10 Countries That Don’t Want You To Visit

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1) Saudi Arabia

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  1. Add Thailand to your list.
    They love tourist revenue but discriminate against visitors.
    The police target tourists.
    Entrance fees to National Parks, zoos etc are more than doubled for visitors.
    Taxi drivers are well known for ‘ripping off’ tourists.
    And the Tourism Authority of Thailand has been selling a lie about Thailand for decades.
    Try Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam or even Myanmar instead.

      1. None of these countries is good to go. let them stay alone and never bother traveling to another man country for any reason…. One love for the rest country thats allow each other to visit. traveling is part of education and many more good experience..

          1. That’s not true, you’re probably just born at iran and left w hen you were a kid but trust me nothing good happens for tourists here specially now just come once and you’ll see

          2. Saudis don’t like to welcome people in their country they kill and rape young women from Africa and their policemen are corropt.

          3. Exactly.
            I am so unhappy because Iran exists in this list.
            But I’d like to say, Iranian people will be happy to see foreign travelers from every country.
            All of us are living and moving fast at the home, called earth. 🙏🌸🌺💐💐🌺🌸🙏

          4. Maryam is true. Iranians love all people and all nations in the world. Their hospitality is really unbelievable for the tourists who visit this country. There are thousands of touristic places in Iran. Many historic sites date over 3000 years and many of them are registered (or candidate) as UNESCO world heritage. Since last year, you don’t need any VISA before traveling to Iran, since the VISA is accorded at the frontiers to all nations. Iranians love American people and they are really welcomed to visit Iran.

          5. Exactly. If you don’t believe it, Just search “travel to Iran” and read amazing stories about visitors in all around the world who have fun time in Iran. Iranian people are so friendly and kind, Especially with foreigners, and act around them respectfully.

            Unfortunately, American and European medias shows a negetive sight about Iran, Because Iran is their enemy and political things… Don’t believe these strange things tryna shows Iran scary and creepy!

            Hope you visit and enjoy!

          6. Iran is an amazing country to visit.
            I was there in April of 2017 for three weeks.
            The people are the friendliest, kindest more welcoming people I have met anywhere. I have travelled to many countries and Iran is my favourite.

          1. The Japanese don’t appreciate rudeness, filth, poor hygiene, laziness, arrogance. Are you perceived as one of these people? The people are private, but kind and compassionate. You’ll be hard pressed to find more polite people anywhere in the world!

          2. What Japan did you visit?? Have been going there for over 30 years and it is amazing!! Hands down the safest, most polite and welcoming country in the world!!!

          3. Unusual comment about Japan??? As a frequenter of Japan, I have a very different experience.
            I have had taxi drivers fold origami (paper folding) at stop lights and give it to me as a gift when I
            exit the cab. (I have also had drivers tell me their personal worries (divorce, financial problems, etc.) because it is safer to confess to a foreigner than a local. Whenever I drop something, immediately someone retrieves it and lets me know
            I have left it behind. I have left my briefcase on the rack of a train and when the train came around
            on the circle line–it was still there. I have dropped my billfold and had it returned to me at with all money and cards intact. When something doesn’t work, a repairman is quickly there and politely makes sure all is well.
            Everyone does there bit of work and there is no one more friendly than the wealthy shop owner
            sweeping his patch of sidewalk and saying good morning. Of course, a little effort at Japanese goes a
            long way. I have not the slightest clue where you were in Japan to have this impression.

            This list is rather ridiculous–I’ve been to 77 countries and, of course, who wants to go to most of the listed countries— they are major points of violence in the world. Who cares whether they want you or not. When stablized, these countires will be begging for dollars.

          4. Certainly not our experience of Japan. Beautiful country with beautiful, friendly people. There for three weeks earlier this year. Loved every second.

          5. Can’t agree with Norma, unfriendly by citizen doesn’t mean unwelcome by government. Its a known fact if you don’t speak the countrys language, they are more likely to ignore you. Noone want to pretend to understand english. They would rather save themselves the embarrassment by being rude.

          6. I I was stationed in Japan back in the early seventies when I was in the Marine Corps at that time I was treated decent because I was representing I guess the Marine Corps the US in 2009 several of my buddies and I former Marines and Vietnam veterans that had grew up together went in the Marine Corps and served in combat and had been stationed in Japan decided to go on a vacation there and see how Japan was that now well I can tell you we were treated nothing like we were treated when we were quote-unquote representing the white man the people were rude disrespectful at times not very helpful when we would try to ask questions
            everybody would act like no English no English when you would actually have previously heard that person speaking English listen if you’re an African American and you want to travel and be treated like a king go to Tanzania East Africa I’ve been there 3 times in the last six or seven years it is amazing you must go on Safari in nigora un’goro Gora crater in Arusha . Jamaica is another place African-Americans should not go and spend their money they dislike for African-American males

          7. Excuse me ?
            Cold and unfriendley

            when i went there They were Extremely helpfull and polite

            besides there are some societal rules i looked upon and asked before i came
            So i didn’t offend anyone when i went

          8. In Japan, they are very bigoted. They will act nice to your face, but have racist feelings. Japan is a very developed country that doesn’t allow immigration.

          9. I doubt that. Allthough there may be strict policies regarding wast, exploitation and overly western behaviour. Respect and gratitude come first.

          10. You do know that Japanese people aren’t very social, right? They aren’t like Americans who can easily communicate with each other. They prefer to keep within their own comfort circle. This is coming from an asian myself. (Sorry for bad English)

          11. No way. I was there last year and stayed with a Japanese family. They looked after us, cooked, showed us around and bought us presents. I found it the most friendly place I’ve been. Strangers went out of their way to show us directions. Awesome place.

          12. Japan is not cold and unfriendly. We have been living here for a year and,I’ve the people. Always kind and thoughtful. Before that we came as tourists. A great place tolive

          13. Let’s go North Korea. I heard it’s a very friendly country.. Especially, government / authorities are very helpful.

          14. Ms. Keatley…Why didn’t you just stay at home and watch travel videos about Japan? People with attitude issues like you shouldn’t actually visit those places…you’re probably the worst representative for your Country there could possibly be. Your last statement is a case in point (oh, “tho” is not a word in the English language), showing that your attitude toward your host country was one of superiority. Wow, lady! How wrong could you be?? Japanese people are some of the most warm, friendly, generous and forgiving people on the planet. Granted, there can be rotten apples in every barrel, just look in YOUR mirror, but in Japan those are few because they’re winnowed out by their peers. Next time you want to open your pie-hole about a culture as ancient and respected as Japan’s…do your homework. Again, I suggest you make thorough use of the travel channel and Fodor’s travel books (he’s a dweeby snob, too) and just stay at home. I would imagine you’re one of those who refers to the United States as “America”, huh? Surprise! The America’s consist of Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America and all of South America. Those of us who actually pack the backpacks and suitcases and schlep through jungles (both urban and botanical) don’t want your sort of traveler out here ruining it for the rest us with your bad manners and worse attitudes.

          15. ummm..I was in Tokyo on October 12, 2017 and I found Japanese to be extremely helpful, even going out of their way to help me when I was lost..clean, respectful, not sure where you went but my trip was quite pleasant.

        1. Well, do something about your own education, your post sounds instable and unencumbered by any knowledge.
          Cuba is visited and liked by many European visitors. When a certain regime or administration is the reason not to go instead of meeting locals and communicate with them the US of A should be added to this list 🙂

          1. Amen. People from other countries not the US have absolutely no problem visiting Cuba and they do it regularly.

          2. word.
            As an American expat i hate visiting the USA anymore. Not good for anything except family and tax free shopping. It has become ugly, run down and populated with punk cops and criminals. Hard to know which is worse. The government employees or deadbeat criminals living on the street.

          3. Cuba is a must on the bucket list. I’m Trinidadian and I worked there for some time where I met my wife. Lots of Europeans, Canadians, Africans and the people are warm and inviting.
            It’s just a political thing with the US but visit is a must.

          4. I completely agree, I’ve visit more than 30 countries and one of the most friendly is Cuba, it is also safe. The appreciation seems to be very political oriented.

          5. This is for Americans only. Canadians visit Cuba by the thousands as they don’t create mistrusts such what the American government does…in MANY countries!!!

          6. Totally agree viktor. I thought Cuba was a good place to visit, and the only people who have problems are Americans.

          7. Cubans love tourists. Its a very vital revenue for them. The country is beautiful and super safe, people are incredibly friendly and honest. They try very hard to please the visitors everywhere. We went motorcycling to the mountains, and visited tiny, now allowed private restaurants in the villages. The food was delicious, everything is organic, and very cheap. They are very honest too, never tried to overcharge us. Its a time travel to a different realm, far cry from the stressful , busy, greedy Western civilization. Yet they hsve top noch healthcare and free university education.

        2. perhaps you might the correct, but as far as Iran is concerned, it should not be on this list, Iran is a jewel with kind people, beautiful ladies, and no crime.

          1. Are you kidding? What does it have to do with the beautiful ladies? You can’t see them under all the crap they are wearing anyway. They are a notorious terrorist supporting country. And want to kill all Americans.
            It once was when the Shah was still in power.

          2. I agree with you. Iran is a great place to visit and have wonderful people. Do not listen to media. Tv and Hollywood just lie and lie.

          3. @ Ugo indeed there are beautiful ladies in Iran but l would not think this a a wise comment …No visitor would be encoraged to go there to find love or whatever it is you propose ….Thank goodness Iranian women are both veautiful and intellegent….some bloated aging visitor looking for love is not really welcome …if you are one …go to Thailand …there are litterally thousands of girls waiting to steal your money with the promise of love …and then send you packing ….Ahhh what happened to the good old days when people traveled to see beautiful countries and observe and respect local customs ….

        3. Every country and its law enforcement departments have good and bad individuals.
          As far as visa application is concern ,hotel booking, invitation letter from a company or individual,proof of finance, is a basic requirement for most of the countries
          Several countries also require to furnish confirmed air tickets and health insurance( European countries specially Schengen states).
          However, scrutiny of the visa application is based on the strength of the passport and the applicant’s previous travel records also.

        4. Iranians always welcome you, despite political hostility. Iran’s government imposed these tackles to reply Trump’s restriction law against Iranians traveling to US. By the way, we are not alone in the world.

          1. I agree that Iran is a jewel, a country with long history and culture, very warm and welcoming people. Not to mention that Iranian ladies are considered among the prettiest in the world- darker skin with green eyes.

          1. You are so right. I have had a friend in Iran with whom I corresponded often. People are quite the same in all countries but gobvernments cause most of the problems with their misguided policies and secrecy.

        5. Actually Cuba is an awesome country to visa. Crime is very low and Cubans are welcoming people. And it is NOT true that Cuba does not want people to visit, it is US propaganda that SAYS that, but Cuba doesn´t care. People from all over the world flock to Cuba´s beautiful beaches every year. Everyone, apparently, except Americans who know very little about Cuba anyway.

        6. but what about the people who live in these countries. They need to support by the other countries to make their live better then before. All the humans are same and you cannot judge the people by they countries. in addition to these countries are alone by they government ,policy and other things and not by the human.

        7. Is true, they like to travel to other people country but they like to see different people in their country. We the citizens of Liberia will not allow those hateful countries citizens to travel here or build embassy here.They don’t have respect for different people.

        8. already a traveler is in my home when im writing this’as a reply,
          if you dont like to come my country its dosent mean that we are alone Dude.
          and its ok because its stay mystery,
          and if we dont have usa embassy in our country,its because we change the name that to house of spy,and we found to many reason by the people not even our goverment,
          younes-iran

        9. Restrictions should apply to trump only. He is the problem. He only wants us citizens their cos he thinks they wont argue with him. He a dictator and racist and can rot on his own in his own country with all the red necjed brainless fools that voted for him while the rest of the world get on and embrace our wonderful world and different cultures. The mans an idiot and causing nothing but problems

        10. Let us stay alone ? :)) That’s true that our goverment are corrupted, but our people are so kind and they really like tourists. I mean IRAN. I’ve hosted too many foreigner visitors in Iran and if you could ask them you would change your mind my friend.

        11. I agree. He should stay at home. It s best and safe for him. Don’t bother to go anywhere. All are too dangerous for him to visit.

      2. Please change the title to “10 countries the USA won’t let its citizens visit”. As it stands the headline is simply no true. I expected better.

      3. Please eliminate Iran from this list.
        IRAN is not categorized in this list. This country has a welcoming and peaceful inhabitants with the history of about 3000 years. Although there are some conflicts in political aspects, there is no war, no racism and of-course no ISIS. So, I love this country so much and I definitely and strongly propose you to travel there and visit historical and lovely cities and places such as: Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz, Tehran and you yourself will see how Iranian are welcoming. These days there is high propensity among international tourists to travel and visit Iran, individually or in group. If USA does not have an embassy there, it is not the desirable excuse that encourage individuals not to travel there. It is like to say that, DT is the POTUS so visitors do not have any willing to travel to US!!
        As an American citizen I sincerely advice you that eliminate Iran from this list.

        1. I completely disagree with you. a country that will not allow a Christian access to his bible or freedom of his worship can not right fit your narrative.

        2. I visited Iran in 2017. That was no problem at all. As a French national I got a visa on arrival. No need to go to a consulate. That doesn’t mean that I like the influence of Muslim clergy in that country.

      4. Update on Syria.
        If for any reason you want to go there (like taking up arms against, or joining ISIS) just go to Turkey and smuggle yourself over the border. Be sure to avoid snipers and US drones that will try stop you using lethal force. But once there there are many vacant rooms to stay in. They may not have all 4 walls or rooves, but if it’s summer you will find the breeze pleasant. Oh, and beware land mines, chemical attacks, random air strikes and do not get kidnapped as you most likely will end up on a graphic YouTube video and never be heard of again.
        Tunisia wasn’t much better when I was there either, but your odds of returning home with your head still attached are much better. Compared to the above Thailand is paradise.

      5. Those restrictions are mostly for people with US passports. Passport holders of other countries have entry to all of these countries waaay easier.
        On most of the listed countries, I just asked and got visa on arrival at the destination airport or crossing the land border, no problems in any of those. North Korea required the same all inclusive package tour, but that is same with all passports. But again, some of countries are more difficult/impossible for US, Canada or UK passport holders, while few countries do not mostly allow US passport holders at all in practice.

    1. You are right, David. Thailand is not good place to visit if we take bad experiences in the country from all over the world into consideration. However, I have another country that should be added to the list – the Philippine. Be warned of taxi drivers, mobile prostitutes and even security guards/police officers. You foreigners could robbed easily if you take no special attention and high alert. Please also be careful about hotel staffs. Beautiful girls does not mean beautiful mind! Take my words, guys!

        1. Sorry to hear abt this but I disagree with you .you probably were at the wrong place..there are many other parts of the Philippines where you can feel like in paradise 😊
          Many foreigners love to live in the Philippines.and many think that Filipinos are very friendly, hospitable and even happy people even if they are poor..
          Bad people is everywhere in all countries.even in a very peaceful and safe country, you can find bad people too.

        2. CUBA?

          How the hell is Cuba on this list!? Of course Americans make it difficult for themselves but for every other nation wanting to enter the process is easy and the country more than accommodating.

          So, to all my friends in the US, the difficulty of obtaining a visa is based on your own politics and currently due to the stupidity and blatant ignorance of your president (a fake president)

      1. Phil and Thai girls aren’t beautiful, they’re submissive and waiting for the leftover Western men that Brit/American/German women ignore cos theyre cheap af and hygiene poor

        1. Don’t generalize the Filipinos and thai girls. There are many well-off and well educated Filipino women who just chose foreign men than of their fellow citizen because of love.NOT of money..

        2. Elderly europen men rejected by ladies in Europe are highly grabbed with greed by cheap Thai young ladies dreaming European husbands

        3. I completely disagree with you my Thai wife is very beautiful and yes I could have married other American women

        4. I completely disagree with you my Thai wife is very beautiful and yes I could have married other American women it just sounds like you’re jealous of these Philippine and Thai women for being so beautiful on the inside as well as the outside

        5. so so True These old rejected white men cannot get a younger white woman in their country so they go the Poor Hungry young asian girls waiting for them to feed them and build house for them

        6. Excuse me, not all Thai women are like that. I think you met the wrong group that’s the minority. How did you end up meeting those women? Are you in the wrong group. Many countries have these women. There’s no exception.

        1. Thailand is the worst place I have ever visited. They are very rude to the tourists though their economy mostly depends on tourism. They care about the money tourists spend, but do not care about tourist comfort. They are highly selfish people. Hotels will try to trap you and even charge you falsely with theft. Be careful about these fraudsters.

        2. Nonsense. Thai military junta suppresses Thais and Thailand is noe the most dangerous place to ride/drive in the world! Plus, as I said, ‘Farang’ (foreigners) are selectively discriminated against.

        3. I agree with you Thailand rocks I’ve been here 40 times never been disappointed and yes I’ve been to Europe and other parts of Asia Mexico and Canada Thailand is the best

        4. I fully agree with you. Thailand tour for me was really excellent. I didn’t notice any partiality among tourist and locals. Entrance fees and all are fixed same and posted there.

      2. Booby Green Maybe you’re a kind an arrogant person visiting countries like Thailand or Philippines showing off kind of a dollar man and expecting that you can do whatever you want because the value of your money. Yes, Bbe attentive when you’re traveling. Bad combination to brought with you is your “manuvaise attitude.”

        1. Ben, please don’t pick offence. By sharing experiences with other, may help us alot. At least I have to avoid Phillipine and Thailand as no go countries for now.

      3. Yes Bobby Green. You are absolutely correct about Phillippines in the Manila and Quezon area. Never trust a beautiful woman. They need money to feed their offspring, as most have children out of wedlock. For taxi, use only Uber or Grab apps. Trust worthy. Never ask Hotel to book cab for you as they start with minimum of 1500 Pesos.

      4. Bobby green. Please read and well informed before you visit Philippines. Next time don’t stay in Manila area. Outside and provinces where you can see the beauty and true culture of my country.

      5. When I was in Manila a policeman asked me for money outside a discotheque in remedios..claiming that he protected me from danger.policemen in uniform in Thailand ripped me off when they asked me to do the currency exchange with them.Both incidents spoiled my travel enjoyment.

