Tourist Destinations to Avoid

Tourist destinations to avoid | Today’s article gives you a top-7-list of places that tourists usually visit once and never again. Reasons vary. Most mentioned: ‘no local culture’, followed by ‘no outstanding landmarks’. Despite all this publicly open knowledge, why do tourists go there anyway? We have answers …

Tourist destinations to avoid: Dubai

7 tourist destinations avoid Dubai skyline
Dubai skyline

According to many tourists, Dubai is boring, soulless, got no local culture, super hot in summer = no outdoor activities possible, expensive and a discriminating place – especially for Asians. Apart from that no random conversations are possible with locals.

Why do tourists end up in Dubai? It’s ideal for a shopping stopover, has an impressive skyline and very nice weather in winter.

Avoid Singapore

7 tourist destinations avoid Amazing Pool Singapore
Amazing Pool at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Singapore suffers hot humid weather 10 to 11 months per year. 1 to 2 months it’s hazy with a very high level of air pollution during dry season. Reason: intense slash-and-burn activities in neighboring Java (Indonesia). Within the last 20 years the rainforest on Java has been reduced by 50%. Congratulations! You just shortened your own lives by inhaling smocky air for 2 months per year.
-> Singapore is also expensive
-> no unique character
-> almost no historic buildings except Raffles Hotel
-> only outstanding landmark: Marina Bay Sands Hotel
-> almost no local culture

Why on earth do tourists end up in Singapore? Singapore is a very important global traffic hub – ideal for a stopover.

Avoid Hongkong

7 tourist destinations avoid Hongkong chicken boxes
Hongkong chicken boxes

-> crowded
-> soulless
-> almost no historic buildings
-> no outstanding landmarks
-> no local culture
Hongkong’s GDP is close to nothing. The GDP of America and Europe: over 12 trillion per year = $40,000 times 300,000,000 people. Hongkong is just a huge collection of toilet-sized apartments. Many locals live in so-called ‘chicken-boxes’. Living in a 6ft by 2ft space is no joke in HK. It’s freaking real.

Why do tourists go to Hongkong anyway? Hongkong is a very important global traffic hub with nice winter weather at around about 15 to 20 degrees celsius.

Avoid Bangkok

7 tourist destinations avoid Bangkok strip dancers
Bangkok strip dancers

Bangkok is actually not a boring place, but temperatures are at around 30 to 35 degrees celsius all year, and you can’t just walk around or have a peaceful meal somewhere without being constantly approached by hundreds of street vendors, taxi drivers and beggars. This kind of behavior is only worse in Bombay. But ok. Bombay is not a tourist destination at all. So forget about that.

Why do tourists end up in Bangkok? Bangkok is THE major shopping destination for South East Asians because of cheap prices for fake branded stuff. It’s also a top location among sex tourists.

Avoid Frankfurt

7 tourist destinations avoid Frankfurt Römerberg at night
Frankfurt Römerberg at night

Frankfurt is a banker city. Avoid it. If you accidentally end up here, just visit the Römerberg; that’s Frankfurt’s old city center. Then rush back to your hotel and watch some Family Guy or Bundesliga.

Why do tourists end up in Frankfurt? Frankfurt is a very important global traffic hub and starting point to explore Southern Germany, e.g. the Romantic Road which starts in nearby Würzburg.

Avoid Vladivostok

7 tourist destinations avoid Vladivostok beautiful tiny bay
Vladivostok beautiful tiny bay

The location itself is close to paradise – at least in summer. The area around Vladivostok is simply spectacular, clustered with many hills, tiny bays and islands on the shore of the Sea of Japan. But as we all know Russian architecture and lifestyle does not go nice with nature. Soviet-style apartment blocks and numerous soviet monuments spoil the view. The city is dirty and unattractive.

Why do tourists visit Vladivostok? Probably to get disenchanted, or they might have lost a bet that forced them to go there. Casinos are a reason for Chinese tourists to disembark in Vladivostok.

Avoid Taipei

7 tourist destinations avoid Boring Taipei
Boring Taipei

From the standpoint of a tourist Taipei is just a big joke. They got that 101 skyscraper – once the largest building on earth. But that’s pretty much it. Nothing else to explore. But even with nothing much to do in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei’s tourist head counts are growing. Overall prices are still comparably cheap. You can walk safely at night and it’s convenient to get around. If we would just know where to go. To the Hello-Kitty-Restaurant maybe? Check out this article -> What’s it to eat in the Hello Kitty Restaurant in Taipei.

Why do tourists end up in Taipei? We don’t know. We really don’t know.


Tourist destinations avoid. By Chili & Churp | © International Destinations | More overrated and dangerous travel spots here -> Disappointing Tourist Destinations. More good vibes here -> Travel Top Lists.