>>1036646 Very cool I thought. Very hardcore. Unless you have a guide or a local friend, it'll be quite difficult. Worth a shot though if you're in the area. Not many people speak English and most rickshaw pullers are illiterate so won't be able to read directions in Bangla anyway. There's basically no tourism network/infrastructure. You'll have to stay at either an expensive international hotel or find a cheap local one which might be hard. It's pretty fun, as a lot of the blogs I've read have agreed, there just isn't that much to do apart from simply see the city/country. The food is nice but compared to Indian cuisine its quite limited.
Vietnam (the Chinatown district in HCMC is poor as fuck, it was insane). But I'm hoping to travel extensively in 2016, so I imagine I'll visit some poorer places (not that it's anything to brag about) since I won't be travelling much within Western Europe or Northern America.
Went from Vietnam which is surprisingly developed and fairly well off to Cambodia which was literally dirt road, stray dogs, wooden huts, cattle on road, even some collapsed multi story buildings and signs warning about mines everywhere.
Still, it was a really cool country, don't let that put you off, one of the best trips i ever had was my Cambodian adventure.
i grew up in michigan, went to school and worked in detroit. parts of detroit are scary as fuck as would rival anything ive seen in the real third world. the level of urban decay is beyond anything most of you have probably ever seen, and its in your own country, assuming your an american.
>>1036731 >>Brunei >>Poor Their oil wealth puts them as one of the richest countries in the region. Sure it's all in thhe hands of the sultan but he sinks a huge amount into infrastructure and subsidies. Everything there's pretty developed
>>1036646 I'm planning a trip to Bangladesh right now. Looking at booking a tour for a few days to see Sundarban. It's supposed to be pretty nice. The preliminary plan is to fly to Dhaka from BKK, see that for one day, then a few days in the wilderness, then back to BKK.
In Armenia you just feel that, without foreign aid, they would be one of the poorest countries on Earth. You go inside KFC, you have an USAID funded message saying "thank you for caring about health by having a nonsmoker room". Inside a fucking fastfood. Buses are financed by China (Chinaaid), others have German writing on them. Street names have plaques with UNHCR writing on them. Last but not least, all the Russian influence (and funding ) Armenia has.
>>1036575 I want to say India, but i was so young and was there with my family visited my cousins (that lived in India for 4 years) so didn't see "the real India". But I have been in Laos/Cambodia and also Philippines (except the tourist parts) I think these are very poor countrys.
so many darkies. Was in fear of being gang blasted with every passing minute, even when locked away in my hotel room. Damn darkies I couldn't wait to get out of there even though the safari was a fun time
>>1036820 >>1036761 From Lonely Planet: >It wasn't long ago that Liberians talked with obvious nostalgia of 'normal days'. Now, over a decade after the war has ended, 'normal days' are back in this gorgeous green land. >They can be seen in the Liberian designer who's launched a fashion store in Monrovia; the former refugee who runs a motorbike taxi business; the Liberian surfer who's touring West Africa and the salesman investing in eco-tourism. >You might be among his customers, leaning back in a string hammock on the edge of a forest singing with tropical birds. Or you might visit Monrovia, exploring the relics of Liberia's rich history and the American influence that still shapes it. Sapo National Park is one of the most stunning patches of rainforest left in West Africa, while the sands of pretty Robertsport are shingled with fishing canoes and huge granite gems. Today's 'normal days' are the spark that will light your travels in Liberia.
Sounds nice, but the LP writers would wax lyrical about the cosmopolitan charms of downtown Homs.
They are being financed by the West, that is why they have western fast food places in the respective capital cities. Anyway people in Ukraine earn 100 euros per month, which is definitely comparable to African countries.
Tanzania is a terribly poor country. Dar es Salaam is awful and I never want to go back. I didnt get robbed or anything but there is nothing to do and the smell is awful. Also prepare to stick out like a sore thumb if you dont appear of sub saharan african descent.
