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21. Posted by Yatina (Budding Member 56 posts) 6y

Dear all,

Let's take it with a pinch of salt and move on...
As I read, I find it truly hilarious...
There will always be differences of opinions and some will be more vocal than others...
I thought that this forum is about sharing tips on travels and helping each other out...
Let's keep it this way, right?
If we ignore the initial rude comment, it will eventually go away...

Cheers to all... :)

22. Posted by phuong87 (Budding Member 66 posts) 6y

i think Vietnam is peaceful and clean country?but i don't know why you are asking for about this

23. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

I don't believe it's racist to ask this kind of question when there's immunization and warnings about food and water against many countries in the world. Just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2010, at 05:32 by fabyomama ]

24. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

Quoting bex76

Is this a wind-up?!

Of course it is.

edit: at least, I hope so.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2010, at 05:30 by fabyomama ]

25. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 6y

Wow, this has got to be one of the weirdest discussions I've seen on here is a while. Assuming that Mandy is being serious in her postings, I'll comment on a couple things.
For starters, I fail to see how talking about the cleanliness of a country is racist. India is dirty. It's true. There is garbage everywhere, people urinating on the streets, cow crap all over the places, open sewage, and restaurants with something to be desired in sanitation. My Indian friends back home in Canada agree. Does that say anything about the quality of the people of live there based on their race? Sorry, not seeing the connection. Singapore is probably the cleanest city in Asia, if not the world - is that saying that the "Singaporian race" is above all?
Second of all - I spent 6 months in India eating street food and in local restaurants and didn't get as much as a stomach cramp the entire time. Don't avoid a country because you think you might get sick. That's just silly. Take care of your health, avoid foods that are high risk of bacteria, wash your hands, get your vaccinations and malaria pills, and you'll not get anything life threatening.
Third - "I think India is dirty and the food there looks like crap literally". Um....really? Best food in the world as far as I'm concerned. Well, Thai is up there too.
Fourth - the toilet paper thing - yeah, several countries in Asia and the rest of the world that don't always use toilet paper, but rather their left hand and some water via a hose or bucket or something. Of course I haven't been to a country in the world yet where you can't buy toilet paper to carry with you for when you need it. Yes, they do use it in Japan, Korea and Singapore.
Fifth - Japan is the cleanest country in Asia that I've been to. Careful though, you can get sick there.
Sixth - I'm really confused about equating Indian food and cleanliness to materialism or the lack thereof. It really has nothing to do with it.
And finally, like others, I would agree that if you are actually serious about your question and further comments, then maybe you aren't quite ready to leave your home yet. On the other hand, maybe getting out there will do you some good.

26. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Just to be clear, I don't think anyone said the original poster was racist, just that their initial post could be read as offensive. That said, I did delete some posts by the person in question that clearly were racist, just in another thread.

Like others, I think the OP is just trying to wind everyone up. The thread development is rather fascinating though :)

27. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

to be honest, asking which country in the biggest continent in the world "isn't dirty" is in fact a very racist and stupid question, and if they think like that they should probably stay in whichever "clean" country they came from.

Thanks Sam I Am. Interesting development indeed. I was just responding to the quote above that did claim that the question of dirtiness was racist. I figure the original poster is just winding us up for sure, but I'm a little bored on a Sunday afternoon so figured I would respond anyway.

28. Posted by danny21108 (Budding Member 68 posts) 6y

yes i think asia is most defiantely the last place you should be heading too...yes in places its quite dirty and run down and in some ways very backwards,however isnt this all part of the experience and seeing new places...i think the people,lifestyle and way of life out there more than makes up for the negative points...

best thing i ever did was visit asia,even if i came accross open sewage from time to time,or cockroaches under my bed,lizards in the shower,its what makes asia asia!!!

29. Posted by Rong (Inactive 25 posts) 6y

If you don't go to local market, most cities are clean .

30. Posted by mcguirep (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

What a question to ask! You havent travelled much? The US has plenty of people living in poverty.