In your experience, which country's tourists are the least well-behaved whenever you have seen them out and about?

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    american_bengoshi

    CHINA, without a doubt. Tourists from mainland China are off the charts.

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    limboinjapan

    French, Chines (PRC) and USA they all think they own the world.

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    tmarie

    China, Japan and Israel. The Chinese demand a lot and are loud and rude. They lack in all social manners and spit everywhere.

    The Japanese go in packs, stand in the middle, look around and are generally oblivious to the people trying to get past them. They are also very demanding and rude to staff at times.

    I have yet to meet and Israeli who didn't start up on how "badly" they get treated, how everyone hates them... They are loud, rude and also travel in packs. Thing is, at least the Japanese and Chinese are usually well dressed. The Israeli I have met/seen have just finished up their service time and look like dirty hippies. No thanks. Will take a Chinese and a Japanese over one Israeli any day!

    I feel for Americans as they have a bad rep but most of the ones I have met while traveling have been decent.

    Met plenty on wonderful Kiwis, Aussies, Brits, Germans, French...

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    Papigiulio

    Americans and Chinese.

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    citizen12

    EDIT:

    In your experience, which countries do you dislike and what stereotypes do you fully subscribe to regarding these countries?

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    MrDog

    Americans and Chinese.

    Japanese aren't really badly behaved, they're just mostly slow and as tmarie said, generally oblivious to what is going on around them.

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    knowitall

    Chinese by far. Was at Disneyland with the family and there was a group of Chinese quite a bit behind us. I said to my wife "bet you they they will get in before us" and lo and behold they managed to cut in front of dozens of people to get in 2 minutes faster. Would have admonished them for their poor manners, but that would have hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese nation, so I let them be selfish for the sake of world peace.

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    vajra

    I love Chinese people, but they are guilty as sin .

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    marcels

    chinese and Americans, recently my wife and I were waiting for the hotel elevator for our designated room number with our 2 children in an Osaka business hotel we were right in front of it when it opened and then from behind without any warning we were ambushed and pushed aside,the elevator was too full by that stage of rude noisy chinese business men who had no regard for anything else except themselves and getting in first.. As for the Americans they think they know everything about everything and are also quite loud..

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    Greapper1

    Chinese & Americans are tied imo

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    McC72

    Chinese

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    Zenny11

    I had bad/annoying experiences with French, British, German, American and Chinese tourists. Not in that order, but many countries got typical behaviour for tourists that rub many people wrong.

    As for being cultural insensitive from me the price goes to the Americans.

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    Foxie

    This is not a serious question. There are as many tourists as there are as many different characters of people. I had bad experiences with Danes, Italians, Brits and Americans but I can't generalize this.

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    Papigiulio

    Foxie, actually I have to agree. Theres alot of Russians, English and Dutch people causing problems in Spain, Greece, South France and Italy. So actually every country has its bad appels.

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    combinibento

    I said to my wife "bet you they they will get in before us" and lo and behold they managed to cut in front of dozens of people to get in 2 minutes faster.

    As the saying goes, "In the US, it's 'ladies first'. In Japan, it's 'men first'. In China, it's 'me first'."

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    champon

    As my father used to say: "The world is full of damn foreigners".

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    shanabelle

    Germans, Chinese and Korean obasans...

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    Sasoriza

    I saw some Australian kids at Nikko-they were really, really horrible! What do they teach them in Australia, after all!?

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    porter

    British because they are arrogant and think everybody should speak English. The Americans are next - especially the military when they have leave and get drunk.

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    MrDog

    British because they are arrogant and think everybody should speak English. The Americans are next - especially the military when they have leave and get drunk.

    A few years ago I was asked by an American, who was trying to communicate with a guy at a subway ticket office,

    "Do you speak American?"

    I told him "no".

    and he carried on repeating the same sentences over and over in English, getting increasingly louder. I helped him out in the end and he was a nice guy, but Americans are too America-centric and compare everything to how it is in America and have less respect for the local culture/language and are ever more arrogant than us Brits.