      6. Yes indeed. People need to know that phils is full of hookers & cash IS king in phils. You`re ok as long as you got some $$ to spend, if not they totally ignore you since filipinos are damn greedy *sses. Anyway that country & culture has never interested me since it`s poor & has nothing to offer. But chat with a filipino & he thinks he comes from the world most awesome country! That`s BS. Those people are clannish & discriminating. No need to go there & deal with them. & Thais are also discriminating against foreigners. One can`t win against Thais there even if 1 is right. They also pull cheap tricks to fool people. I would not trust those cheap hookers.

      7. Bobby Green probably you went to Philippines looking for special treatment and you were very very disappointed because it didn’t happen. I’m sure you are not stupid enough to be robbed by most of the people you mentioned. You can be robbed anywhere you go. Is there anywhere else in the world that you ever went or that was the first time you ever left your place because if you are a traveler you know what I’m talking about. If you think Philippines is the place not to be, why did you go there in the first place? Don’t you ever read about the place before you go? About the hotel there’s lots and lots of hotel that I’m sure you are very very safe because they are run by international chains hotel like Conrad, Sofitel etc and the list is endless. I’m sorry about your bad experience but people like you are not welcome to Philippines.

    2. David, you’re out to lunch on Thailand, many countries rightly charge tourists extra for entrance to National parks museums etc, you only get ripped off by taxi drivers if you’re naive and don’t ask around for the best price.
      Sharris, you’re 100% correct the US should be at the top of the list with Canada not far behind, especially for visitors from Latin America.
      The Cuba info is complete BS as they welcome tourists. It’s the US that doesn’t want its citizens to visit Cuba!

      1. Thank you for correcting the bullshit about Cuba not wanting visitors. Those nations requiring tours are not saying they don’t want you either. This article needs a follow up: 10 nations the US does not want you to visit. And ask the Mexicans, Venezeuelans, Syrians, etc. which country doesn’t want them.

        My travel fantasy is to visit all countries demonized by the US, from Venezuela to North Korea. The way to get to Cuba is to fly to Cancun and then hop over. They love American tourists! Iranians love Am3rican people (not the government). Most demonized nations have the wisdom to distinguish American tourists from the government, which does not legitimately represent them.

        Trump says American tourists to Cuba hurt the Cuban people. Total bullshit!

          1. O boy! You think say if i go to US a go go back to my country? A dey craze? Everything is good in America. I t is the best place in the world! They tolerate everybody, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious diversity. Please God help me visit US in my life time!

        1. Dale, as Venezuelan Citizen, I don’t advise you to Visit Venezuela. I go there every year just because I have to. That country got the highest inflation rate of the world rigth now and people is crazy for US Dollars. Cuba is probably OK and Iran as well. Thailand is a beautiful place if you know where to go and have Thai friends, if you go alone and don’t speak Thai, you will be Rip-off.

        2. You are right!

          the government always make trouble between people,

          like here they said Syria don’t want visitors what??

          the reason is war not we don’t accept people,

        3. If you make it into and out of Venezuela alive as an American/Canadian/Anzak/EU passport holder other than Spaniards, I will be surprised. I have family and friends that have frequented Venezuela in the past and under the leadership of Maduro I can assure you that entry into and the exiting safely is no easy feat. You also have to worry about one of the highest criminal murder rates in the World. I have to confess, that, whenever I hear or read the boastful and more than often moronic words like these….I realise that the person(s) saying these things is either clueless, naive, or just plain stupid. In either case if you’re a person of conviction and followup on your words, well you will more than likely be meeting your maker in the not so distant future. Good luck young sod!

          1. I was stopped at the Caracas airport on my way out for no reason except I have a US passport. They held me in a room for interrogation but let me go at the last minute to make my flight. It was intimidation at its worst. That was several years ago, today I would probably be in jail. I will never go back.

        4. this is so true. i will call all this bs write up as “American Chauvinism” they forms opinion about others and try to make it stick. im just wondering how liberal the US visa policy is. sending travel warnings on countries with less crime rate than the US, changing the marks on the thermometer to make the fever look normal. the view expressed here is basically American view not a global view.

          1. Samuel, please don’t change the title. It is just true that some countries are bad. One of these Asian countries eat blacks. Or have you not heard of this?

        5. Excellent! Tourists dealing with people and culture not politics and be government.
          This article is based on unrealistic ideas.
          You could consider countries which severely handpicked people which apply for visa and refuse them for nonsense reasons.

      2. I agree. I live in Beijing and there are a variety of tourist scams including renegade taxis who prey on naive tourists. I’ve been to Thailand 5 times and will go a 6th during Chinese Spring Festival. I never take taxis. I walk, take Sky Train, or a tuk tuk..

        1. Mark, I agree you. I am an American living in Thailand for 2 and a half years. I love it here. Just like in the states, you pay out of state fees for National Park. Most Thais are honest people. They don’t get paid much. If you can afford to travel, you can afford a few dollars more. Some of them works all day for 300 baht. That’s less than 10 dollars per day.

      3. Thailand is the most tourist friendly

        Bitching about meter taxis in the age of Uber and Grab. If you’re an idiot expect to feel ripped off anywhere.

        Only thing they could improve is not allowing Trash Aussies entry without Visas.

        1. Well said. Aussies, means White Australians. Real Australians are indigenous Black Aboriginal people. Australian are also multicultural and they are not thrash luke many White Aussie. Australia is a Black mans country.

      4. Not correct to say that Thailand charges tourists more as it charges white skinned people more whether they are tourists or not.

      5. Cuba is a beautiful country to visit and its people are amazing. I drove around Cuba and never had anyone interfering with us. They are very friendly and i saw so many tourists from different countries including the US. (The language they spoke -English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, etc. gave them away) .It’s the US policy that does not want its people to visit there for a stupid and inhumane embargo. The only thing there is that the US $ is NOT king like in many countries. You have to convert your money into CUC (the Cuban currency) at the Casas de Cambio there. I’m going there again to visit the beautiful beaches and islands. I must tell you that we walked around and I had no trouble. Of course, I did not walk alone in the middle of the night in dark or solitary places..
        As to getting into the US is no easy thing. (I am speaking from a Belize perspective) One has to apply online and pay pay $200 at a local bank before be called to the embassy for an interview. If you are lucky you get a visa ; if not, then you $200 is kept by Uncle Sam.

    3. Sorry that you don’t like the Kingdom, though there is some extra charge here for being a tourist, like many countries. You know that all foreigners are filthy rich, that is the thinking by many people in other countries, of course it’s not true, but in many places the cost of a airplane flight to get there is a very big sum for the locals. I hate to hear anyone bad mouth Thailand, to bad that they rush in here thinking they would be treated as someone special, tourists have been coming here for a long long time, the sight of a foreigner here is nothing special. Sorry you don’t like the Kingdom, stat home.

      1. I’ve lived in Thailand for over 20 years. I can say it’s changed a lot and mostly those changes have been bad.
        I never recommend Thailand to oversea friends- dirty beaches, tourist sites and tourist areas are full of rip offs and aggressive locals plusthe younger generation is getting like westerns lazy and want everything for nothing and disturbingly violent. Those comments about younger Thais are from my Thai wife. I also think the food is overrated.

      2. I’m an American and I’ve lived in Thailand for 3 years now. It’s one of the safest and warmest places I’ve ever lived. There are dangerous parts of Thailand just as they’re dangerous parts of America. You wouldn’t catch me going to Baltimore Maryland after dark the same way you wouldn’t find me walking around the streets of Bangkok after Dark.
        Tourist are welcome here and you will find the freedom of being able to go where you want to go see what you want to see all at reasonable prices.
        Before going anywhere learn the Customs try to learn some of the language you will be surprised at how far that gets you.

    4. David obviously you have not travel out of your small town but is the same in many countries in the world including USA, England, Australia and many many more developed and undeveloped countries so your statement is very predigest to Thailand and is not fair for you to talk like that while is the same in many other countries …. Thailand is for Thai people we are are visitors and we enjoy the country site the cheap hotels and cheap food and transport but you should go for a visit to LA or Miami or London O Madrid for you to compare and learn before you talk like that about any country ….. please keep yourself in your little town and do not go anywhere is better for you.

      Read, Lean and compare before you express yourself in such terrible and uneducated manner ….. Take my advice …do not travel anywhere – stay in your small town they like you there and you are happy …

      1. People like Cesar are really out of context, out of reality, talking just to talk, the post of 10 countries people (what people )should not visit is BS, why, because USA is in the war with them (bullet flying /cold war or just political difference )few years ago I was visiting France, Germany, the only people who are wilingly communicate with me on english were on airport, car rentals, asking the ordinary people for info, answer was “no speaking english “which is a lie, 80 % of people in Europe speak more than one language, the point is, to find shit no need to go to neighbors toilet, check yours, the problem is that we are not behaving correctly, and results are negative impact on the country we visited, they’re bad, not us ,but we are just a humans, traveling is nice, educational, enrich your knowledge of the world, but my question is, how much we know about our own country, not much.

        1. hi, many people are not thinking like u, tanke u so much, it,s very pain full to living under a dictator religious regim, iranian are peaceful people , but we don,t surrender , and one day we will get our freedom , sorry for bad english, god bless u, from iran

          1. Thanks for the correction of impressions, I have been dreaming of visiting Iran for a while now, looking up to hook up with nice people like you..

          1. The United States is the most friendly country in the world. The US is open to anyone around the world once you are qualify.The Us accept people from all over the world to work and help they and their family.

          2. I do believe this because i used to study in texas.Yhe university only charged the tuition as local residents.

        2. I’m an American living in France since 2003 and the only French people I know who speak more than rudimentary English are those who have an English speaking parent but were born in France. Most French people I know speak no English at all.

          1. Why should they Painthacker? You are living in France for the last 15 years and you are so “limited” that you can’t learn french?

          2. I am French and I speak a fairly good English, with an acceptable accent, but then again both my parents lived a long time in English-speaking countries and sent me to an international college, so I acknowledge that helps a lot. However, I’m not sure I’m actually fluent.

      2. am sure you dont kniw what you are talking about.have been to thai and i know what david is saying is true.am from dubai and i travel alot.as a custom officer i meet people day in day out.thai people and culture is diffrent.

      3. You are right cesar I truly like ur comment Uk and us doesn’t want u to visit at all, especially their restriction on african applicants.

      4. Cesar, you are 100% correct. I am Canadian and have lived in Thailand for 12 years. Almost all my friends are Thai and even though there are always bad people in EVERY country, l feel more safe walking in Bangkok any time of the day or night, which is much more than l could say about most large cities in Canada or USA. Sure a person will get ripped off by a taxi driver if they don’t know where they are going etc. But a person must learn about the country you are visiting before you arrive. Also, learning some Thai language is not only a great help, but l considered it my responsibility to learn Thai, the same as if l was visiting LA, l should have some English skill. You cannot expect all the Thai people you meet on your trip to suddenly learn English just for you. If you don’t agree, then at least say home and not give a bad impression to local people about visitors.

      5. I love Thailand and the Thai people. I have never felt ripped off. I love the food. Everything about it. Be respectable of their culture and they will treat you accordingly. There is good and bad in every nation,

    5. I think you have been reading too much TEAK DOOR or the POSTBAG SECTION of the BANGKOK POST or may your info comes from certain establishments in Soi Cowboy, Nana, Soi seven or Pattaya. I live in Thailand and have done for a couple of decades utter rubbish simply sound bite reaction. On ripping off tourists no worse than any other tourist destination such as LONDON UK etc. in happens everywhere in the world.

    6. I’m deeply regrets for your bad experienced in our country. Even though everything in the world have got two side and we cannot change anything we cudn’t control, but you know one thing will never ever been lied on you that is natural. Overlooking at a bit thing and open mind for the difference it going to bring you to get a fantastic side what our country’s got.

      Thailand always welcome to you !!
      Tony

    7. I have been in Thailand for the last 6 months & considering the amount of ex pats I have met from various countries I don’t know where U were in Thailand. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. The weather is usually sunny with temperatures around 30 Celsius everyday if it does rain it rains hard & it usually only lasts an hour or two. Rain has never ruined any plans because you know it will be over by the time you reach your destination. Thailand is really inexpensive especially the rent. Like in any country even Canada where I’m from there are always cabbies & others that are looking to rip off the naïve tourist. In Thailand they will give you a price up front & at a lot of the taxi stands the recommended rates are posted.

      1. I’m a single woman and went to Bangkok and Phuket alone.One of the best trips of my life. No, should not be on list. Just be smart about it. It’s a beautiful place with lovely people. I’d be more afraid to go to Detroit or LA!

      2. I agree with you about Thailand. My experience was phenomenal and the various expats there spend the majority of the year there for the god weather, relaxed economy and sites.

        Every country has prostitutes, and honestly given their risk they should have benefits and health insurance provided to marginalized the spread of disease. However, to each to own but I enjoyed Thailand. It has many western offerings and substantial amount of the population speaks English so it makes it easy to navigate and enjoy.

        Again each one has its Pros and Cons, I am an American and even my country has the same relative issues depending where you are.

        Travel well and live jovial always my global friends.

        Cheers
        Smith

      1. Predictable! Any and I do mean ANY country you visit will have taxi drivers cheating tourist. This I why Uber is so popular. I’m in Thailand as we speak (Chiang Mai) and I love it. Beautiful scenery, nice people and very affordable . Will definitely return. Strongly recommend. CHEERS!!!

    8. Hi David, there is a chance there some times you meet the bad guys in any country, it is totally depends on your attitude toward the people, I am travelling to most Asian country and always been polite and respectful person towards those people of that lands and of course it is very important in Thailand as well, if you don’t give them a respect, in return you wont receive the favor.
      I always received the good hospitality and smile from from Thai people, i remembered once a police man ask me to have a sit and offered me a drink and lunch.
      depends on your behavior and your self.
      God bless you David

      1. Wow! I never would have thought about the ice. Best information I’ve seen here. So I guess you go through a lot of bottled water. Do they hike the price on water?

      2. i see you .!anything i want say you know i believe you understand and i don’t care ever,and i like friend good loyalty and trust rather than make things worse between the two, and you’ll see and look at all the people in the farm you will always see a lot of bad guys want to take away those trying to help ground them sometimes strong will do everything to split each person it help them cope more easily ground and remove me that’s what we need to do because when they get what they want them to make arrangements to see the opposition and how to deal in the game with them and the failure to do they always find a way to make us weak

    9. Stupid David, it’s normal for the cremation of the king rama 9! for 1 week any tourist cant go any where, check cefore write dude!!!

    10. I`ve been to Thailand about 10 times over the past 10 years..They have always treated me with kindness. I`ve never been cheated. The prices for some places are more but considering the average Thai salary, I don`t think its a big deal, a few dollars. I`ve never heard or seen the police targeting tourists.

      1. I fully agree. Thailand is a lovely country. If you are nice and respectful, people are nice too. I have been there several times and always love to visit again. As a european i have been discriminated much more in the US , but never in Thailand. Go to Thailand and enjoy! Like everywhere else, if you are looking for trouble you will find it!

    11. I believe that you must have had a one-off bad trip; I have traveled to Thailand on many occasions, to different parts of the country / Islands and have had excellent experiences. I will no doubt be going again soon. The police there will only bother you for drink driving or rowdy behaviour (drunken).
      YES they do charge more for tourist sites – but so do all the SE Asian countries, including Malaysia (you listed the country).
      All in all the Thai people are a very welcoming bunch, helpful and accommodating.
      The only key issue is the immigration at Bangkok airport – not enough staff, takes over an hour to get through.

      1. Pls if I travel to Thailand with tourist visa and like the country and want to settle down in the country I’ll the give me residential permit.

    12. Too many Chinese Thai in Thailand now , not a good place as before , the third generation of Chinese in Thailand change Thailand to be greedy and selfish.

    13. What about Australia…I tried to get my tourist visa online (this is the only way I can apply from my country) and it was so hard and confusing,it took me weeks.

    14. This article is so subjective and far from reality it should be renamed “10 Countries That I Don’t Want (You) To Visit”…

      Stay on your chair you’ll be safe (beware of carpal tunnel syndrome)

      1. I know right. When I saw the title of this article, I saw it as “10 Countries That You Don’t Want To Visit”. It really is subjective and far from reality. And David (the person whose comment is first on the list) is just like the author of this article, in my opinion. What is with these people and not going to Thailand, the Phillipines, Malaysia etc? I love going to Thailand and the Phillipines and I practically stay in Malaysia! It wasn’t that bad at all! These people are just exaggerating!

    15. What Dave says is correct. 40TB for a local to get into a national park and 400 TB for a “farang”, their racist word for westerners. While I don’t see this as a big deal because I believe the Thai people should have easier access to their parks what is a big deal is the constant harassment for fees. In principle an entry fee is good for 24 hours after purchase. Our experience was that you could buy an entry fee one afternoon and then be required to purchase another entry fee the next morning; now we are up to 800 TB. They been using propaganda techniques from 15 years ago. Most coral reefs are dead in Andaman and the Gulf of Thailand although they still advertise otherwise. Corruption is rampant and it is starting to spill over to tourists. Cambodia is a great place…. genuine people

      1. John, I’m Cambodian American. I was discriminated against when I went to visit Angkor Wat Siem Reap a year ago. One person told me I don’t need to pay because I’m Cambodian and another person yelled out, “No she is not Cambodian! She looks like Chinese trying to speak Cambodian.” Although, my passport said I’m Cambodian. At the airport, there were a couple of them trying to make me pay bribes so next time I don’t need to pay for Visas fees. But my family is an experienced travelers. We don’t play with dishonest people. For 3 days, I’ve experienced the worst from my own people and the country I was born in. I will never go back for this reason and the corruption that is going on.

      2. How would you feel if you are a person living in Thailand, who never have visited outside of the country. I am myself a traveller. This is more about inequality.

        I myself grew up poor in childhood in Myanmar and migrated to Sweden. Those two countries are like World number 351 vs. World number 7. Differences in what citizens in the developed countries can do vs. developing countries.

        Whenever I have money I travel, never buy new products or buy new car.

        Right now I am having this dilemma after much travelling. I am just a normal social class who like to explore. Went to universities.

        Poverty I have experienced. It is like a disease.

        I think it concerns the culture differences. Norms which are accepted in each country. When you are in Rome you have to act like Rome.

        But I understand what people can complain about paying fees.

        Maybe you never have been poor. No food on the table for days.

