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    What's your favorite country in Asia besides LOS?

    I would have to say Japan although I only spent 4 days in Tokyo.....definitely will be back soon for a proper holiday all over Japan

    Likes:
    Vey trendy
    Clean
    Lively
    Cheap(yes, cheap!!)
    Food was awesome
    I like that you see a mixed crowd in pubs, locals, expats and tourists

    Other places I've been
    Cambodia....just to Phnom Phen-I liked the rustic, non organized aspect

    Singapore......think I could live there but didn't like being a tourist there

    Malaysia.....I actually didn't like Kuala Lumpur. I think there is so many different cultures, it doesn't allow for a strong identity

    Indonesia....just Bali. I really liked Bali. Stayed in Seminyak, seemed more laid back and loved the beach clubs

    Hong Kong....another place I could live. Love the pace

    Vietnam....went to a few cities. I liked it but didn't feel I got a great old feel for it. Going back next year so looking forward to get a better feel for it

    Not thought of as Asia.....and a surprise to me but I liked India. I look back that I enjoyed my trip and want to see more.
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    i'd say Cambo is a place i could live.

    S'ville has beaches and is the gateway to a lot of great dirt riding trails.

    haven't seen enough of Laos to comment though.
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    The hard thing as tourist we only scratch the surface. Even working in China for years I'm a "guest" and reminded so. You would have heard the term Gweilo or gwai lo in Hong Kong. Same same but different to farang. Can be derogatory ..... Ghost white is the literal meaning. Ghost being evil. What I'm getting at here is a feeling of welcomeness by the people.

    The people outside the paid tourist industry. That is always(mostly) the experience I seek. Asia is such a huge continent if you take it literally. Favorite place Kazakhstan where I was taken in by the taxi driver for 3 days and lived with his family because the airport was snowed in. Yep he was well rewarded for the hospitality. My daughter still speaks with his daugher on facebook some years later.

    The experience and the people rather than the destination.
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    I often think about where else I would live (apart from Samui) and never really get far as I have pretty much all I want here...however I do think that Cambodia or The Philippines would be the most likely places I could continue what I have here in a different setting

    If it were Cambo I would keep houses in both PP and Snooky....and go between for several days each..until I tired/bored of the one I am in....PP can get a little closed and lacks any swimming apart from pools and Snooky has very limited infrastructure (poor electricity and comms)

    The South of the PI islands would be the most appealing for me....I'd swap around a bit there between Palawan, Sabang, Cebu area and Borocay area

    Malaysia's islands on the east side also hold some appeal...I loved some of the diving around there..especially Sipadan

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I would have to say Japan although I only spent 4 days in Tokyo.....definitely will be back soon for a proper holiday all over Japan

    Likes:
    Vey trendy
    Clean
    Lively
    Cheap(yes, cheap!!)
    Food was awesome
    I like that you see a mixed crowd in pubs, locals, expats and tourists

    Malaysia.....I actually didn't like Kuala Lumpur. I think there is so many different cultures, it doesn't allow for a strong identity

    Not thought of as Asia.....and a surprise to me but I liked India. I look back that I enjoyed my trip and want to see more.
    I found Japan interesting, and would concur with the listed likes. Overall though, it depends where in Japan. I couldn't get along with life in Tokyo and environs. Kyoto was a nice place to visit. I enjoyed Shikoku, where life is way more laid back (relatively speaking) than Honshu.

    India is vast, and I would like to check the place out.

    I like Malaysia, and enjoy the cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur.

    I don't have much time for so called "strong cultural identity" and the reactionary nationalists who indulge it. In Thailand it is more divisive than unifying.
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    Japan ,,, same as you, just for a few days and only tokyo, first thought was expensive, but i feel there is a lot worth seeing in Japan so would like to return

    Singapore only saw the clean side of Sigapore, and man was it clean after coming from India

    India ...Have traveled the southern part of India from Mumbai to Trivandrum ... have always said everyone should travel to India as least once in there life ... its a mind blowing experience, and probably more of a assault to all your senses then most other Asian countries, although i am sure China is right up there for that as well and i would like to go there too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post

    I like Malaysia, and enjoy the cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur.

