Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2011 3:57 AM Last Post By: updownallaround7
Nov 27, 2011 4:05 PM
Friendliest countries?What country has the friendliest people (or the friendliest to Americans)? I'm posting this in the Eastern Europe forum because I want to travel there next summer, but feel free to tell me about friendly people anywhere in the world.
I was in Bosnia for two weeks in 2007 and every day strangers dragged me into cafes to buy me cake and coffee and talk to me for 3 hours about the war. :-) Their attitude was "we're so happy that you visited our country!" I.e., they didn't get many tourists. I was mostly in Sarajevo but Mostar was also friendly.
This year I experienced the same friendliness in southwestern Brazil (rural Paraná province) although eastern Brazil was less friendly.
Cubans are friendly, if you speak Spanish.
Are rural areas friendlier than urban areas?
Nov 27, 2011 4:15 PM
1My list of friendliest places includes Iran, Malaysia and Indian Himalaya (Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh). Especially in Iran it seemed like every second person wanted to have a friendly chat. I am not American, but several persons there told me they have friendly feelings towards America, totally in spite of the official policy of their gov't.
Nov 27, 2011 5:47 PM
2It makes no difference where someone is from. People are people and there are very few, if any, places where the culture of a country and her people differentiate between the nationalities of visitors.
I'd challenge anyone to identify an entire country where the people act one way towards one certain nationality and a different way towards everyone else.
Nov 27, 2011 8:35 PM
3Without question, Iranians are the friendliest most hospitable people on Earth. But other MIddle Eastern brethren, like the Iraqi Kurds, Syrians and Yemeni aren't too far behind.
Nov 27, 2011 11:39 PM
Nov 28, 2011 12:17 AM
Nov 28, 2011 2:57 AM
6The friendliest people I have met were in Myanmar (Burma), but I haven't travelled in the Middle-East, so I can't compare with that. I also thought that Colombians were extremely welcoming.
In Europe, my vote goes to Portugal, but again I haven't been to Albania which a lot of people rave about.
I am not an American, but I don't think your own nationality really matters - genuinely welcoming people won't care about that.
Nov 28, 2011 7:24 AM
Nov 28, 2011 1:44 PM
8seems amazing how some places have a bad rap
Just compare to this recent thread: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2133398
Luckily for 'clever' travelers there's the Thorn Tree Forum, to look outside your biotop or possibly favorite TV network or newspaper. But there's more than Fox News.
Enjoy and ... I always liked the Sri Lankans and Turks (and like you, Bosnians too). Not to forget the people in North Dakota!
Good idea, the Middle East. Be prepared for tea parties;-)
Nov 29, 2011 3:57 AM
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