Backpacker's Survey of Asia (Nov 2000)

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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 Sept 2000 :

- From the "backpacker's general" point of view, the first three remained the same but the order changed : Myanmar is now the distant number one, followed by Laos and Thailand, both very closed.

- From the "criteria" point of view, the order remained the same (Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore) but the difference between the first and the third  increased to 0.74 points as Thailand is up while Singapore is down. China and Hong Kong switched ranking, respectively at the 5th and 7th position. 

- The "global" ranking changed with the appearance of China as number three instead of Malaysia. Thailand and Myanmar are still number one and two but the difference decreased as Thailand is down while Myanmar is up. Cambodia also gained one place to the 7th position instead of Singapore. 

 

China HK Macau Thailand Laos Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore
Nb surveyed 47 60 13 61 54 58 46 41 35 46
Minimum stay 1M 3D 1D 1M 2W 1W 2W 2W 2W 3D
Attractions 3 15.57 14.73 12.67 15.41 11.19 16.41 13.69 14.63 13.03 14.70
Cities 2 10.30 17.49 13.00 10.62 12.96 12.07 13.39 12.39 12.23 15.83
Nature 3 16.96 14.17 7.33 17.18 17.93 13.52 16.09 13.95 15.43 12.19
Culture 3 13.87 13.58 14.22 14.82 14.44 14.48 12.71 16.49 13.60 12.35
Food 2 17.02 14.71 15.64 17.90 10.74 12.28 15.57 12.00 16.34 16.78
Infrastructures 2 12.26 18.86 16.00 15.32 8.67 5.86 13.39 10.05 15.43 19.83
Cost 3 14.72 10.55 11.60 16.92 15.19 11.59 12.52 15.32 14.06 10.78
Safety 2 16.77 17.47 16.67 16.13 15.59 11.52 15.91 19.02 16.11 19.39
Cleanliness 1 8.68 12.56 12.33 12.66 11.93 11.03 13.65 13.37 12.34 19.13
Pollution 2 7.04 9.13 11.64 9.97 14.00 12.28 11.91 12.88 11.89 15.83
Shopkeepers 2 11.33 10.22 15.00 13.05 14.81 12.34 10.43 15.22 14.06 14.96
Local people 3 14.13 12.20 13.67 15.34 16.37 16.21 14.00 18.44 15.41 16.09
Entertainment 1 10.36 14.78 11.43 14.42 6.38 10.87 12.21 7.06 10.29 13.41
Shopping 1 13.64 16.60 12.00 17.08 11.55 11.20 14.63 14.05 13.70 18.40
Value-for-money 5 15.91 13.67 12.33 16.59 14.74 14.14 15.04 17.27 14.74 12.43
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
Like ? 98% 97% 83% 100% 96% 93% 85% 98% 91% 87%
Come back ? 96% 83% 58% 87% 89% 81% 63% 85% 77% 78%
Recommend ? 94% 90% 67% 97% 91% 95% 78% 100% 97% 87%
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 Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar Malaysia Sgapore

 

Previously (Sept 00) :

Generally (1) 10 15.51 15.46 13.00 16.48 16.62 15.55 13.81 16.34 14.06 15.11
  No5 No6 No10 No2 No1 No4 No9 No3 No8 No7
                     
Criteria (2) 45 14.06 14.15 12.93 15.44 14.37 13.39 13.82 15.07 14.09 14.95
  No7 No5 No10 No1 No4 No9 No8 No2 No6 No3
                     
Global (3)   12.42 12.09 7.19 15.13 12.41 11.58 9.03 14.62 12.44 11.84
  No4 No6 No10 No1 No5 No8 No9 No2 No3 No7
  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.