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Most Exotic Place You've Visited?  
User currently offlinePanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Hi,
I'd like to know if there are people here that have visited a very exotic country where you do not get to go everyday (i.e. say Saudi Arabia, Mali, Libya, Algeria, Laos....all those and many more).
Also, if you have any stories about interesting situations in that country, e.g. if you were in Iran in 1979 or in Lebanon in 1975 I'd be interested in hearing how your experience was as I can't imagine being in a war zone or revolution.

By the way, to start with, my most exotic place was probably Paraguay  Smile
It was unbelievable how much stuff they smuggle from there to Brazil everyday... Plus, the place was dirty as hell, just like a dump. You could wander through the streets of Ciudad del Este (if you were able to make way through the garbage) and buy anything you wanted from an illegal copy of any CD (there were no legal ones, lol) to a surface-to-air missile and bring it back home. It was just crazy...  Nuts


PA



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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

India for me... so far.. But I plan to go to some other places

But when I think exotic I think tropical.. I am going to Costa Rica in a few months...



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

Harlem.




User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

It would be great to know what do people look as "exotic". I have never been in an "exotic" country. My trips have been to the US and Europe, and also southern Argentina. But as PanAmerican said, Paraguay was exotic for him, but for me it would not be exotic.Why? because it is just 2 hour away by plane from Santiago, where I live. Also, they speak the same language that I speak, and their culture is rather similar to mine (although I am not used to walk through garbage over the streets).

For me, exotic places would be Africa (all of it) and southeast Asia.
I hope I can visit them soon.



User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2603 times:

For me it would be Croatia and Hawaii


CB777


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

For me probably Egypt or Macedonia. It is hard to decide which is more exotic.

Egypt has all that cool history and culture but so does Macedonia. I was in Macedonia in 1993-94

Both are great places that I would love to go back and see again.



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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5491 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Interesting to speculate about what it is that makes a place, "exotic."

I loved my visit to South America (Panama, Peru & Ecuador), especially Quito (and I cannot even say why, it just appealed to me).

It is hard to visit some of the ruins of the once (and so recently, historically) massive Mayan cities in the Yucutan, and not be carried away in daydreaming about the huge and complex culture that once was, and so suddenly and almost completely evaporated.

My expectation for Tahiti and Her Islands was that I'd be blown away, but the reality was more like Kauai on five times the money. Bu I still cherished the opportunity to go there.

Australia was a kick in the buttock region, no friendlier people on the planet, but still not wildly ... exotic.

But, of all the places I have had the privilege to visit, the one place that, every time I woke up and walked outdoors I had to sort of pinch myself and say, "I am really *here*!" was Paris.

So, for me, Paris was the real deal. I suspect I'll feel the same way about Londom whenever the opportunity arises.

It is such a privilege to be alive in this magical time, when such chances exist.



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

For me it's Taiwan. I'd say my visit to Taiwan was a little more "exotic" than most because I didn't stay in a hotel, nor was I in Taipei. I spent over a month there and a lot of it was in little villages where nobody spoke any english. Also spent a lot of time on the South coast. Very nice non-touristy beaches there.

Man, this thread makes me want to travel!!  Smile

Kris



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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Georgetown, Guyana in South America. It was a short, interesting adventure.
RM  Smile



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User currently offlineCo 757-300 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

new zealand (our flight stopped in fiji)

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

Northern Cyprus, is actually an own country but got no recognition from anyone
excluding Bangladesh and Turkey.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

It's a toss up between Myanmar, Cambodia and Chinese Tibet. Probably Chinese Tibet due to the altitude and the wierdness of the people. Thankfully the Chinese are making that place a bit more habitable.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlinePanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

lol, JAL777... I believe Harlem is definetely exotic!

See people, I mean exotic for you. If you think Harlem is exotic, just put it down.
However, I did a search on this and exotic is defined like this:

exotic:
adj.
From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse. See Synonyms at foreign.
Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: “If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations” (Chet Raymo). See Synonyms at fantastic.
Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer.

