Backpacker's Survey of Asia (September 01)

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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 March 2001 : 

- From the "backpacker's general" point of view, all the countries improved their rates, with the exception of India, Singapore and Macau. India remains No1, still followed by Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. Cambodia took back its No5 position from China. 

- From the "criteria" point of view, most countries also improved their rates, with the same exceptions as above. Thailand remains No1, followed by Myanmar and India. Laos and China overtook Singapore at the No4 and No5 positions. Malaysia now rates the same as Singapore, at the No6 position. Cambodia overtook Vietnam at the No9 position. 

- From the "global" point of view, only Singapore lost some points. Thailand remains No1, still followed by Myanmar and India.  China and Malaysia took over Laos, at the No4 and No5 positions. Cambodia took over HK at the No7 position.

- Update Oct 01 with the introduction of Nepal : this country becomes the new No1 in the "backpackers's general" point of view, the No3 in the "criteria" point of view and the No2 in the "global" point of view with a satisfaction rate of 100% ! 

see also evolution since March 2001  / Sept 2000

 

  China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore Nepal India
Nb surveyed   69 70 14 86 65 75 52 52 42 53 36 12
Minimum stay 3W 3D 1D 3W 2W 1W 2W 2W 2W 3D 2W 3W
                         
Attractions 3 16.30 14.51 12.57 15.95 11.57 16.27 13.80 15.31 13.62 14.26 13.30 16.33
Cities 2 11.19 17.33 13.14 11.63 13.17 12.48 13.46 13.15 12.29 15.55 12.40 13.33
Nature 3 17.35 13.86 7.71 17.35 17.85 13.81 15.92 14.00 15.62 11.84 19.10 16.00
Culture 3 14.63 13.74 13.45 15.07 14.77 14.72 12.55 16.62 14.19 12.30 16.70 18.33
Food 2 17.10 14.78 15.38 18.09 11.38 12.85 15.54 12.15 16.57 16.83 13.80 15.67
Infrastructures 2 12.17 18.46 16.00 15.48 9.06 6.88 13.00 10.00 15.24 19.47 7.30 11.67
Cost 3 14.38 10.29 11.67 16.70 15.57 11.63 12.92 15.77 14.57 10.64 17.80 17.33
Safety 2 16.93 17.01 16.57 16.42 16.74 11.68 15.69 19.08 16.10 19.02 16.00 12.33
Cleanliness 1 9.04 12.48 12.86 12.94 12.43 11.25 13.46 13.31 12.49 19.09 9.30 6.33
Pollution 2 6.94 9.60 12.00 10.29 14.38 12.75 12.08 12.77 11.90 15.55 8.20 7.33
Shopkeepers 2 11.15 10.25 14.67 13.58 15.32 13.07 10.77 15.38 14.19 14.72 14.00 9.67
Local people 3 14.06 12.41 13.71 15.72 16.68 16.48 14.15 18.54 15.80 15.77 15.80 12.67
Entertainment 1 10.60 15.12 11.56 15.51 6.86 11.68 12.09 7.11 10.74 13.55 11.30 8.67
Shopping 1 14.61 16.70 11.67 17.11 11.94 11.67 14.64 14.32 13.54 18.15 14.40 15.67
Value-for-money 5 16.06 13.71 12.00 17.12 15.20 14.61 15.15 17.54 15.52 12.15 17.60 19.33
                         
Generally (1) 10 16.35 15.40 12.86 17.16 16.98 16.37 14.31 17.31 14.86 14.87 17.80 17.33
  No7 No8 No12 No4 No5 No6 No11 No3 No10 No9 No1 No2
                         
Criteria (2) 45 14.65 14.14 12.83 15.91 14.81 13.99 13.96 15.58 14.60 14.60 15.39 15.17
  No6 No9 No12 No1 No5 No10 No11 No2 No7 No7 No3 No4
                         
Like ?   97% 97% 83% 100% 97% 95% 87% 98% 93% 87% 100% 92%
Come back ? 96% 84% 58% 89% 89% 85% 67% 88% 81% 79% 100% 83%
Recommend ? 94% 91% 67% 97% 92% 96% 81% 100% 98% 85% 100% 100%
                         
Global (3)   13.36 12.48 7.14 15.44 13.22 12.76 9.84 15.27 13.31 10.80 15.39 13.96
  No5 No9 No12 No1 No7 No8 No11 No3 No6 No10 No2 No4
  China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore Nepal India

 

Previously (March 01) :

Generally (1) 16.07 15.29 12.86 16.99 16.87 15.88 14.00 17.08 14.49 14.98 17.45
No5 No7 No11 No3 No4 No6 No10 No2 No9 No8 No1
                     
Criteria (2) 14.54 14.10 12.83 15.75 14.70 13.63 13.86 15.49 14.29 14.79 15.22
No6 No8 No11 No1 No5 No10 No9 No2 No7 No4 No3
                     
Global (3) 13.11 12.45 7.14 15.28 13.12 12.17 9.30 15.18 12.75 11.20 13.85
No5 No7 No11 No1 No4 No8 No10 No2 No6 No9 No3
China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore 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.