    16. The article is correct! These are places where freedoms are restricted, and can be classified as the “rumps” of the world. Add Pakistan and Afghanistan. Do NOT add Thailand, which is a great and beautiful place, with a free visa-on-arrival program, great food and reasonable prices. We have spent some great holidays in Thailand in the past and will definitely visit there again!

    17. I find Thai people very fake and greedy, in general, though there are beautiful natuaral landscapes there, and I have to say that inflated tourist prices for natural parks etc. can be found throughout SE asia, though perhaps less inflated than in parts of thailand.

    18. I couldn’t agree more with you . Thailand has been the pits for innocent tourists for years. Cambodia, Laos are up an coming. The English have ruined Thailand, hooligans come over there and turn the place into a garbage dump. Kao San Road, the tourist hub is a scam and the street vendors have total contempt for visitors. Avoid.

    19. I’m so sorry for you that you made a bad experience in Thailand. But I think there’s no perfect please in this world.
      So then you shouldn’t go there again, but let the people to judge them self, if they’re also your oppinion..!!

    20. This is dumb because you don’t even need a visa to enter Thailand as an American. The article is discussing countries that don’t want us there. And many countries discriminate against visitors including the US!

    21. You are right. Thailand is changed a lot since their King deceased. Only 3 yearly entrances, have to show a certain amounth of cash, closing hours in area’s as khoasan,…. laos is indeed a lot better but going there through Thailand to Bangkok and then with Train alor domestic flight, like I always did, are now not that easy anymore.
      For the moment I am in China. Certainly a place to visit buy first is communication extremely difficult, besides ni hao is my cantonese horrible, and to get connected with the Home front is also almost impossible. Not possible to log in in Facebook, Messenger, you tube, whatsapp,… even Google. China is nice for An organised trip but not easy to do on your own.
      I have also been a few times in Venezuela. In the Resort perfect but outside almost suïcide. Too dangerous

    22. The best thing as an American that I feel anyone should do, is to stay home and visit places in America and enjoy our beautiful country!!!

      1. There is nothing wrong with Vietnam. I’ve lived there for over a decade and like everywhere in the world, the danger comes with your attitude. Showing off your wealth is so wrong, disrespecting the people and their culture is asking for trouble. If you want to do business and you can’t coop with the locals you will be faster out than you got in. Fantastic country with lovely people.

    23. Thanks for your info. I was considering moving there. I think I’ll pass on it. There is some natural beauty there, but I suspected what you have wrote for a while.

    24. I have lived in Thailand a very long time. I love it here warm all year.
      The problem with Thailand is they love money it in there coulcher now
      Touris they try to milk them and are very good at it now. Take your money and give you nothing. I could right a book.

    25. @David (26 Oct 2017 / 2:28am): B.S. about your perspective on Thailand.
      True it loves the tourist revenue – name one tourist location that despises tourist revenue.
      The Thai Police do not target tourists – but they have no qualms about arresting and jailing a tourist who disrespects their laws (e.g., using illegal drugs, working without the proper work visa, overstaying one’s visa, assualt and battery, larceny, etc.) and tries to use the “ignorance card”.
      Entrance fees to National parks, zoos etc., have two different prices: local and visitor (their rules) but you are free to visit other locations which don’t have fees.
      Taxi drivers, true some do rip off their customers, but, just like in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East, and others, the taxi drivers in those countries do so with no malice. Try taking a taxi from the Las Vegas Airport to the downtown area (Golden Nugget Hotel) and the driver will avoid a direct route, regardless of traffic conditions (light or heavy). I know this as fact since I once lived there for four years.

      Thailand is very hospitable to its visitors / guests; but one must reciprocate and behave their self and be respectful and courteous to their hosts.

      I’m glad you won’t be in Thailand during my next holiday there.

    26. Why thank you Mr. David for that comment! I wonder where you are from! Hope its even worse than the beautiful country Thailand! I mean I am not precisely from Thailand, but trust me, the police don’t target tourists! That would be called racism! “Ripping off tourists” wow! Taxi drivers don’t “rip off” their costumers (’cause that’s not a thing!) Dear Mr. David! I think you should go to Grade 1 due to your condition of stupidity! Thanks you and have a nice day!

    27. I have been to Thailand five times and I do not find the above comments to be true.
      I have always been pleasantly welcomed.

      1. I did enjoy Thailand too, although I avoided the bar girl scene (so squalid). But I had a hard time with its humid, hot climate. You have to live at night there, but I’m not a night person, so…

    28. Traveling in Tuk-Tuk should be careful as handbags or other things could be snatched by motor-borne assailants. If we approach a nearest police station, they would say, the CCTV in the area where the incident took place, is not working. So beware with police as well.

    29. You still forget the USA.
      In this Country more people are murdered by gangs and crazy people than anywhere else in the world.
      But the most important reason not to visit the USA is there fucking stupid, mentally sick president, named Donald Duck Trump. An arshole par excellence.

    30. The list is far from the truth, without south Africa, killers of foreigners. Countries mentioned, have due to security issues, the right to strictness. Taxi fares cheating and all mentioned are welcomed in place of south Africa killing. Would you rather be killed or dupped?

    31. Vietnamese also target foreigners for economic abuse. I have lived and paid taxes in Vietnam for 15 years now and I still find myself having to pay higher prices than locals. And don’t think the locals are all poor. Many of them are quite well off.

    32. You are 100% correct. Munk are on TV, everyday speaking out against roads as they lead to change.
      I always amazed that there are many smart Thai people who speak English well but never see them in visa office or hospital reception where there are tourist seeking help.

    33. I can’t imagine why your experience seems entirely opposite to those of the thousands of tourists who visitvThailand each year. As long as a tourist checks on what is considered acceptable behaviour, nobody I know would be looking forward to their next visit. I have been a regular visitor since the early 90s, and have had no negative experiences. The ‘Land of Smiles’ beats most vacation destinations hands down.

    34. Those 10 countries are no brainers. There is no way I would ever go there but I can probably add another about 50 to that list. Just pick the majority of African countries. Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, just a few examples but other parts of the world as well.

    35. How many times you have visited Thailand??
      If you’ve been treated so badly why don’t you contact the Tourism Police then?

      It is such a seriously insulted comment!

    36. This person must have had a very bad experience in Thailand. I have spent 9 weeks during the past year in Thailand. The people are very friendly and kind. Yes there are a few scams as in other counties. One hour research on the internet and you can easily avoid them all.

      Yes there is a two tier pricing structure in Thailand. Went to a national park and Thai’s paid 10 baht to get in while it cost me 50. Cheap compared to US Oarks when you consider a US dollar is worth 33 baht.

      Compared to Thai people most tourists are rich and food and entertainment costs are very low. If you take Thailand off your list you will surely miss a wonderful place to visit.

    37. Sorry David, you must be very uninformed.
      For the last 11 years I have traveled all over Thailand. The country and people are wonderful.
      When needed, the Thai Police and the Thai Army have always been helpful.
      Parks and zoos do have dual prices, one for tourists and one for locals. Heck, Disneyland in California does that.
      Metered taxis are the best way to get around for local travel in large cities.
      Thailand is a wonderful tourist destination.

    38. 10 Countries that don’t want you to visit if you are American! Cuba is wide open to most people. As for the rest, who would want to go there anyway? Also there are other countries which are difficult to get to for travel/Visa reasons. You can add Russia to the list and probably all the central southern European countries ending in Stan. Again, not exactly the centre of the universe for travellers and also as most Americans are too afraid to travel abroad, (only about 40 per cent have passports) the list is hardly relevant anyway!

    39. You are so wrong! My family and I lived in Thailand for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015 and now we’re moving back again because we a) miss it so much. The people are wonderful the cultures great, the food is fantastic and all you have to is get a Thai driver’s license to get all the same pricies that the Thais get. it’s a wonderful place for tourists to live especially ChiAng Mai!

    40. This is true. Thailand now a days has become more greedy towards tourist.
      In last few months they doubled everything right from visa.
      It is better to visit other Asian countries then Thailand.

    41. >>Taxi drivers are well known for ‘ripping off’ tourists.
      Agree 100% they are little more than highway robbers not to be trusted at all.
      We booked a taxi to take us to “Tiger Temple” and stupidly paid him because he said he needed gas money first.
      Sounded reasonable at first but turned out to be BS because he vanished after we stopped for lunch on the way
      leaving us stranded in the middle of nowhere. One good thing came out of it, we held the hotel responsible since they arranged the cab for us
      and they gave us the money back. However; That made me promise to myself that was the last tourist dollar/baht they will ever get from me.

    42. Hi David,

      Thank you for your comment. I am from Thailand and live in Bangkok. I have read your article and replies from other readers through and through and feel very uneasy that you have such a bad experience about Thailand. I feel very sorry that you have such a feeling about my country so it might be good if someone like me could give you and other readers another point of view from the locals.

      Most average Thais are not pretty good at speaking English. Some even walk away from you in a cold manner in the streets just because they are not good at English. In fact, they are helpful. They can read and understand you quite well if you write it on papers or speak in clear English slowly. The situation is getting much better these days because the Internet is widespread and many Thais are addicted to the YouTube videos and the western cultures so the language barrier is narrowing the gap. They love tourists, really.

      Taxi drivers here in Bangkok are notorious for bad manners. The Transport authority try to hunt down those rejecting the customers, jailbreaking meters, pulling over the cars and blocking traffic, talking too much, robbing customers, etc. , but things are beyond control. There are 2 types of taxis in Bangkok, metered and negotiable taxis. The latter one is the traditional taxi and that is the Tuk-tuk. Beware of the Tuk-tuk taxi drivers in the tourist areas, they are greedy to make money from naive tourists as much as they want to. Some even reject Thai customers and will stop by only for tourists. The problem is the tourists never know what is the appropriate price for the destination they are heading. Because it is negotiable so the law could not get down to it. I guess this is where you were ripped off and that made you feel bad. If you take a metered taxi, you do not need to negotiate. Just show them your destination and sit down. If some drivers try to give you an option to pay the other way, just reject them. If you find a taxi driver that talks too much in English, be careful because that is not a normal situation. Some drivers are involved in crimes and the taxi owners did not make a crime check for bad drivers’ record. To apply to drive a taxi is easy and too easy to cause the problems. As long as the Transport authority does not change the whole structure, things will never improve. I agree with you that the taxi in Thailand is not a reliable system and negotiation for prices should no longer exist.

      The police here are corrupted for the most part but it does not mean that they protect the bad guys or they are all bad. If you do something wrong, you will be fined. In any case, if you are facing a serious problem and feel that you are not getting a fair treat, give a petition to the upper level of the police department like a Crime Depression. They have more authority over the police station and will be willing to help. It is not quite true that they target on tourists. If you find one, jot down their name or take a photo and send them to the upper authority to help us.

      I agree that a 2-tier pricing is very bad and could bring a lot of serial problems. I have no idea where the 2-tier pricing structure has started but it seems that it is a standard here to charge visitors a higher price and this point of view started from the Thai authority and that it makes some vendors in the tourist area try to sell goods at the higher prices for tourists. This practice is not acceptable and the tourists have a feeling that they are ripping off. Unfortunately, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has no authority over the Zoo, National Parks, etc. because they are a separate unit organized to promote Thailand’s tourism only. Thais view foreigners as somebody richer than they are and nothing else. One other reason is the Thai authority try to promote Thais to travel domestically in several places instead of going abroad so many of them are free or lower fees for Thais. If they charge all equal at the prices of tourists, no Thais will come and this is really true. This system instead gives the illusion to Thais that they need to charge tourists for more than the standard prices. If only they could lower the fees in half and charge everyone the same prices regardless of nationals, the situation might be better, I guess. It might take a while before the regulators from many authorities could agree on this.

      We are suffering from a growing economy as well as most of the service or sales staff in some areas are not Thais, but they are from our neighbors. They are usually hired from the cheap hotels, small vendors and even some department stores. Of course, they could speak Thai and English a little bit and some could do very well but we know from their pronunciation that they are not Thais. Some of them are doing nasty things like ripping off tourists, pickpocket, bad manners to tourists that do not pay the money for something or even involving in crimes. Most of the beggars you see in the Bangkok streets 80% are not Thais and involved in a syndicate from our neighbor countries. In view of the tourists, they thought they are Thais because their looks are the same but in fact they are not. This does not mean that all the Thais are good. We have to protect ourselves from some bad guys too. All in all, most of us feel happy when we see tourists visiting our country and we really want to give you a long-lasting impression about Thailand.

      If there is anything that I could probably do to make up your feelings about my country, I would definitely be willing to help you out in your next visit. I really mean it. I regard your comment as a good point to mend it. I will find a time to give this an attention to the Thai authority especially about solving a 2-tier pricing structure. It might be hard to change the pattern how they are doing for a long time but I will try.

      Please do not look at this as a point to spoil your whole traveling experience. Thailand is still a better place to visit. You are mostly welcome.

    43. David, not sure about your specific experience but many of those who came and had bad didn’t bother to do any research before they arrived. They don’t take in facts like, be sure you understand norms & culture…, what it permissible and what is not…, understanding you’re a visitor. If you encounter police, there’s probably a reason for it and the venue questionable. Entrance fees to national parks…, more for farang than locals…, suck it up buttercup…, the fees are still far lower than national parks in US. Taxi drivers…, be kind and know the fare. Ask only for “meter”…, if they say no wait until another comes as one certainly will who will meter. waiting (teetering) for a taxi @ 3AM in a tourist trap area, go figure. Learn to smile, say “please”, “I’m sorry” and “thank you” in Thai (not hard).

      Your other country choices aren’t without their issues either. I know as I’ve been to them all multiple times over many years. It will always come down to personal civility, understanding you’re in THEIR country, and being nice.

    44. We always see what we are looking for. Thailand is my winter home and have never had a problem. Cabs are really cheap and always agree on the fare first – same as anywhere on earth. Police never bother me but of course I am not a roudy drunk or anything. English speakers are everywhere so no problems with language. Its safe, cheap, and warm.

    45. Maybe these countries observe that the first tourist of the world were Europeans who in their own right were also territorial thieves who befriended friendly inhabitants, taught them Christianity, chained them up, turned them into the first immigrants (without visas), scattered them all over the world on stolen land, work them in slavery, reap the wealth of these lands, and enrich Europe and America and then dampened their iniquity to turn colonialists and when they deemed themselves satisfied they talk about giving independence and then the IMF and World Bank become the new (economic) slavemasters.

    46. All True.and no rule of law,if a rich Thai wants you dead you will be dead, look at two English tourists murdered out of a beach bar on paradise island Koh Tao, the police did not even secure the murder scene for over 24 hours.
      Look at the Red Bull Heir ran over and killed a Policeman in Bangkok dragged his body 200 metres down the road and left the murder scene, went home and drunk alcohol , we know why , has not been to court in two years some charges have expired, Thailand is incapable/not trying very hard to bringing him to justice.

    47. What makes you say Thailand, I imagine you had some unexplained bad experience, that you did not agree with. Please let me enlighten you, if you where to take time & learn Thai customs, your overall experience of Thailand & it’s people, would be a positive one. The truth.

    48. Thailand is just great! Just don’t be a total gringo and you will have a lot of fun for very little money. Negotiate prices beforehand and nobody will rip you off. They usually honor what has been negotiated. But if nothing has been negotiated beforehand, be prepared to ou too much. Yes, sure, locals will pay less than half of what you pay, but in London, Tokyo or New York you would be paying 5 times more than that anyway. Just be slightly slick and you will be fine.

    49. I appologize for your bad situation here.
      About the double entrance fee, it quite same as other country that free for only citizens and charge only visitors. And others that also like ‘the black hole in every countries’.

      In Europe, My dad was stolen his watch while raised his hand for say Hi. My sister was stolen her iphone while someone acted as she need help.

      Anyway, there are a lot of beautiful things waiting for you. ^^

    50. Thanks you sir for choose my country.. im from malaysia.. thank you again.. hope you can come to viait malaysia again.. terima kasih.. 🙂

    51. I’ve lived in Thailand for 3 years on a retirement visa and true, they make it difficult, however it’s the nicest, safest and cheapest place.

      I’ve been to Burma and Laos. Both totally poverty stricken and extremely expensive. Cambodia is not to good either. Most capital city’s are fair, but once 5km outside it all ends.

      The USA should imitate Thailand’s immigration policy.

    52. Also add to the list most of East European countries, lately they have been becoming a strong dictature, you can easily be part of victim of the authorities’ abuses, its enough not to give them “black money”. The corruption is so high that an innocent, normal visitor from a civilizated country can have very uncomfortable experiences (Hungary, Rumania, etc etc, as we always say, the line between civilization and “barbarie” is the Austrian-Hungarian border).

    53. yes that’s right in some ways in Thai big cities as Bangkok,Pattaya,Phuket….Krabi and Koh samui but if u try to go to other provinces in the heart of Thailand u will find other kind of sweet peaple very friendly very helpful,they ‘re not interested in how much money in ur wallit….provinces full of historical areas and beautiful sightseeing……cities as Chiang mai and Chiang rai in the north of Thailand cheap hotels and nice food and very safe if u re interesting in hot nightlife……. i have been there 2 years ago …i’ve stayed for more than 3 weeks alone with a very small budget ……Thailand is not that bad

    54. Hey ! I have lived and worked in many so called first world country and am now in Thailand and it is the best I have been to. So each person has different experience so do not put down any country. I guess people can say negative about your paradise country.

    55. Thailand is my favourite place to visit. Just behave and you will have the time of your life. Tourists are the lifes bread of Thailand and you will find the best food and welcome of any country. A more warm and friendly people cant be found anywhere else. If you have problems you have brought them with you.

    56. Are these countries just against Americans then,? as the article keeps mentioning the American embassies. My grandson didn’t like Myanmar, as the locals chew this red stuff,( don’t know what ) and then spit it out, he says everything is red, yuck, As for Cuba, my nephew just last week came home from his Honeymoon, and had no problem getting to go there, mind you, he is English, and booked his trip, from England, hence my original question.

  2. Do you really feel the procedures are tough? You ask any asian, visa to any country in the world is toughest procedure than your 10 listed countries. (except Singapore Malaysia Japan and Southkorea)

    1. You are really right! Asian is highly discriminated when come to visa for overseas travel. In Laos, it takes months before application would be accepted or decline by embassies especially the USA, Australia, Canada etc. However, to get Lao visa might be relatively easy but, be warned, to say in Laos is another story. Check with your embassy website before making a move.

