Today I am reviewing the most boring cities in the world that I have visited in my centuries-old tourism career. Cities where nothing happens. Cities, which in their charisma lose even to the dish called "jellied meat". The percentage of dullness of being is especially visible if you find yourself in them alone. Places where the most important thing, as my friend Nikita says, is not to sober up. Otherwise, there is no salvation. Let me explain that in this case it is boring cities that are considered, and not the so-called "assholes of the world." I will do a review of zestiness and city extreme sometime next time.
For the sake of patriotism and diplomacy, I excluded Russian cities from the list, although there were already 4 applicants! For even in the most boring cities I have friends (even if I don't know about it), and pouring provocative dirt is not my method.
I have absolutely nothing to say about some cities. And sometimes I couldn't even find photos, so soulless Google maps will represent this or that city. But it is very important that you read this post to the end, because the last paragraph is the whole point.
So let's go …
1. Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
The first place and forever the leading position was retained by the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei - Bandar Seri Begavan.
The finished place. Walking along Bandar Seri Begawan, it seems that there were more people in Chernobyl at its peak.
Well, it's not that there are no people at all, but there are no pedestrians! Everyone, absolutely everyone drives cars. During a three-hour walk, we met 3 (!) People walking. By Brunei standards, one might say, they walked in a crowd! Oh yeah, another Chinese man was blowing his nose outside his shop. Okay, a total of 3.5 people !!
A visit to this, one of the most developed countries in Asia, has been the most absurd travel investment I've made in the past few years. Even a day to visit it is a lot. For two days in Brunei, I envied the citizens of Israel - they are not allowed here under any circumstances. There is nothing else in this city.
2. Kulyab (Tajikistan)
Kulyab is the last stronghold before the Afghan border and the road to the Pamir. One hotel, opposite the market, between them - the road. Everything. This is Kulyab. BUT! the only salvation in this city is the bus station. You can leave from here.
The entrance to the city is crowned with the inscription “Do not leave children unattended” installed on the house.
For $ 70 at the Khatlon Hotel, you will receive an idle air conditioner, a torn cornice, twisted light bulbs, mosquitoes smeared on the curtains and a refrigerator (and it was!) With a "minibar" in the form of an unfinished bottle of Cola left by previous residents.
The hands of guests from the lower floors could well have pushed through the holes in the shower stall. Well at least the light in the bathroom did not turn off at all - the switch was broken. Because all the fauna of Kulob that lived there, it was nevertheless necessary for reproduction. At night, mosquitoes paid a return visit from there.
As usual, the ray of light is the locals. Kulyab is the case when the phrase "But we have good people!" quite apt as salvation. There is nothing else in this city.
3. Kuchin (Borneo, Malaysia)
If the orangutan hospital was not located nearby (and it is not located there), a trip to rainy Kuchin would be meaningless. And for the sake of a couple of orangutans, there is no point in flying to Borneo. There is nothing else in this city.
4. Dakar (Senegal)
oh, no … Dakar is still on the list of "The most vicious cities in the world." The busiest city I've ever seen.
5. Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
After 8 pm it is strongly advised not to leave the hotel, and it would be for what! But you listen to advice and as a result you feel like a diplomat in a besieged embassy on the territory of another country. An extremely littered city with a dominance of McDonald's, guarded by men with double-barreled guns.This whole endless dump is crowned with a lonely tree with a flock of shabby vultures guarding it. Here in the cartoon "Treasure Island" the same vultures watched every passing pirate. And in their eyes Blind Pew was reflected there. There is nothing else in this city.
p.s. Although Honduras are very beautiful, in my opinion. And he can be trusted. I didn't even find a photo from Honduras, so I am attaching a photo from Nicaragua. One hell.
5. Bagan (Myanmar)
If you are not a fan of archaeological stupas, do not read any guidebooks and go around Bagan. Even from a hot air balloon, at dawns, sunsets, from under the ground - from everywhere Bagan has already been filmed three thousand times. Stupas sticking out every ten meters in 40-degree heat provide little visual pleasure. There is nothing else in this city.
6. Kunming (China)
Kunming is a large and spacious city. But in a series of other Chinese cities that I met on the way, there is nothing to catch my eye in Kunming. Near Kunming there is a steep place of red soil, but not a single taxi driver agreed to take it there with the description of the desired direction and price, describing the desired direction and price. Which lowered Kunming even more in my eyes. And there is nothing else in this city.
7. Cali (Colombia)
There is a street of scavengers in Cali - dirty people sit there and recycle garbage. A beggar came up to me near her and told me not to go there because “how to drink” they would rob. Perhaps, if not for this advice, then Cali would have migrated to the list of hot cities before Bogota and Medellin later got there. But I listened to that beggar and did not go to that area. And there is nothing else in this city.
8. Skopje (Macedonia)
I went to Macedonia with high expectations of something ethnically cool. But the capital disappointed with its routine. An unthinkable number of statues (it seems that the Macedonians have erected monuments to everyone) in the midst of unremarkable architecture. The brightest flash was the Chichko Stoilko stall selling some kind of shawarma. And there is nothing else in this city.
9 Guayaquil (Ecuador)
In Guayaquil, we lived on the outskirts of the city. But one day I got to the center, walked on it and yawned until I came across a fire in one of the shopping centers. And there is nothing else in this city.
10. Medan (Indonesia)
A gray, unremarkable city in the north of Sumatra. In principle, Sumatra does not differ in any charisma of its cities at all. That is why you meet the first tourist here on the fourth day of your stay on the island. But this is the closest of the Indonesian points to the talented Singapore. And there is nothing else in this city.
11. Sancti Spiritus (Cuba)
Sancti Spiritus is still not quite deservedly located here. "Not the city, but the almshouse." Of the sights - a mobile pub, which has a constant crowd of local bums, and, it seems, never opened cinema "Conrado Benitez" - just opposite my window. I lived in the central square. And housing … I've dreamed of this all my life. A huge hall with such sunlight that it fills it with its fiery shades from 2 to 6 pm. But the euphoria from him quickly gives way to melancholy. The city itself is boring. Typical Latin American yawning province. At the beginning of the third day, a biplane flies over the city. This is the most significant event of the day. On Tuesday, asphalt was laid on all the streets at once. You should have seen the bewilderment of the Cubans, unable to cross the street from one sidewalk to another. Well, there is nothing else in this city.
12. Vientiane (Laos)
The city consists of an embankment. She doesn't even need a river. Moreover, neither one nor the other does not save the situation. With the same success, Laos could place its capital in any other city on its territory. I did not notice that they are somehow different. The embankment, a couple of prostitutes, … and, perhaps, that's it. And there is nothing else in this city.
By the way, tell us which cities in your life made you yawn and mope. Help others avoid them!
In general, there is a strange warning "Not recommended for visiting …" You still have to manage to get into such cities. But, in fairness, it should be noted that the impression of this or that city is formed by a lot of circumstances, from the weather, ending with the company, the amount of drink and just luck and coincidence. And then the most depressing backwoods will sparkle with bright colors of adventure. Remember this always!