10 Countries That Don’t Want You To Visit

    Tourism can be an economic gold mine when approached properly, and most countries around the world have embraced visitors with open arms. However, there are several places across the globe who decided that they were better without the masses of newcomers: here are 10 countries that have closed their doors to Americans and many other nations around the world.

    1) Saudi Arabia

    Requires all visitors to be sponsored by a legal resident or citizen. Even if you’re sponsored properly, there’s no guarantee that you’ll then be awarded a visa as the application process is highly selective.


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944 thoughts on “10 Countries That Don’t Want You To Visit”

  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. From what I have read the Iranians are warm and friendly as a people and take a keen interest in america. We can’t judge them all based on a radical ten percent that chant death to America. That would be like judging democrats based on antifa.

            Of course I approve of the latter 🙂

          3. Iran is beautiful country with anciant cultural about human and people that loves together and know guest and like forigen people and growing guests, specially tourists ? them and i can’t believe some Iranian, same that friend, write wrongs about this lovely and peaceful people, Iranian is so kindness you can read about this realty from some people ?‍?‍? that had a experience about this so ancuant country with10 000 years of humanity, please don’t jugs of same, some darky minds ?? person, we are ?? Iranian and we love you come in my country be my guest and than judging us…
            Love you.
            Asad. M

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

          5. 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. ????????

          6. 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.

          7. 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!

          8. 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.

          9. Hey, I traveled Iran recently in my own vehicle, great people, loved it
            (except the taxi drivers in Tehran who can be a little stressed)

          10. There country is a muslim country they still want to maintain there belive, in some aspect most esspecially religion

          11. What a shame one can rarely judge a country just from negative comments based on ignorance of the place .
            I am British and have travelled widely throughout my life I spent a year 1977 to 1978 In Iran mainly Ahwaz north of Abadan in the oil belt which was not very interesting in itself but we ventured into the mountains near Dezful -fond memories of the river through the rocks . I loved the country and its rich heritage especially places like Persepolis truly one of the most amazing historical places I have ever visited with antiquities dating back thousands of years .You should be proud of this history however it us now perceived . Shiraz was a beautiful city with amazing mosques I never got to Isfahan and Pars in the south had wonderful agriculture and friendly colourful people . Tehran was a little crazy but seemed interesting and diverse but never spent much time there.
            The potential seems amazing . There are I believe 80 million people and they need the tourists to come and open up the country to the world again .. Can you explain why we do not get enough good reports …. come on INvite us from the west…

          12. Alright nice miss Maryam since as I hear it from you since I intention to visit Iran I will come for visit

          13. This list couldn’t be more incorrect. Iran and Cuba are more welcoming than you can imagine and I am sure other countries on this list can’t be justified either. What people are led to believe through media outlets is mostly rubbish. There are good and bad elements across the world. North American folks have been kept in fear for the longest time. Fear and hate sells like hot cakes. One should always experience the world not through media but in person. Governments have their vested interest of divide and rule. Americans for the longest time have been kept in fear and hate for the rest of the world. Every country has its bad pockets, just avoid those and you will end up falling in love with the world, people and cultures.

          14. look guys
            non of the negative stuff about iran is true !
            i am iranian my self and i can assure you that every one is welcome to my country
            we love all people and dont hate any human being…
            most of bad stuff you hear about us is because of wrong politics. we are not terrorists and we don’t support them at all !
            after all we are all human and living in the same planet there is no reason to hate each other
            Iran would be happy to host any of you from what ever country you are !
            p.s we are not racist at all !!

          15. @dude… I want to clarify a very important point; when you hear “death to USA” it does not mean “death for its people, country, culture etc”, but rather it mesns “down with its goverment’s dictator attitude toward other countries”.
            If you peruse the contemporary history of some of the countries in the list, such as Iran and Cuba, you will understand their point of view.

