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Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?  
User currently offlineBlueJet From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 397 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

Hello all...
I am very interested in countries of the "third world" -- I find their history fascinating -- even more so than non-third-world countries.

Therefore I pose this question to you all: What is the most "third-world" city you have visited? (Developing but still impoverished, etc.)

Mine would be Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador. It was an incredible place to visit.

This thread is not meant to offend anyone -- just gathering info where people have been and what they think. Thanks.

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User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

does Detroit count?

If so I was there and thought it looked pretty third world, the main airline even had 30yr old equipment


User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

That's a tough one, seeing as I've never really been way out in the boonies. But I'd have to say either Managua, Nicaragua or Havana, Cuba.


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User currently offlineSK901 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

I have to say Lagos Nigeria, lived there for 3 years,


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

I guess, Nairobi, Kenya...

User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

I would say Bamako in Mali ! But it could also be Ouagadougou in Burkina Fasso.

Regards, SN-A330




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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Sounds surprising, but Cairo was backward. There are hundreds of people that are living in graveyards in these small houses that are meant to be for their dead relatives to lay in rest. Mental.





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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

"...does Detroit count?"

Dangit, Startvalve beat me to it. But I was going to suggest the actual city of Detroit, rather than the airport.

'Speed


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

Havana, Cuba
Port au Prince, Haiti
Kingston, Jamaica
Several small towns throughout Mexico.
Colorado City, Arizona (polygamist Mormon town trapped in time in the desert)



...and Detroit is still better than San Antonio. Big grin





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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

Cleveland, Ohio.

Everyone I talked to wanted to get the hell outa there.

In contrast to many third world cities that seem to attract people by the droves.

First runner-up: Agra, India. The city that is the home of the Taj Mahal. The Taj is the proverbial lotus in the swamp that is Agra. Its a filthy place full of touts, aggressive tourist traps, dirty smoggy streets, and grime.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Colon, Panama

Greg



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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

...and Detroit is still better than San Antonio
In your dreams  Big grin

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RM  Smile



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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Wouldn't you know it, Fly727 supports tottenham hotspur Big grin


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User currently offlineKlm-md11 From Greece, joined Mar 2002, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

Alexandria, Egypt

Djibouti, Djibouti

Chennai, India

Mumbai, India

Madras, India

Colombo, Sri Lanka

... places I´d rather not visit again...



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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

Macedonia, I lived there 93-94. The country and people are very nice though.

Egypt seemed pretty third world to me too.



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User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

New Orleans.

User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3690 times:

Probably La Paz, Bolivia. Many beautiful spots, but definitely still developing, especially on the outskirts.

Also, I have been to a couple of severely impoverished places in otherwise quite developed countries: Soweto in Johannesburg and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Both are tremendous contrasts to nearby upscale areas. Even within those there are contrasts, however--in Soweto, for example, there are shantytowns with garbage flowing down the mud streets, but also more suburban working-class areas such as where Mandela's old home is located.



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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

MYT332: Well, they do have a nice flag, don't they?  Big grin



RM  Smile



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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Gary, Indiana

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3013 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Sonoita, Mexico, on the road down to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), which is a close second. It is right across the border, and driving across, you KNOW you are in a different world!

Note the absence of a U.S. city from my list.
That joke was funny exactly once.



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8234 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Cancun, Mexico.



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

UIH / Qui Nhon, Vietnam


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8705 posts, RR: 43
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

I can't name one, but I've been to some Brazilian inland towns that weren't exactly first world.


