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11. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Quoting wotthefiqh

Myanmar was probably the best in our recent travels.
Being trishaw-ed through darkish Mandalay streets talking to 3 guys in motorbikes behind us (we were facing backwards).
They were so happy to talk English to tourists.

Sumba just last month was really good with kids going ape.
An absolute pleasure.

I have to agree, the Myanmar people are absolutely amazing. You might not notice it right from the get go, as the government does a good job of keeping them on edge, but when they open up in private or away from very public situations, they are so open, friendly and very generous. They are so eager to practice and speak English that you often find yourself wondering where is this going? Nine times out of ten, they just want to meet a new friend and talk.

I had one situation where late at night I was walking home from dinner and an old man pulled up next me and started speaking. We walked for about 20 minutes and then when I arrived at my guesthouse he was in tears thanking me for speaking to him. As we parted company, he turned and walked in the opposite direction, having clearly walked out of his way to continue our conversation.

12. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

I have to say that on my visit to Sabah, Malaysia the locals were simply lovely! I was made to feel so welcome.... I even had two locals who I was watching playing majhong in the park engage me in conversation and then spend the next 2 hours teaching me how to play! It was such a special moment in my trip.

13. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

I have had some really great welcomes in Mozambique (especially in rural areas), the kids come running out to greet you - families step out of their houses to smile and wave, while usually, the community leader will be the first to come over and shake you hand and welcome you to his little village, you will always be invited in for at least one drink of Lala Palm wine... and you only wanted to stop for a pee break!

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15. Posted by Jncbunny (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

The two places that stick out to me are:

New Zealand and Colorado.

16. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

I've just begun my travels, but I was pleased with the people of Austin, TX ('Austinites'). They were very sociable and hospitable, in true Texan style.

17. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Quoting john7buck

Quoting wotthefiqh

Myanmar was probably the best in our recent travels.
Being trishaw-ed through darkish Mandalay streets talking to 3 guys in motorbikes behind us (we were facing backwards).
They were so happy to talk English to tourists.

Sumba just last month was really good with kids going ape.
An absolute pleasure.

I have to agree, the Myanmar people are absolutely amazing. You might not notice it right from the get go, as the government does a good job of keeping them on edge, but when they open up in private or away from very public situations, they are so open, friendly and very generous. They are so eager to practice and speak English that you often find yourself wondering where is this going? Nine times out of ten, they just want to meet a new friend and talk.

I had one situation where late at night I was walking home from dinner and an old man pulled up next me and started speaking. We walked for about 20 minutes and then when I arrived at my guesthouse he was in tears thanking me for speaking to him. As we parted company, he turned and walked in the opposite direction, having clearly walked out of his way to continue our conversation.

I would have to agree. What i remembered was a few locals teaching me how to eat at those roadside BBQs where u squat around a communal pot and dip yr portions into the broth, and those vendors who try to explain what they are selling to you just because u are curious, and not because they see u as a tourist to be conned.... Also how some Burmese accompanied us up Kyaiktiyo, after those lorries dumped us at the roadside. Apparently, foreigners have to walk the rest of the way up... And also being somewhat stunned when some off duty soldiers started talking to us.... when i was trying to keep my distance and look inconspicuous....

18. Posted by greggers (Full Member 1 posts) 9y

Without any shadow of a doubt the Cook Islanders are the friendliest people I came across in 10 months of travel.

Ever feeling abit low get yourself on a plane to Aitutaki and you'll be amazed at how great the people are.

Borneo comes a close 2nd for me too.

19. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I reckon that for the % of the population, Easter Island would have to be the most welcoming in the world. You get off the plane and even at night when it was very cold and are greeted by what seemed like half of the islands citizens. It was like it was a world first event like they'd never seen a plane land or tourists before. Being such a small place with very limited citizens, other places probably exists with a larger amount of welcoming citizens but I doubt one with a higher percentage of the citizens.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 17, 2007, at 10:08 PM by aharrold45 ]

20. Posted by idau85 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Jamaica, I went there July 2006 and everyone was very helfpful and the airport was very efficient at getting you to your terminal very friendly people all around.