          16. I went to Iran recently. The people are really hospitable and warm. Many places to visit. And it is also safe to travel in Iran. I’ve been traveling to 6 continents and traveling in Iran is so easy.

          17. Yes I concur with Maryam, Iran and Cuba shouldn’t be on this list nor Algeria either – I understand this is written from an American viewpoint so is different for most other people.And while for Americans you may feel there is animosity from the bureaucrats, most countries citizens are welcoming.

          18. Hi. i agree with maryam . Iran is a good and beautiful countri and it has a friendly people. iranian people loves forigner tourists and we will happy if tourists com too iran

          1. I disagree with uour assumption about Japan. Japan is a home to many US military bases and military dependents love it here. Very clean environment, very helpful and kind people. I work as a DoD civilian and been here in Japan for over 18 years and working with Japanese nationals in my unit.

          2. You misunderstood their culture. Be more open minded. Did you even try to speak their language!? Imagine how Americans treat the regular Asian tourist who can’t speak English in NY or any other place…rude and disrespectful. We Americans are the worst!

          3. 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!

          4. 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!!!

          5. 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.

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

          7. 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.

          8. Rubbish! I live here and have found nothing but warmth from the Japanese. Don’t confuse their lack of English as a cold shoulder ?

          9. 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

          10. 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

          11. 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.

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

          13. Japanese may be cold people sometimes, specially towards Americans but I guess you might know why.

          14. 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)

          15. 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.

          16. 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

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

          18. 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.

          19. 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.

          20. Japan, really? We couldn’t find a more welcoming and a most courteous place to visit. Are you sure you went there.? People went out of their way to be helpful and explain things. Would return in a hearbeat.

          21. Japan had some rude people that we came across. In disney! Since we were visitors we kept quiet and moved along. Not on our lists to visit anytime soon.

          22. We can add Pakistan in the list.The northern Pakistan is a real wonder and know to be a Switzerland of Asia. People are very simple and entertaining and tourism is cheapest in the world.

          23. Hi,
            may b I don’t agree , japnees are not cold but shy, they don’t mix with new people but when knew you they are the best

          24. If you approach anyone in any country in the world and immediately speak in your own language and they don’t understand ,it can be perceived by you as rudeness . I suggest this is how you approach foreigners normally . What a shame for you . You have missed out ……
            If you show manners use body language and smile most people will help you if they can understand you . It annoys me that a country can be judged by a few conversations . There are good and bad people everywhere . I have heard that the Japanese are very polite and respectful although I have never visited . Not sure which other countries you have visited ….I feel sorry for your narrow minded approach…

          25. I found Japan one of the best places I’ve been to Japan and my daughter spent over a year there teaching English because they can read it but cannot speak it so sometimes they may come across as a bit aloof but they are so polite and respectful and were wonderful to my daughter. Besides that the temples are amazing and serine, there are great theme parks like Disney land, the city lights, the culture. It’s got just about everything.. I guarantee you will love it if you go there

        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.

          8. I agree that it’s not fair Cuba is on the list. My parents travelled all the island (not just the beach and Havana) and they were welcomed everywhere, even the smaller towns. They couldn’t go to Bahia de Cochinos and Guantanamo for obvious reasons. It was a safe environment too, they went with a big group of tourists and neither was robbed or felt threatened at all. Getting a visa was no problem at all.

        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 ….

          4. I concur. Iran and Iranians are beautiful people. They are just unfortunately enemies of Israel, which controls US policy. Israel should definitely be on the list.

        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.

          1. What I have to contribute is that!Am urging the whole world to stop self racisim,be human to our own self!lets own our selves,feel like others,”NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE”,or where you came from.Remember human is “HUMAN”,aint called our self of creatures neither animals!Remember,when you turn around or look at someone.My question is “HOW DO YOU FEEL”?We can’t be DOG’S but just human and we are only 2 human existance in this world.Guess who will denied about this….?My brothers and sisters let’s feel love of one another and stop this brutal killing with harashments,it has no use.Besides,if we are not changed for our own good,never shall we thing of human right on this plannet.”GOOD TO CHANGE”!Is the slogan for Hunan.