  3. I think It’s not true about Iran, second place after Saudi Arabia? Even before North Korea and Libya?! really? ?
    Have anyone any experiences about traveling to Iran? (specially the writer)

    1. Iran is completely different from what you have been saying and shown on television.
      Iran has four seasons.
      Iran is not a desert.
      It’s snowing in Iran.
      To never see or ignore yourself, never believe it

      1. Have toured Iran TWICE, EU passports get Visa on arrival ! No problems at all. Iranians are very very kind, hospitable people. There is no danger, crime is almost non existant. Iran has a deep history, they are welcoming people, the only real “not nice” thing is the request for the ladies to wear a head scarf or men not to wear shorts, nothing else. USA president is a bias individual, a sort of right winger colluding with Saudi Arabia and the likes, just for money….nothing else, once Trump is removed, the world will be a better place.

      1. Hi, I beg you study about Iranians then judge about them, the nation with nice IQ that if decide ti leave America promptly you will face huge management and scientific difficulties you can not imagine! See how many great and famous scientists live there in US. Indeed you have to upgrade your study and knowledge about Iran before saying non -the- less. Have a nice time!

    2. Iran is most beautiful hospitable place
      That ever exist on planet earth
      I go there to enjoy 5 times a year
      For last 25 years
      Very in expensive
      Delicious food
      Good people
      And I live in Virginia
      USA

  4. hi it’s not true about Angola
    the trouble of Angola are only the politicians and hight prices
    but Angola have good people nice place to have a big party
    it’s like Rio de Janeiro.

  5. He is not true about Cuba. Tourism is the second most important sector in the Cuban economy. Anybody can travel to Cuba by a tourist visa that you could buy with tour plane ticket.

  6. I don’t believe the info on Cuba is all accurate. Cuba, like most of the Caribbean relies on Tourism as the main economic activity and earner for the country. The US has an embargo against Cuba, hence why US citizens find it difficult to get there. But Americans can travel to Cuba via Jamaica or the Bahamas.

    1. Cuba is one of the most important place visited for tourist. Maybe this information is just for USA citizen.
      I don’t agree about Thailand description because according my experience in the country is my favorite place

  7. This is totally incorrect about Cuba. I have been there, and it is one of the most beautiful places to visit, with many tousist attractions, some of the world’s best beaches, and the people are kind, warm and friendly. Whoever wrote this has surely never been there.

    1. Its not true some country first i vist Saudi Arabia be for 3years and nothing bad its better than dubai go to jedah & abha its betufull nice place to

    2. Absolutely correct. And Cuba does not bar access to Americans, America restricts that access. Cubans are ingenious survivors of a blanket embargo of the same products that America offers to other third wheel countries.

  8. Wait. Why isn’t USA on this list? To just apply for a US Visa costs US$160.00, a non-refundable fee if declined btw, and a large percentage of applicants are declined. And of course, let’s not forget the travel bans trying to be currently imposed for several countries. Welcoming indeed.

    1. Yeah, this is a list of 10 countries the US doesn’t like…Cuba, for a starter is crawling with tourists. The US is nasty to visit. Just ask anyone who has had to apply for a visa and then go through the TSA gauntlet. Couldn’t be more unfriendly and I’m a citizen!!!

    2. The article is about the assumed difficulty for Americans to visit those countries.
      The real problem is when Americans return from those countries.

    1. Have you traveled to Iran? Thanks for your comment… we really love tourists and Iran is really cheap, you can even buy house for yourself for one night even

      1. that’s correct Hanieh. unfortunately US want to raise fear among the people in the world and increase the risk of war for selling their weapons. this is the story

  9. Most of these countries have made most of their population into slaves for a small ruling class, usually belonging to certain clans, using fondamenatlistic religion or political principles as tools, and the oligarchies are afraid any influennce on the population from outside. Cuba is perhaps an exception, . It is not that extreme anymore, and it encourages visitations, except from citizens of USA.

    1. Holt, I think I get you right. There are specific groups of people who rule us and we don’t want to know. These few groups don’t tolerate foreigners who they think may open our eyes! Oh my God!

  10. Writing the name of Iran among this list is ultimately unnecessary.

    Iran is not Iraq. Iran is not an Arab country. Iran has the most security in the Middle East, which is not the day when nobody is killed by ignorance.

    1. What have you got against Arab countries? You Americans always think that if we are Arab that means we are terrorists and we hate Americans, that’s wrong, it is you Americans who don’t accept us and spread lies about us

    2. Dear Sara : people vilifying Iran are mostly ignorant, let us remember that only 4 to 5% of Americans travel abroad….Iran will soon be recognised for what it is: beautiful country with deep history, lovely, welcoming people. Virtualy no crime. Shall visit again, God allowing.

      1. But Gino, there are unwelcomed people everywhere in the world. US is the best place in the world – This is my oppinion. However, there are shootings everywhere.We can’t say US is bad guy!

    3. I’m a tourist from Afghanistan yes its hard to believe and i’ve visited 37 countries from four different continents. Ive been to Iran and my experience is awesome, i loved people’s hospitality regardless of where you come from unless you have a political intention then its not going to be easy for you. I loved Cuba and i visited Cuba three times in three different years. Currently i live in Belize (Central America) which is my second home and i love it. I’m not a religious nor a politician thus i don’t lie nor i support any country. I love Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Athiests as long as you are a normal human being. But one thing i want to share with you guys is that, i applied for US tourist once and another time i applied for a transit visa my both time they refused my application without explaining me why? even though i have background of working with US army in Afghanistan. So should you add US to your list?!

  11. well, you must see Iran up close before any idea. Iran is the cheapest country, because Rial lows down every day. And you have no idea how people love tourists. There are even documentaries about traveling to Iran : Iran’s great/ Don’t go to Iran, you might have the best trip of your life by TOLT

  12. Good, those useless countries can buries their heads in the muds for all I care. I am not interest in those horrible countries anyway. Add CCP China to the list too please, thanks.

    1. Have you been to China, better learn few words in Chinese , thank you, hi. And find out that you are welcome everywhere. They do not expect tip, Restaurants, Taxi, they don’t expect tip, but, in New York, even if you are not served properly, the Restaurants call Police and fine you or arrest you if you don’t pay tip. So, different countries, different custom.

      1. This is not true. Tipping in the US is common practice but ask any server and they will tell you that many people don’t leave tips. It’s not the law.

        And China is not all that welcoming to foreigners. The visa process is ridiculous. They ridicule anyone that looks different, openly pointing laughing and taking pictures and the government will stop you on the street to ask for your papers. Once I had gone through immigration and was leaving the airport, a customs person singled me out, walked all the way across and asked, “Why are you here.” Yeah, very welcoming.

      1. i don’t understand why you think british or french have a problem with american as French i can say that majority of the people in france love america and would love to go over there so they’re always glad to meet american people

      2. I’m British and wherever I have been in the world, Americans are always the worst idiots you can meet.

        London is also the worst place you can visit in the UK. Lots of things to see but the people who live there just want to claw their way over everybody else. They are not nice and are mostly very antisocial.

        Greece is my favourite place in the world.

  13. Rubbish even for a million dollar what is attractive in those 4th world countries, to bother anyone taking holiday there .I rather go to ogbunike cave ,okomu park than ,somalia ,Saudi Arabia ,north Korea ,that has no internet ,all the aforementioned countries are trash for .

    1. This guy is an African yet he is racist and its because all those countries kill drug traffickers. Unfortunately for Africa, it’s these criminals that the rest of the world is seeing because Africa is the best place to be.
      America’ll find most countries unwelcoming brcause they use themselves as reference, but they have forgotten that their country is getting even more hostile than North Korea. For me, travelling to the US has never been ab option because i’ll not allow any embassy tell me bullshit over my money afterall i’ll be going there to spend, not to live as illegal immigrant even for one second…

      1. Oladapo, I am African as you said. But you are aware that some countries in Asia eat black people not because they are traffic drugs but simple that blacks don’t look like human beings. This is a clear issue. People should be informed of this attitude! I love every human being but hate people who eat blacks. Except you want to let us know you hail from Asia but bear African or Yoruba name.

  14. Very bad article. Has the writer ever travelled to Iran ? .iran is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a lot of historical places dating back to 5000 years ago. Iranian people likes foreigners and u will be suprised that how they are open and kind with u. I don’t deny that our government is not a good one and I know they have problems with Americans , but it’s not true with Iranian people. Travel to Iran and u will be suprised

    1. Salam, dear Perspolis.
      You are not right about Iran’s government.
      Iranian government is open to all nations and regimes except the US and Israel, who, themselves are hostile towards Iranian nation.

  15. It is easy to visit CUBA for a holiday or for business. Many countries do so and their passports are not stamped because of the US attitude towards anyone who visit the island. I have never visited but I have many friends and business colleagues who have, and their feedback has been excellent. For both business and pleasure .There are many repeats by them.

    1. @ Bolleood film: Cuban immigration not stamping passports of visitors due to future victimization of some country having visited it, is considered a huge act of the country’s selfless sacrifice! GOD BLESS CUBA..(I’m not Cuban though)

  16. This is pure and rude right-winged manipulation. It’s just a list of countries that are not submisive to US policies and have been blockaded by the for many decades. If you say Saudi Arabia with their cruel, obsolete, middle ages legislation, well, Ok. But Cuba?!! A country which welcomes tourists in a familiar environment, prepared humanly to make visitors feel at home and being almost the safest country in the Western Hemisphere, only second to Canada? This page is a shameful manipulation. Iran is another country which respects visitors and their culture, and even North Korea is an extremely safe, beautiful country, though being true that they will asign you a guide who will tell you where you can go and where not. This website stinks!

    1. Your ignorance is no different from the author’s.
      Saudi Arabia has millions of visitors from around the world, many of them Americans. What they don’t want is the American tourists culture,(or lack of).

      1. There are thousand of American and europeans there but they make life difficult for others to go to their countries. I think America and Europe should be added. I undetstand why Iran and cuba and many countries in the list don’t like tourist because they send spies and like to destabilise other countries

      2. Sorry Khaliil,

        This not my experience. I am in Amman International Airport right now, and I am flying to Dubai, because Saudi Arabia is making very difficult to visit the country -your country, I assumed-

        I am from Denver, CO where many Saudi Arabians go to learn the language and go to College. Many of them advised me to visit the country because “it is beautiful”. then, why making it so difficult to get the visa?

        I had been in 80 countries -so far-, and in several posted in this list. I do consider this list to be biased: I had been in Madrid and got rip off with the taxi -and I do speck Spanish-, same thing Egypt and Jordan were they triple the prices for the tourists. Taking a taxi is the worst thing anywhere, unless you agreed to the fare before the trip. To my fellow travelers:
        Keep traveling, learn and contribute to the World Peace!

  17. First of all, why would anyone in a right mind would like to travel to ANY of those places?

    I’ve traveled to all, but Angola, where I lived 1 year as a child, and truly, none of them is worth a simple glimpse.

  18. You forgot USA. If u are tourist you will be treated like a terrorist or illegal immigrant by the border police. So if u say that You (USA citizen I supose) are not welcome to visit Iran, you can say the same thing for we (non USA citizen) if we want to go vissiting NY for example

    1. Would never set foot in the USA,even with the offer of a free flight. When Trump gets locked up I would go.He insulted the UK.Also you’ve got a good chance of getting shot!

  19. Its just another example of American ignorance and non education towards other countries, their culture and history.. oh I forgot.. yes its not easy to understand other countries history when you not have one ..

  20. Is it true that In the US they make you strip naked in the customs for a security check up ? Wow! and what do they see?! All countries have issues. I’d lose a million before I even thought of entering the Saudi kingdom- you could be beheaded before your head realises why!

    1. Satish, bull shit! Dont comment with hate and commit religious hatred against a muslim country without knowledge. Main source of foriegn exchage assets to india coming from indians employed in saudi and other gulf arab countries. How many heads you have seen in saudi roads?
      .

  21. The US of A must be the least desirable place to visit, full of people who are
    either too ignorant or too poor to gain experience of civilised countries.

    It is dangerous, dirty and diseased in the majority of its larger conurbations,
    with its natives carrying more weapons than Libya, Syria and Korea combined.

  22. I think some of you negative critics should go explore the tourists destinations in your own countrys first before travelling anywhere else . I am from New Zealand and have lived in Australia’s major cities , I have lived in Malaysia and am now living in Beijing China, it’s the same wherever you go (if you get in) try challenging the service you are using , you might be surprised, most of theser people are really testing you.

  23. Looks can be deceiving ( About IRAN ) , you can find beautiful scenery , we really love tourist and you can enjoy your traveling ,your claim is incapable of proof !!! i think your evidence of this article is full of errors and you need more study and investigate. put yourself to the prooof

    Regards

    1. you are 100% correct, Iran has history, nice, welcoming people and places like Shiraz, Isfahan ect ect are unforgettable ! Have toured twice, wish to go back.

  24. You are really right! Asian is highly discriminated when come to visa for overseas travel. In Laos, it takes months before application would be accepted or decline by embassies especially the USA, Australia, Canada etc. However, to get Lao visa might be relatively easy but, be warned, to say in Laos is another story. Check with your embassy website before making a move.

  25. This article assumes we are American. I am English and have lived and worked in 4 countries in your list. OK, I had to get sponsored etc. but didn’t have any problems.

  26. 10 Million Expats are currently living in Saudi Arabia, almost living in their home country. I think you need to redo your homework again.

    1. expats living in saudi arabia? are you kidding me? .99% of foreigners in saudi arabia are poverty stricken asians that go there to work and are treated like near slaves by their employers. there are documentries about how many of these so called employees return to their native countries in a box. im a expat that spends a lot of time in panama and costa rica. dont even need a visa.. stay in panama for 6 months without applying for a visa. all they ask is prove you can leave. and most of the time. they dont even ask that.

  27. Remove Somalia to your list!

    Pirates were eradicated and now it is a safe place. you have to know that somali people are smart and they greatly welcome to the foreignness.

    1. I fully agree. Thailand is a lovely country. If you are nice and respectful, people are nice too. I have been there several times and always love to visit again. As a european i have been discriminated much more in the US , but never in Thailand. Go to Thailand and enjoy! Like everywhere else, if you are looking for trouble you will find it!

  28. That’s for the warning about these countries , fact is why the hell would I want to goto most of them in the first place utter shite holes

  29. I agree with the commenters who say that the writer of this article has no clue and has probably never travelled anywhere except the West. Most of what he says seems to apply to AMERICAN travellers, who find it more difficult and pricely to get visas into many countries than anyone else from the WEST. I’m Western, too (Australian) but I’ve lived and travelled everywhere since babyhood. The only country I’d not be able to get a visa for is North Korea (but that applies to almost everyone; even Mainland Chinese can seldom be allowed there). In my case as an Australian, I’d be able to get a transit visa for Saudi with just an inexpensive letter of introduction from my consulate, and since I”m a female, a letter from a male relative (if I were a male, I’d not need the latter). But many countries require similar types of documents to obtain their visas, and yes, it is true that the article is only geared towards Westerners: Asians and people (even wealthy, well established people) from Asia, Africa and most non-British-Commonwealth less developed countries find it very very difficult to get Western visas, and YES, THE US TOPS IT FOR DIFFICULT ENTRIES, EVEN FOR ITS SO-CALLED WESTERN ALLIES. Although I’m Australian and grew up in Canada, I was once threatened to be put under police surveillance in a locked room at the airport when I was travelling in transit to Mexico with absolutely no desire at all to leave the airport or spend any time in the US: I was ONLY there to change flights after a brief wait. Fortunately, the official in LA immigration did not after all enforce this rule, but this depended upon the whim of the official. Even then, for me to visit the US requires a great deal of rigmarol and red tape.

    I’ve lived in Syria (just before the revolution: it was very easy to get in there without any visa sponsorship) and I have travelled in Iran, and I did both ALONE (I travelled to Syria from Greece by land via Turkey and crossed the Syrian border on foot. I was treated very well. Yes, there is a problem now with getting into Syria but there is a problem getting into ANY country which is having a current war or revolution. I lived in the Republic of Georgia and when I crossed into there from Turkey, the bus avoided one province and did the long way around (not because of me; almost everyone on the bus was Georgian and there were no other Westerners) but since the region was having a civil war and was unsafe. THAT is why you are not granted visas for places in crisis: for your OWN protection. Unless you’d like to get in there and be caught up in the crossfire, which is your own choice. I know a British man who travelled through Iraq on his own without incident during the Iraq War: he arrived at the border and was granted the visa after being warned that the region was at war and unsafe, when he insisted on the visa to pass through Iraq to the next country. He had done his research and just avoided certain areas.

    For the idiots who say that these are all “bad countries” to visit, that is total bigoted apparently American, naive rubbish. I am very happy living in and travelling through most of these countries, happier in fact than in the West since they are so welcoming and group oriented, not cold and individualistic like many Western developed countries.

    And about Iran, as an Australian it’s very easy, and cheap, to get the visa. Any police I encountered (including immigration police) were polite and kind, and I was very welcomed by the local people, and I travelled across the country ALONE AS A FEMALE.

    And the silly person, David I believe, who posted the rubbish about Thailand is beyond naive. I”ve lived in Thailand (did part of my graduate degree there and also worked there). It was one of the nicest countries I’ve ever lived in and I’ve travelled the entire country ALONE. Yes, we are charged more than locals for certain things, but the prices are VERY low. We are charged more for economic reasons (the prices are so cheap for us). Sometimes I also paid local prices with the help of local friends who came with me when getting the tickets. For almost everything though I was charge local prices. And yes, this is the norm in many countries. As for being ripped off by taxis, that can happen in any less developed (and one developed and eastern globe) countries, but it’s NEVER happened to me in all the 60 countiries on every continent I’ve been to. Why? Since I’m not naive: I tell my price to the taxi drive BEFORE getting into the cab, and if anyone doesnt agree I find another cab. In the United Arab Emirates (it’s developed but taxi drives are mostly from less developed countries), if anyone tried to overcharge me by taking the long way around (there’s a meter in the cab) I’d just demand to be let out of the cab, not pay them at all, and get another cab. When one guy was reluctant to let me out of the cab, i called the police FROM the cab, and the guy freaked out and let me out instantly. And I’m a shy, polite young, attractive female, yet I’ve never had an issue. Oh, by the way, UAE, the country I’ve just mentioned is one of the SAFEST countries in the world, despite its name “Arab”. But most of these countries are very safe, and MUCH safer than the US, or Canada too for that matter. I’m always disoriented when I return to the West since I forget to protect myself (like not go out alone at night, etc etc).