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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2731 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

Cartagena, Columbia
Barranquilla, Columbia
Santa Marta, Columbia

Havana, Cuba
Le Fe, Cuba
Neuva Gerona, Cuba
Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Varadero, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba
...... but the absolute nicest darn people in Cuba Big grin

Cheektowaga, New York (suburb of Buffalo)  Nuts


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

N766UA, No offense but, you haven't traveled a lot, have you?
How can you say that? Cancun is by far one of the nicest places in North America!!!
RM  Smile



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25 Seb146 : Spokane Washington Coeur d'Alene Idaho Medford Oregon Topeka Kansas Salem Oregon I have only ever been around the United States, a few times to Vancou
26 Phxairfan : Mine would have to be in order Mohoba, India (town of say 10,000) Chattipur, India (maybe 35,000?) Jahnsi, India Agra, India Delhi, India Kusadasi, Tu
27 Post contains images ElectraBob : DETROIT IS NOT A THIRD WORLD CITY!!!!! Fourth-world may be a better description. Seriously, I also did the Vietnam thing in 1969. Everyone has seen so
28 Aa61hvy : Mumbai, India Quepos, Costa Rica Oaxaca, Mexico I plan on going to Bangladesh with my dad, so that will take the cake.
29 Iflyatldl : PAP has got to be right up there.
30 Vafi88 : Los Angeles, California. -Vitaly
31 Deltajax : New Orleans is the biggest "3rd worldish" city I have been to. Bourbon Street at 3am during Mardi Gras on a rainy night looks a lot like one of those
32 Post contains images Flight152 : KROC's house. Man that place is a dump.
33 FLYGUY1 : Tampa near Busch Gardens, not a place for NYer's.
34 Jaysit : Bourbon Street in New Orleans is not a Third world zone, city, whatever. Spilled bear, vomit, and a few bras lying on the street does not a third worl
35 QANTASFOREVER : Probably Port Moresbey, Papua New Guinea - ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. QFF
36 Tokolosh : From my experience, I'd say Dhaka, Bangladesh. It's incredible how the people are so nice under such conditions.
37 Post contains images Fritzi : Copenhagen, Denmark j/k For me it was a small town in India that had a huge crime rate. But for safety we had a police escort.
38 QIguy24 : Copenhagen???? hehe Good one Fritzi.. I would say Karup, Denmark. Even though we have one of the biggest NATO bases in Europe. Its a Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
39 Shamrock_747 : I used to live in Lagos, Nigeria. The poverty that the poor live in there is appaling.
40 QIguy24 : Shamrock 747 Cool. I have lived in Lagos, Nigeria before as well. I have totally forgot to mention that. But Karup is still worse. hehe How long did y
41 Post contains images GKirk : Sunderland, UK
42 Pe@rson : Well, lots, as I've travelled for 51 weeks around India. Also other parts of Asia and the Middle East. Tis far more exciting than developed, state-of-
43 KROC : I'm going to go with Cleveland Ohio as well. Any place where the river catches on fire is far more third world than I care to be near. A close second
44 Corocks : In no particular order: Quito, Ecuador Manila, Phillipines Shanghai, China Nairobi, Kenya Lima, Peru but the winner is: Manzini, Swaziland
45 Jaysit : KROC - South Korea? Third world? You need to travel some more ! South Korea is what most of the Third World aspires to become ! Seoul is boring as dea
46 KROC : Jaysit - I failed to list a city in SoKo, my bad, but its all a great big dump. I traveled all over that dirty, nasty, polluted country. Incheon wasn'
47 VSLover : realistically, compared to third world cities (legit) the American Indian reservations certainly come close. Americans think they have a superb lifest
48 Jaysit : I have to admit that my South Korean adventure was limited to Seoul. And I found it to be a relatively charmless place - very business-like, but witho
49 Jsmith : The most third world city I visited was Manila, Philippines. Pollution, poverty, garbage everywhere right around the corner from gleaming shopping mal
50 Galaxy5 : Paris France. fill
51 Post contains images Sabena332 : Great post as usual, Galaxy5 . Patrick