    Chinese are even worse because they have a weird common sense and almost no manners.

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    MisterCreosote

    Absolute worst I have in seen in Japan was a group of amateur, failed rugby players in town for a tournament of some kind, between expat athletic clubs like the one in Yokohama. They were Brits and Aussies and Kiwis and evidently even some Canadians. These meat heads blocked the doorway exit of a large bar/night club that wasn't even regarded as a 'gaijin bar' and then treated the customers inside to a pathetic drunken medley of their respective national anthems. Classy.

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    IronBeard

    The BRITS!!! nb. Only the ones in Spain. People who go further abroad tend to be a little more culturally developer.

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    IronBeard

    developed even

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    Beelzebub

    While not mentioning nationality per se, I've seen so many problems crop up when foreign visitors have dietary proscriptions. Learning about the country you are visiting also involves sampling its food dishes. Pork is easy enough to avoid, but some people demand that food be served on special plates, or they won't touch this or that for all kinds of reasons. It gets to the point that there's nowhere you can take them and no way to please them. Fussy eaters are a royal pain in the ar-- and my advice to such people is 'please stay home'.

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    roomtemperature

    Russians!!! Since they can go anywhere they want they cause havoc everywhere. I've never seen ruder and more ill-mannered people then tourists from Russia.

    The Chinese in mainland China are quite OK. But I've seen how the ethic Chinese treat the Malay and Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Disgusting!!!

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    Weasel

    The BBC discussed this topic earlier.
    Don't think the list from best to worst has changed that much.

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    NambanOnigiri

    Chinese have got to take the biscuit for me along with Israelis. Ive been lucky to have travelled quite a bit in my time and these two really push the limits of what is generally accepted by people. It aint cultural just, plain rude. In Southern Europe the title unfortunately (im a Brit) would go to young Brits on package tours.

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    Bholder

    thank you citizen12 at 08:38 AM JST - 1st October!!!

    you rephrased it just perfectly! i used to work in the tourist industry for a spell and i have had so much good experience with people of just about any nation, matched with equally bad behaviour from other people of the same countries. i have found that there is no sense in trying to differentiate according to nationality. all it does is create stereotypes and prejudice. but you can meaningfully classify by other criteria:

    in my experience well behaved people usually meant young couples or families (the later sometimes demanding but rarely rude), older people, single or not, people coming to attend some entertainment, sport, cultural etc event since they are more in tune with the country they visit an so on.

    you want to be on the lookout for groups of youngsters, especially all male groups, sometimes even the teacher (trainer, representative) can lose all authority esp if alcohol gets involved. also, people get carried away on occasions like national sports matches, festivals or major holidays with all the partying etc.

    so i would argue that age, or even class, are more of a factor in discerning the degree of well-behaved-ness than nations could ever be (chinese=1.3 billion people).

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    XXXXX

    n Japan, the Chinese. Loud and rude.

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    Gurukun

    I mentioned in another thread that I uised to work at a tourist hotel here on Okinawa. But the rudest customers that I dealt with was the people from Osaka. Geez, you talk about rude and loud...and then add alcohol...wow.

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    Kronos

    The ones I had bad experience with were

    Arabs & Israelis - they both travel in packs, speak very loudly and are very, very dirty Brits - I definitely met some nice Brits but there are some who were just plain arrogant, especially those middle class or lower-middle class ones who (used to) take those cheap package tours across Europe. American soldiers - all the ones I have met were soldiers on leave and drunk. they were just plain terrible. period. seeing them, one would underestand why people have negative views of Americans. Chinese - as stated no manners. But if someone cuts the line in front of me, he will have my undivided attention so I am not too bothered with them :-)

    I cannot generalize and say all the people from these countries are like that but the ones I had trouble with were from these countries.

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    Eyeblack

    Israelis are the worst.

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    lacyunderalls

    Chinese and Koreans are just awful in Kyushu. Sit right on the steps in the onsen, take cuts in the buffet line, clear their sinuses noisily - get them away from me!!!

