speed_maniac wrote:mike029...don't know how long ago you went to Sanya but it is shit hole with a dirty beach and you will get ripped off...I mean really ripped off.....
I would, not in my wildest dreams, recommend Sanya to anyone...not even my enemy!!
I went to Sanya this past January for a week (on my way from Guangdong to Singapore) and had a great time. You get ripped off if you don't know what you're doing. The trick is to become angrier than them, then tell them to stop being so mad. The reason I say you have less of a chance of getting ripped off is that a lot of us know how to handle Chinese people and are pretty decent at speaking Chinese. They sell you fake stuff but tell you it's fake and sell it for 30 kuai then question why you would even want to buy the real one! Want real jewelry? Go to Chow Sang Sang. Want fake shit? Walk outside. The price is always negotiable, and if you don't like it, you literally just yell "who wants to take me to blah blah for 20 kuai?" and four people will come running over. Price is immediately correct when you speak Chinese. Going to Thailand, Malaysia, Phil, etc. we don't have the luxury of speaking their language (Before someone says Filipinos speak English, the people I spoke to had terrible English and I had to slow myself waayyyy down). It seems they just completed a massive construction project near Dadonghai, and it's very convenient to get around the city (even though the busses are a bit crowded). The beach isn't the best in the world
, but go further east and it gets progressively better. It's easy to get to from here, doesn't require 8 million transfers through an incomplete architecture (think Philippines) and a nice way to spend a week. Also, it's good for people brainwashed by living here to go there for a bit and draw your own conclusions.
That being said, I enjoy Mainland China quite a bit. I always meet interesting people and Mainland Chinese in my experience are far easier to deal with than Taiwanese. The fakeness is not there and they are very direct. It's refreshing at times. The foreigners in Mainland are also much more grounded, instead of the delusional ones that live here. I've said many times before I prefer Mainlanders to Taiwanese. My best friend is a Mainlander and taught me all the tricks to getting what I want from them.
Sanya is cleaner than Taipei and way more fun than Kending. You have the option to be in the city when you want, and be on the beach isolated a bit if you want, as well. A maximum 30 minute bus ride. Also, on a related note, Mainland KFC is amazing.
Never been to Thailand, so I can't comment. I absolute LOVE KL with its crazy mix of architecture and multicultural society (and I lived in Alexandria for a bit when I was younger so it let me reminisce a bit), and I was not impressed by visiting Cebu/Bohol whatsoever. Nice trip, but it seemed like everything was a pain in the ass, and I was uncomfortable being around so many armed guards and 'gun-free zone - please deposit your firearms here'. My dad told me he was uncomfortable because he felt like a disgusting sex tourist seeing all those 70 year old white guys with 20 year old Filipinas and how apparently that is acceptable. When they call everyone ma'am and sir and whore themselves out every second of the day, how are you supposed to have any respect for them? (Just my own opinion.)
Depends what you're looking for. If you want an adventure where you can keep yourself occupied by having mafan all the time (think: where the hell is a restaurant?) then go to the Philippines/other undeveloped place. Want a trip where you can chill when you want then "go into town to get supplies" but also have a movie theater, shopping malls, clubs, etc. when you get bored after 2 days of doing nothing go to Sanya or Thailand somewhere. I met a Huizu guy I hung out with while I was in Sanya who goes every year with his family for a month during CNY. His hotel was across the river in the eastern side of the city on Shangpin Jie (one of the lanes) near the restaurant strips and shops and he paid 28RMB a night with a month block reservation. He had a balcony and all. Granted, this was in the city part and they booked a month, but that area was good because you can eat cheap outside at the zillions of restaurants and then cab/bus/motorcycle it over to the beaches in the east for the day either at Dadonghai or Yalong Bay. Yalong Bay is very, very, very
nice. 30 minutes by bus from the downtown area. 1 kuai bus!