Thesaurus:
Entry: exotic
Function: adjective
Definition: mysterious
Synonyms: alien, alluring, avant-garde, bizarre, colorful, curious, different, enticing, external, extraneous, extraordinary, extrinsic, far out, fascinating, foreign, glamorous, imported, introduced, kinky, naturalized, not native, outlandish, outside, peculiar, peregrine, romantic, strange, striking, unfamiliar, unusual, way out, weird
Antonyms: familiar, native, ordinary, usual
Concept: origin/source



So exotic is, of course, defined in a different way from person to person.


 Smile/happy/getting dizzyPA

[Edited 2003-10-10 10:47:09]


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

recently: the Croat island of Mali Losinj in the Adriatic. I have never seen such crystal clear water anywhere, ever. The Croat coast is the best-kept secret in Europe.

in the past: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, circa December 1970. Visited with my family at Christmastime. In that period, Puerto Vallarta was still a sleepy, remote village, with only one big modern hotel, the Camino Real. PV ws put on the map by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who at that time owned a villa in what was know as "Gringo Gulch."



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User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

I suppose I have been to several places that are exotic to most of my friends and work colleagues here in England, but its just another place in the international airliners.net community.

I've been to PEK and CAN but so have a lot of other people! Maybe I should mention my visit to northern Finland and northern Sweden instead as there are so not so many pics from there, and it was rather wild and remote!

Unfortunately, I've not been anywhere in Africa or Laos etc., although I'm thinking hard about Cuba for next spring.

Ray


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

For me it is without question Vietnam. I visited there 6 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and it's charming people. Ho Chi Minh City was quite memorable, and one can still feel and experience the French flavour in both the cuisine and the architecture. Another great plus about Vietnam was its absolutely out-of-this-world beaches. Breathtaking. I would love to venture back there one day.

User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Quebec City. It may be in Canada, but it is still my favorite city to visit. Feels like Europe and it's only an 8 hour drive from ROC.



User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

I've never really thought of Quebec City as being "exotic"; then again, I suppose it is rather unique and quite breathtaking considering it is in North America. Yeah, CanyonBlue, YQB (the old section) really is an eye-pleaser.

Now, if ya really wanna talk Canadian-exotica, then let me tell you about
Saskatoon or Moosejaw!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11533 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

I feel sad now. The most exotic place I have ever visited is Los Angeles. Or, going by PanAmerican's definition: Vancouver BC.

GO CANUCKS!!



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Chile....errr....Chili

Signed,
KROC



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Cuba in 2001.
Molokai Island of Hawaii in 2000.
Rochester, New York in 1992.



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Now, if ya really wanna talk Canadian-exotica, then let me tell you about
Saskatoon or Moosejaw!


How about Thunder Bay?  Laugh out loud That place was exotic...  Yeah sure

The most "exotic" place I've been is probably the Isle of Capri (the one off the coast of Italy, not the casino in Vicksburg, Ms.)



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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

"The most "exotic" place I've been is probably the Isle of Capri (the one off the coast of Italy"

Was that where you and 777236ER went for your honeymoon?



Go big or go home
User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1346 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

The most exotic places I've been have been Morocco and Ecuador. In Ecuador, I didn't care much for Quito, but the country has everything from from tropical coast to rain forest to snow capped mountains, all within such a small place. Taking the bus around the country is just breathtaking for the views, especially on the roads from the highlands to the jungle.

Thomas


User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

Turkey

I visited Istanbul and Kusadasi in '01. I'd go back in a second.

