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Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by peripatetically on 19 January 2004 2:21pm
 
Let's add to this, shall we?
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Godfather on 19 January 2004 11:14pm
 
I think i would say Pakistan. Genuine friendship. Extremely extremely rarely, is there ever some sneaky motive underneath (which is quite common elsewhere in the world). None of this "Rip you off with a smile" thing which many people think is genuine friendliness. Coming straight from India, you're always waiting for the "real reason" behind the friendliness to appear (not to say that there are 'not' also thousands of totally genuinely friendly Indians....it's just a case of 50/50). But in Pakistan,it's always genuine friendship and hospitality. Islamic morality demands that the guest is treated like a king. You're never bored in Pakistan. You're never lonely, and you're always well protected by Pathans in particular, who make it their mission in life to look after you once they have spoken with you. If you're on a bus ride, and they've talked with you, then from that point onwards, your life is under their protection. That's the way they do things there. It can be quite embaressing. Honour is important to them, and they wont stoop to low things like "Rip you off with a smile". They've more respect than that.
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Treelooney on 31 January 2004 8:02pm
 
Reading this thread makes me feel quite wistful, because it shows that the human race is not that bad, despite all the wars and horror stories you hear about. Perhaps one day, when we have learned to respect each other and keep that friendly frame of mind all the time, there will be peace on earth.
I have been to 54 countries and I would not describe any of them as unfriendly. I certainly agree that New Zealand is up there as a very friendly place. I have heard good things about the people in Chad, Azerbaijan, and Iran as regards being friendly and hospitable.
I am writing this in England, and would like to make the point that we should try to be as friendly as possible to visitors here. If you see someone on the London Underground struggling with their suitcase, give them a hand. Or if someone needs help, do not just ignore them. If we each make the effort we can make the world just that bit more friendly.
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by George on 31 January 2004 8:44pm
 
Having traveled a little, nowhere near as much as Godfather, I can easily understand the "panic" that sets it for visitors who may just be trying to order lunch. When people come here to Houston, NASA is always at the top of their list. Whenever I take my own relatives down there I always try to keep an eye out for those around me having a little trouble with a map, etc. I discretely go over & ask if I can help out. I consider it a priviledge to know I've made a small contribution to their holiday.
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by loulabelle on 11 February 2004 5:11pm
 
Probably Thailand - everybody smiles there all the time!!
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Godfather on 12 February 2004 12:36am
 

>>>Probably Thailand - everybody smiles there all the time!!

But the Thai smile "hides a thousand faces" ;). The Thai smile (and Chinese smile) is well known for very often hiding anger,embaressment,resentment,fear,shock,panic,along with a genuine smile occasionally. Thais can often grin ear to ear while simultaneously thinking you're a worm on the earth. This often confuses westerners. We think a smile is real there. Often it is. But just as often, it is not. Yet, when you see a Chinese peasant knocked over by a train, and the passengers on the train are smiling while they're afraid and confused, then all become clear. LOL. That's when i understood that the asian smile "hides a thousand faces"
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Ken Dunn on 20 March 2004 8:08am
 
Malta and although I haven't been there, reports I have read about Thailand indicate that it is very friendly there too.
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by world traveller on 21 March 2004 2:31pm
 
Bulgaria is pretty friendly as are most places in eastern europe.The pace of life is more relaxed and nobody is in a rush like the uk!
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by gecko46 on 25 March 2004 11:01am
 
I've got to add Cape Town and the Western Cape to this list. My wife and I went down in January, and a guy whom I had met just casually on a travel website not only picked us up at the airport, but took us up on Signal Hill to get an overview of the city, then drove us across town to our hotel, invited us for dinner the following evening, and later took us on an exhaustive tour of the Cape Peninsula! That was just Cape Town. Wherever we went -- we were driving -- B&B owners and their guests greeted us like long-lost relatives. We were, as the Brits say, "gobsmacked." Prior to the South African experience, Oz was our "friendliest" travel destination choice; no longer.
 
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Medibbs on 21 June 2004 7:26pm
 
I have to say the friendliest place I have visited is Japan there was so many places I will count the whole country but here's one of the places that will live in my memory forever. Jinjyoji youth hostel I turned up there ill they took me in made me some tea feed me and made my bed up within two day I was up and about again OK these where little things but it make all the difference when you are ill
 
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