Sunday, August 29, 2010

SEA Rankings

So after around our second stop in South East Asia, Aaron and I decided that we were no longer going to extensively discuss how much we liked (or didn't like) the places we visited.  We decided it'd be kind of fun to rank them, without a bias, and then guess how the other ranked them.  The qualifications took everything into account: the city itself, our accommodations, the food, what we did, transportation, culture, people we met, how safe we felt, and just the overall experience.  You'll see a few similarities, but it's interesting that they weren't necessarily the same. Below you will find our rankings:


1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Saigon, Vietnam
3. Hong Kong
4. Singapore   
5. Southern Thailand
6. Manilla, Philippines
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Macau
9. Jakarta, Indonesia


1. Southern Thailand
2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Saigon, Vietnam
4. Singapore
5. Hong Kong
6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7. Manila, Philippines
8. Macau
9. Jakarta, Indonesia

So there you have it! If you're planning a trip to SEA anytime soon you can see that both clearly enjoyed Thailand and Vietnam the most so those two would definitely be our suggestions.  We were also both pretty bad at guessing the other person's rankings.  After discussing them with each other, we also talked about the possibility that we may like places differently if we had visited them in a different order, or perhaps stayed in a different hotel or different part of the city.

Overall, it was an incredible experience we are very grateful for the amazing opportunity we had!  We only have a few days left in India and we'll do another blog and let you know what we've been up to since being back here.  Tomorrow we are going on an all day trip (6am-11pm!) outside of Bangalore and exploring some other parts of India.

I'll leave you with this picture I took the other day...gotta love India!


  1. I found your rankings interesting...will be eager to hear "what" caused you each to rank as you did...the picture is clearly an "oh my"!!! Less than a week and you're home!!!!

  2. we need some england updates.



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