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    WilliB

    British, in my experience.

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    bicultural

    If "least well-behaved" means being loud, it's the Chinese. If it means being arrogant, it's the Brits. If it's a combination, it's us Americans!

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    sabiwabi

    I agree with Eyeblack, Israelis are by far the worst.

    Also, Americans tend to be extremely loud, but not all.

    And the Chinese sometimes don't seem to know how people should behave in other countries.

    And there are a few Japanese who ignore the "do not photograph" or "do not use flash" signs in churches abroad.

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    abromofo

    American servicemen on leave in Roppongi seem to be the worst behaved tourists I've seen. Once, one of them walked up behind me, at 10am in the morning, and said something about wanting to bash my head in. I didn't even know he was there at first.

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    Disillusioned

    Soccer hooligans are by far the worst.

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    jessssicaaa

    And there are a few Japanese who ignore the "do not photograph" or "do not use flash" signs in churches abroad.

    I ignore those to.. the "sacred" thing doesn't matter to me ;o i is evil.

    Hm, from what i've seen, Indians, Americans and Muslims. Not all of them of course! I know quite a few who aren't. But those are the mains i see.

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    marushka

    Chinese. Sometimes Russians can be quite annoying

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    Judderman

    @EYEBLACK/SABIWABI

    Never met an Israeli..why are they so bad?

    In my opinion its probably brits in spain or greece.drunken loudmouths doing the same things they would do at home on any given weekend

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    dracpoo2

    It changes with situation...put an American youth in a bar and things can get really ugly. Put a Chinese person in a store that has a good sale and you better watch out.

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    MisterCreosote

    I'd have to say Brit males for general arrogance and loutishness; Canadian women for persistent irritating whiny discontent.

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    jruaustralia

    Americans tip well; the Chinese buys a lot-- good if you're selling stuff to tourists =/

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    jruaustralia

    Never met an Israeli..why are they so bad?

    Israelis are awesome, must be referring to third-gen Jews in the US. Even Israelis consider them generally odd.

    But tourists that tips well are good, and tourists that buys and spend when they are o.seas are great for local economies.

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    dreamdrifter

    I seem to remember a similar BBC poll which found that Brits were at the top of the list of the most hated tourists in European destinations for their drunken aggression, while they were considered one of the most civilized outside of Europe.

    The Japanese are usually OK, but can sometimes be rude to service staff. They should accept that Japan's idea of customer service is not shared by the rest of the world.

    The Chinese seem to be totally oblivious to the impression they are giving with their queue-barging habits and loud voices. I once sat on a long distance bus in Croatia with the whole bus having to endure a 5-hour racket in Chinese coming from four tourists sat at the very front. It's a shame they gave such a negative impression because I had a chat with them during a service station break and they were very friendly and nice bunch.

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    Zenny11

    Greeks can be noisy too. Remember one bus-trip to the beach on skiathos(before it became popular for tourists).

    2 ladies were having a chin-wag but it sounded like they were ready to murder each other across other passengers heads.

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    Sakuramoon

    It has to be Israeli, Spanish and Arab tourists. They are simply loud, arrogant and rude whenever I've come across them as customers. The Israeli tourists in particular are so rude and sarcastic to staff in shops even after they've been given excellent service! Makes you not want to serve them but you have to put on a professional face. So many times have they been rude just out of arrogance and belittle staff. Once they complained about something ridiculous and called the manager who came and heard the story, then asked them to leave because it was so damn disrespectful. Wish people would just treat staff as they would wish to be treated themselves and say Thank You at least when someone goes the extra mile to help! There should be universal tourist exams to teach people how to behave!

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    LoveUSA

    Brits were at the top of the list of the most hated tourists in European destinations for their drunken aggression

    it is sad but true, they are not the gentlemen we read in the books about. Run far away from a drunken Brit, their fights are notorious.

