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Vivek Wagle’s World’s Worst

November 26th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Name Vivek Wagle
Who? Editor of Lonely Planet’s website and all things digital.  Born in India, Vivek has lived all over the place and is now (relatively) settled with wife and son in Melbourne, Australia.  Check out his full profile on lonelyplanet.com.
Age 32
Countries Visited 32 (curious coincidence)

Titanic Nominations
1. Worst Hotel Room A no-longer-existing budget hotel in Calcutta. Flying cockroaches, “living” mattress, shared toilet covered in diarrhea.
2. Worst Tourist Attraction Petronas Towers, Malaysia. Sure, they’re tall – but you have to wait forever in line and pay admission to get to the top, and then you can’t see anything because of the haze.
3. Worst Museum Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. So tragic it’s awesome.
4. Worst Airport LAX. Some surly, clueless staff; outrageous food prices; no crowd management or direction.
5. Worst Bus Ride Siliguri to Darjeeling, W India – nine hours unable to move with my knees up by my ears.
6. Worst Flight Flying from Managua to Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast in a tiny, bumpy plane with an airline that “sometimes” made it (ie 92% of the time) without crashing.

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  1. Patrick
    January 4th, 2010 at 06:10 | #1

    The admission to the Petronas Towers is free and u cant go to the top floor, only to the 41st floor where the bridge it. I was there in line at 7.30 am and got my FREE ticket at 8.45 am. Why bitch when it is free.

  2. Anonymous
    February 3rd, 2010 at 01:43 | #2

    Channel 10 …9am morning show qith David and Kim 3/02/2010

    Message: Hi David and Kim,

    I am watching your show at the moment with the segment about Travelling and the do’s and don’ts, custom and traditions to follow in other countries.

    It was rather disturbing to hear about all the things we are not allowed to do or that are not acceptable for us to do if we visit another country, YET! here in AUSTRALIA, our Government is trying to enforce or have us Aussies accept the different cultures we allow into our contry and trying to make us, our schools, our work places and OUR TRADITIONS, conform to those of other countries. Eg: allowing certain ethnic backgrounds to have their own personal holidays due to their culture and religion, making our schools conform to the certain traditions of NOT ALLOWING Birthday and Xmas celebrations in our schools.
    Your guest on the show mentioned that it would be worng for us to wear certain clothing in hot weather in other countries as it is a sign of no respect, yet we here in Australia have to accept that turab head people, must be allowed to wear their turbons in schools, into banks, into the work place and on the streets, even though Aussies are told that Bike helmets etc: are not allowed to be worn in banks or shops. We need to have foreign people conform to OUR TRADITIONS and live OUR AUSSIE way, and respect US in OUR country, just as they want and expect respect from us in their countires. If you are a foreigner and choose to live in Australia, you MUST live the way AUSTRALIANS do, NOT change our customs!

    Regards, Kathy
    , QLd

  3. i hate usa
    March 31st, 2010 at 13:15 | #3

    you are the worst Indian in that case.

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