>>1038621 I hate not having a specific answer, but the whole thing was just a vaguely lousy experience even though I knew what I was getting myself into and wanted to see Moldova. I've heard Transnistria is nicer, but didn't see it.
It's fucking weird. Tons of half-built abandoned houses everywhere, there no concept of urban planning, copyright laws apparently do not get enforced.
Its weird, because at times it almost seems developed. There are world class restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, nightlife, etc. But it exists besides this unregulated chaos, and rather extreme poverty. On one side of the highway you'll see a gas station with a 24 hour store and a ton of neon lights, like something straight from an american highway. but then on the other side you'll see some people burning their trash in an empty brown wasteland.
>>1039673 Partially recognized countries propped up by some foreign power or international organization don't have strong central governments and can't participate in international organizations and treaties, etc. They also don't get substantial investment from multinational companies because they are too high risk, as who knows what their political status will be in a few years.
This includes both Kosovo and similar places like Transnistria, Abkhazia, etc.
Because of their relative lawlessness, organized crime groups easily develop. They get rich off corruption and international crime and end up driving expensive cars and living in big, fancy houses, while the average citizen stays poor because their country doesn't have any real economic development.
Georgia I love this country, I love the tunes And all its depths and heights For a warm welcome In a cold day... I love it for eloquent silence The music in its soul, The youthful spirit And inspiring stories For proud look and honest smile
>>1040552 Mainly escorting vaccination programs and similar on tours of the countryside. Thank god it wasn't in a region with M23 presense. Drew my gun a few times, never fired. 14 year olds with AKs stop you in the middle of the road and claim their tire stack is a toll booth. For the "big picture" google MONUSCO
I haven't really been to any third-world places. The poorest is probably Bosnia. It was much cleaner than most of Western Europe. Yes, the buildings are mostly unfinished or still have all the marks from guns and bombs, or just falling apart... But it's all very clean, and the food is amazing.
Not talking about countries, the most third world place has got to be somewhere in East Paris or outskirts of Guilin. I think I need to take more risks when traveling, looking at others' experiences, these seem boring.
>>1040575 >Pay the toll? Tell them to fuck off? Yes, both. Depends on the situation. Initially we tell them to fuck off. But these are kids with nothing to lose and nothing to live for, they want to impress their buddies and if they don't deliver they will be punished by their boss. We always brought extra water, candy, cheap cameras and stuff like that to bribe them with. Of course we're not allowed to give in to extortion formally so actually giving them money is super sensitive.
>>1039033 Nothing wrong in the capital and in the south towns like Cahul. Rural areas are bautiful in the summer and people are generally open and friendly to foreigners. The north is pretty fucked though.
>>1040588 No never been back. Naturally I only worked in unsafe areas where peacekeeping is needed. So I don't know much about anything else. It's a massive country. I don't really know if there's any place suitable for tourists (or anyone for that matter). At least they don't have ebola or ISIS
>>1040611 I didn't mean suitable as in "worth going there". There's definitely a lot to see. Just that I don't know how safe it really is. For example Rio is massively popular and considered sanitized. Still once in a while tourists get kidnapped.
>>1040615 I visited a few places in Katanga and the Kivus. You can take a boat to Kalemie from Kigoma easily enough. It's an interesting city to visit and quite unique, I didn't see many reasons to spend a long time there though. If you want to travel onward from there make sure you ask locals if it is safe or not. Goma is probably more suitable for chilling out, it's a nicer city and there are more attractions to visit nearby.
>>1038930 Don't tell me, you drank the fucking tap water. Our plumbing sucks. We have it drilled into our heads to never, ever drink the tap water. It's only safe in expensive hotels and the nicer parts of rich cities.
Probably Iraq. I was in Iraqi-Kurdistan for a little while and it was pretty grimy. Half finished buildings, abandoned construction sites where people burned pit fires and slept in shacks, garbage all over the street, bazaars backing up onto eroding cemeteries, bundles of unrecognizable wires all tangled up and twisted around power lines and poles, stray dogs and cats everywhere, ISIS in the distance, plenty of Peshmerga and guns.
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