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POLL: Which country do you recommend I go to on my gap year?

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  • View Poll Results: Gap Years > POLL: Which country do you recommend I go to on my gap year?
    Malaysia
    28
    25.00%
    Vietnam
    41
    36.61%
    Philippines
    16
    14.29%
    Singapore
    27
    24.11%

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    I have decided that I am definitely going to Thailand first (Chang Mai where I will do some teaching and Krabi to have fun and explore).

    I am then contemplating on another country to go to after that. I am choosing between:
    • Malaysia (Borneo - Sabah/Sarawak)
    • Vietnam
    • Philippines (either, Boracay Palawan or Bohol)
    • Singapore.


    Please could you vote on the country you think I should go to after Thailand. Please note that I am not doing anything specific (eg I am not teaching, not working at an orphanage or anything like that at the second country).
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    I went to Malaysia last year and it's absolutely beautiful! Malaysian Borneo was stunning and you cannot go there without visiting the orang-utans in Sankadan
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    Singapore is amazing! I love the diversity there.
    You'll love the airport. It's huge. You need trains to go across it. Not to mention the swimming pool.

    Be advised don't bring chewing gum there.
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    Singapore seems a little small, I mean, it's just a city essentially. If you're working there sure, but to travel you can basically do everything in a week.
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    (Original post by Callum828)
    Singapore seems a little small, I mean, it's just a city essentially. If you're working there sure, but to travel you can basically do everything in a week.
    City,Island,Country. Yeah but to fully immerse beyond the tourist mirage you have to spend at least a few months there. They have citites and towns like Little India and Little China, nice place.
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    (Original post by Omida)
    City,Island,Country. Yeah but to fully immerse beyond the tourist mirage you have to spend at least a few months there. They have citites and towns like Little India and Little China, nice place.
    I suppose. Though it's also crazy expensive compared to the others.
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    How come no one is voting for the Philippines.... it was possibly my favourite out of the 3 (although I really like all of them)!???
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    I ran out of things to do in Singapore in three days. It's a great city, but that's all it is, a city. You could have it as a nice stop over between Thailand and The Phillipines or after Malaysia.
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    Phillipines is more original imo.

    Everyone seems to be for Thailand/vietnam these days and I think phillipines would be a better experience than singapore
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    P.S, I've never met anyone who's been to The Philippines and hasn't loved it.
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    Singapore is probably too urban. Malaysia sounds like the best choice to me!
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    Singapore is quite small and also very expensive.
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    Singapore seems like the best option out of those.

    why not include other places such as Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo?
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    If I were you, I would certainly go to Vietnam. It's my dream country!
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    Dude, it's a gap year. Visit all four. Or you could do the whole of south-east Asia! Enjoy!
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    That is a really tough call. They are all good but Singapore is definitely the worst for a gap year (the culture is similar to western countries)
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    I have a friend who went to the Philippines on a gap year and never came home because she liked it so much. She's been there for three years, working at a children's home.
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    (Original post by kat91s)
    I have a friend who went to the Philippines on a gap year and never came home because she liked it so much. She's been there for three years, working at a children's home.
    Sorry to kind of steal this thread but I am wondering where abouts in the Philippines she went...?
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    Vietnam- You weren't there man!!
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    (Original post by Hopsin rapper)
    Sorry to kind of steal this thread but I am wondering where abouts in the Philippines she went...?
    Zambales.

    But I don't know much more about it, sorry. ><

    Another friend of mine is going travelling in the Philippines next month so it seems there is at least a lot to see there!

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