Backpacker's Survey of Asia

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The below table is a recapitulative table of all the backpackers surveys we conducted or received via the site's forms. Considering that most of the backpackers we asked did not visit all the countries nor answer all the surveys, such a comparative table is obviously subjective.  

See also Passplanet's Survey of Asia

 

Evolutions since September 2001 : 

- From the "backpacker's general" point of view, all the countries improved their rates, with the exception of HK and Macau. Nepal is still No1, followed by India and Myanmar. Malaysia (No9) exchanged rank with Singapore.

- From the "criteria" point of view, all countries also improved their rates, with the exceptions of HK. Thailand remains No1, followed by Myanmar and India. Malaysia and Cambodia overtook China and HK at the No6 and No9 positions. 

- From the "global" point of view, only HK and Vietnam lost some points. Thailand remains No1, followed by Nepal and Myanmar. Other ranks remained the same. 

see also evolution since Sept 2001  /  March 2001  /  Sept 2000

 

  China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore Nepal India
Nb surveyed   75 75 15 98 69 82 57 57 47 58 40 16
Minimum stay 3W 3D 1D 3W 2W 1W 2W 2W 2W 3D 2W 3W
                         
Attractions 3 16.27 14.35 12.53 15.76 11.83 16.73 14.18 15.37 13.96 14.14 13.90 17.50
Cities 2 11.20 17.33 13.33 11.92 12.99 12.54 13.54 13.40 12.51 15.66 12.90 13.50
Nature 3 17.35 13.75 7.71 17.26 17.82 14.00 15.92 14.00 15.64 11.76 19.11 16.67
Culture 3 14.74 13.59 13.45 15.22 14.61 14.88 12.86 16.56 14.21 12.34 16.80 18.50
Food 2 17.17 14.86 15.43 18.04 11.48 13.22 15.65 12.48 16.68 16.83 13.60 15.75
Infrastructures 2 12.53 18.29 16.00 15.38 9.04 7.17 13.12 10.04 15.49 19.52 7.70 11.50
Cost 3 14.29 9.92 11.69 16.57 15.77 12 12.84 15.79 14.47 10.55 17.30 17.00
Safety 2 16.80 17.00 16.80 16.45 16.81 11.71 15.44 19.02 16.26 19.10 15.90 13.50
Cleanliness 1 9.28 12.50 13.33 12.95 12.58 11.37 13.40 13.40 12.61 19.10 9.30 7.00
Pollution 2 7.03 9.44 12.29 10.33 14.38 12.98 12.14 13.05 11.74 15.52 8.40 7.75
Shopkeepers 2 11.59 10.20 14.80 13.71 15.54 13.41 10.74 15.37 14.21 14.69 13.90 10.25
Local people 3 14.22 12.43 13.87 15.63 16.81 16.59 14.04 18.57 15.83 15.59 16.10 13.75
Entertainment 1 10.47 15.13 11.56 15.58 6.81 11.46 12.00 7.27 11.08 13.55 11.30 8.53
Shopping 1 14.61 16.65 11.67 17.18 11.94 12.00 14.62 14.40 13.91 18.04 14.90 16.25
Value-for-money 5 15.95 13.39 12.00 17.27 15.42 14.88 15.02 17.43 15.57 12.48 17.70 19.00
                         
Generally (1) 10 16.43 15.28 12.80 17.31 17.10 16.73 14.32 17.40 15.15 15.03 18.00 17.75
  No7 No8 No12 No4 No5 No6 No11 No3 No9 No10 No1 No2
                         
Criteria (2) 45 14.70 14.01 12.88 15.96 14.90 14.25 13.98 15.64 14.73 14.65 15.52 15.53
  No7 No10 No12 No1 No5 No9 No11 No2 No6 No8 No4 No3
                         
Like ?   97% 95% 80% 100% 97% 95% 86% 98% 94% 88% 100% 94%
Come back ? 96% 84% 60% 90% 90% 85% 67% 89% 83% 81% 100% 88%
Recommend ? 95% 88% 73% 98% 93% 96% 81% 100% 98% 86% 100% 100%
                         
Global (3)   13.55 11.71 7.52 15.64 13.29 12.99 9.74 15.33 13.43 10.83 15.52 14.60
  No5 No9 No12 No1 No7 No8 No11 No3 No6 No10 No2 No4
  China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore Nepal India

(1) "Generally" Rate :  what the backpackers generally think of the country
(2) "Criteria" rate :  we weighted separately each criteria according to its relative importance (number next to each criteria)
(3) "Global" rate : we multiplied the "Criteria" rate by the percentage of backpackers who liked the country and those who would recommend it to their friends. We did not include the "Would happily come back" results as the size of the country usually influences the answer.