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    Where's the most exotic place you've visited and would you go back?

    I guess Scotland for me. Beautiful scenery, nice people, good bars, so yeah, I'd go back. Same for the UK in general.

    The recent episode of Reedus (The Walking Dead) travelogue show was up that way.

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    I would have to say the south of India - Kerela, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Madurai in particular has amazing temples all kept vividly painted as they were hundreds of years ago - an amazing spectacle. Also Shravanabelagola with the Jain holy site featuring the Gommateshwara Statue which is one of the largest monolothic statues in the world; relatively little known, but more impressive and special to me than many more famous sites. Also magical is renting a houseboat and drifting though the backwaters of Kerela. Timeless.

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    ^ Good question, and I don't think I can beat the above.

    But for me, my top three:

    - As a kid, we spent summers on Fire Island, the small island off the coast of Long Island, NY. This was the 60s, and the island was largely populated by writers, actors, and artists. One summer we rented the house of Alfred Bester, who wrote "The Stars My Destination." It was a great place to spend summers. No cars, you could go barefoot all summer, kids just wandered the island with no supervision. Great.

    - I spent a couple of summers in the '70s on the isle of Capri with my mother. I couldn't really imagine a more beautiful place, or with better food!

    - Around 2008 we went to Iceland, and drove around the whole island, camping out and staying at little inns. Iceland is an incredible place, with one alien landscape after another, so that was a great trip.

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    Fire Island / Ukraine

    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    - As a kid, we spent summers on Fire Island, the small island off the coast of Long Island, NY. This was the 60s, and the island was largely populated by writers, actors, and artists. One summer we rented the house of Alfred Bester, who wrote "The Stars My Destination." It was a great place to spend summers. No cars, you could go barefoot all summer, kids just wandered the island with no supervision. Great.
    Fire Island was notorious for the homosexuals to congregate and party. I think they still have a "clothing optional" establishment called the 'Belevedere'
    Anyways I went in the spring of 2013 with a gay friend. I was really fun tripping on LSD in daybreak and walking the boardwalk and seeing the friendly deer and mansions.

    Next stop, Ukraine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_n_chucky View Post
    Fire Island was notorious for the homosexuals to congregate and party. I think they still have a "clothing optional" establishment called the 'Belevedere'
    Anyways I went in the spring of 2013 with a gay friend. I was really fun tripping on LSD in daybreak and walking the boardwalk and seeing the friendly deer and mansions.
    I figured this would come up, but Fire Island has (or at least had) a couple of "gay" communities, at one end of the island, but most of the island is much more family oriented.

    BTW, back in the 60s there were no deer on the island, They migrated there later on when the low tides got much lower.

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    For places I've been:

    - Edinburgh
    - Tenerife
    - Morocco
    - Cape Sounion (Greece) / Temple of Poseidon
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    Mine would have to be Hawaii. We travelled there in 2000 on a 13 day package deal thing where we visited 4 islands. Expensive, but still probably my favorite vacation ever.

    Decided to go back for our 25th wedding anniversary last year. This time we did a cruise ship then also went to four different islands. We enjoyed it, but the experience did not live up to our first time there. I doubt that we will be going back again.

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    I'm sorry to say I haven't been to very exotic places. Work took me to 12 or so States - plus personal travel. I've been to Amsterdam (very cool society, advanced social justice), Paris, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

    Amsterdam was the coolest and fit my personal values.

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    In my case it's a lot of competition to pick just one, but (seriously), after really thinking about it, I would say a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo to see the Great Buddha would win. If I still had the energy to go back, I would, but I'm done w/international travel.

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    I forgot to mention, my fiancee and I are going to take a 1 month vacation to China in the Fall of 2020. Definitely will be the most exotic.

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    Having lived and traveled in Asia for 30 years, the concept of exotic will be quite different for me. I would probably find sonewhere like the rural US south or Texas deeply exotic. But by standard definitions:
    Rural Nepal perhaps. Tibet. North Korean border. Morocco. Im a travel geek.

    Recently, I visited Bagan in Myanmar and, after Cambodias Angkor Wat, it was the most awe-inspiring place Ive been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy Vengeance View Post
    Having lived and traveled in Asia for 30 years, the concept of exotic will be quite different for me. I would probably find sonewhere like the rural US south or Texas deeply exotic. But by standard definitions:
    Rural Nepal perhaps. Tibet. North Korean border. Morocco. I’m a travel geek.

    Recently, I visited Bagan in Myanmar and, after Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, it was the most awe-inspiring place I’ve been.
    Nice! That’s like off my bucket list. I hope at least to get to Angkor Wat before I kick it.

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    Even though Angkor is very much on the Asian tour circuit, and the crowds are thick, I still find it awe-inspiring, a testament to the inherent beauty and power of the structures.

    On my 2nd visit, I asked the tuk tuk driver to take me to 4 or 5 of the lesser, outlying temples (I was doing the groundwork for a novel which you read about further down the ‘way off topic’ thread page).