          1. We Europeans are very happy to visit Iran,which has excellent ski resorts and fine food (and drink). The Christians and the Jews have reserved seats in the Iranian Parliament, but the locals do not like us to wear inappropriate clothing in their places of worship. This may also be true of the USA and other Jewish and Christian faith-based nations. When Saddam Hussein and his army invaded Iran, supported by the USA (Dick Cheney), the defence forces sent them packing.

        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. all this matters its because of the governments of those countries and its not related to peoples,I my self as a Iranian love to everybody from all over the world travel to my country 🙂

        6. 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.

          1. Hi we are coming tomorrow!!! Hanoi and then Ho Chi Minh city. Looking forward to seeing your amazing country. Any Suggestions???

        7. 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.

        8. 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.

        9. 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

        10. 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

        11. 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.

        12. 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.

        13. I’m sure you’ve never traveled to Iran.
          Please visit Iran & Iranian people,taste our traditonal dishes,visit Shiraz,Esfahan,Kordestan,Tabriz,
          Mazandaran.read Hafez &Saadi poems.
          & visit historical buildings.
          & then give your opinion

        14. listen go to algeria and you find your misconception wrong
          all hdt rubish all you need is to book accommodation bank statement and fees

        15. yes its true that travelling is a form of education….yet I feel if someone doesn’t wash their filthy hands they shouldn’t go shaking other peoples hands that are well washed or clean especially when they want it to remain clean, this is in reference to people who exhibit vile and heinous crimes against other people in other peoples country especially the USA, most colonialist nations, terrorist etc….notwithstanding, the listed countries should be restricted from going else where since they don’t want to welcome others as stated by the golden rule of life “do unto mothers as you want to be done to”.

        16. None?!
          Iran is one of the most interesting destinations for travel! I think you should get a look at some backpacking experiences there.

      2. It’s not fair!
        I am a persian and live in Shiraz/Iran
        We always Wellcome tourist and anyone ever come here for 1st time say it is amazing.
        We always be good to tourists.
        Everywhere always has good and bad people.
        If our government is bad,but we are not bad.dont put it to all.
        Just try to visit cities like Shiraz or Yazd or Isfahan and etc.

        If you come to shiraz i strongly recommend you to visit cultural places like NASIR-AL-MOLK MOSQUE, ARG-E KARIM KHAN, HAFEZ, SAADI and other places then come here and just comment your opinion after thet!
        WE ARE PEACEFUL PEOPLE

      3. 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.

        1. I agree. Interesting article as US requests the same proof of those who want US Visas, not to mention how badly potential tourists are treated at US embassies and the impossibility to get an answer from anything other than recorded machines…i guess we are getting what we do unto others…

          1. Well said! I applied for US visa and they refused it without giving me a reason! I just wanted to visit some beautiful places of the US without even thinking about to emigrate or stuff like this! Wish I’ll have at least one chance in my life to visit Us especially Arizona Utah and California 🙁

        2. I think you are throughly right!
          Citizens of much of these countries are not easily allowed to enter US; hence there are some problems for entering these countries for US citizens.
          For example, based on the text, Iran dies not have any embassy in US and that is a hurdle for getting visa; but it is also the case for Iranian who are in Iran and want to enter US.
          On the other hand, the title is so general! The mentioned problems usually are just for Americans.

      4. 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.

          1. I agree with your comment. We have too many naive people that are willing to risk their lives and challenge their country in the name of their freedom.
            They won’t listen to reason even when Innocent Americans are in prisoned there .

        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.

      5. 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.

      6. You see, Am Nigerian and we sure do get most of these treatments and protocols for almost all the countries except the west African countries. Americans are special that’s why you’ve got a list for just 10. However am proudly Nigerian, the world is incomplete without us

      7. 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.

