TObound wrote:But Thailand is not close to India poor.....so to speak.
True. But Thailand is not a developped economy either. In fact, India is way more industrialized & top-tech, have the A-bomb, launch satellites, even produce airplanes under Russian licence. Not trying to twist metrics, the point is most of SE-Asia still fits the "third world" definition way more than it does that of "first world" or of developped economy. With the exceptions of course of Tiger Singapore, an anomaly in the Malay peninsula ( in many respects, like if LA or all of CA seceded ), which funnily enough belonged to the KIngdom of Thailand before the Brits set out to invite themselves all over at gun point. Malaysia may now be in the developped club, but not TH up north.
TObound wrote:I find it hard to accept that BKK and Thai's focus is connections and not the massive inbound tourist demand.
I never said that. DMK & BKK, and now tiny UTP, all serve the wider BKK region with focus on inbound tourism. But both because of lower fares ( compared to SIN ), better geography & booming connecting traffic, BKK is now on the connector's map.
TObound wrote:Have visited all of those. And have family in several of those places. I wouldn't consider DEL or BOM easy stopover vacations by any count. Unless of you're of Indian descent, the place would seem insanely chaotic compared to IST, DXB, AUH or DOH. Just think of getting around in all those cities or food safety. Then tell me it doesn't require a fairly adventurous spirit to choose DEL or BOM over the rest for a short stay.
You lived in the swiss-like aeseptic UAE while I was brought up in SEAsia, one learns one ways & adapts to local culture.
Foodwise, there is no problem if one is used to local cuisines, I for one chronically get stomach aches in the US because food is so enriched with carbs & other "delicious molten butter" horrors. As you know, Thai, Viet, Lao, Malay or indonesian foods are healthy in everyway, rich & diverse.
As to India, yes, avoid any street food, "touch nothing but your own body" says a rule. But there is no need to be adventurous with stall-surfing to not enjoy all the touristic spots BOM, DEL and most big indian cities have. The world is not a clinic, the French eat frogs & moss-enriched cheeses that Scandinavians pasteurize & sell in void sealed plastic, the Chinese eat 100 days rotten eggs, Mexico & all of Asia eat seasonned insects ( not just crickets ), India's food is actually excellent, India is a millenia-old civilization like China, the kind first world citizens often look down upon while extolling their junk-food chains & cancerigenous processed fattening foods.