent/intrinsic quality of Filipinos.

PS: Tingkagol = natanggong (eg. "natingkagol (natanggong) sa prisohan ang kanahan")
Could also mean a loud racket, mostly from the sound of tin cans. Smile
loremar
@tingkagol. Well, since you put it that way, I should also add that people should also watch out against Manila police, they are just as cunning as any salisi(pickpocket) gang. Laughing

Quote:
By the way, that is not a fact. That's what Filipinos claim to be - 'the friendliest'. I would only believe that if Filipinos are equally kind, courteous and hospitable to their fellow Filipinos, not just foreigners.

When a Filipino invites a fellow Filipino to dine with when there's obviously nothing on the plate. I guess you're right. Very Happy
alli2000
agree with Bali, been there couple times and will be there again if i got time
tingkagol
loremar wrote:
@tingkagol. Well, since you put it that way, I should also add that people should also watch out against Manila police, they are just as cunning as any salisi(pickpocket) gang. Laughing

The police? Now that's new. How so?
loremar
tingkagol wrote:
loremar wrote:
@tingkagol. Well, since you put it that way, I should also add that people should also watch out against Manila police, they are just as cunning as any salisi(pickpocket) gang. Laughing

The police? Now that's new. How so?

Maybe I can refer you to this as an example.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/The%2BNew%2BPaper/Story/A1Story20100903-235442.html
It seems that ex-cop Rolando Mendoza who killed some Hongkong nationals last year was also involved at the incident.
I came to believe that this kind of modus is rampant in Manila. Sometimes policemen throw you in jail for no particular reason other than they need someone to pay for their drinks.
Check out Raffy Tulfo's radio programs to see what I mean. Policemen really have many tricks in their sleeves like pouncing for minor traffic violators especially those in one way lanes when obviously it is not in their mandate to perform such kind of operations.
Or get commissions from pickpockets by protecting their mugging areas.
And some of them even steal LPG tanks directly from stores for Christ's sake!

But this is probably normal to any heavily populated cities. Tourists can still go to Manila if they want. It's not really that bad actually. Smile Liar

I still think that most Filipinos are friendly. I bet some asians might even be worse.
tingkagol
That's exactly the kind robbers that inhabit Manila- ones that actually invest a lot of money to carry out their crimes, regardless how petty they are. I'm not sure if the cops in the article you posted were indeed cops or robbers posing as cops, but damn them if they're real policemen living off people's taxes.

I'm convinced the threat of being robbed in Manila is as real as it gets. It's not a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of thing, something that only happens to a close friend, etc. The threat is real and it will happen to you. I would even bet upwards 90% of its citizens have already been robbed at least once.


PS: Despite having bad-mouthed the place to death, I'm actually headed there for the weekend to spend time with family. Razz I won't be using the transit system, especially the cabs. I fear I'm going to actually kick the driver's ass if he tries to fool me.
marea
Well I love Thailand, and love to visit again and again when ever I get time to refresh myself, Beaches out there are very relaxing..
magnustoday
You should definitely visit the Island of Boracay in the Philippines for your holiday - either during Christmas/New Year or during summer (April and May). It's the place to be.
mukesh
I am Indian i do not travel in International Place so in India my beat place is Goa. Goa is perfect place of holidays.
Insanity
Hong Kong is great because it's close enough to Asia and they speak English.
deanhills
Sri Lanka is a good choice for a low-cost holiday. Provided one plans it well in advance with a trusted travel agent and make all of the bookings well in advance. When I traveled there I took a package that didn't work as well and had to improvise when I was there. I remember I returned to the airport considering flying back on the same day, then found I'd have to sleep at the airport, couldn't as it was about to close, and then a really nice guide took pity over me. He took me to a luxury but affordable beach boutique residence and I had a great holiday after that. Also helpful if the travel agent has connections with a guide when one arrives in Sri Lanka. During the hot summer the central parts in the mountains are great to visit. Best time for Sri Lanka is around December/January in the winter months.

Goa in India is also a very popular destination and affordable as well. Maldives are great but usually quite expensive.
mshafiq
I heard a lot that Hong Kong,Tokyo, Maldives, they are good to see in Asia.
kaysch
I'm thrilled by Turkmenistan. I have never been there yet, but it's high on my priority list of countries to visit.

Here's why:
- Everything must be white because it's President's Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow favourite colour (or alternatively rational as the sunshine is very strong there). That includes cars (no black cars are allowed to be imported!) but also architecture.
- Lots or places are called Turkmenbashi
- There are no unemployed, there is no poverty, no drug addicts or HIV
- Living standards are a lot higher than the region's average
- Basically it's a worker's paradise, like Albania in Hoxha times, North Korea under the Kims' governments or Cuba under the Castros...
- "Ruhnama" which is the book written by Turkmenbashi and applicable to all Turkmen will explain you how things work
deanhills
kaysch wrote:
I'm thrilled by Turkmenistan. I have never been there yet, but it's high on my priority list of countries to visit.
I'm now interested too. Am looking for a country not too far from the UAE for a short visit. This may be a good one to go for. Cool
loveandormoney
gangstermo12 wrote:
Hi everyone out there,

any idea of which country is the best and more fun for holiday in asia?

Me planning for one, don't know go where better. Please advice


Philippines. Visit Cebu and Mindanao.

Beautiful people.
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