    And Viet Nam? The guy is an idiot. THAILAND is much more foreigner friendly than Viet Nam. Viet Nam will let you in with a very expensive visa, and will treat you like dirt from day one unless you take tours (which I never take). The local people push you off buses by hand and tell you “You’re rich, take a taxi” even if you are on a low budget. You have to pay to enter the country and again to leave. It’s all about money and they are a very harsh culture. Of course, the naive idiot, David I believe, who mentioned the place is no traveller, so if he was there, or knew someone who was, they were probably TOURISTS, not travellers, and they took taxis and tours like good little (and terrified) tourists who cant handle getting around on their own, so they didnt encounter the flack. But I was so relieved to get from Viet Nam back into China where I’d been living, and when I told the border police about it, they agreed that the place is abusive and that they have the same experience with them. Although I did make friends with a former Vietnamese general who fought on the chinese side during the Viet Nam war, and when I was with him I was treated well by locals.

    If you dont know anything about the world, don’t write articles on it and definitely DO NOT go posting rubbish here to scare other people. Get out of your ivory tower and find out what the world is really like, and then we’d be able to deal with the issue of American bully imperialism and the current regime there. Since all these things take place due to sheer anglo North American ignorance. We don’t need people posting FANTASY BASED negativity in order to get everyone stirred up for nothing.

    OH about the higher prices, please recall that most less socialist Western countries (not some West European countries, though) charge DOUBLE their already exorbitant fees to foreign university (including graduate) students, including all those from less developed countries, in order it seems to force only the rich to be able to study in their countries. Less developed countries when they charge Westerners more do it since we can actually pay the prices (which are very low anyway). But the West does it since they selfishly wish to get even richer than they are. And to racistly reduce whom they allow into their countries (the wealthier from less developed countries also tend to be more “Westernized”).

    1. “total bigoted apparently American, naive rubbish”

      Hypocrite. Your blind hatred for my country is real. You sound an awful lot like the moron that posted this article. But I guess that’s okay, as long as your rant fits your own prejudice, yeah?

      Good luck in life..

    2. “Asians and people (even wealthy, well established people) from Asia, Africa and most non-British-Commonwealth less developed countries find it very very difficult to get Western visas,”. This statement is not always the truth. I am an Asian American, and I can say I was able to receive visitors from Asia without problems. In fact, the Immigration Officer at San Francisco International Airport “loves” my mother – an Asian lady (I am not mixed-blood). We are not wealthy people. You just have to have your travel documents in order. Every country has a protocol. Without a protocol, there is no country. I regret your experience in the U.S., who knows, you may have the wrong papers, and became a suspect. Believe me if you come from a sloppy/sleazy background, you are most likely picked out. Did you wear appropriate attire to begin with? I have met women from down-under on-board an aircraft wearing inappropriate clothing (i.e. no bra or with panty band showing above the back of their skirts). Makes me want to visit Australia, but, I won’t, even though it is visa-free. *

      Forget about the Vietnamese General. Even a Vietnamese Lance Corporal would fancy you since you look far different from them.

      *I heard there is quite a bit of racism in Australia?,,,,from Asian immigrants. Pity.

      1. And you know women in a lot of countries wear inappropriate attire doesn’t mean it is a reflection on everyone in Australia. Bit of a narrow view don’t you think. So you don’t want to visit Australia? Pity( uttered with sarcasm)

    3. Iran welcomes all travelers but political relations is another thing and it is very difficult for Americans to get visas.

      @ someone Actually, what you say is not true about Vietnam. The visa is 25 usd and i found the people very welcoming. They do not treat you like dirt. None of what you said was even remotely true. Maybe you showed a lack of respect for the culture as I had locals walk me across the street, seal up my wounds, fix my motorbike for no cost.Walk me to the cheap streetfood places. Please do not spread lies about a very nice country.

      And PJ, London. The british don’t have the best stereotypes either. Especially when they take the stag party to eastern Europe and leave a trail of destruction behind . Brits need an organized tour of Iran as well as do Canadians. Your border guards are not exactly nice either. Speak to people who have sat in the Heathrow holding cell for hours. I had issue in Israel and uK and do not blame the entire nations for the bordergaurds.

      @brian, i traveled through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand and always had ice in my drinks. I never once had issues with food.

    4. Someone: as an American, like you, have traveled the world. I am currently in Vietnam.
      When it comes to Vietnam you are as naive as Dave. Sorry, but I don’t agree with anything you’ve said about Nam. I have been in Ho Chi Minh city, can doa island and right now in rainy da Nang. I find the Vietnamese people gracious hosts and genuinely friendly. They are very eager to welcome me and help with any questions I have. Thailand is great too and is known as the land of smiles and I can easily say that applies to Vietnam too. I love nam and Thailand too. Vietnam also has one of the best cuisines in the world. I was just in Rome, and find Vietnamese food more flavourful than Italian and I love Italian. I would return here any day. I got an online visa for $28 usd. That included the fees, direct from the Vietnamese government website in one day. So it goes.

    5. Yes you are absolutely right.most of these rules are for taking care of visitors actually and they don’t hate foreigners at all!

    6. Visas for Vietnam are easy, quick and cheap. I, a US citizen an veteran of “the American war”, have lived in VN 2004 to 2008 and have visited many times since. My only major complaint is they don’t have a retirement visa program, because I would retire there if it were feasible.

    7. As far as I know, you’re true about my country, Iran and also Thailand, because many Iranians travel to Thailand and I heard how good Thai is. Iran’s ancient locations, even to 800 hundreds years ago, people really love tourists, European, American or far east… Sea, desert, jungles, mountains, rivers, different animals, waterfalls… Everyone is invited by Iranian people. I hate politics, but we talk about tourism here. Looks like this writer has the article from white house, except Saudis of course who are a good buyer for US weapons, other countries are not submissive to US policies. I like peace and freedom and friendship all over the world

        1. 800 hundreds years ago… Then even worse, 800000 years ago… Dude, get a grip with your time scales… Get yourself an education. Comment afterwards.

    8. @ someone:your post is truly of great insight to me..’been reading your post over and again! True Inspiration..(I’m female too and you’ve just inspired me….GOD bless you!)

  30. Charles, I agree with almost everything you say, but in fact West Europe, Australia and New Zealand are safer than Canada; I’m living in West Europe at the moment and when I’m in Canada I always have to “rethink” and be careful when going out alone after dark, not go to certain areas of the city, etc; situations I don’t have when anywhere else I’ve lived including the above mentioned places. But yes, Canada is definitely significantly safer than the US.

    And yes, I definitely agree with Charles that this is right-winged manipulation, the same which is responsible for garnering American support so that the US can go and bomb more countries, making them then “unsafe for travel” at the time the are being attacked.

    Dana, why do you go to “such places” if you look down on them so much. I’ve LIVED in many of these countries (I’ve lived in 16 countries in fact) and travelled through many more. I’ve only twice been in countries that were turnoffs, both of which were developed countries, and one which is the US.

    If you are going to go dropping in on countries you look down on due to your indoctrination, I’d recommend using your money to go somewhere you’d actually like, such as Miami Beach. No one needs your negativity or bigotism.

    1. Hi Someone,

      If you don’t already, I suggest you find a TV company to help you make documentaries. You seem to be so experienced and successful that you make Michael Palin and every travelling journalist, male or female, that has ever worked for the BBC, look like a moron. I’m in the UK, surprise surprise.

  31. Lots of respectful people love to travel and know different cultures. As for you, just stay home then and keep your mouth shot and your keyboard idle, instead writing disrespectful and discriminative coments.

  32. To be honest i am syrian and we love foreigners, however the conflict makes it hard to make tourism a thing, it is not that they hate foreigners.

    1. when I toured Syria seven years ago I found nothing but : a lovely,safe and beaufiful contry.. My heart is sore for what happened. Syrian people did not deserve a war. At times I think USA who is exporting terror……..

    1. Friends of mine went to Iran as tourists , the only nuisance was the Chador she had to wear ( it was summertime ) all the time .
      The people were friendly , ready to talk to forigners , curious about Europe , helpful , honest , and smiling , in spite of the heavy sanction which Europe has inposed on Iran .
      The people have been more outstanding than historic memories, landscape and food .
      By the way , they are Italians .

  33. yeah. i think each country is beautiful in its way. we go and come and each of us has our own coment, but we should show our respect.

  34. Many of US citizens now in Somalia, and traveling from USA to Somalia is not totally see traveling that’s the reality not your sh**t publish

  35. It baffles me that in this century, some countries still prefer to be Island to themselves. Travelling is part of education and relationships are built up by individuals and governments. It is barbaric to make visits to other countries a bottleneck in as much as such visitors are prepared to visit legally with adequate documentations. The world is now a global village and one may like to experience what has been heard or read and also know about the topography of such countries. Unless there are some nasty things in such countries that they are holding to their chests visits to other countries is of much benefit for such countries. This article is very educative. Thank you.

  36. I have been to Cuba 9 times. It is a friendly and kind Country ; while the tourists live better than the common people; but that is the same with many other Tourist Destinations yes even USA.
    I look forward to going to Iran in the future when time permits.
    I never feel in danger in Cuba ; but when I visit many USA States I feel imminent danger and keep to my hotel complex…but there are some very nice places in USA as well.

  37. MOST BORING ARTICLE I´VE EVER READ —-THERE IS A NEED FOR FACTUAL DOCUMENTED WORK CONCERNING TOURIST DESTINATIONS. BY THE WAY, CUBA IS EMERGING AS A FAVORITE DESTINATION WORLDWIDE AND THE U.S. IS LOSING VISITORS DUE TO REGULATIONS, COSTS, AND BANS.

  38. Hey guys..
    then after all the solution is just one–>visit Greece
    the country discovered hospitality and gave democracy and civilization to
    the rest of the world.
    Safe country,reasonable prices and all r welcome here.
    Find yrself in a safe atmosphere ,visit as many islands u can and discover
    the spirit of ancient Greece,you ll find very interesting the local kitchen among other
    things.
    Think about it….
    Take care all of you….

    1. With regard to Greece,
      A total rip-off. I would never recommend it to anyone. It has to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and very dangerous, like Nigeria. My long experiences in visiting over 60 countries, I am 72 and very well traveled: these two are the most dangerous and corrupt countries, and should be number one and two on your list. Compared to Greece, their neighbors are fantastic, cheap and very friendly countries, like Macedonia, Turkey, Malta, and Italy. You can say the same for Nigeria. Nigeria’s neighbors are very friendly, cheap and beautiful countries to visit, like Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal. Take care and think very well before visiting any one of them: Nigeria and Greece

    2. Yiorgos I agree! Greece is the nicest country I have ever visited and the Greeks are lovely people. I wish I could afford to retire there. The only bad thing is that the Drachma has gone :O(

  39. Well Saudi Arabia has more visitors more than any other country annually why would people be selfish if that’s so what about isreal, Us, UK, Ukraine etc with their resist ideology??

    1. Saudi Arabia has very few true visitors. Those large numbers it does have are only there for religious reasons, the Hajj. They go once in their lives because their religion tells them that they have to, not because they want to. Saudi also beheads more people per year than ISIS has ever done.

  40. We don’t need approvals from Americans to be a good place. You need a fooking visa to visit Algeria or Cuba..
    May the writer be right when it comes to Libya and Ksa.. however one things is sure we don’t need your money or mass- tourism /bikinis to live and therefor we don’t eat maccdos ( cheap food)

    1. It is unfair to make opinions regarding countries, that the owner of the comment has never visited. I have been vising Algeria for over 40 years, on and off, and it has to be one of the most friendly, fantastic and beautiful countries in the world. Algeria is a very modern and democratic country in fact. It has a tremendous richness in history and culture, from Roman ruins, in all its coastal cities to palaces from the Ottoman period, mountains, with pine forests, beautiful beaches and deserts of the romantic Sahara. Officials are very friendly, the food is some of the best in the world, from Berber, Arabic, Turkish, to French and Italian, you will always find what you would like to eat, including fresh fish, lamb, chicken, pigeon, and beef. The prices are some of the cheapest in the world. The restaurants are some of the best I have ever eaten. The hotels are also reasonable and the country is very clean. Highly recommended for any vacation. Also, Algeria has an excellent economy and a very brisk business environment. Just one visit and you will be presently surprised and it will be one of your favorite countries in the world.

      1. Selim, thank you. I have never visited Algeria but I have always wanted to. Your description is very accurate I think. It is so close to Southern Europe and easy to get to. I will go there when I can, hopefully quite soon. Thanks again!

    2. You saying you don’t need money? From where your money is coming then? Open the tourism and apply good rules and your country will florish.

  41. Look as though when one disagrees with “DAVID” over Thailand one’s posts get deleted or removed. I have lived in Thailand for over two decades what DAVID quotes is completely unbalanced and untrue. Simply looks like the usual “sound bites” that are banded about in certain “falang” establishments in Pattaya, Soi Cowboy, Nana or Soi Seven or simply copied from postings on TEAK DOOR or the postbag section of the Bangkok Post. Utter rubbish Thailand is no worse or better than any other “tourist” destination for ‘rip offs’. Stay SOBER, keep alert as one would on any foreign travel destination and one will have a fantastic experience of a lifetime!

  42. I’d rather travel to any of these 10 countries than to the US. Yes, I’ve been there before. Horrible place. Can’t control their guns. And what’s with this orange president? If more US citizens took the time to learn about the rest of the world, they’d probably be welcomed in more places.

    1. Can’t agree more. Americans should start asking themselves why they were treated like that when the rest of the world were not. And that their opinion does not represent the universe.

      American people is lovely and warm however sometimes they need to learn more about the world outside and widen their perspective. And oh, when you want to be welcomed, you should do the same. Visiting US is not easy either.

  43. How insightful putting countries that are a war zone. It must have taken a degree in rocket science to work that out. Remarks above about Thailand: it is actually an easy and great place to visit (if you’re going to not go there because of the government then you may as well boycott most of the world – USA has an unofficial policy of shooting black people, Australia keeps refugees in off shore concentration camps etc, etc.). Of course you can ripped off in some areas, especially if you have a indulge in prostitution, but that’s common in lots of countries and if you have a modicum of common sense you will be fine and enjoy a very friendly people.

  44. An Indian here.. The author is absolutely wrong about Iran.. Currently in Iran on business.. Fantastic country, fantastic people, great food, great weather… Everything needed to visit a country… Not sure what is author is going about.. Do not believe the western media talking trash about Iran… Come over and experience a great culture and great people…

  45. this article is not true . we like peoples that comes from other countries and surely we hostess them warmly.Iran is big country that you can find history of it in all cities so you can easily come here .

    1. You may qualify for a discount on return fare to Iran and several of the other countries if you take your own body bag with you for your return flight.

      1. Hahaha really funny. I mean really, what do you think about Iran? You think the people and the police are trying to the terror you or something? Wow, some people are just too close-minded

  46. Proof of accommodation, return plane ticket, proof of purpose of your visit, security background checks, proof of knowing someone in the USA…. Visiting the USA for foreign tourist has also become a nightmare deterrent for any one who just wish to visit and see different culture. Every country has its own restrictions, sad for the citizen of the world.

  47. Hi,I am very sorry for you.
    you are very bad judgment about Iranian and so on…
    My Dear, please more study subject’s nation Iranian and their behavior against other people.
    please, spread friendly sentences about Iranian and so on.
    We don’t forgot impose war at last 30 years that, your government help our enemy.
    we don’t forgot your first government occupy united state violently and how make your nation on motherland’s Indian ,your governments make houses themselves on blood’s Indian.
    Please more study about your nation government.
    yours truly

  48. you guys are totally wrong, which one of you have been recently in Iran? None of your saying is true here . please do not mislead others by your comment. You don’t know Iran as well ! so please don’t judge the book!
    Iran is a one of the biggest country in the region , a four season country , hospitable people , well known for everybody please get back to the history. I am not talking about politics either power, no!
    I am talking about familiarity with Iran itself. The nature of Iran , landscapes , sceneries , waterfalls , mountains, flats, north of the Iran is known for “green belt” you won’t believe unless you come and visit us . surely we will welcome you.

    1. Unfortunately many Americans are ignorant and often naive. Donald Duck Trump is not by accident there. This is what Americans deserve.Sad but true. Look at there comments on countries like Iran, Thailand, Cuba, and believe what i am saying. Let the lions roar…

  49. Many countries policies make it difficult for people to visit, which is often a different story once there. Some countries are easy to reach but hard to navigate (culture shock, attitude of locals towards visitors), and some are very hard to reach (visa conditions) but easy to navigate. It all depends where you are coming from or going to, and perhaps both. Cuba’s information is specifically mentioning Americans; the US government has everything to do with that but in no way it is a reflection of how Cuba receives all visitors. Though some of these countries may be worth visiting in one way or another, for the average traveler, most are no attractive or if they are it is for a specific reason, such as Canadians hooked on Cuba because it is the cheapest Caribbean destination and offers warm weather during the long Canadian winters.

    Only savvy, expert and perhaps risky travelers will visit Somalia, or Iran, for example. It makes it all the less attractive when some policies are completely out of touch with the current market reality, such as one requiring to have an airline ticket (what if your visa is not approved? Airline tickets are non-refundable in most cases). So save yourself the trouble if Saudi Arabia does not seem to want you, or the US, or Angola. The world is a big place with a lot to see and most likely, even in the best financial position, you will not have the time to see it all.

    If you are an average traveler, take this site for what it is worth, a fishing site looking for you to buy stuff through ads by luring users in with information that’s been given elsewhere with less overhead.

  50. You’ve missed out The USA – their visa regulations are ridiculous and they’re even talking about building a friggen wall for ffs!

    1. North Korea is indeed a basket case, but so is that arsehole Trump.This Brit won’t be going to the USA till that prick is locked up.

