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    Your favorite country in East Asia?

    For me:

    China - I've been to Hong Kong several times and enjoyed it it but I've zero interest in ever setting foot in the mainland.

    Japan - i plan to spend more time there. Have visited twice but only for weeks instead of months, so I've never experienced living there. Will try to do 2-3 months there in the next couple of years. Korea - I visited a girlfriend there a decade ago and found it fairly dull. No reason to return.

    Taiwan - Love it. Wonderful climate, good food, lots to see and do. The only downside is the language, which I've no interest in learning and is my least favorite language to hear.

    Vietnam - Cheap, interesting, and is probably a good place for TEFLers. Would like to spend time in the subtropical highland city of Dalat with its year round spring weather. Hopefully will in November. Not looking forward to horns blasting and double pricing. Laos - A couple of spots I'd like to see, doable in a long weekend. Too primitive to want to stay any longer. Burma - Will go when it makes itself a bit more accessable.

    Cambodia - Have been once. That was enough. Thailand - Nothing left to see or do after numerous stays totalling several years. My only reason for short stays there in recent years was my wife's work. Now that she's relocated I've no reason or desire to return.

    Malaysia - Have spent several months there in the past year and a half. Lots more I want to see. Slightly more developed than Thailand, multiculturalism makes it more interesting IMO, and feels like the perfect hybrid of Thailand and the UK. Would love to buy a retirement house in the Cameron Highlands or Penang but will probably end up in Johor.

    Singapore - Somewhere I love and am spending increasing amounts of time for both work and pleasure. Feels a bit claustrophobic due to having to leave the country to find wide open expanses of countryside, but that's easily done by road or air. IMO the most liveable place for westerners in Asia who aren't looking for bargain bucket locations.

    Indonesia - Never been. Probably similar to Malaysia but with much less multiculturalism. Bali is on the bucket list but not a priority. Philippines - Never been. Looks fun but poverty-riddled. Will try to spend a week there sometime, and have been meaning to visit Baguio for years.

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    Welcome to our little forum, always good to have a keen traveller , trip advisor,Having spent a third of my life by choice in Thailand have to say here, have visited all the others,I would like to visit Kamchatka in summer,,Mongolia luckily Mandaloopy is our roving reporter, Like to go by Motocycle via China if practicable.

    About the only place left on my ?Bucket list is Cape Horn and Antarctica, at present only organized scientists or huge cruise groups , looking at sailing options with skilled local fishermen out of P Arenas.
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    Isn't this a re-post of a different newbie who got wiped within 24 hours a few months back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Isn't this a re-post of a different newbie who got wiped within 24 hours a few months back?
    David why not post about what the OP is posting about rather than a negative.

    Have you traveled much in Asia?
    I'd say his post is not bad,though Singapore is most probalby the most boring place I've ever been.

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    I've been to all (and lived in many) of those countries the OP mentioned and my favourite to live in is Malaysia.

    Only 4 of them are East Asia though.

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