      8. You also forgot Bhutan. They officially don’t want tourists because they are afraid that tourists will mess up the country. They only recently approved tourists to come on a guided tour and only a few a year. What’s different from the others on the list is that their government is not oppressive.

      9. it’s not “insightful”; it’s stupid. The Cubans are happy to have people from the US visit. It’s our own government that doesn’t want us to go.

      10. I can not agree. It is my 2nd time to Thailand. I am sitting on the beach in Phuket writing this. One of the best countries to visit in the World in my opinion. We rented a Schootet for B300 per day and took part in most of the activaties offered. Fishing is poor. I think they ate them all.

      11. I believe that the title of your article should read: “10 countries that do not wish for Americans to visit” !! most people are welcome.

    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. I totally agree with you… I’ve been traveling around the world for almost 30 years and the Philippines is the worst of any worst.

        1. please my friend do not generalize the whole country in the Philippines, don’t you heard about the comment of of Joe that filipino people are very hospitable, very kind, very helpful, very most of all best in all aspects of cultural behaviour.

        2. 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.

        3. 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)

      2. 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.

          1. Wrong!
            Entrance fees for tourists are at least double than for locals and the authorities try to conceal that information by writing the prices in ancient Thai script so that their discrimination is not obvious. I know, I live there. I could post photos of many entrance fee signs at Zoos, National Parks, waterfalls even menus. Oh, and we foreigners are officially referred to as ‘aliens’. But when people think they are in ‘paradise’ they don’t notice, or don’t want to notice, the negatives.

        1. Sam, you do better to stay at home. Even better close to Mum and Dad. Guess you stick out like a sore thumb when travelling, attracting any villain within miles. I travelled 2months through Thailand and another 2 months through the Philippines (on a rented motorbike), I am 77 years old today, 6 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds but have never been threatened, attacked, conned or taken for a ride by police, crooks, prostitutes etc. so I can only assume that you need some education before venturing out into the world.
          I will not comment in several of the other negative comment listed below as I find them too pathetic to deserve my time. However I would like to suggest to anyone visiting these countries to read about them, prepare themselves thoroughly before you go and they will enjoy their trip, contrary to those squealing visitors listed above and below – including the guy who is trying to make us believe that he has been travelling for 30 years.????

      3. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. Oh, sorry for your bad experience in our country, i wont deny it, but it doesn’t crossed your mind that every country have bad and good people? Don’t ya?? Go back to PHIL again, and go south, look for me and i will show you…maybe it would change your perspective towards our country! ? and next time, go on a vacation to relax, not to go after with girls do dirty things…? you know before hand those girls do it because of money, so dont expect anything nice… As you speak, CHEAP, cheap are no good quality..think about it…

      6. 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.

      7. 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.

      8. 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.

      9. 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. Hi Dale, I’m a Canadian born Venezuelan. Venezuela was, until late 90s the most open, stable, and democratic country in South America. The influence of people from US, due to our O&G industry was huge. Not on vain our national sport is Baseball instead soccer. I grew up with US neighbors and the country was, by a long long time the best ally and friend of the US in the region. We didn’t need visa to go to the US and we were often welcomed to your country as we were highly trained professionals and great tourists. We used to attract immigrants (the competition was with Canada on this regard), and never were illegal immigrants anywhere.

          It’s necessary to clarify that we, Venezuelans don’t hate USA. We never did nor do. That’s bullshit. Problem is that a Cuban-Comunist dictatorship took the power: Hugo Chavez. 3 years after that, he was forced to quit. And he did under the popular pressure, but the Cuban regime infiltrated the country and made the dictator return and become “permanent”. Then he died and Maduro stole elections. So from fraud to fraud, the destructive communist and “anti-us” regime remains in power. Supporters of the regime has always been a tiny minory. The fact is that Venezuelans (90%) are victims of the regime and hates it. Venezuelans DO NOT hate the US. On the contrary! We had a long term friendship. So much so that, 80 to 90% of the oil used by the US in WWII was provided by Venezuela.