52 Donder10 : That's original Galaxy. In January I should be able to say Banjul and Dakar. SN-A330, how did you find Bamako?I have heard some good things about the
53 Jcs17 : Montserrat, after the volcano... Running a close second, Crapchester.
54 N766UA : How can you say that? Cancun is by far one of the nicest places in North America!!! Well, yeah the resort part. The actual inner city part where all t
55 Usatoeze : The Villas Miserias in La Matanza, Argentina stand in stark contrast to the opulence of downtown Buenos Aires, yet they are a mere 15km away.
56 Usairwys757 : Buffalo, NY, AKA "Pearl of Lake Ontario". Truely a frightining site to see in person. I think KROC would agree with me on this one. So lets go ahead a
57 BN747 : I thought Quezon City-Manila was bad..until I saw Mississippi, Alabama and rural Louisiana, Texas and Georgia... BN747
58 Virgin744 : Manila - Philippines. It is the most dirty disgusting City I have ever visited. Seeing children wash - yes WASH in the puddles on the side of the road
59 Post contains images Leviticus : Pogradec, Albania Third word as hell, it was awful but fun
60 Goboeing : Springfield, Vermont. Nick
61 WorldVoyager : Bhavnagar, India Ajmer, India Agra, India Mumbai, India Loved the country though.
62 SpeedbirdHeavy : Definitely Salt Lake City. Same answer goes for the question "What other planets have you been to?"
63 N6376m : Sao Paulo, Brazil. What a hole! On the other hand, Rio was beautiful (though stay close to the beach).
64 Flight152 : Usairwys757 How many times have you been to Buffalo and where did you see?
65 AirT85 : Besides Filthadelphia (err...Philadelphia) I would have to say Lame Deer, MT. Interesting place. -Tony
66 AIR757200 : Podgorica, Montenegro (TGD) Tirana, Albania. (TIA)
67 KBUF737 : USAirways757: when will you realize that Buffalo is not on Lake Ontario. Besides I'd rather deal with a little snow and some clouds than the world's l
68 Post contains images KROC : KBUF737 - I will agree Sorrycuse is a HOLE. And slapping it with a 3rd world title might be actually to good for the place. Wait till Usairways moves
69 Usairwys757 : I will agree Sorrycuse is a HOLE. And slapping it with a 3rd world title might be actually to good for the place. Wait till Usairways moves there and
70 ReguPilot : I think that Jacksonville, NC. If it counts. Only one mall.. and a very nice place for shopping apart of the mall, that had like 40 stores or less. I'
71 Planesarecool : Calcutta in India was a very "strange" place. Where one part of the city was beautiful another part was full of tramps and people living in tiny house
72 B747ca : Toronto, ONT, Canada
73 VC-10 : Kabul in 1983. People were living in shipping containers
74 Post contains images Gordonsmall : Kabul in 1983. People were living in shipping containers You've never been to Paisley I take it. Regards, Gordon.
75 FunFlyer : Um one of these places. Limon, Costa Rica Colon, Panama San Pedro Island, Belize Pick one.
76 Wing : Donder10, I spent 10 days in Bamako.Our airplane (B737400) was leased for presidential tour of Mali president.We were based on Bamako and flew to Nou
77 DeltaRules : The San Blas Islands, Panama. Went there as a port-of-call on a cruise. By far, the most 3rd World place I've ever visited. Obviously no electricity,
78 FLYGUY1 : Parts of San Juan are pretty third world. I remember taking a bus through there on my way to the Bacardi plant, the driver commented on how some peopl
79 Post contains links Solarix : The most third world cities I've personally seen are Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. It's quite sad to see all of these shanty towns just a few
80 Worldoftui : Close call between Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Cairo, Egypt. Certainly in Cairo, real extremes of rich and poor. 5 star hotels next door to
81 Kingsford : Geneva, Switzerland
82 UALPHLCS : My vote goes to Detroit
83 Redraider : Newark, NJ * * * *
84 TheFLCowboy : Paris France. Have NO urge to ever step foot there again.
85 Dc-10 levo : Mine would have to be Cancun, Mexico. The holiday was fantastic - couldn't say a bad thing about it but there were a lot of people there who were pret
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