    Despite the battering heat, I found these largely forgotten, scattered ruins even more enthralling. I decided then and there that my novel’s protagonist (an aging guitarist) would have on the top of his bucket list the wish to play a live show on the grounds.

    As I write this I’m drinking a craft beer in Krabi, Thailand. Can’t complain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy Vengeance View Post
    @Buddhabreath

    Even though Angkor is very much on the Asian tour circuit, and the crowds are thick, I still find it awe-inspiring, a testament to the inherent beauty and power of the structures.

    On my 2nd visit, I asked the tuk tuk driver to take me to 4 or 5 of the lesser, outlying temples (I was doing the groundwork for a novel which you read about further down the ‘way off topic’ thread page).

    Despite the battering heat, I found these largely forgotten, scattered ruins even more enthralling. I decided then and there that my novel’s protagonist (an aging guitarist) would have on the top of his bucket list the wish to play a live show on the grounds.

    As I write this I’m drinking a craft beer in Krabi, Thailand. Can’t complain.
    Good tip! Karabi looks spectacular. Enjoy!

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    [QUOTE=Teddy Vengeance;884589]@Buddhabreath

    Even though Angkor is very much on the Asian tour circuit, and the crowds are thick, I still find it awe-inspiring, a testament to the inherent beauty and power of the structures.



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    Halong Bay, Vietnam - looks just like the pictures, only better.
    Hanoi, too, for its olde worlde French charm and wonderful people.
    Shanghai, for the art deco magnificence of the Bund, the elegant, tree-lined avenues of the French Concession, and the sheer dazzling spectacle of Pudong by night (best not visited at Chinese New Year, though).
    Downtown Baltimore and Trenton - definitely none more, erm, 'exotic'!!

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    Most exotic for my wife and I were Istanbul, Bursa, Edirne and Cappadocia in Turkey. Cappadocia in particular was amazing and we would love to go back there.

    We were also in Moscow and St. Petersburg, about a week in each. Fascinating places, not sure I'll make it back there unless opportunity knocks.

    Not especially exotic (at least by our standards), but really wonderful is Portugal. We've been all over the country, but haven't hit every place. Still much to explore there, plus the islands where we've never been. Our favorite part of Portugal is Porto and the Douro and Minho valleys in the north.

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    Monongahela national forest when I used to go backpacking. On morning a herd of deer were crossing the creek next to our camp and one came over and my wife and I fed it from our hands. I'd love to go back but the way the world has become you don't know who you will run into out there.
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    Hunza, Pakistan. Was there September last year and already planning to got back.

    The most spectacular scenery, very few tourists, good food and friendly people.

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    Myanmar (former Burma) and lots of other places in Asia.

    UK in general.

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    Iceland, for sure. Have been twice and have only scratched the surface. Would go back in an instant. Loved the food (had horse for the first time) and the scenery is spectacular, and some of the best hot dogs I've ever had. No kidding. Near the harbor, in a parking lot, is a little hot dog stand where there's a line all the time for the most delicious dogs.

    My son has returned home from working in Yangon, Myanmar, for 5.5 years. I regret never having gone to visit him there.
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    I've done
    - the whole of North (8 of the 10 Canadian provinces and Yukon, +/- 35 of the US states - including Alaska - and a large chunk of Mexico) except for Greenland,
    - a fair amount of the continental Central America and a few Antilles islands
    - all of the Andean countries in South America (from Venezuela all the way to Tierra Del Fuego >> but didn't venture to Cape Horn), but not Brazil, the three Guyana and the two Guays lands (Uru and Para).
    - I've done most of Europe (minus Iceland, the ex-USSR countries and some Balkan states) and the odd smaller countries

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    TBH, outside Ethiopia and Mali, most of (black) Africa doesn't attract me much, but Morocco (been there), Algeria and Tunisia do.
    Not really all that interested in tropical Asia (below the Pamir-Himalaya line) either >> That's from Pakistan until Papua New-Guinea..

    Someday, I plan to visit wallabies and kiwis, and I'd love to do some of those central Asian countries and the southern face of Caucasus mountains (Georgia, Armenia).
    One "arab" country that's still got me dreaming is Oman. Before the unrests, I wanted to visit, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and the "would-be" Kurdistan as well.
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    Most exotic place that I've been to, but I wouldn't probably go back there - Pakistan, but I only visited Karachi.
    Most exotic and fascinating place I've visited and I would go back even today if I could - Singapore.
    I would also highly recommend United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Morocco (Marrakesh, Fs), Thailand, Malaysia.

    Next on my bucket list - Petra in Jordan.

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    The Amazon jungle

    The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

    Many, many African safaris - some were on foot.
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    H'mmm. It would be a tie between:
    - Samburu National Park in Kenya, as part of a safari trek; and,
    - The Forbidden City in Beijing. Or maybe the dig of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an. One of those two, anyway.
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