          Today, Venezuela is a very dangerous place to visit because of the criminal and pro-terrorist regime that supports itself on illegal drug trafficking, international terrorism and irrespecting Venezuelan human rights. Yes, they chase, torture, jail, or kill detractors.

          Do not believe “official truths”. Venezuelans used to be happy people and extremely welcoming to tourists to enjoy our natural marvels. Not in vain George Bush (Sr.) had a property in our Amazonia as several other US presidents!

          My advice is: do not visit Venezuela while their criminal regime is on power. Same as Cuba! Visiting Cuba is a crime against poor Cubans because tourism support the oppressive regime of Raúl Castro!!!! Problem are the regimes, not the people!!!

          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!

        2. 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.

        3. 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,

        4. 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.

        5. 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?

        6. 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.

      6. Cuba was a bad experience for me because my host and his accomplices stole all my cash while pretending to be caring and kind.

        1. I don’t even know if Nigeria is mentioned here. But I wanted to tell you that Nigeria is a good country you can visit.
          We’re very accommodating, we love our visitors, we are caring and peaceful. Tourist can testifying to this.

      7. If you are happy to be discriminated against then ‘up to you’.
        Technically, this practice is illegal but the Tourism Authority of Thailand is not willing to do anything about it. Why chop off the head of the geese that are laying the golden eggs? As far as they are concerned morality, right/wrong, has nothing to do with it. Yet reverse the discrimination and the uproar wold be deafening.

    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. Ahhhhhh, rose tinted spectacle wearer.
        The conclusion to stay away if you don’t like certain things in a country is superbly short sighted.
        Thailand should heed warnings from the tourist front, too many people rely on an income from it.
        And tourist’s tastes are easily changed.

      2. 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.

      3. 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. Well, if you guys don’t feel welcomed in Thailand, Middle East or somewhere in Europe may be you should ask yourself WHY?
          Did You bothered to learn the language of the country You are planning to visit? So may be just stop feeling yourself as the center of Universe??

          And BTW Your own country as well as Canada isn’t welcoming foreigners as well, a visa application is such humiliation experience… Shame!

        2. 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. Which freedom you are talking about like for Libya or Iraq or Syria don’t bring problem you people

          2. 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.

        3. 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. Painthacker: That is probably true of older generations but I find that younger French people generally speak some English. Try being a foreigner in UK and talking to a ‘local’ and see how well you get on. I am English but have been travelling and working abroad for most of my life and have learned bits from lots of languages over the years although I cannot say I an fluent in any of them.

          2. 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?

          3. 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,

      6. If you visit Thailand try the north, chiangrai Chiangmai and pai that’s the real Thailand your not ripped off you pay the same as the Thais.
        If you go to places like Phuket and Pattaya everyone will rip you off, number one is the police every time I’ve hired a car or motorcycle I’ve just been a ATM for the Thai police now I only use the public transport

    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. Thank you for adding this! USA should the first on the list. Long process of getting a visa to end up refused whether you are able to pay for your trip on not.?

      2. 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. David is 100% correct same with the Philippines everybody is out to rip you off they all think with their tiny little uneducated minds that all foreigners are rich. The Government doesn’t seem to care. Do what I do, I catch them ripping me off I smash their little faces in. I carry a knife and on one vacation must of stabbed 20 of them, 5 taxi drivers. Did I kill any of them, probably who cares. I hoped I killed all of them. We all start doing it they will stop ripping us off. If you get caught by the police be ready to pay about a $100 but most people don’t care.