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    LoveUSA

    The Japanese are usually OK, but can sometimes be rude to service staff. They should accept that Japan's idea of customer service is not shared by the rest of the world.

    Once I was staying at a hotel in the USA, and one Japanese obaasan whose shuttle taxi was late was teaching the staff about the punctuality of Japanese shuttle buses :)

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    LoveUSA

    Greeks can be noisy too.

    They are excused, because they are handsome. More Greek tourists please.

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    Foxie

    Elado, Greeks are not noisy, they just like to talk a lot. Only the malakas drive around all night long in their disco cars.

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    Taka313

    The U.S. Military took a few hits here and I have to admit to dressing down a few Sailors in Beijing because of their behavior.

    And instead of the worse, I will say that Canadians and the Irish tourists have always been a joy to be around. No complaints there.

    Taka

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    elbudamexicano

    Here in Japan, the worst tourists, have to be CHINESE, not that I do not like Chinese people, their culture, food, etc...but these idiots yelling in Mandarin or Cantonese is SO IRRITATING! I went to Hong Kong and the whole place is full of loud, irritating Chinese so I think Hong Kong sucks crap. I went to Tokyo Disnelyand and if you are trapped in line between 2 groups of loud ass Chinese tourists, well you better bring your EAR PLUGS! Why, because these idiots will try to yell over you, around you while they are killing time in those horrible long lines at Tokyo Disneyland. So do you all think I would ever waste my MONEY or TIME going to Hong Kong Disneyland??? Hell no!!!

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    Monkeyz

    In Japan, totally the Chinese. I used to live near a hotel, and every time I would try to go somewhere, I had to compete with a herd of very slow-moving Chinese tourists who would randomly stop on the sidewalk to talk, oblivious to the fact that I was trying to get through. Have you ever had someone look at you but not see you? That's how it was.

    Of course, Japanese people do that too. But are not usually walking in herds of 10-15.

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    whiskeysour

    Number one- Chinese- Yelling,screaming and no manners.-Close second-Korean- I was at JFK sitting waiting for my plane flight to Tokyo (2hours to go) low and behold a Korean woman changed her baby's dirty diapers right next to me. Mind you that every international airport (85%) around the world have baby changing stations located at every restroom in the airport. INCLUDING THE LADIES ROOM. No that didn't stop this woman changing her kid's smelly, big green globs of sh:t on the chairs. I couldn't believe this woman !!!! 10 smelly minutes of my life ruined. 2nd time was at narita departing to NYC. A korean man yelling at his kids that were 3 rows away from where he was seated. I wanted to tell the father "Shut up" . The kids never saw a television before because they were smashing and mashing the buttons like it was super mario or something -Number 3- North American and European rich tourists with their entourage(Brats). You traveled 1000's of mile/kilometers to eat at a Tokyo outback steak house or tgif. Good on you mate !!!! Try some sushi,gyoza,udon, and soba. No way !!!! I don't like fish !!!! What the hell are you doing here tourists from N. America & Europe. ** These idiotas always look lost in the trains but to proud to ask me directions. Or to coinfident and nose high to simply ask a question where is the nearest starbucks and out backs steaks houses.** Hahahaha idiots !!! One day I was going to disney. These europeans were to proud & to coinfident to ask me, "train to disney ? " Looking at the train, looking at the train map, looking everywhere for at least 5 minutes. By the time they found out it's a train to disney the place was packed and no where for the idiots to sit down.

    Americans Tourists- That will not try anything new, but settle for a Big Mac or a freakin whopper. Try something new for a change. Hamburger steak tastes alot better than a whopper. Please try it !!!

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    Klein2

    Interesting question, because the best-behaved are the ones that get the least bang for the buck: Japanese.

    They stay in groups, don't ask questions, don't fuss, don't read any indigenous pamphlets, and rarely interact. If they put them in glass capsules and just carted them from place to place, Japanese people would do it just for the privilege of not having to stand in line.

