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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Unexplored Destinations for Discerning Singapore Tourists -vvw

In the Life!Travel section of today's Straits Times, there's an article about supposedly unexplored, exotic destinations in China for the discerning traveller. For a moment, I thought I can learn about some really cool places to visit next. Unfortunately, the article is really one big advertisement for travel agencies. What a disappointment.

"I visit China a lot, so it's a challenge to find new tour packages," says a tourist. Very challenging indeed. On the bright side, I'm glad Singaporeans are still sticking to comfy, convenient tour packages. The last thing I want to see on my vacation is a big group of Singaporean aunties and uncles.

I seriously discourage everyone from joining tour packages if you intend to visit relatively unexplored places. Not only is it not as fun, you also destroy the very thing that makes it special. Take the Taoping Qiang Village mentioned in the article for example, ever since Erma Yina got "discovered" there, it's been swamped by tourists. I haven't been there but I bet it's no longer as appealing as it was 10 years ago.

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Yiheng made
9:02 PM


So much for unexplored places for discerning tourists. Once you start getting a tour agency to do all the planning for you, then you aren't very discerning actually.

I actually get the impression that Singaporeans don't really want to travel. They just want to get out of the country. Hence anywhere in China for example wouldn't make any difference. So long as the tour group brings you to shops where you get ripped off...

By Blogger Soqcrates, at 11:06 PM  

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