    11. Please add the USA also in10 Countries That Don’t Want You To Visit list.
      Why the reason is I am a genuine person(Indian) having bachelor degree civil engineering(age 48) and having Indian news paper (The HINDU) grand a genius award also(having genuine passport and all genuine papers.)
      But I applied a visit visa for 7 days for the attend the international technical seminar but they refused. I like America but I does not like their bad judgment about genuine people.

    12. Thailand is a good place to visit, witho mountains, beaches, city, that suits everyon. What more can you ask! Please open up your mind, and U will see the horizon. Do not restrain yourselves within your own community, see the world before you made such comments. Cheers.

    13. you should add, if you are AMERICAN, you do not want to go there… I have no problem to go to Cuba, a most beautiful island. whz have Saudi on your list? they are friends or only as long as you get cheap oil? and the money from the advertising links yo utake with no problem. hypocrites you’re ,big time. stay home, best for you all, who needs you and who wants you?

    14. This isn’t really a reply to you, David, but I couldn’t find out a way to just make a comment. Consider attraction fees that are higher for tourists as “actual costs” with discounts for citizens. Why should a local resident pay as much as a tourists when they already pay in taxes for the preservation of the parks (or scenic sites), security, environmental impact, infrastructure improvements, etc?

    15. Thailand is one of the best countries to live and work, I have been going there for 20+ years without a ripoff or concern I wasn’t being treated fairly.

      When you arrive at the airport, leave your attitude on the plane.

    16. to David, thank you for your precious suggestion to add my country to the list of hatreds tourism. And please, do inform it to all your white Caucasian friends to do the same thing. we are always welcoming to all who are open minded, educated and has normal attitude towards others countries, especially third wold country like ours, because we hope that many visitors understand that tourism is the main business of the country. We do our best to provide goods and services that satisfy customers experience in exchange with a little money in your pocket. Thank you ! again for your support. Warning !, I’ll tell you that we have all kine of things that satisfy your addiction brain, a part of the brain the occupy the dependence for extreme happy and juicy high. I’m happy that your euphoria get reached in a bar from a dirty street full of cunt, where you spend out you money without regretting its expensive value. Oh! may it be your life time value that you never have it in your mother country. So, just loss your mind here, relax, you don’t have reason to be warring about. And do not resist your desire; Be your self; Express all your personality. Don’t care us! That’s normal. We know that it is nature of fucking cunt american bastard who searching for a place to drag down all the humanity faith. You may run out of your worthless bills. Don’t worry, just beg for it. Thais are always kine and help helpless people for essential need. Don’t be surprised if your journey to the hell is not funded. Then you can go to drug trafficking. Import it form your friends and Sell it to your western friends. So,your getting rich do drug all the day and live like superstar in american movie that your mind is set to believe. Don’t worry, your mom will not call. she may has problem on her-own. Getting rid of stupid bastard son is always wanted by Mrs. american bitch. You can, even, kill your self by stupidity or get your self killed without bringing sadness or surprise to anyone. But please, keep it for the worst case in order that you cant get over it. We do not want a bad stupid new to be herd and causing appetite lost during the meal. Please keep that in mind; But don’t mind understanding, feeling and thinking the way i mean to say.

      I got nothing writing here, may be practicing my hatting English skill. l would be happy if it touch your heart so hard.. if not the case, just forget it (if you can). And please, you can pass this message to your friend or person who really need to read it. i mean some stupid bastard who want to pay less and get more of profit from poor inferior hopeless people just for satisfy their-own stupid sick mind of addiction resulted from their precious land of birth.

    17. Thank David for your recommendations. Vietnam is an excellent destination for many tourists because of its beauty. People here are friendly and hospitable. Prices are good and especially, food is tasty, delicious. Once you have been to Vietnam you’ll never forget and are eager to come back.

    18. 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!

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

      1. I personally would never go to Australia. I mean, snakes, sharks, and fish that are all very dangerous… Just about every creature there wants to kill or eat you.

    22. 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!

    23. 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.

    24. 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!

    25. 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.

    26. 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.