  51. I think personal experiences isn’t really the point of this article. Tourists are going to face discrimination in most countries period. Higher fees, ripping off, and not speaking English is normal in any non English speaking country. After all, ur going on a vacation for fun and spending money, means u have excess money in comparison to people of many of these countries with poor people who work everyday just to be able to have one meal a day. It’s also normal in English speaking countries that those people don’t go out of their way to welcome tourists either. This article is really speaking about political climates and tensions between various countries and the US specifically that prevent people from traveling there, the governements. It’s not about the people that live there, most of them have little say in what the government does. Rather it’s about the about the procedures and time it takes to be able to even allowed to visit. The countries listed here make it waaaay harder for tourists to visit than most Asian countries do. Asian countries (except NK) don’t require you to stay in ur designated tourist spots and hotels all. You have freedom to do what you want. You just have to be a smart experienced traveler to avoid being ripped off.

  52. Such a lot of HOGWASH as I was born in Mauritius , lived in South Africa. Australia, USA, and now Mexico and have spent a great week in CUBA
    I can assure one and all that you will feel as threatened as you want to feel and you will see crimes where you look for them
    I had a wonderful wonderful week in Cuba and was always well received and treated wherever I went as I wasn’t looking for the bad things one hears about Cuba but was there to interact with the Cubans listening to their great music and enjoying their food and fun and if ever I were to receive a fully paid trip anywhere in the world I would choose Cuba without a doubt

  53. Top tip for American travellers. “Pretend that you are Canadians” (of course you will find that very difficult as you have to be polite and pleasant)
    The fact is that no-one, that is right No-one wants Americans.
    As a Brit, I have been welcomed in two of the countries mentioned and about 13 others. Only ever had problems when American colleagues travelled with me.
    I will never travel again to the USA, the most ill-mannered and despicable customs and border personnel. You may enjoy being teated as a criminal, it only ever happened to me in US (twice).
    So please Yankee go home and stay there, all others welcome.

    1. Hi Traveller, I agree with you 100% if I took in everything that I read that is published by western governments I’d still be in London sitting in front of the fireplace, instead I follow my own mind and travel wherever takes my fancy, I may have ever had only one regret and that is not starting to travel much sooner, I have been to some beautiful places and met some great people, I wish I could continue to do this for another 50 years, but I’ve found a nice beach house that is open for all my extended family to have a taste of the good life, I don’t miss England at all because when I do visit I can only last a week before I feel the need to go fishing in the Indian Ocean, plus I miss picking my own mango and coconut first thing in the morning, life is about being happy so I can’t understand why people ask me what I get out of living a stress free life, they should try it.

    2. judging people from where they come from is what bigots do. im a polite person with a usa passport. i have anglo features. im treated well in panama and all of latin america. only a bigot would say we dont like you based on your passport.

  54. The only country on the list I would be tempted to visit is Cuba and that wouldn’t be a problem since in addition to being an American citizen I also have Panamanian citizenship. So I would travel to Cuba using my Panamanian passport. Right now I am in the Dominican Republic so Cuba is not that far away. Also the USA is not that easy to visit if you are from most countries in the world.

  55. Re Davids comments on double pricing in Thailand. Lived here for two decades or more personally I have never had this problem. However when it does occur keep thing in perspective one is probably talking about a couple of pounds or around three dollars. One also must remember that Thai’s earn considerably less than those who live in the west in Thailand a “good’ wage is on average THB15,000 (£350) PER MONTH even for professions in banks and medical services. The average factory or farm worker is usually on THB300 (£7:50) or less PER DAY. As for taxi’s from the airport to central Bangkok (about 23 miles) the average charge is THB400 to THB500 (£12) try taking the same journey in London (gold card job). One can even splash out on an airport limousine for about THB1,200 (£28) for the same journey. As for eating out it is a really great experience however yet again one must remember “etiquette” is totally different in the east to the west however there are plenty of KFC’s, McDonalds etc who would welcome people like David. Admittedly some Thai foods I simply do not like (pure personal choice) but the range of aromas, tastes and varieties available at very low prices in a THAI eatery is fantastic especially when one leaves the “tourist traps” behind. Explore live a little and you will enjoy THAILAND. One important piece of advice though when eating out NEVER HAVE ICE IN YOUR DRINKS (as one never knows it’s origin) biggest cause of stomach problems throughout the Far East.

    1. “One important piece of advice though when eating out NEVER HAVE ICE IN YOUR DRINKS (as one never knows it’s origin) biggest cause of stomach problems throughout the Far East.”….nearly correct, that is, it is safe to have ice while in Singapore. Singapore’s tap-water is portable. Another food hazard … fresh salad. There is a joke..it can’t be fresher. Take along some anti-diarrhea pills and one roll of toilet paper* to be safe while traveling in the region!!

      *toilet paper is not available in most public loos, unless in an up-class shopping mall. If out of luck, you have to wash it off with a hose (typically provided, attached to a faucet).

    2. Well you are correct on most of your comments, but the ice thing is wrong…having lived and travelled to most provinces in Thailand for the past 12 years, l never have had a problem from ice in drinks…cannot be just luck!

  56. a suggestion for the author don’t watch fox news before writing anything about Iran .Iran is a four season at a time country with kind people to foreigners and its very far from north korea or saudi arabia…

  57. 90% of the listed countries are enemies of USA not enemies of the world. Americans are selfish too, they believe that they control the whole world. Libya, Syria etc are in that state because of USA and allies. I can visit all the countries listed since I am not an American

  58. It’s an international problem, i.e. taxis. You just have to make sure a fixed price had been agreed upon if you suspect the meter is faulty or absent. I heard it is bad in Stockholm, Sweden; but so is Cusco, Peru; and on Bintang Is., Indonesia. Wait till you arrive in Cusco, Peru, and you will get a little surprise from the airport taxis. They are more expensive than a return from a Cusco hotel (arranged by the hotel management). On the other hand, I have had an interesting experience in S. Korea. My taxi driver forgot to turn on the meter (he was too taken away making negative comments about certain political figure during my Jan. 2009 visit to Incheon), and later estimated the fare, which to my surprise was much less than a metered one (on my return, I took another taxi with the fare meter in operation).

  59. I know you can’t experience of being or travelling in these countries but as a person who is living in IRAN I want u guys to know that’s not correct about my country
    We love world and world is going to love the people of IRAN
    To prove my sentences I invite u to my home and my magnificent country to feel it
    And stop mixing politic issues with this kind of things

  60. I just returned from Iran five days ago. It was a trip of a lifetime! I went with RoadScholar Tours, and we had 11 travelers, one tour escort from Turkey, and an Iranian tour guide (both wonderfu). Our tour guide was a walking encyclopedia. I felt like a celebrity, as when people saw me, when it was not obvious to them I was American, they asked where I was from. When I said USA, they smiled and said” Welcome!” . Everywhere we went, we were touched by the warm, friendly, and welcoming Iranians. One woman invited me to her home about a minute after I met her. Another young woman, who began talking to me in the main square in Qom, said to me, “I want to give you a gift”, and gave me the most beautiful ring off her finger! When we were taking photos, people would come up to us and ask to be in them and want photos of us, too. I was so touched by the love they expressed. They conveyed that our governments may be at odds, but it didn’t change the way they felt about us.

    I have never seen so much beautiful art and architecture, and I have traveled the world. This is something that has to be seen. When we were in cities, we would never guess, if we didn’t know, that we were surrounded by desert–there is so much greenery: grass, trees (flowering and fruit), flower beds everywhere, sculptures at every intersection, wide streets. I could go on and on.

    Add to all that the woderful food, and the excellent hotels, the safety of tourists, and you will have one of, if not THE, best trip you have every taken.

    I had to apply for approval to get a visa, but that was no big deal. It just takes a little time, and the visas service companies do all the work. My advice is, if you want to go, go. You will not regret it.

  61. In regards to editing, you may want to change the title to something like: 10 countries that don’t want United States Americans to visit. This article is easily disappointing upon realization that is does not apply to those outside the borders of the United States, for whom it does not apply.

  62. As a Thai people , before now I always pickup hitchhike tourists , but now I rarely pick them up because many tourists were not friendly even they were in my car , when they leave my car some one didn’t even say thank you and slam my car door. I feel like I was a Taxi who made mistake.

    Many foreigner insult Thai people. If possible please visit other countries that make you feel you come heaven.

    1. i was very surprised when i saw all the hate about thailand but not everyone is the same of course there will always be rude people at some moments but not everyone is like that happily

  63. Well i can say that its totally incorect about Iran , please do not say something when u dont have any idea how things are going in a country like iran , there are bunch of good people , they are helpful and really really hospitable . Im really sorry for you and your false informations .

  64. How about USA? Their visa officer don’t even talk to you properly not explain their reason except handing out a piece of paper with enigmatic article reference (like you need to go to a library to read their immigration statutes… weird!! ). Not to mention the official umwelcoming rhetoric from Donald Trump! Ironically they keep handing out visa for terrorists & those who never come back to their countries.

  65. I am from iran.a iranian gril. We never ask you to come and visit us beacuse yoy are afraid of some thing wich is not excisting any more. You are just listening to your countris advertisments.go and ask from all those travlers who came hear,you will undrestand how my real iran looks like not like your imgination of my country my people.

  66. When I opened this file, I had expected the USA to be on the list – but now I realise it is being written by someone from the USA! It all depends on your perspective.

  67. Why is England not on the List??
    I mean come on! The English invented Discrimination.
    I made the mistake in 2014 of coming back for a holiday and brought some foriegn friends with me. The moment they opened their mouths they were treated with distain and agression. Even from the Nationally challenged “Londoners” in Pyjamers and Turbans.

  68. OMG!
    Iranians are people very warm Every tourist who travels to Iran speaks of different people. They say Iran and its people are different from the things we already heard. Iran is not like Iraq or even Afghanistan. Western politicians have made Iran very bad, and this is not true. Iranians are peaceful.

  69. This article should be renamed as: “Countries that America doesn’t like”
    You Americans always think you are the best place when you are actually one of the worst places in the world, I tried to travel to America but I was banned because I was Syrian, and before Trump became president, I traveled once and it was a pain just to pass through Airport security.
    Besides you put some countries like Syria and Lybia and Somalia, and say they are not safe to go to, well that’s because of the WAR {I think you had to study 5 years of collage study for you Americans to realise that.} Ask yourself a question, do you think if you had war in your country, people would want to visit you, and do you think it will be easy or safe?? As for other contrived like Iran, you say it is bad to go to because of the recent conflict between America and Iran, so what, if America doesn’t like Iran, that doesn’t mean that it is dangerous or bad to go there, Iran is a beautiful place and the people are really kind!! Also, Syria is full of history from the Greek, Roman, Babylonian, and Phoenician times, but America history? Oops, no history. Did you know Mr.American that Damascus is one of the oldest capitals in the world? And about Cuba, you Americans don’t like it because there isn’t an American embassy there, for your information, it’s not only Americans who can travel, the WHOLE WORLD can travel, not only Americans so you can’t say it’s bad.

  70. Went to Australia. What stood out to me was the service. Went to a restaurant. Had to ask for water. Service was really slow. Food had no flavor. Went to liquor store. Handed me the bottle. I had to ask for bag. He had to look around for one.

  71. Its easy to get carried away with negativity when staying in foreign countries, like Philippines that Bobby mentioned. However this is the 2nd main phase all expats go through no matter where they are. The first phase is being over-enthusiastic about the place, praising the culture and the people, recommending all your fiends to go there and everything is just great. When you get into the second phase when everything is just bad try to remember what made you so enthusiastic to begin with, its the same place, your opinion is simply getting more seasoned as years go by and the recoil from the extreme enthusiasm you had can be very severe, especially if you sit and drink beer together with half-old expats, the topic of discussions will be overwhelmingly negative. Tell them “why are you still here, go back to your perfect country then”. And they would, the thing is just that Phil, Thai and Indonesia arent THAT bad, but the bad things always has priority in discussions between western men living in Asia.

  72. I find this article is only fir US citizens… I went 3 times to Iran and didn’t even need a visa… it’s a really lovely country with amazing food and welcoming people… this article isn’t really valid, in my experience

  73. You must be out of your mind or rather to say you do not even have mind to go to any one of these country ! I came from one of these shitty places and I know what I am talking about!! , 3rd world dangerous countries. Do not even think about it ok?? Even if one of these country offer you free plane ticket and visa. say no thank you. I do not think , you want to be kidnapped, robbed, rapped killed..etc in one of these very dangerous countries. do you?

  74. This article should be retitled “10 Countries that are utterly sick and tired of relentless US imperialism and covert action since the end of WW2” If a country doesn’t want you to come to them, it may have something to do with the country that you are coming from. Iran is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with wonderfully hospitable people. Imagine how different their lives might have been if the Shah and his incredibly repressive regime had not been foisted on them by the Americans. There would possibly have been no Government of the Mullahs and perhaps no Iran / Iraq war. It is hardly surprising that Americans are not welcomed with open arms.

  75. Having been to over 30 countries, I find people in most of them pretty disgusting. Thailand, Germany, France, Greece, Sri Lanka, Burma, Taiwan (super-racist). Europe? No way!

    I wouldn’t consider North or South Korea, China, and there’s plenty more that are a big racist turn off.

    1. and could we know where are you from ? if everyone’s disgusting in those countries i would be glad to see where you are from, heaven ?

  76. This is lie because i am an irainian and we here love visitors and there is no different whit an american or an African and i add pls come to our country ❤️

  77. You should rename the article, countries the US have pissed off. The most factually correct part of the entire article is the disclaimer. As for Thailand, it’s awesome, and some of the best food on Earth. Scamming in Asia is just part of the experience, although I’d put Vietnam below Thailand. Vietnam is far worse.
    And given the reasons you give other than “They don’t like Americans”, basically you are listing reasons why you should travel. I hope not all Americans are such closed minded pussies.
    I long for the time when people writing all these articles stop thinking America is the centre of the universe.

  78. All of these countries are mention they are not americans friends only saudi arabia is american puppet because america want to be boss and police of the world every where in the world America is pushing himself or fighting to get his own interest but i don’t say all american people are bad they are generous and good people although i don’t mention all americans are good they are some negative america people like klux klan idiot thinking towards foreignes together with their american goverment and his foreign policy make them american citizen not to be welcome in some part of the world , look all countries in part of the world can still travel except american citizen why because of their own goverment ,and dont forget America is making other countries to fight one onether to sell wepons because of his own intrest for oil and lying propagandas danger of creating terreur ,no one has created terreur in this world today that america and now making their puppet saudi arabia to fight with iran , AMERICA has burn the world , they way he burns his own country with free guns law, i think thailand is more safe today than american street,your talking about ripping off in thailand just go to Newyork you will be ripped off from street to taxi every where ,as i live in europe i can travel any where in the world Cuba nice place to be than in newyork and safer.

    1. Thats where you are wrong about america. We only show up when the countries call us to help them. It is part of the un policy. Dont belive everything you hear. Maybe we should start charging the countries for our military services we provide. Then i am sure you will not see us in your countries. Yep everyone criticize america but it seems that a whole lot of people come running to america to get away from there countries forna better life. Idk. ????????

  79. Gee whizz…. yet these people come to the West in droves…. Saudi Arabia don’t want their poor muslim brothers… nor want to help them…. go figure….

  80. How about US that gives hard time to other countries just for a tourist visa its so hard,its almost like trying to get Citizenship in heaven yes its that hard pls add US to the list they don’t want others visiting them.

  81. This article assumes that only Americans travel to these countries. Or is the article meant for only Americans? If the listed countries are less receptive to Americans, it doesn’t translate to being receptive to other nations.

  82. You speak of the requirement to prove that you can afford your stay in a country as if it’s evil. First, there is nothing wrong with that because inadequate preparation and a lack of a show of such evidence is how people get stranded in other countries; and also how people with other intentions pose as tourists and get across borders. Second, proving that you can afford your stay + having a sponsor with an amount of money that exceeds a certain mark is top of the list before one gets a US visa from my country, Ghana, and several countries across the world before we can get your visa, even when we do have a significant amount of money and we meet all other qualifications. I bet the US will show up on top as “country that doesn’t want you to visit” in several places, more than we can count.

  83. I was in Bangkok this past October with a group of friends and was surprised to read an article about Thailand that was totally untrue.
    We stayed at Amari Watergate. Compared to my country of South Africa I was so happy there; the people were very friendly and life reasonably inexpensive. You go shopping even at night without fear of attacks; even learnt a bit of Thai language.
    Problem would be if you show up there (same anywhere in the world) and begin to act like a big fish. The taximan was not a problems either; negotiate the price before you jump on and tell them to take you to your destination directly and you will be okay.
    I travel a lot – what I do is to know the place before I get there; thanks to the Internet.

  84. Iranian are very warm and welcoming. Iran is fairly safer than most Asian destination and even some European cities. Iran in no way should be in this list. Almost all nations with a few exceptin can get an onarival visa. Why you have iran in the list? Likewise it is a pleasure to visit Kuba. Please keep America on the top as they don’t let people born in iran to visit regardless of their current citizenship and social position.

  85. To travel to Iran you can get your visa in Iran airports for 72 h by paying 80€ and it’s for all nationalities including USA . It dose not require to go Iran Embassies

  86. I think, USA should be on this list as well.

    All applicants are, as per their official statement, are considered potential immigrants unless strongly proved otherwise. Which is quite subjective.

    They don’t even tell you why the visa was rejected. They just handover a printed sheet containing some generic answers.

    It has been observed that the country normally doesn’t want solo unmarried male tourists to come, except for some exceptions.

    I can’t understand the reason for their paranoia. USA is no more the land of opportunities that it used to be a few decades ago.

  87. You are always welcome to Ghana, West Africa’s Gateway! Am sure you have heard about the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality… It’s very palpable the very moment you land. There are loads, in fact, oodles of tourist attractions for all. From the Slave Castles of the colonial era along beautiful coastlines (Ghana has more of these than any other country. In fact, US President Obama visited one in Cape Coast.), beautiful culture and landscapes, as well as nature reserves. Above all, you will meet and make really good friends. I am looking forward to seeing you soon. Lol

  88. Really like Americans here I see. Some of you are so experienced you would do better to write your own pieces. As a yank, I agree that the information presented here has lots of holes. I would love to visit Iran. I studied engineering way back with more than several students from there and have known since then how warm and friendly a people they are. Cuba would also be on my list not just for beaches and warm weather, but I am interested in the local vernacular and old cars they have maintained for nearly six decades. Thailand is no worse than many other places. In China vendors used to charge the laws tax to foreigners for a little extra profit – less so today except maybe the clueless. Even in Hawaii there are kama aina prices for locals and tourist prices. Most often these higher prices are based on the assumption tourists have deeper pockets => more money. Traveling today is often faster than years ago, but time and bad policies have made it much less fun. Wish you all well. Enjoy the ride as well as the destination.