    On a pretty recent trip, the company sponsoring the outing separated all the tourists into two groups: Japanese, and EVERYBODY ELSE. The level and type of caution and care were worlds apart. The Japanese got No risk. No fun. No surprises. And they liked it that way.

    So what is the opposite of that? Making trouble? Causing problems? Not staying within the defined parameters? Americans. When I travel as a Japanese person, I get treated very well by locals. When I travel as an American, I get treated poorly. So that must indicate something about people's perceptions. And I have personally seen more Americans get out of hand than others. Chinese do have the record for the most disgusting behavior, however, which I won't go into.

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    Klein2

    "They should accept that Japan's idea of customer service is not shared by the rest of the world."

    Oh yes. We should all strive harder to be mediocre.

    My sense is that Japanese people are not doing it to be mean and racist. It is just what they are used to. They will accept mediocrity the very day when they stop spending twice as much to have it their way. Everybody knows that if you can't provide a suitable level of service, the Japanese disappear and you are left with... the rest of the world.

    I suddenly recalled a well educated, wealthy British woman who shouted "BOY!" in a hotel lobby to an older bellhop. Don't think an American or Chinese person would do that. British people speak softly and are generally polite. And that is really a good thing.

    Whiskeysour. I get your frustration, but you can't hate them for being bewildered and then hate them for not trying new things. This is the McDonald's syndrome in a nutshell. You will never see an American with a 50 dollar tour guide magazine like the Japanese tourists have. They feel their way about in little baby steps, and if it means dinner is sashimi, then lunch had better be McDonald's. It is very conservative behavior. If you can't read a menu, can't do math in your head, and can't understand accents, then eating a Royale with Cheese is about all you are left with. It is not a defense. It is an explanation.

    Another thing to consider is "what is well-behaved." From what I understand, Chinese people and American people pretty well behave as they do in their home countries. Maybe the people who really deserve abuse are the ones who act up when abroad, which, from what I understand, means that the British take the cake. I have read a lot about problems in Spain and Eastern Europe.

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    Klein2

    "So do you all think I would ever waste my MONEY or TIME going to Hong Kong Disneyland??? Hell no!!!"

    I would do it for the experience. I would wear all black. The BAD DISNEYLAND experience. Kids not allowed.

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    snowgirl

    In the UK? ..Drunk Aussies. In Europe? .. Drunk Brits. In Australia? .. Americans/Canadians are pretty obnoxious. The Chinese shove and yell everywhere, and the Russians are very demanding. Gee, this stereotyping is fun!

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    thepro

    Chinese are the worst. Have to say though Japanese people have a knack for standing in the way, walking slowly, and then moving in front of you just as you try to get around them.

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    yourock

    Americans.

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    rondh69

    Canadians are the worst, with all their loud hockey banter, beer chugging, and leaving scraps of back bacon and spilt maple syrup on tour buses...

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    hokkaidoguy

    Until this summer, I never understood why people thought the chinese tourists were so rude.

    Then I came out of a roadside cafe on the highway near Hakodate and found a Chinese tourist sitting on my Ducati, wearing my helmet, and posing for pictures - while an entire busload of them stood by and watched.

    Now, I get it.

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    Zenny11

    hokkaidoguy.

    Hope you told him about the Biker creed.

    Spill my Drink = a fight, Touch my Wife/GF you go to the Hospital, Touch my wheels you DIE. ;)

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    TanakaTaro

    Maybe the people who really deserve abuse are the ones who act up when abroad, which, from what I understand, means that the British take the cake. I have read a lot about problems in Spain and Eastern Europe.

    British tourists on the beaches and around the night spots of Europe generally act terribly. The ones who travel further afield act with a little more civility.

    Or maybe that's just my snobbish middle class bias?

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    Sarge

    "British because they are arrogant and think everybody should speak English"

    If English is good enough for me, by golly it's good enough for the rest of the world, ha ha ha!

    What the heck kind of question is this, anyway, a question designed to stir up bad feelings?