    27. 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..!!

    28. 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!

    29. 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

    30. 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!!!

    31. USA an expensive rip off place. SE Asia is wonderful. I have been to many countries repeatedly. Thais are so great

      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.

    32. 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.

    33. 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.

    34. @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.

    35. 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!

    36. 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…

    37. 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.

      1. Exactly! Been on holiday in Asia for the last 8 months! Not ONE SINGLE PROBLEM getting into or leaving India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia…even China was pretty easy. Most visa requirements can either be done online or on arrival.

    38. 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.

    39. 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?

    40. article is wrong. should say AMERICANS. i as an Austrian would have no problem to go an visit any of these countries. because we have learned to respect their custom and rules, you Americans think the sun is shining just on you and the whole world ahs to bow to you. to bad you do not want learn and be a little bit thoughtful and adapt. and than when something is happening, you come crying…

    41. Ridiculous…just spent a month in Thailand and everyone was nothing but hospitable and helpful. We almost got overcharged for a taxi in Bangkok ONCE, but our hotel manager blasted the taxi driver and we got the fare for free. We stayed in nice hotels right on the beach for less than $25 USD a day and ate delicious meals for a few dollars. The rates go up over the holidays because of the huge influx of tourists from American, Australia Russia, and Europe. More power to them! Why should their country stay poor while the affluent use it as a holiday playground?!

    42. you should eliminate iran from the list. As an iraninan I invite you to see iran and you will understand that negative advt and iran phobia is not correct. I really recommand you to see iran

    43. 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.

    44. 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.

    45. 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.

    46. 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.

    47. 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!

    48. 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.

    49. 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.

      1. Good day,
        Mr Terry Johnson can you tell me more about your visits to Thailand am considering applying for the visa to have another experience of life.
        Thanks

    50. 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!

    51. 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!

    52. to a certain extent you are correct, but the present is trying to change all that. however, there are many plusses and in the majority people are very friendly.

    53. 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.

    54. >>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.

    55. 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.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind, understanding response about Thailand. I am on my third visit, in 12 months, to this lovely country with its warm, friendly and smiling people. Yes, there are rip-offs, but that applies almost universally – and people should be more aware of taxi , hotel, restaurant, bar, shop, visitor site, etc., scams which can be avoided by a little research, locally or online. Many Thais speak passable English and those that don’t are almost embarrassed to admit it. It is not the totally impoverished, third-world, nation that it once was; but low wages, rising prices, unemployment and dire straits, do drive some people into criminal activity, as elsewhere; plus, many ladies are driven into prostitution, as the only means to support their families. On the other hand, a large proportion of Thais are becoming increasingly prosperous; plus, there is a vast number of single mothers, abandoned by native husbands, who are understandably seeking the financial/emotional security offered by many foreigners (‘farangs’), who themselves are attracted by the delights of ‘normal’, hard-working, Thai ladies, as prospective wives. A great country, which I am seriously considering as a place of permanent residence; and a wonderful contrast to many other places in the world, including the UK, where I was born.

      2. Teerapan. What an excellent and honest summary from a Thai citizen. I have lived here for many years and accept the Thai culture you have written about. Now I just smile when I see something that I feel is a rip off and walk away. Thank you again. Chok di.

      3. Your comments is tipical Thai blame others for problems …. I one word you said it all 100% corruption on every level , from school teachers to police to government . Corruption is in the culture , everyone k owns it .

    56. 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.

    57. 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.

    58. 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.

    59. 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.

      1. David didn’t you know or read further news that the murderers who killed the two tourists are from Burma(Meinma). They were hired as labours to a Thai business employer.

    60. 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.

    61. 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.

    62. 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. ^^

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

    64. 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.

    65. 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).

    66. 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

      1. Right..I saw that.It is a amazing place. I used to eat and drink with payless. Money is meanless.I saw their smile and brought me a coconut milk from the palm and told me .test .test in the south of
        Thailand.

