Backpacker's Survey of Asia (March 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 Nov 2000 : 

- India joined the table as a few backpackers nicely answered the survey. It went straight to the "generally" No1 position, the "criteria" No3 position and the "global" No3 position. 

- From the "backpacker's general" point of view, all the countries improved their rates, with the exception of Macau. India is the new No1, followed by Myanmar and Thailand, which overtook Laos. China, No5, overtook Cambodia. 

- From the "criteria" point of view, most countries also improved their rates, with the exception of HK & Macau. The order remained the same, with India entering at the No3 position. 

- From the "global" point of view, only China decreased its rate. Thailand and Myanmar are still No1 and No2. India entered at No3. Laos, No4, overtook China and Malaysia, respectively No5 and No6. 

see also evolution since Sept 2000

 

China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore India
Nb surveyed 58 65 14 73 60 64 48 48 37 47 11
Minimum stay 3W 3D 1D 3W 2W 1W 2W 2W 2W 3D 3W
                     
Attractions 3 16.00 14.58 12.57 15.78 11.47 16.19 13.70 15.08 13.19 14.64 16.36
Cities 2 10.76 17.44 13.14 11.29 13.27 12.19 13.33 12.92 12.11 15.74 13.45
Nature 3 17.33 13.88 7.71 17.26 17.87 13.44 16.08 14.00 15.46 12.09 16.36
Culture 3 14.43 13.50 13.45 14.85 14.67 14.38 12.68 16.67 13.84 12.34 18.55
Food 2 17.45 14.69 15.38 17.97 11.07 12.56 15.67 12.00 16.43 16.77 15.64
Infrastructures 2 12.21 18.69 16.00 15.44 8.93 6.06 13.25 10.08 15.24 19.74 11.64
Cost 3 14.48 10.29 11.67 16.71 15.47 11.56 12.67 15.67 14.27 10.81 17.09
Safety 2 16.90 17.23 16.57 16.38 16.67 11.50 15.83 19.00 16.11 19.40 12.36
Cleanliness 1 8.90 12.45 12.86 12.89 12.47 11.00 13.58 13.33 12.44 19.15 6.55
Pollution 2 7.09 9.35 12.00 10.06 14.40 12.31 12.00 13.00 11.89 15.74 7.64
Shopkeepers 2 11.13 10.17 14.67 13.37 15.20 12.56 10.50 15.42 13.95 14.98 9.45
Local people 3 14.14 12.25 13.71 15.51 16.53 16.06 13.92 18.50 15.22 16.09 12.73
Entertainment 1 10.62 15.04 11.56 14.87 6.48 11.15 12.10 7.12 10.13 13.58 8.36
Shopping 1 14.40 16.62 11.67 17.13 11.73 11.21 14.51 14.35 13.37 18.43 15.64
Value-for-money 5 15.86 13.78 12.00 16.93 15.00 14.38 15.00 17.33 14.92 12.43 19.27
                     
Generally (1) 10 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) 45 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
                     
Like ? 97% 97% 83% 100% 97% 94% 85% 98% 92% 87% 91%
Come back ? 95% 85% 58% 89% 90% 83% 63% 88% 78% 79% 82%
Recommend ? 93% 91% 67% 97% 92% 95% 79% 100% 97% 87% 100%
                     
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

 

Previously (Nov 00) :

Generally (1) 10 15.66 15.23 13.00 16.66 16.67 15.72 14.00 16.88 14.29 14.87
No5 No6 No10 No3 No2 No4 No9 No1 No8 No7
Criteria (2) 45 14.31 14.13 12.93 15.53 14.43 13.56 13.86 15.32 14.21 14.79
No5 No7 No10 No1 No4 No9 No8 No2 No6 No3
Global (3) 13.18 12.34 7.19 15.06 12.60 11.98 9.19 15.01 12.55 11.19
No3 No6 No10 No1 No5 No7 No9 No2 No4 No8
  China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambod. Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore

(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.