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Worst destination you have visited

Old Feb 6, 13, 3:23 pm
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Worst destination you have visited

The thread regarding most overated tourist attractions made me think about about those places I have visited that were incredibly bad for one reason or another. I'll start with:

Calicut, India - I'll not name the hotel I originally stayed at but it was meant to be a 'business' hotel - maybe it meant business in insects. Lots of ants and cockroaches in the restaurant. Also saw someone have a dump on the beach which was a new experience.

Arnhem, NL - Post modern architecture at its worst. Incredibly bland and grey.

Any suitable additions?
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Old Feb 6, 13, 3:32 pm
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Just a matter of taste here: Honolulu. A cultural vacuum.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 3:45 pm
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Worst destination you have visited

Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mumbai also comes up on my list.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 3:59 pm
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Hollywood, Florida - and for that matter, most of Broward County. My mother lived there for years. I tried whenever possible to fly into FLL, but occasionally had to use MIA. That made the trip even worse.

Ugly, flat, and the rudest people I have ever met. Anywhere. The only refuge to escape to was the Harbor Beach Marriott.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 4:49 pm
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BKO & city, Mali. Utter craphole with no redeeming features at all, other than I got to leave on time. I doubt current events have improved it at all. I quite liked the country outside the city though.

Come to think of it, I also wouldn't be in the slightest upset if LA slid beneath the waves never to be seen again. There's something about the place that just makes me want to find disinfectant and leave.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 4:57 pm
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Houston does absolutely nothing for me. It's hot, it's crowded, and they drive like maniacs. I've lived in Saudi Arabia (where of course I couldn't drive) and Houston still made me nervous. I also agree with LA. Although instead of (or maybe along with!) disinfectant, I feel I need a gas mask.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 4:59 pm
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As my job takes me mainly to North American destinations, all of my least favourite places are there. Most of my international travel is personal, so it's to places of my choosing.

Cities/regions I have liked the least include:

  • Oklahoma City (ugly and beyond dull)
  • Evansville, IN (Trashiest city ever?)
  • All of NJ (Self-explanatory)
  • All of FL, but partiuclarly Orlando (See NJ)
  • Lansing, MI (Worst state capitol aside from Trenton?)
  • Most of downstate IL
  • Carlsbad, NM (Desolate and rundown)
  • Central Valley of CA, but particularly Bakersfield
  • Phoenix (Most pathetic excuse for a large city in the US)
  • Midland/Odessa, TX (See Carlsbad, NM)
  • Southampton, UK (Stuck there for 6 months. Ughhhh...)
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Old Feb 6, 13, 5:07 pm
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Los Angeles As much as the tourist areas (The Aztec Theatre etc) are impressive, it just wasn't a place I felt comfortable. Walking through the area where the Hollywood stars were was just really seedy! Definitely not a place i'll be returning to!
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Old Feb 6, 13, 6:10 pm
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Jakarta
Houston
Dallas
Phoenix
LA
Little Rock
Tampa
Ft Lauderdale
Orlando
Miami
Albuquerque
Palm Springs

I despise most hot weather locales both humid and arid.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 6:38 pm
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Las Vegas: How does a city that's so much fun always leave me wanting never to return?
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Old Feb 6, 13, 6:57 pm
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Las Vegas: How does a city that's so much fun always leave me wanting never to return?
Forgot to add Vegas to my list... Although I'd have to disagree with the "fun" part, as I don't believe one can have any there.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 7:01 pm
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The best places to visit are the large, old cities with lots of history and character, or the rural areas where you can enjoy nature.

Everything in between is horrible. This includes most suburbs and second-tier cities that want to be important but aren't.
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Worst destination you have visited

Bombay, India (see NJ above)
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Old Feb 6, 13, 7:11 pm
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Originally Posted by brendog View Post
As my job takes me mainly to North American destinations, all of my least favourite places are there. Most of my international travel is personal, so it's to places of my choosing.

Cities/regions I have liked the least include:

  • Oklahoma City (ugly and beyond dull)
    ...
Have you been recently? The City has undergone a tremendous revitalization in the past few years and actually has quite a bit going on.

It has consistently ranked towards the top of numerous surveys in the last few years for:
- Quality of new architecture and urban design standards;
- Quality of life;
- Suitability for new business formation; etc.

Indeed, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently held their annual conference in Oklahoma City precisely because so many other cities are attempting to emulate Oklahoma City's success.

I send people from Dallas up there on a regular basis for weekend getaways and they always come back impressed.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by brendog View Post
Forgot to add Vegas to my list... Although I'd have to disagree with the "fun" part, as I don't believe one can have any there.
You're doing it wrong then.

Originally Posted by HKG_Flyer1 View Post
Have you been recently? The City has undergone a tremendous revitalization in the past few years and actually has quite a bit going on.

It has consistently ranked towards the top of numerous surveys in the last few years for:
- Quality of new architecture and urban design standards;
- Quality of life;
- Suitability for new business formation; etc.

Indeed, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently held their annual conference in Oklahoma City precisely because so many other cities are attempting to emulate Oklahoma City's success.

I send people from Dallas up there on a regular basis for weekend getaways and they always come back impressed.
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My worsts are probably Jakarta and Manila. Love their countries; hate the capitals.

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