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    hokkaidoguy

    hokkaidoguy. Hope you told him about the Biker creed. Spill my Drink = a fight, Touch my Wife/GF you go to the Hospital, Touch my wheels you DIE. ;)

    Not in so many words. Anyway, it's amazing how much English people suddenly remember when confronted with a 6'2" shouty bald man wearing gloves with carbon-fiber reinforced knuckles.

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    Zenny11

    LOL.

    Had one guy to something similar to me once but he wanted to tough it out, till I pointed out that the leathers I wear are designed to protect me when I come off the Bike at 130+km/h so his punches, etc .....

    On the beaches I found the British and Germans very badly behaved. Like a german group decided to play volley-ball but were short of people so they walked around and TOLD sun-bathing people to join in.

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    Chinesebookie

    I've traveled to Dubai several times and I have to say the most obnoxious and most rude tourists were the Russians. They were completely oblivious to how rude they were. I had a few of them walk right in front of me while I was in line and even after yelling at them to get to the back of the line they looked at me like I was in the wrong. Do they just get away with this back in Russia? I have no clue since I've never been there.

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    JapanHusker

    limboinjapan at 07:37 AM JST - 1st October French, Chines (PRC) and USA they all think they own the world.

    I dont think that was the question.

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    EbiChiri

    Whenever I'm in popular areas of Tokyo and I hear people speaking loudly for extended periods it's always Chinese. However, the rudest people I have ever met are a group of 50 Germans who I shared a trip down the Nile. There were about 50 of us from various countries, all friendly with each other, and 50 of them. They always took all the best seats, tables, deck chairs, etc, and even had people stake out the best areas and not allow anyone else to enter. They would glower at you over anything, never return greetings, look down their noses at you, shrink away from you if you passed them in the hall to avoid being contaminated by you. And the last night when we put on a comedy show they sat there like stones and wouldn't even clap. It convinced me never to go to Germany if that's what the people are like.

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    Klein2

    "found a Chinese tourist sitting on my Ducati, wearing my helmet, and posing for pictures"

    Truly shocking. If you had done something, I am sure it would have been an international incident. Could this be what living in China is like 24/7?

    Sarge. I have a funny one for you. Americans are arrogant, yeah right....When people find out I am an American, they sometimes slowly switch conversation to their mother tongue on the assumption that I could not possibly speak another language. And do they say the darnedest things! Which must earn them double bonus points for arrogance. And maybe Americans talk too loudly because they have nothing to hide? Certainly not their modesty.

    "a german group decided to play volley-ball but were short of people so they walked around and TOLD sun-bathing people to join in"

    That is not too surprising. They are doing that to the Greeks in real life, right?

    Aw heck. It is all good. People have a chance to share and be together. Moving about freely has never been this easy. It benefits us all in so many ways.

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    presto345

    The Chinese and to a lesser degree the Korean and Thai tourists can easily be spotted in Europe by the racket they produce. The Chinese always win.

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    Antonios_M

    Greeks can be noisy too.

    I have to agree with this. When it comes to loudness, Chinese, Americans, Brits, and Russians all together are NOTHING comparing to my fellow countrymen the Greeks. I have seen Greek people talking to each other in the airport. One was at Gate 6 and the other was at Gate 9 and they had just a normal conversation. First you hear something like "reeeeeeeeee malaaaaaaka" and then its all Greek to you.

    As for the worst behaved, i have seen really really ugly things from the Brits in Greece.

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    JayJayE

    It's difficult to say because people are individuals. A lot of people would say Americans. But I would disagree. Some Americans are loud, yes. But that's not always rude as such. And I'm not American either.

    Some people say Chinese. Maybe. I have found both times I've had trouble with people putting their seat right back on the plane, with no concideration, it was Chinese and Korean. But I've meet nice Chinese and Koreans abroad too.

    In Greece, I found Germans were incredably rude to their hosts and very demanding. But again, I don't want to paint all Germans that way.

    I think it comes down to more a persons background rather than nation. I find people who are etho-centric and not well travelled tend to be the worst tourists regardless of where they are from..