    I don't have much time for so called "strong cultural identity" and the reactionary nationalists who indulge it. In Thailand it is more divisive than unifying.
    The thing is I felt none of the cultures get a chance to stand out. So it is hard to get a feel for it, at least for me it was

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontymate View Post
    The hard thing as tourist we only scratch the surface. Even working in China for years I'm a "guest" and reminded so. You would have heard the term Gweilo or gwai lo in Hong Kong. Same same but different to farang. Can be derogatory ..... Ghost white is the literal meaning. Ghost being evil. What I'm getting at here is a feeling of welcomeness by the people.

    The people outside the paid tourist industry. That is always(mostly) the experience I seek. Asia is such a huge continent if you take it literally. Favorite place Kazakhstan where I was taken in by the taxi driver for 3 days and lived with his family because the airport was snowed in. Yep he was well rewarded for the hospitality. My daughter still speaks with his daugher on facebook some years later.

    The experience and the people rather than the destination.
    Sure as a tourist you will never get the whole understanding of it, even a slight % of it.

    But you can certainly do things that allow you to at least immerse yourself in the local culture.

    Japan....had a chance to go with a friend's niece who is from Japan to watch her husband play for biggest soccer team in Tokyo. My friend and I were happy to get the chance to meet locals but we were also a bit apprehensive. Didn't know if we'd communicate well. Well, his 2 twin nieces were 2 of the most remarkable people I ever met in my lifetime.
    Even things as simple as walking the streets instead of going to tourist spots.

    And actually that is why I really liked India. I felt it was the most inclusive place I have ever visited. Felt more comfortable going out alone to local places than any other place I have been.
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    Japan hands down. Clean, safe, excellent infrastructure... people are friendly, even more so if you can speak and understand Japanese, always well presented (even just to go get groceries) and a very good work hard play hard mentality also very family oriented as well.

    If I was to leave Thailand I would seriously consider going back to Japan to live and work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smiley View Post
    Japan hands down. Clean, safe, excellent infrastructure... people are friendly, even more so if you can speak and understand Japanese, always well presented (even just to go get groceries) and a very good work hard play hard mentality also very family oriented as well.

    If I was to leave Thailand I would seriously consider going back to Japan to live and work.
    I've never seen better dressed girls anywhere in my life......period.
    As you said, very well presented.
    Every girl is in high heels and nice skirt, dress.....their hair looking great

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    I use to crack the joke that the Japanese are so well dressed even the homeless wear suits, 55555
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    Mine has to be Korea of course, being half Korean and born in Seoul.
    The fastest internet in the world, so great.
    If only the food would be better...

    But seriously, I think Singapore is great and I love Turkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig View Post
    Mine has to be Korea of course, being half Korean and born in Seoul.
    The fastest internet in the world, so great.
    If only the food would be better...

    But seriously, I think Singapore is great and I love Turkey.
    I've run into more bad Korean food than any other Asian food
    We go to a Koran fusion place near us and they have some good dishes but we have to stress light sauce or they drown the food in sauce

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    Been to Thailand , Malaysia, Hongkong , Japan , Cambodia , Myanmar , Bali and Vietnam - enjoyed them all and would go back apart from Bali , but as I've been to Thailand 30+ times , I guess it's my favourite

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    I've run into more bad Korean food than any other Asian food
    We go to a Koran fusion place near us and they have some good dishes but we have to stress light sauce or they drown the food in sauce
    I can totally relate to that.
    To be honest, I've run into more bad Korean food than any other food in the world.

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    The local food in Myanmar wasn't that brilliant either

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    ^ did you taste any local hoy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    ^ did you taste any local hoy?
    Nope , wasn't on my list of things to do , left that for LOS

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    I think Vancouver is my favourite city in Asia. Not sure about country...
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