R41


25 UPSfueler : Well considering I have never been out of the country, id have to say the warmest, cleanest beach ive been to is Daytona Beach, Florida. That is my vo
26 Sabena332 : Ren41, I was also in Kusadasi in 1992 or in 1993 (I can't remember exactly) and I agree, it was a really nice place, too bad that it was my only visit
27 Broke : Between Nepal and Bhutan in the Himalaya Mountains is a small principality that was annexed by India called Sikkim; its main city is called Gangtok. I
28 BH346 : Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa and Miyako), Japan
29 Post contains images PanAmerican : Broke: of all the places mentioned here, that sounds really exotic to me... I'm just trying to picture that. What an interesting sight PA
30 USAFHummer : Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Far North Queensland, Australia... Greg
31 OO-AOG : Mmm probably Malawi and Easter Island...
32 EGGD : Uhhh, Kenya or Thailand I guess...
33 Teva : I am delighted to read some of you enjoyed Croatia. For me , as a French, it is not that exotic, and I have been there (and Slovenia, and Bosnia and M
34 Asbg : The most exotic place I've been to was Ria Bintan, Indonesia. We stayed in the Club Med which is situated in the jungle and has a gorgeous turquoise b
35 Cptkrell : For a country, Switzerland For an area, Vancouver, BC For a place, it's a toss-up between Hitler's Eagles Nest on Obersalzberg and the Chicken Ranch j
36 Flyboy36y : Israel, Dominican Republic, San Salvador (Bahamas), Aran Islands (Ireland).
37 Ryangooner : Watford , uk but seriously id name AITUTAKI cook islands, FIJI , GILI TRAWANGAN indonesia , SUVAII western samoa just to name but a few Ryan Hemmings
38 Ual747 : I guess for me it would be Ulan Bataar, Santiago-Chile, Buenos Aires, Xi'an, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sendai, Tokyo, Matsushima, Murata, Furukawa, Osaka, Kyo
39 CB777 : Stretch 8 i been to Mali Losinj many times, have u been to the small island next to it called Susak, my mom was born on that island CB777
40 Cancidas : punta cana, dominican republic. st. maarten is coming up next!
41 DaV : Ehm, JCS17... Capri "exotic"? DaV
42 Mas a330 : For me, I'd say Egypt last year.
43 Arsenal@LHR : Bangladesh, talk about poverty!
44 Stretch 8 : CB777: No, I have not been to Susak. I will probably return to that area on a future trip. I was there to see Fr. Sudac, who lives on Mali Losinj in t
45 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : Albania. Or maybe the Indonesian island of Batam, supposedly a pirate hot-spot. Daniel
46 Ussherd : Exotic to me might be bread and butter to you. Most exotic for me was Trinidad, West Indies. Loved the African, East Indian & British cultural mix of
47 IFlyMidwExprss : For me it's a tie between Tibet (while on vacation from teaching English in Japan) and Greenland (day trip from Reykjavik during an Icelandair stopove
48 LPL : The only exotic place I've been to is Hawaii. Does the Isle of Man count?
49 CB777 : Stretch 8 I am usually in that area of Mali Losinj every summer, and I usually go to Mali Losinj. Beautiful island, along with the rest of the islands
50 Copaair737 : The Rock Islands, to the south of my house here in Palau are very, very exotic. There are schools of Manta Rays, and a lake full of stingless jellyfis
51 Swissgabe : Yeah, visited Libya, North Korea, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia and others... The *exotic* one must be a definition thing. Being in Libya and North Korea
52 Post contains images PanAmerican : Swissgabe: Now North Korea is definetely a place I'd call exotic! What did you do there and when did you visit? That'd be interesting to know.... Mayb
53 RockyRacoon : island of kauai, what a great place Tim
54 Airplanetire : I'm not quite sure, but these are my top ones: Greece (not the most exotic, but from US point of view, is a bit exotic) Turkey- I also went to Kusadas
55 Swissgabe : PanAmerican I like to visit places which are quite special and that's why North Korea was on the list as well. Feel free to see some pictures I have d
56 CoRocks : Manzini, Swaziland Seoul, S. Korea Nairobi, Kenya Bogota, Colombia Lima, Peru Quito, Ecuador I missed the bombings of the US emabassies in Kenya by 2
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