    67. 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.

    68. 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.

      1. That’s a common myth usually spread by tourists who learn nothing about the place. Thailand is usually around 27th in the world GDP list and only about 10% comes from tourism. They welcome the extra revenue but they don’t depend on it.

    69. 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.

    70. Thailand is not the only country that charges more than double for entry fees, not even close. Guatemala, Colombia, Peru are just some of the many countries I have been to that do that.

      As for taxis, you have to be careful of taxis in EVERY country and research your route beforehand, even in the states. Does Thailand have uber now? I went in 2010, so it has to by now I would think.

    71. Obviously you have had a bad experience in Thailand but to put it in the same list as the countries mentioned in the article is really to exaggerate. “That the police target tourist in Thailand..” Well it happens especially in some parts of Bangkok where the police target tourists throwing away cigarette butts on the street. It can cost you up to $60 but mostly people get away with around $30. In some tourist areas the entrance fee is higher for tourists. “Taxi drivers are well known for ripping off tourists..” I would say in what country isn’t it like that ?
      I have been living in Thailand for more than a decade and I’ve never been targeted by the police neither overpaid or been ripped off by taxi drivers. Thailand is still much cheaper than the countries you mentioned to visit instead and if you use common sense you don’t get ripped off. It’s very simple; for example, don’t sit in a taxi that refuses to put on the meter, refuse to pay more in places that try to overcharge you , don’t break the law etc. When you follow that and as I said use common sense you will have a nice and cheap holiday in Thailand.

    72. I have lived in Thailand 16 years and i find the place wonderful, very very nice people in general. You got bit by a sex worker????

    73. Ditto on that..Thailand is a dirty money grubbing country..there is so much deceit about what that country is really all about..the sex tourism is the only thing that is actually represented with truth..and it is degrading and dirty..the rest of the country is pretty much 1-2 star everything..and the smiles you see?…phoney as the king…that disgraceful “ monarchy”:is a sham…has billions yet people in bangkok live in shacks by the tracks..the country is full of suspicious simpletons that will take your money, smile and laugh with each other at the stupidity of tourists..lived there 5 years…unfortunately…job demanded it of me..would rather eat glass then go back.

    74. Thailand isn’t the only country that rip off tourists, plus can you really complain when half the stuff is 10 times cheaper than you would get it other countries? I’m in Thailand and I got a pack of Marlboro cigarettes for only £3 (converted into GBP) – I wouldn’t complain much if I were you

    75. Everywhere, there are good and bad people even in your own country. It’s depend on your luck to find different kind of experiences. I have been to several countries and can never escape certain kind of experiences you have had. The thing is that the more i travel, the more understanding about people, places, surrounding and environment expanding my mind with less and less bias and discrimation. Just let live and enjoy every moment we are given whatsoever.

    76. Been to Thailand. No problems whatsoever. One of the least restrictive countries in the Far East. I entered with a USA passport, my wife used her UK passport. Brilliant country to visit. Really recommend going there. Also North Korea welcomes foreign visitors. Been there twice. Excellent shopping as well.

    77. I am Thai and I agreed with you except the tourism authority of Thailand cause some of them are not bad at all.
      I think you just understood and met some bad ppl or bad company and I recommended you to try another, not just only meet the bad once and say they’re all bad.

    78. Are there police in Thailand ? I was there for 4 weeks in 2007. To be honest, I noticed a few police officers, and I felt safe at all times and places, so they must be doing something, but they weren’t annoying me ! Thailand…what a place for holiday, for a Kiwi at least !

    79. My experience in Thailand over the last 9 years has been very positive.

      Yes some fees for national parks are doubled to only a few pounds but as many of the locals can’t afford it I don’t have a problem.

      Only had one taxi driver who didn’t want to use the meter in 9 years.

      I’m sure you don’t get any of these issues in other countries 🙂