  89. USA is one of the worst countries, they ask you to pay for the visa, you have to show real estate property in your country, your Bank account must be more than 25.000 US$, etc.
    Customs/Migration treat you like a criminal: Where do you go? Why? Where do you stay? Are they legal? Etc.
    As an american resident (YES, Argentina is also AMERICA, did you know?) I recommend you: STAY OFF USA !!!

  90. Algeria like visitors,like europeens, but they just like you to be in scure when you visit that country,
    if you go to kabylia or la kabylie you wil see paradis,places that you never see in your life even in your dreams
    just algeria want you to be happy ,in a secure situation;

  91. Should add US. I recall when my parents plan to visit US years back they need to prove that they owned a house in their homeland, have x amount of money in the bank plus long processing time. Not sure what is the requirement now with terrorist threat.

  92. Hello everyone. I dont know about other countries on the list as I have nevr been to them except for Saudi Arabia who as I know are good and hospitable however one can not find much in there as one may find only desert and sand everywhere. But the case for Iran is quite different and amazingly unimaginable. This is not because I have born here in Iran . I think the true picture of Iran has not been shown to the whole world as there are some political issues involved and some western media deliberately make movies or documentaries to introduce Iran as an evil country and the Iranians as terrorists or fundamentalists. It’s quite untrue about this ancient country having a rich culture before and after convrting to Islam. As for tourism attractions it compares to no place in the world as it has four seasons any time during the year due to its large size spanning from Caspian sea to Persian Gulf, and from west to east. Iranians are kind and hospitable not because they look upon tourists as revenue streams but as a human being. I have met many tourist from Britain, Germany, Italy and many other countries who have expressed their surprise at what they had been thinking of Iran before visiting the country and its people and what they saw, felt and experineced after. It’s a pity to read or hear some comments about the country coming from lack of the most basic knowledge of history, geography, socialogy, architecture, ethics for a sound judgement. Iran has served to human knowledge throughout centuries. The books of Avesina in medical science had been taught up until recently in 19th century in the western universities. Innovations in mathematics, physics, new horizons in phylosophy, mystism, are but a few of the services of Iran to humanity. Even in the US, the most successful C-level executives in NASA, government, medical and para medic sectors, technology companies and enterprenurs in various industries are Iranians.

  93. INDIA too, we always hear the news thre’s the local people did a rape to foreign tourist, Bad habit of TAXI drivers, Becareful guys especially for Woman.

  94. .Why we should go to US either, its rasism? unrespectfull to foreiners. They think they are number one in the world. US is a country in decline.
    I have ECFMG, VQE and Flex I don’t even think of to go to US for medical carrier.

  95. Im a Mexican-American, i traveled to Iran couple of months ago, the people out there r type of very racist, even toward me as a tourist, i was be depressed there because of bad treatments. They even have a fight inside of their society, the ethnic fight between Fars and Turk and Kurd and Lur and Arab. These people make advantages of u as a stranger in their town, they charge u many times more than its legal price, and they lie to u when they invite u for a tea or a meal of food, be careful about them and it is better dont ask them anything, stick to ur map and tour-leader.

  96. iran ?!!!! realy ?!!!!!!!!! unbleavable !!!
    i remember when i was a soldier and was coming back home (from isfahan to tehran) in the bus there were 3 guy from finland and we were talking together (they and almost half of people who were in the bus ) and as i remember they were more happy than us … one of them even asked our phone numbers to call later…

  97. Applicable for americans only! Im not surprised these countries ban such narrowminded folk anyway, u caused so much conflict in them!

  98. As a world Tavelor the world over, most people forget the most important thing when dealing with strangers in
    Foreign places. Most people in most places of the world hate phony people who pretend to be people above their social level. In other words, be yourself, don’t be a snob. One who eats sleeps and drinks with Romans, are well accepted. Those who frown on foods of local acceptance and culture in difereance, do not blend well. In fact, the better you master this blending in with the locals, the more you will be accepted. So throw away you’re American attitudes and social upbringings, and accept different social gatherings. You will quickly become accepted, and not as a rich foreigner with snobbish ways.

  99. Cuba?? Really?? Who tell you that Cuba Don’t like tourist?? Up to now, the only who don’t let the American citizen travel to Cuba is the Government from US, not the government of Cuba. Because millions​ of people traveled to Cuba in the Las 15 years, so why you from US don’t go??? Cuba deny your visa or US don’t give you permission?? Please don’t write shit and Don’t post wrong information.

  100. this list is for maybe tourists from USA, England or Schengen countries, not for people from Africa or Asia etc, because, if I publish here the list of documents required for, as example, a Shengen visa, or an US ,or an United Kingdom one, if you are an african ,or an asian etc, you’ll surely say “come on, it’s a bad joke”. Then ,please, you can forgive this ridiculous list…

  101. i think you should omit iran from your list it s now safe cheap ang have very good welcoming people who let you in thier house and take a good care of you and show thier unlimitted good places

  102. With respecto to the about Cuba: … Unless you can prove that you’re in Cuba for one of the official reasons, you’ll have to wait longer to visit. This is a decision of the USA goverment, not is a decision of the Cuban goverment. Cuban people is a very friendly people, and visit to Cuba is very safe. I invite you to visit Cuba.

  103. Totally wrong information about Iran.
    This article is written absolutely by a purpose.
    Everyday thousands of people from around the world come and visit Iran in safe and you can ask them about their journey.

  104. Are you really sure about Iran? It’s not like how they show it in news. It’s beautiful, it’s cheap, and in top of all, people are really warm and welcoming to foreign tourists! Getting a visa is moderatly hard but it’s not like they don’t want travelers since the country is planning to invest on attending foreign tourists especially from America and Europe. So don’t belive in this propagandas

  105. Americans do not know it, but majority of people in other countries hate Americans, not because they want to, but because Americans made it so. Most Americans think they are better than other countries, plus Americans are unwelcoming to other visitors. I faced a lot racial slurs. Surprisingly, Japan was way better. Americans have to change their attitude towards others

  106. Well,

    if Syria they don’t need visitors that from the government to save you from the trouble,

    but if you really want to you can get VISA.

    but we as people we would like to say everyone welcomes the earth is for everyone as we know,

    and all our hotels & home are opening for you guys,

    as long as the war in Syria still hard but the government they’ll tell you to not be there,

  107. These are all countries USA have gone in and ruined thanks to their own selfish interests without a care in the world of how the people within them would suffer over generations to come. All the countries named in the list are all places with great people just like any other place.

  108. David. Your list is based on complete ignorance. I bet you have never been to another country, other than possibly the ones in Europe. Listing Algeria ( one of the most beautiful Mediterranean country) in the same category as the respective North Korea or Syria, a country at war, shows your limited your experience and knowledge about the world.

    1. Actually that is wrong. You can’t imagine how friendly Israel is towards everyone.

      Of course if you come with a knife and want to kill innocent civilians for the glory of God, you’ll probably get shot but this would be the same in every country.

  109. Hello all the readers of this text
    Hello all the operators of this text
    It is true that it is true that all nationalities must be clear about the violation of the law and the neglect of the constitutional human rights with a clear statement of the cause of the decision.

  110. Same thing if you want to go to visit US. You need proof that you have some sponsor or already booked hotel and even than nobody can garantee you a visa. US don’t want you to visit.

  111. Somalia! Yes, we’ve little trouble in Mogadishu with political criminals funded by international thugs; may be couple hundred a year, but still have significantly less murder rate in NY or LA (2-3 thousand murders a year). The rest of the country the murder rate is lower than Canada proportionally. So go check your facts then write about the world. Couple of years ago, I send my friend (white American) to do research in Somalia and came back willing to go back any day. So there you’ve it. Don’t go to Mogadishu if you don’t know anyone, but the rest of Somalia is safer than LA. That is a tack.

  112. It is quite easy to visit North Korea from their point of view, the only problem is the US travel ban on going there. 5000 Americans have visited there since Kim Jong Un has been head of state. You only hear about the idiots like Otto Warmbier. Somalia? I am posting from there now! Went to the Somaliland mission to pickup my visa, $100US and I had my visa 2 hours later. I have never met friendlier people or felt safer than in Hargeisa. This is coming from a proud Trump deplorable!

  113. The list is just only for people of the USA.
    Its just a mainstream based article. I pretty sure, I as a europe can visit 90% of countries in world without having a bad expérience like not beiing welcom as a friendly and respectfully tourist.
    Probably its the politicien attitude of the US witch made a muslim and other of US- fighted countries, dont wanting US Tourists in ther houses.

  114. This article is not true about iran .iran is a lovely country with warm people .If you want to travel to Iran, you can get your visa at the airport.To try this enough to visit Iran once.

  115. Looks more like a list of countries that the Americans don’t want us to visit. More total American propoganda. I have been to several of these and tourists are most welcome. It is actually the USA that is the strangest place to visit. Home to mass shootings, drive-by-shootings, and open carry of a weapon is the norm. Like on the old days it was boom.boxes, now it’s ATR’s.

  116. Sweden is another country that is hard to visit if You are not from the European Union countries.
    People from non-white countries are not welcome at all.

  117. Cuba, now that is a country I want to explore. I posit that in the very near future due to economics and maybe increasing FDI those gates will relax.

    I hope so, I like the retro style architecture and atmosphere. Reminds me of Impanema Brazil. Vintage with vibrancy, wonderful food, curious social people and character.

    They said the favelas were bad, I beg to differ. I experienced it first hand and even went to a social venue. It’s was a grandiose of music, happy social people and global life. Not even a physical dispute.

    Media can be so toxic at times with their preferences. Such stiffs.

    Travel well my friends and live jovially.

    Cheers,
    Smith

  118. As a British citizen I don’t have any problems visting these countries, they just don’t like Americans. Not surprising really, is it?

  119. You better change the article subject to countries that doesn’t favour American citizens not tourist! It’s very in accurate

    And The ranking is very false
    And not having an embassy is a two side thing so i guess the US is the most country that doesn’t like tourist!!!

  120. Who in there right mind would visit North Korea where one can be murdered for removing a poster from a wall?

    China is too polluted to visit.

  121. Too many arguments and yes and nays infact I don’t even know who to believe anymore as everyone of us here seem to be right and wrong same time.
    Anyway whats my own when I’m not even travelling anywhere, where is the cash to go the visiting ???
    Thanks all for but I think you guys ought to come up with better topic than such …

  122. Hi Bobby Green !
    Pls dont talk about Philippines from ur own point of view…let alone those westerns who choose to live there after their retirement to enjoy. Tell me which country is crime free ? There are good and bad people all over the world. If ur nasty chances are u will meet and mingle with people with the same character. Filipinos are known for their hospitality . Few hiccups are of course a reality !

  123. I really Regret for someone who write this bullshit things about Iran! Iranian people don’t like tourist???!!!! So let me inform you that Iran is one of the best tourism country in Middle East ! Iran has historical place that you should visit them! Iran has tourism city such as Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Tehran, and also Persian gulf beach! Iran is 4 season country with beautiful moments in each of them. you must see Iran then you will know all the bad things you have heard about Iran is wrong and its not true. I promise to all who are reading my comment : come and visit Iran then you will be surprise . We are one…

  124. Who make this list? American State Department? Actually, European Countries that sponsor violence at Middle East are suffering terrorist attacks in vengeance. They are actually dangerous to visit.

  125. wtf !!!!!!! with which knowledge did u say that about iran ? only because of usa, iran doesn’t want people to visit ? Iran has the most welcoming people ever, have u ever travelled to iran ? it is said that don’t judge a book by its cover, u can’t show a bad insight about our country to the world, that’s really mean of u and lack of knowledge, u poor people just want to say that iranian people are among the worst people but just ask people who travel iran, and see how enjoy that they even don’t like to come back on their plan or who postpone their trip… I’m just sorry for u, pay attention to karma mean people.

  126. yea. the post is wright and we kill tourist left and right in Iran. scary isnt it. we are savage people with not even a language developed enouph to communicate. dont come to Iran. i will eat you
    idiots

  127. I am an Iranian lawyer and travel alot.I have traveled to eastern and western countries. According to international law and principle of sovereignty each government has the right to grant / not grant a visa to a foreign citizen. Fortunately I did not experience the negative answer , but it is not easy to get western countries visa for eastern nations.Mean while US visa regulations is a great scandal and obvious racism.I will never travel US anymore.

    I do not know what is the purpose of the writer but as I know Thousends of foreign citizens as tourist everyday come to Iran and get their visas at the airport.

    I ask you as jurnalists to write about US government hostility against Iranians , not politicians ,but ordinary people , like shamful embargos.

  128. WTF? Iran should’ve been the #1 in your list.
    What Islam has done to my is just too harsh. The whole country is filled with filthy retarded people. 😭

    1. dear kim,
      I know you may not like these countries, but let me tell you sth
      iran, the country of cyrus, Persian cats, saffron..has highly friendly people and police that will welcome you anyway, even if you are from a enemy country, they welcome you, give you gifts and help you if you need help
      you will never get lost in this country, people know English and are always ready to help foreigners
      iran has a lot of beautiful things to see… more than u could find ai any middle eastern country
      every Iranian person loves tourists

  129. The system in the countries makes the people one or another manner. Where is diktators there is no freedom, so all is possible. Powerfull goverments are very agresives and makes suffer millons all around the world since many years. There is no differences between the people, but the opinions created for the enterest only. So we are living in the dirty games. All the cultures should learn from each other, meet different people discover new thinks is the best. In every where there is good and not so good persons. But its clear that there is goverments who generate the problems for tourist and even support them who is againts to anothers.

  130. Firstly I’ll state I’m English and sadly I’ve found to my dismay that I’ve fallen victim to all sorts of tricks, cons and scams, mainly overcharging all over the world, including England I might add. Nothing really serious, just getting “ripped off” by Taxi Drivers, Restaurants etc etc which tends to
    I used to have a romanticised view of the world, its different countries, cultures and peoples but now I’m drifting into more murky waters and find myself gathering more misanthropic views because of my experiences.
    It’s no fun getting ripped of by some foreigner who then has the audacity and calls their foreign police who turn up looking like the riot squad in their foreign land.

    My 10 year passport has 4 years left to run and I’m seriously considering not renewing it, that will leave me with just the English Con Artists to deal with which I’m quite capable of handling myself.
    The way of the World in the 21st Century,……. I’d hate to think how we’ll be behaving towards each other in 50 years time. !!!!!!

  131. Americans should stay on that side of the pond. They behave in other countries like imbeciles in a zoo, photographing locals without consent, shouting, complaining about everything, even free stuff they get as gifts, yanking other people by sleeves, demanding privileges on grounds of their nationality. They throw their idiotic political opinions at locals, thinking that everyone must enjoy talking politics with them, and agree with their childish views of the world. And add to all this that twenty, and even thirty, years old Americans behave like ten years old non-American children, only that children do not get drunk to cause even more trouble. NO COUNTRY wants you to visit, morons. It’s, at most, the two or three souvenir sellers who would rather have you around, but nobody more.

  132. The ‘Admin’ must be bored, itself, to write such unhelpful nonsense! Aside from whether any serious traveler would not already have these ‘facts’ in mind before even considering travel to these countries, the little snippets are essentially useless. I’d like to see the above mentioned to find an occupation that provides some excitement.

    1. 🙂

      After reading your comment. I look at the name of the website.

      🙂

      Be kind to each other and it will be a better place.

  133. I think we should add india too as the police tries to target tourists and all the shops the people there tries to make a higher price on everything for tourists

    1. Don’t know where you’re from Dobedum, but on behalf of my Canadian, Mexican, Central American and South American friends, I’m offended. U.S. American’s are accustomed to being put down…no problem…we’re strong and psychologically able to handle it. Who knows, many of our citizens could be from the same Country as your ancestors. HA! Did you think of that? We’re mutts! We don’t give two hoots…we do, however, don’t like our “American families” North and South being maligned if you’re taking pot shots at the U.S. Show some intelligence (I believe that WAS your slur…lack of intelligence?) and be specific. If your are from the U.S., dollars to doughnuts you’re a Left Coaster. Don’t take offense…I was born in Cali, just to Texan parents. They seem to be smarter than the average bear. (Don’t take offense Smoke E.)

  134. Well I would say keep away from the USA, uk, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Spain, they are the real horror shows with their pretences. Can’t say a word in the uk without the thought police half way up your backside. At least you know what the countries in this list are up to and they are open about it unlike the duplicitous politicos we have here.

  135. You forgot Turkey. As of early October this year, and thanks to that country’s tiff with the US government, Americans can no longer apple for a visa to visit Turkey. If the two governments can solve their disagreements, they may reinstate visa applications.

  136. Iranian are very hospitable people. come there to see. all you know about Iran will change if you come to Iran.so come there as soon as possible. I hope to see you in Iran is a true paradise.

  137. This situation is normal for people in many countries. Are you surprised for invitation or booking hotels? Then let me say, we have to prove many thing for a simple touristic travel to Europe or USA. For example we should have a real state ( house or apartment) in our country , we should have big sum in bank for at least 3 month we should have invitation from a national person in destination who accept our travel cost, we need hotel reservation and they fingerprint us before travel. Additionally we should wait more than 3 month for a appointment in embassy and after this hard process they could deny visa without any reasonable cause!!!! . Yes I agree with a comment….. Travel is a part of education but all people need same situation. firstly you should look your country’s rules for other nations. Then criticize other countries.

  138. It looks like the restrictions only apply to USA passport holders, so the rest of us can happily visit Cuba. As for the others in the list, I hope they apply their restriction to passport holders from civilised countries too.

  139. All the listed countries (except Saudi Arabia) have had some political “beef” with the US in the past. Is it a coincidence that they are on the list? Be fair. The US is wonderful nation and a beautiful country. But more than anything else, they need an aggressive Public Relations drive or campaign to re-assert global confidence in the nation. I cannot say that this article endears the US to many people worldwide. Restore diplomatic relations with those nations first, and the US tourists will be granted increasing hospitality, I think.

  140. Iran is a very beautiful and big country. All foreigners are welcome in Iran. And Iranian people are very warm to tourists. you can read the experiences of those people who have travelled to Iran.
    yes there are some problems , issuing visas for American people but most of the Americans who have travelled to Iran , are really satisfied of Iranian people and their country.