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    BurakuminDes

    Individually, the Chinese are the nicest and most pleasant people in the world, IMO. My Chinese friends are the kindest and most pleasant people you could meet. But the mainland Chinese tourists, when visiting Hong Kong seem to exhibit a startling lack of decorum for queueing etc that makes even the Hong Kong natives peeved!

    The Best tourists: Aussies, of course!

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    kansaifencer

    Nothing in the world ruins the atmosphere of being in a quiet, beuatiful place than a fan american waddling about yelling at the top of their voice: "The prices here are astronomical!" or "Hal! Hal! Come and look at this little man!"

    Having said that I have met some wonderful American tourists who were extremly polite and good company.

    It seems Chinese people have a rather bad reuputation as tourists, but I think this argument is somewhat flawed in that assuming the millions of tourists behave exactly because they all come from the same country.

    Someone pointed out that a much better way of classifying people is through their class and upbringing. I personally find working glass yobbos no worse than the middle class snobs who criticise them.

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    BurakuminDes

    Surprised no-one has said Indians. Most are fine - but I have seen quite a few who seem to want to angrily haggle prices, even in Western nations like Australia. Some of them also carry an air of arrogance as if they kind of believe they have a higher status than other races!

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    avenger

    Germans are the most arrogant. Humorless, and look like they want to kill you

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    Ranger_Miffy

    Great discussion and airing out of frustrations, mates! Klein2-love ya! Worst tourists, sitting here in Tokyo: Chinese are beating out the Americans. For that reason only, I am impressed.

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    presto345

    Germans are the most arrogant. Humorless, and look like they want to kill you

    I have shared that experience, but not with tourists I must say so I may be a bit off track. In most cases, excepting a few then I will never forget, the Germans are normal, nice, your average kind of man, people.

    But, of course, this is about the tourists you encounter, in your own territory or abroad. It could be your own countrymen, a few of them, a group, that in some place, under some circumstances, create a lasting impression. Good or bad.

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    Frungy

    I speak enough to get by in quite a few languages, and one of them is German, so perhaps that's the reason I've never had any trouble with the Germans (unlike many other people here).

    In Japan the rudest people I've seen have been the Americans, without a doubt. I remember an incident when I was visiting Tokyo and popped by Starbucks for a coffee. An American woman yelled at the cashier because someone else got their order before her, and she had ordered first. Umm.. Hello lady, some orders take longer than others. The poor cashier was on the verge of tears... but to my eternal shame I just pretended it wasn't happening, maybe I've been here too long.

    The worst manners I've seen internationally has to have been some English soccer louts. But they're a special breed and hardly representative of the whole population.

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    JayJayE

    In Japan most Americans get a bad wrap because to the military. But I don't think that's entirely fair.

    I saw one young American Navy guy almost shouting at a Japanese old lady to take his seat. Hey, he was doing the right thing! But the old lady was scared to death.

    On top of that the non-military people I'm friends with are some of the most well mannered, culturely sensitive, reasonable people I know.

    So yeah, I don't pick Americans. Though you guys can be kinda loud.

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    METinTokyo

    Was out walking with a Chinese friend of mine a while ago and we happened across a couple of Chinese women who were literally screaming at each other, I thought of course that by the sound of things that something dreadful had transpired between the two of them.

    I asked my friend what they were fighting about, and she replied that they were just trying to decide which department store to go to next.

    Sure enough a minute later they somehow came to a decision and strode off side by side laughing gaily heading towards the selected destination.

    Different cultures, different ways of dealing with things, but relatively harmless.

    On a different note, I didn't realize that the American military were considered "tourists" in Japan.

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    JayJayE

    It's not the American military are "tourists" but that the image of Americans is inflanced by them. Which is what I think is unfair. I'm not bashing the military,just saying. I live in Kanagawa and know not all Americans are rude and not all rude people are American.

    While I was in Greece and Turkey, Americans were the nicest people I came across.

    So I think I want to put to bed, this notion that Americans are bad tourists. I don't think so.

