Why do more backpackers seem to go to Southeast Asia than India or China?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 8, 2012 11:20 PM Last Post By: jayanraj
Dec 8, 2012 9:26 AM
Why do more backpackers seem to go to Southeast Asia than India or China?There's something I keep seeing in travel blogs that I'm getting sick of seeing. All these travel blogs encourage people to go "off the beaten path" or "off the major tourist trail."
And then, I look at their posts, and it's a big load of Southeast Asia this, Southeast Asia that. They never seem to go to the bigger countries like India, China, Russia, or any of those places, it's always Southeast Asia. I'm not saying southeast Asia is bad, but I am so sick of seeing travel blogs where 70% of it is Southeast Asia, maybe 20% is Europe or Latin America, then 10% is just criticizing Americans who don't travel much and wishing America had better public transport and a better backpacker infrastructure in general.
I get that Southeast Asia has a well established backpacker infrastructure and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path, but why don't more people go to India, Russia, or China, or even big trips across the US?
Russia is adventurous but has beautiful places like Lake Baikal, India is stressful and crowded but has many wonderful sights and great food, China has a tremendous variety of cultures and natural scenery, and the US...yes it's supposedly best with a car but people can backpack it if they plan carefully enough and don't mind using greyhound buses or slow Amtrak trains.
So what do you guys think? Do you agree with me that more people need to look beyond Southeast Asia?
Dec 8, 2012 2:58 PM
Dec 8, 2012 4:50 PM
For its size Thailand does attract a large number of tourists compared with Russia, China and India.
Thailand is very tourism friendly. Simple visa rules, good beaches and weather, delicious food and it looks like the best stocked bars offering uncomplicated "happy endings" !
Dec 8, 2012 5:30 PM
3And India has a well-founded reputation for changing visa rules without telling anyone. Causes annoyance and more.
Do you agree with me that more people need to look beyond Southeast Asia?
However... Helluva lot cheaper in India/SEAsia than most anywhere else. Were it cheaper in Copenhagen, people would flock there (well, on the 3 days that you don't freeze ;) )
Dec 8, 2012 6:35 PM
Dec 8, 2012 8:18 PM
Dec 8, 2012 10:25 PM
6My last trip to SEA was almost two years back. Even though I like SEA right now I am very much focused on Americas (both), East Europe, Africa and Oceanic.
Dec 8, 2012 11:20 PM
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