Living there, I never felt the air pollution to be as bad as in Hong Kong. In Bangkok it's just vehicular pollution (and dust in the dry season). There's no heavy industry or power generation nearby and very little shipping these days. Container ports are elsewhere.
Agree that it's no fun to be at ground level anywhere near the main streets.
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There's no denying though that if you spend 40 minutes on the non-AC open window bus going through downtown, one feels a little high from all the fumes inhaled during that stint.
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The problem is now that proper roads from Yunnan province and rail too are happening, the place is filling up with Mainland carpetbaggers. Ultimately they will probably do more to improve the standard of living of ordinary shit poor Laos than any Western NGO, but will absolutely wreck the culture and ye olde worlde charme whilst doing it.
One of the things I love about Vientiane is the lovely old and almost rustic Wats. Big contrast with the bling bling monstrosities one finds in Thailand.
Anyway, when he's not sticking it to the Mainlanders, David Tang can be a bit of a dick. I'd love to read an article by Theodore Dalrymple on the worst cities he's visited. Much more insightful and less of an insecure name-dropper.
Are we meant to believe David Tang has really spent time in these cities? Walking around absorbing the sights? Having a chat with the locals? Give me a break. Being chauffeured around and staying in 5 star hotels doesn't count.
but kaohsung and kenting area were quite nice places in taiwan, very comparable to taipei, apart from the bizarre koisk that sells only betlenuts and cigarette, nothing that much bad about these places, the cleanliness is also much much better than some parts of shenzhen or bangkok, as well as the fact there don't seem to many shady/dodgy areas in these places unlike shenzhen or bangkok