Expectation vs. reality: Asia’s hottest tourist spots

Holly Patrick
By Holly Patrick May 22, 2018 09:00

Expectation vs. reality: Asia’s hottest tourist spots

Asia tourist spots

LAST week, a “rooftop” swimming pool in a Vietnamese hotel went viral for all the wrong reasons.

Traveler Jenny Kershaw took to Twitter to share her disappointment over the hotel’s false advertising. She had made her booking via hotel reservation platform Booking.com.

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The tweet picked up traction and netizens soon jumped on the “expectation vs. reality” bandwagon.

What ensued was a series of tweets from other travelers showcasing similar swimming pool disasters.

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Thankfully for Booking.com and the hotel involved, Jenny and her friends saw the funnier side of it and decided not to complain.

But it still doesn’t change the fact that what you expect can turn out to be disappointingly different.

It’s not just hotel pools that can result in frowns and underwhelming reactions. Some of the world’s most loved, visited and iconic landmarks can also offer up bitter realities.

Social media has undoubtedly created unrealistic expectations of these iconic places.

Platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook have contributed to false representations of the beauty, grandeur, history or culture of these places.

When people do manage to take an outstanding photograph of a destination – edited, filtered and enhanced – many people would want to see that specific place.

This only fuels a #FOMO (fear of missing out) among eager travelers, which then creates a mass exodus of people to a destination.

Here are some examples of well-planned, impeccably-timed photos in comparison to what the average traveler will experience.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Taj Mahal, India

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Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

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Forbidden City, China

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Great Wall of China, China

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Japan

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Kuta, Indonesia

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Source: Travels travelwireasia.com

Holly Patrick
By Holly Patrick May 22, 2018 09:00
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