Opinions - The best and worst

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Favorite countries in the World

  • Great Britain

  • United States

  • Thailand

  • South Africa

  • Australia

  • Singapore

 

Favorite major cities

  • London, England

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Moscow, Russia

  • Prague, Czech Republic

  • Bangkok, Thailand

  • Singapore, Singapore

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Hong Kong, China

  • Vancouver, Canada

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

Favorite smaller cities

  • Ottawa, Canada

  • Brisbane, Australia

  • Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Riga, Latvia

  • Tallinn, Estonia

 

Best countryside

  • England

Favorite beaches

  • Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Destin, Florida, USA

  • White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

  • Various, Maldives

 

Most vibrant place

  • Hong Kong, China

  • Singapore, Singapore

  • Bangkok, Thailand

 

Most disliked city

  • Belize City, Belize

 

Most boring places

  • Chiba, Japan

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Worst organized traffic

  • Mexico City, Mexico

  • Bangkok, Thailand

  • Manila, Philippines

 

Worst disorganized traffic

  • Delhi, India

  • Bangalore, India

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Hottest place

  • Dubai, UAE at 125° F

 

Favorite body of water

  • Aitutaki, Cook Islands

  • Maldives

  • Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Strangest city

  • Papeete, Tahiti

Most depressing place

  • Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Most in need of repair

  • Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Delhi, India

 

Countries with greatest language barriers

  • Japan

  • Russia

  • China

 

Most incomprehensible language heard

  • Welsh

 

Favorite islands

  • Providenciales

  • Bora Bora

  • Bali

  • Phuket

  • Boracay

  • Palau

 

Favorite airline

  • Singapore Airlines

 

Worthy Mentions

  • Cathay Pacific

  • Thai Airways

  • Korean Airlines

  • Garuda Indonesia

 

Unworthy Mention

  • Ryan Air

 

Favorite hotel in the world 

  • Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Favorite grand hotels 

  • Peninsula, Hong Kong

  • Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Conrad, Rangali Island, Maldives

 

Favorite smaller hotels 

  • Oberoi, Bali

  • Royal Livingstone Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia

 

Favorite boutique hotel 

  • Sawasdee Village, Kata Beach, Thailand

  • Nike Villas, Sanur Beach, Bali

 

Smallest hotel room 

  • Yotel, London Heathrow Airport, England

 

Best diving 

  • Palau

  • Vanua Levu, Fiji

  • Cayman Islands

  • French Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Maldives

  • Cebu Island, Philippines

  • Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia

 

Most challenging dive 

  • Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

 

Best golf course 

  • Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland

 

Most attractive women

  • Medellin, Colombia

  • Bangkok, Thailand

  • Moscow, Russia

  • Ulan Bator, Mongolia

  • Mexico City, Mexico

  • Riga, Latvia

Scariest place to watch a soccer game 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Favorite food 

  • Indian curry (hot & spicy)

  • Thai

 

Best Indian food 

  • Rupali, Coventry, England

  • The Moghul Room, Oberoi Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

  • Maharajah , Singapore

  • Ellora, Knowle, England

  • Indian Edge, Kenilworth, England

 

Favorite historical sites  

  • Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

  • Westminster Abbey, London

  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India

  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

  • Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

  • Tigers Nest Monastery, Bhutan

  • Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Strangest place to gamble 

  • Macau, China

  • Cebu City, Philippines

  • On board a ship

Least favorite place to gamble

  •  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

 

Greatest views  

  • Hong Kong Harbor from Victoria Peak

  • The men’s room at Felix’s Bar in the Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

  • Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Blue Corner (diving), Palau

  • Wilderness, Mongolia

  • Himalayas, Nepal

 

Largest steaks 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Favorite place for wine 

  • Chile

  • Argentina

  • USA

 

Most expensive places 

  • Iceland

  • Switzerland

  • London, England

 

Cheapest countries 

  • Cambodia

  • Philippines

 

Most disorganized place 

  • Delhi Airport, India

  • Kathmandu Airport, Nepal

 

Favorite place to drink coffee 

  • Santiago, Chile

 

Best beer places

  • Too numerous to mention

Dustiest place 

  • Cairo, Egypt

  • Dubai, UAE