  141. What a bullsh** article. You are aware that not everyone is American? When will you silly little wannabe writers get this into your head? No wonder the world despises you and fly’s planes into your buildings.

    1. If you are writing a list of countries that doesn’t want Americans to visit, it would be easier and shorter to make a list of countries that want you to visit. 1 post-it-note should do it

      1. Ya know…I’d bet I’ve visited you puny little country and you never knew it. I harmed no plants, animals, persons (old or young) nor edifices, but if I’d met you along the way…well, all bets are off. You whiny, foul mouthed, insecure, ill-educated piquito chinch. In my travels I’ve met people from many ethno-geographic and financial background levels. I’m trying to determine where you fit…most likely sub-strata, where it’s dark and the slimy/crawly things live. Pura Vida

  142. Well ok, Cuba and Iran should not be shown there. I travelled both and its an absolute highlite. They love tourists to come…

  143. I’m very surprise you mentioned Angola but not Germany. You will pay pay visa fee, pay your flight and also book your accommodation yet they will still deny you visa without any tangible reason. And this is what all the Europeans and to larger extent doing to we Africans. So if single out Angola without these countries. I think you are being bias.

  144. Hello every body
    Every year Thousand of Americans travel to Iran and enjoy the service and hospitality, i strongly recommend you guys to study the books and disciver the reality and never trust the media. We are living in peace here and you can feel the safty here
    Discover the Beauty of Persia

  145. Add Colombia to the list. With the so called “peace” agreement with terrorists, 100,000+ common criminals have been released from jails, plus some 10,000 terrorists. You can not walk safely on the streets at daytime. Most beaches are contaminated, rivers too (with mercury). Public transportation is chaotic and travel like sardines in a can, not to mention pickpockets. US citizens are not welcome here anymore as the government is in the process to empower its terrorist-communist friends.
    Of course if you come for cheap prostitutes, and drugs, Colombia is for you.
    Venezuela even worse.

  146. No offense but the US isn’t exactly a tourist-friendly place to visit at the moment either. Applying for US visa is notorious for being picky, intimidating, and downright insulting not to mention a long wait period. The officials seem to assume every tourist is a potential illegal immigrant even though they have stable jobs and family at their home countries. Present administration and their supporters of white supremists and far left wing ppl are also making it unsafe and disagreeable to travel in the States. The countries on this list are mostly unsafe to travel due to internal strife or political propaganda, but I think it’s your personal point of view to think that the citizens of these countries are particularly unwelcoming to foreigners. Most countries don’t actively hate tourists and sometimes there seems to be lack of warm welcome, but a lot of the times, it’s just because of the difference in language and culture. Non English-speaking countries tend to be ‘cold’ because they simply can’t understand or reply back in English even if they wish to help. The existence or nonexistence of a US embassy in the country may make it difficult to get a visa, but doesn’t necessarily mean unwelcoming attitudes towards tourists. Perhaps you should rename the article the countries that may be difficult to visit, or countries that may be safer to avoid visiting until more peaceful times.

  147. Dear Sir/Madam
    To whom it may concern,

    With all respect, I believe putting iran on the list specially second on the list is an absolute fraud and nonsense.
    Maybe a long term visa is difficult to get and it is for sure . Maybe for some countries including American (USA) citizens is very difficult to get the visa and it is so as it’s the same for Iranians to get American visa specially now with the most shamefull president in the American history.
    But for Many Many countries including Europeans, you can Even get the visa for iran at the airport for short stay and getting visa in any Iranian embassy is not a very difficult job as
    Iraniens are among the most hospitable nations in the whole world and they adore foreigners and the way they teart foreigners is like a guest of god as there is also an expression for it.
    I’m not saying we Iranian don’t have smugglers or similar but kindness and politeness is a must to do specially when you treat a guest and foreigners scpecifically. Maybe some people in between want to charge any tourist double but it’s not like that for all .
    Although Tehran is an extremely expensive city and Sadly and highly polluted but when you visit all other major touristic cities such as Shiraz , Isfahan , Yazd and so on .. you will have a wonderful unique time .
    Bad things happens every where in the world so you gotta be careful at all time when you travel to any where. And whome ever travels the world can understand what I am saying. One most important thing about Iran , generaly it is the SAFETY of the country which is ofcourse is very important for everyone including us as an Iranians.
    So I have to say that whome ever put my country second in the list for sure doesn’t have a single clue about Iran. Iran is a massive country with multiple cultures and several different natural Lands and landscapes from sea to forest , from mountains to desert and so many different things to visit and experience above all, literature. Please anyone who read this message and again please forgive me for my catastrophic English but please do not trust this page and it’s list %100.
    Be well

  148. Much has been commented about Thailand in this thread. With the benefit of fourteen years’ living and working in Thailand, and with day-to-day interaction with hundreds of Thais – being ripped-off, cheated, scammed, seen corruption in the police and government and conducted numerous personal relationships with locals too, I would point out that first and foremost Thailand is not a former colony, and boy don’t the Thais like you to know this. The fact that Thai society has developed partially on its own terms, without adopting the ethical standards and administrative systems of more developed nations, it becomes evident to anyone who visits, that many Thais live in an alternative reality, where justice (or rather injustice) is not something to bother about. Furthermore its continued political deficiencies permit Thailand to regress further, without resolving its cultural weaknesses, i.e. its racism, lack of ethics, social inequality and poor overall standards.

    Regardless of whether one visits briefly, or remains in Thailand for a long period, you will find yourself on the receiving end of injustice and deceit. You will find it harmful to both your wallet and your sanity and possibly even your health. That unfortunately is Thailand’s culture and when you get to know educated Thais, you also find that they too expect everyone with whom they encounter to be deceitful. Thailand knows no other way, because that mentality is ingrained in its culture. The political regime which overthrew an elected government in 2014 is no more than an extension of that inbred deceitful nature and whether you find yourself a victim of petty extortion by the police, being scammed in restaurants or in taxis, accused of damaging a rented jet-ski and taken away by the police, or having your belongings stolen, the culture is intrinsically the same at all levels, but just manifesting itself differently. The devious and cunning ways are present in everyday life and in all situations, because of a lack of respect for others and a lack of respect for the rule of law.

    The roads are totally dangerous because of police ineptitude and since they are too focused on extorting money from people instead of enforcing driving safety and standards. The way of thinking and mentality sometimes seems inhumane and barbaric, with no regard for justice or fairness.

    Many Thais think the country is special and deserves to be treated differently (with different rules) but in fact Thai society lacks any decent regard for right and wrong. I advise anyone to consider spending your hard-earned money in a country where the people are more deserved of your business and more respectful of visitors. I shan’t bore anyone further with the Thai language for disrespecting foreigners, though it is plentiful and used constantly in their interactions and discriminations, right in front of your face while they smile the inane grin. The fake Thai smile is of course just the facilitator of their underhand and scheming ways.

  149. Dear DAVID, have in mind that the THAIS do not have youe income or your salry. They are POOR. It is not easy for them to pay the same price you pay for a zoo ticket e.t.c. – A friend from GREECE – (a devastated and poor country thanks to our “European friends….” mainly the GERMANS).

  150. I’m American and I visited Iran 2 years ago.
    Iran is such a beautiful country and Iranians are really kind and hospitable.

    I suggest everyone to visit Iran.

  151. All people of different nations let us not think that we are in these nation by our will, no, God or Allah send us to where we are so there is no super race on earth we are all equal. All we need is to share the space God or Allah created for us. There is no such thing like a super race because wisdom tells me we all have equal brains in different colors and in different countries.Those brothers and sisters visiting our countries are doing us a great favor so let us host them with respect and sale our countries.

  152. “You” need to be a citizen of the Israel-backing USA in order to make all these countries don’t want you to visit. Millions of tourists from other countries visit them without troubles.

  153. I’m not sure about another country, but i’m sure Iranian people are the most hospitable people that exist in the world, and we have thousands tourist each year who are welcomed a lot by our country, please don’t judge about something that you are not sure about…!

  154. Hmmm interesting , all those nasty processes are applied for any tourist of a third world country that wants to visit the US… buy tickets first, book hotels, bring a list of all travel done in the last decade, show all your finances as if you were applying for a billion dollar loan and the present yourself to the embassy for one of the most interesting interviews any person will ever get….

  155. Cuba is an extremely friendly and welcoming country for Americans. Done it legally from Florida with no issues. Once there the locals love us and our money. The locals told me time and again that they prefer free spending Yankees over the EU peeps or Canucks. Go now and enjoy!

  156. Can Alabama be added for foreigners to avoid when visiting the US? Their residents don’t seem to like non English speaking folks.

  157. I’ve traveled to a number of European and Asian countries, as well as Mexico and Cuba. When my wife and I were perceived to be from the USA, were treated politely, but cold. If we revealed ourselves as Canadian, our hosts (merchants, restaurant servers, hotel staff) quickly changed their attitudes and were suddenly warm and friendly. When we encountered Americans in these countries, many (thankfully, not all) had an attitude of superiority and entitlement, and were often outright rude to non-American travelers and to the residents of the countries they were visiting. I believe those uncouth Americans simply expected the rest of the world to be like the USA. It’s understandable if other countries are not particularly welcoming if they think they’re looking at an American.

  158. Please cut off Iran from this list and add America instead.
    The nation and people of Iran are very peaceful, hospitable and kind. You can ask questions from people who have traveled to Iran.

  159. Add the U.S. to the list. Americans are so xenophobic that they do not appreciate the beauty of Iran and the gentleness of their people. Iranian women are stunning, even their prescribed clothes aiming at preventing any sexual attraction. Even burqas allow you to look at eyes.
    Sorry dear Americans, thousands of years of civilisation does make a difference.

    The (serious) bottom line is that visits to ” dangerous” lands are very rewarding – except plain war zones.

  160. no, iran is not one of them
    it may be difficult for American to visit, but people here are more friendly than you could imagine, if they see tourist they will definitely welcome and help, and give you gifts! just for visiting their country
    getting visa may be hard(due to safety of residents) but there are a lot of things to see that worth it, and people will highly welcome foreigners, trust me, test it

  161. This is a list of countries who do not want Americans. Me as an African , a Namibian, we face worse restrictions to travel the world. Europe and America in particular. Whatever has been mentioned here is nothing to what we face.

  162. First of all,no one can judge a country based on its government…Every country inspite of hard situation has its own rich and valuabale culture…the person who collected this false information,must have visited all these countries to judge and write such a report…
    All I can say is that i feel sorry for ignorant and superficial people who is allowed to publish these kind of racist articles!

    a girl from the rich and ancient culture,with an open kind heart for all the people all over the world

  163. Thailand is great. I am writing this in Thailand. Cuba is great to visit as well. As somebody said previously this is obviously about the arrogant Yanks. Nobody wants you to visit their country. Hell you’ve probably bombed or threatened to bomb most of these. Try getting into the US by just turning up. Thailand you get a visa on entry. The US you have to apply months before you travel.

  164. Guys, how about visiting Nigeria. i don’t mean adding Nigeria On this list?.
    Nigeria is a heaven to visit just check it out!

  165. My friend i think Iran shouldn’t be on this list because evrery year many foreigners travel to iran & we very like them even the american people, why not, all of them are so kind & also i have many foreign friends♡

  166. I have read alot of comments,
    And sharing informations about the countrys ,
    Am asking what is your experience about sudan if same ppl been there before.

  167. Iran is a beautiful place. Iranians are nice, cultured, and educated. Wellcome to Iran, anytime you want. Do not listen to media. TV just lied and lied about Iran and its people.

  168. The US should be on the list too. Because the high crime rate, the racism is extreme, their extremes in religion, how they tread the native Americans, their bad foreign politics, their double standards regarding weapons and their arms industry, and last but not least they have the baddest president ever!

  169. Tupac Amaru Shakur told me not to believe everything you read.
    I’m sure no one likes arrogant/ignorant people visiting their country.
    Asia is beautiful as well as my Asian people.

  170. What about Visit the United States of America?
    They not only hava a crazy President, but a lot of people there even voted for him.
    I fear, they will even reelect him in 3 years.
    Rather look for Canada or Mexico, if you really want to visit Noth America in the next 7 years.

  171. i think cuba its a safe place. i was one month i didnt have any probleme .i visited havana trinidad varadero.
    p.s haha i think the girls of cuba yes some girls pick up some money of you. if you a pick up a girl be aware

  172. The people of Iran are the best people in the whole world. No one can travel to Iran and be dissatisfied
    You will not find any people warmer than the people of Iran
    It is really surprising that somebody wants to believe this false statement about Iran. We Iranian people embrace the whole world and prove to the whole world that we Iranians are the most entertaining people in the world.

  173. hi,
    i have only question of you?
    Have you ever traveled to Iran? i,m sure:you dont
    Iran very very beautiful and people is very warm and hospitable,all of iran cities so beautiful,
    i,m from Shiraz ,i invite you to travel to iran,to Shiraz ,and enjoy your live,
    my Instagram id:hamid.128
    #Shiraz
    #Iran

  174. I think the author of this article should first find out what people from these countries go through when applying to visit America. America immigration charges exorbitant nonrefundable fees from citizens of Very POOR countries for visa application, then go ahead and refuse them. Do your research, the USA is one of the most difficult places to visit for NON European Citizens.

  175. People are welcoming the world over; it is their bureaucracies which are often unwelcoming. Having travelled across five continents, I found the Canadian immigration and customs the most welcoming in contrast to their counterparts in the USA, who would seem to want Mr Trump’s famed wall to extend around all of their borders.

  176. I’m from IRAN. maybe U.S and IRAN have some political issues. But we(iranian people) don’t have any problem with American people . and we invite you to visit our beautiful and historical country and kind people .

  177. My experience traveling around the world is that people are much the same everywhere! You can find friendly and unfriendly people anywhere! We need to try to Love and accept each other and learn about each other’s customs and beliefs and not discriminate or purposely offend one another. Be polite, have manners and respect each other and a lot of the bad things that are mentioned in these discussions will not happen. Peace and Love to all of You. My very Best Wishes to You. Do not harden Your hearts!

  178. well, iran is a beautiful country to visit and all visitors are welcomed.
    bur politics is politics….as well as iranian people are abandoned from visiting USA why do you think Iranian government will open doors for people of USA this easy? its not about people its just politics.
    and if any one doubts about safety of visiting iran they can search for experiences other visitors had here.
    it will be nice to meet you in Iran.

  179. IRAN is one of the most beautiful places to visit. but the only problem is its government. it sucks. people are friendly. country is beautiful. anyone is welcome to our country since it is filled with peace for tourists, but for its own people. government is not doing right. we’re going the same way as north korea.

  180. Very dangerous to visit is Ukraine. You can be robbed, robbed and killed. The last murder of the Zhuranists proves this.

  181. First of all, this is only for the USA.
    Second of all, I’m Argentinian and I’ve tried to get a visa to travel to the USA in 2006 and was denied for absolutely no reason. When I finally traveled to the USA in 2012 with my European passport (my grandfather was Spanish) I was under interrogation in the airport. So unnecessary and uncomfortable! Then, when I got back in 2016, my motives where questioned.

    This only shows how self-centered Americans are!
    You say all these things about these countries but you do the same thing to the rest of us!

  182. THAILAND and LAOS
    i know Thailand good, stayed there for many years, but Laos is worst than Thailand i swear , i live there since 12 years, im leaving it now. EvenThai people do not like foreigners (and it is not about good or bad foreigners but ALL) they can easly fake their smiles and feelings about you, but Lao people do not even fake it, they look at you bad, talk bad about you, racist words most of the time and in their own language for you dont understand s well, lie to you about everything, make you pay twice the normal price as fluently as they can, the welcome is not good anymore since many years. I can also say that, in Thailand or Laos, do not try to learn their language, they also do not like it. I speak alsmot fluently both of these language and they hate it cause then you can understand all the shit they talk about you and all lies about prices. Laos is a country that product almost NOTHING, they just buy from neighbor countries and back 2 or 3 times more expensive, they are not proud of it but also not really care about, but when they see a foreigners who can talk their precious language then they cannot support, they will smile to not lose the face but will be fucking upset and angry because you foreigner can do the only one thing they can do, talk Lao. The most funny is that they are not only racists, they are also without any honor, they hate foreigners but when Lao or Thai companies make TV or Press marketing they don’t hesitate 1 second to use foreigners characters to show that they are modern !!
    I deeply hate Laos now, even my wife is Lao she knows my opinion about, i had Lao friends exceptions opened minds who also hate their own country, 1 of them told me last time that now she left Laos for Europe she will never back in Laos again, she got a European Nationality now and just pray that Laos mind can change in the future .. but without so many hope.
    I can talk for many hours about these 2 countries, Thailand had the advantage to be a beautiful, cultural and modern country, we cannot say the same about Laos who only stoles ideas and concept most of the time from Thailand, Thailand have wonderful beaches and mountains, and we can say everything we want, Bangkok is really an amazing city, about when you stay in Vientiane Capital, nothing to do, only bitches bar, Tuk Tuk drugs dealers, Corrupted police, acoustic old American, lao and Thai songs Live Pub, restaurants, restaurants and restaurants everywhere… oh sorry, i forgot the wonderful water attraction park of Lao Itecc that they dare to call LAO BEACH, some scary and not safe toboggans and a swimming pool with 3 waves per hour .. outside Vientiane still have 4 *big* cities, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Vang Vieng and Savanaket, around these 5 cities .. a poor and dirty desert, except few mountains and waterfalls.
    In fact if you want to enjoy laos, dont try to speak or understand their language, stay few days and only with other foreigners and Vang Vieng is the most amazing city in all the entire Laos.
    Countries of 1OOO Fuc#@
    PS: i spend my last 12 years with Lao and Thai peoples 90 % of the time, the rest with expats and tourists, then i know them perfectly.

  183. If you get fed up by people coming to you, smiling and asking, “Can you speak English?”, then don’t come to Iran.
    If you don’t want to go to nice and delicious smelling restaurants with high quality food, forget about Iran.
    If you are tired of history and deep tradition, don’t choose Iran at all.

  184. I know the situation for many tourists who visit other countries , because the people are so poor and want to take advantage of other people , they show these kind of behavior , my suggestion is to visit places that has less tourists in order to have nice times.

  185. I’m Iranian.Iran is not what you think about it.travel to Iran just for one time to see the generous&kind people and the beautiful and historical country.Your comment will change

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