777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11651 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
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Yes thats right. Thirty thousand British Travellers completed a survey. and New Zealand came out as the best country, beating Australia, Thailand and Italy. New Zealand received top marks for scenery (99/100), environmental friendliness (98.87/100) and safety (97/100).
SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3860 times:
Thailand was in the running for best country in the world? They really need to clean things up first. Everything is so damn polluted over there that it truly boggles the mind. Hopefully they will eventually start taking the environment at least a little seriously some day.
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Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
Quoting SATX (Reply 3): Thailand was in the running for best country in the world? They really need to clean things up first. Everything is so damn polluted over there that it truly boggles the mind. Hopefully they will eventually start taking the environment at least a little seriously some day.
You obviously ahven't been there for a while then. Bangkok is now one of the cleanest Asian cities around. Sure pollution is still an issue (but less so now the Skytrain and subway are operating) but IMHO Bangkok is no more polluted than London
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SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 8 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3794 times:
Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 7): You obviously ahven't been there for a while then.
Hold on there just a second. I've personally visited BKK, CNX, HKT, and LHR all within the last 12 months. I think I know what I'm talking about here. However, my view of polluted and your view of polluted might not be the same. I consider London to be polluted as well, but I've yet to catch the sooty booger syndrome in London that's so common in Bangkok thanks in part to their incredible particulate problem. When you exit the airport in BKK do you not immediately smell the pollution? To me it smells like a spicy mix of sewage and soot. It's the kind of smell you can never forget, even if you tried. At least I can forget whatever London smells like.
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Kingsford From Ukraine, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 4 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3738 times:
NZ is the best country for British Travelers. Congrats ! And understandably as they can speak their own language, still eat a decent meat-pie, watch cricket or rugby on TV, it's a similar sized country, they can fly there at still reasonable prices with direct connections, not have Visa problems, etc etc
Personally I could probably agree that NZ is certainly one of the top ten best countries in the world. It's scenery is nothing short of plain beautiful and they have delicious seafood and fruits !
However I think to really have a realistic idea of what is the best country in the world, is to weigh things like education, government, tax system, environment policy and protection, quality of fresh produce, natural habitat, weather, natural catastrophies, full-employment, communications, GDP per inhabitant, self-sufficiency, infrastructure in general, etc etc
An excercise already attempted by the likes of TIME Magazine and NEWSWEEK.
But puh-lease not the british tourists, may there be 30000 of 'em.
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 3727 times:
Quoting 777ER (Reply 11): Its obvious by all the comments by Australians, is that they are ashamed that their country has been beaten again at something, a few days ago the rugby.....now this
Aw, isn't that the cutest thing!
This is how it is:
Australia wins about 10 of these a year. Do we all get our panties in a knot and post threads about it? I think not (well, maybe the Melbournians do). If you truly believe your nation is the best in the world, you don't have to go around telling people it is. It's that simple. The sign of a truly cultivated society is one that takes the good with the bad and keeps on truckin.
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2236 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3621 times:
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 14): thought it was spelt POHM (Prisoner of her majesty), oh well. Good to hear NZ won.
Yeah, referring to the convicts that we shipped to Oz.
I think most Brits like NZ cos they go to Oz for a bit then on to NZ. And they all prefer it to Oz so all of a sudden it's the best place in the world. Anywhere with that amount of rain isn't of much interest to me!
Zeekiel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 16): Australia wins about 10 of these a year. Do we all get our panties in a knot and post threads about it?
You answered your own question.
Why do you think we care so much?
New Zealand hardly ever gets first (usually behind Australia) in these awards and when we do it makes you feel a bit special. For a nation of 4 million people we do our very best and when we come out on top its great.
Australia gets these awards like anything and receives them with due credit. It's like you take it for granted. It may seem like we are making a big deal out of it.
Quoting Kingsford (Reply 15):
However I think to really have a realistic idea of what is the best country in the world
I hate that sort of one way thinking. Which country is better than another? If you could tell me that, then immigration would flow one way.
Of course we'll get smashed by other countries like Australia when it comes to items that are affected by sheer size and economic wealth. No kidding.
Let's not get into a Tasman bashing session on who is better than who.
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25 Braybuddy: I would say that, seeing that it was a survey of 30,000 British Travellers, they were probably thinking of the islands, where travellers spend most o
26 Aloha717200: Hahaha, the Oz vs Nz rivalry is hillarious.
27 Andz: I heard that the term Pommie came from the fruit the pomegranate, give to British sailors in the old days to help prevent scurvy.
28 Jafa39: Don't confuse rainfall figures for the Milford Sound with the rest of the country...anyway, never rains in AKL, we just get occaisional overspray fro
29 777ER: Another ashamed comment Its obvious that Australians are ashamed when they lose something Keep dreaming Andy
30 Wobbles: Take off hosers, it's Canada, eh? Signed Bob and Doug McKenzie
31 ZKSUJ: Is that rugby games against the all blacks? Because this year you have won ZERO!!! haha BTW, only 2 games a year
32 'Longreach': No wonder there is so much competition between us. Some of these Aussie comments are just plain arrogant!! Reminds me of US vs The World! Whenever Au
33 777ER: I say let NZ'ers have their 15 minutes! 15 minutes of fame has turned into over 24 hours, and still going strong
34 Banco: So it's offensive when referring to Australians but not offensive when referring to Britons?
35 QANTASFOREVER: NZ gets these things all the time. I see it constantly. Yes I've heard that too. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. Oh come on.
36 BristolFlyer: Apology accepted. Hope you're not a cricket fan otherwise empathy between the UK and the Ozzies may not be so high BF
37 Zeekiel: Apart from Conde Nast (which New Zealand does exceedingly well in), I can't recall New Zealand winning a travel/tourism title as much as Australia. I
38 QANTASFOREVER: I'll admit that I'm relying on anecdotal evidence here - but NZ is such a high profile tourist destination these days, I just didn't think that you a
39 Zeekiel: Same thing in the Olympics. We won only a handful of medals (mostly gold) and it was a major thing for us. Comparing this to Sydney where we only won
40 Jafa39: England used Australia as a penal colony, facts are facts, can't rewrite history. At least it wasn't a penile colony (would that be somewhere you sen
41 QANTASFOREVER: This "fact" has been distorted over the years. Facts are most certainly not facts. I'll bite my tongue. QFF
42 Jafa39: Bet you won't dispute "facts" about whingeing Poms! Lighten up mate, no one really cares about anything except Rugby in the southern hemisphere anywa
43 SATX: Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket are also fairly polluted in my view. Just look at the thrash everywhere and you can barely make out the hills around
44 QANTASforever: Such vile stereotypes form the basis of my arguments against the human race. Yeah - I just got back from Buenos Aires, and that's all the Argentinian
45 Jafa39: i didn't say it was boring. BTW, you'll have made Scarletharlot's day by saying that At last you are making sense! What's this South Island you menti
46 Logan22L: Not that I have any right to interject, but QFF, your Tasmanian devil is squirming out of your butt. Banco, go watch cricket and eat a muffin, and Jaf
47 ScarletHarlot: Man, Logan, that's the best advice I've heard all day. Guys, lighten up, please! Can't we all get along?!? Yeah, let me just say that I really liked C
48 Jafa39: Better than that..I'll write a short story about fondling myself........ BTW, thanks for the interjection, I have some facts to hand that explain a l