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    RightThing

    Japanese is the least well-behaved when I was visiting Asia. My gosh, they're so rude when visiting temples, they don't respect the locals when they're praying. The Japanese tour guides shouts very loud inside the temples, disregarding and disrespecting the quiet atmosphere that needs to be maintained inside the temples.

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    gonemad

    The worst? Travel groups on cheap trips. No matter where they come from.

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    paulinusa

    Maybe Americans years ago(the ugly American was the stereotype)but nowadays I think most Americans try to be politically correct are affraid to offend anyone.

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    mikehuntez

    Groups!! Any group from any country. It's the mob mentality. This accounts for most of the bad behavior. But on individual basis. Brits have been the biggest idiots abroad. They let any two bit criminal have a passport to travel.

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    michaelqtodd

    I didn't realize that the American military were considered "tourists" in Japan.

    Yes tourists or maybe "tourofdutyists"? In any case not here permanently.Hence many of their behavioural problems

    For me it was a Japanese who left the longest impression. When I was about 12 I was on a tourist boat on a beautiful fiord in New Zealand.This Japanese guy threw his plastic wrappings in the lake. I remember screaming at him and having to be restrained by my father. Have not seen anything worse than that since

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    kirakira25

    If we are looking at the Med in Summer then club 18-30 Brits without a doubt. I am ashamed to be British when I see drunk girls doing it on car bonnets, puking guts up in the street, peeing where they stand (male and female).

    I saw Americans whining in Narita airport McD`s because they only had one flavour of ice-cream! WTF??!

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    Mocheake

    Poster Kirakira25, how do you know they were American? All groups have their loud and badly behaved. It's usually people from influential countries who flaunt their wealth and status and feel they deserve some kind of special treatment. No country, race or ethnic group is immune. Also, what one calls bad behavior is in the eye of the beholder.

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    michaelqtodd

    After having lived a bit in China I want to explain why they are like they are so that you can have more tolearance for them. There are a lot of people there and for a long long time there has been a shortage of food, transport and services in general. So for many years their life has been a "fight" and it has been every man,woman and child for themselves. Hell I have even seen people jumping over counters and scrapping to get through the entrance door to be first on to a domestic aeroplane in China.And they already had allocated seats! These are the rich sophiticated Chinese! This is of course gradually changing as they get more food, trains,buses,hospitals etc. Things will get better but please be patient in the meantime.The Chinese will soon learn to queue!

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    michaelqtodd

    The Brits on the other hand love and accept queuing. When I lived in London friends and I had fun going to train stations and starting long queues for ticket machines on the Underground.Even though there were several available machines. British people would join behind us and wait and wait and just "presume" the other machines were broken.Lol

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    Teachmeteachyou

    I think in some ways the question is unfair, as in countries like America or China it's seen as okay to be open and brash, even a good thing as it's 'honest', so they can tend to stand out, spoiling the ambiance. On the other hand, with Americans at least, they are some of the nicest, most generous and sincere people I've met. I've also had Chinese people take time out to help me get tickets and so on.

    I'd say the worst travellers are of no particular country, the question itself is flawed. They are a type- the type in a group, making no effort to adapt to their new cultural environment, or thinking the place was made for tourists and breaking the atmosphere. I also find it annoying when people compare everything to 'back home', as if that was the measure of all things, which in some ways makes them miss out on what's good about where they are.

    To be honest, despite being such good people, Americans are really the worst here, even expecting people to speak English the way they do (because it's 'cool'), making fun of anyone who's different from their view of 'normality', being obsessed with fast food outlets rather than sushi. If everywhere was the same, what would be the point of going anywhere? But I'm not complaining too much, as they've brought Starbucks and Costco here with them!

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    hworta269

    In some cultures I.E. China and Korea talking loud is not rude.

    The absolutely worst I have ever seen has to be french hands down.

    But what is the purpose of this poll, most countries make butloads of money off of even rude tourists.

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    bass4funk

    I think there is a lot of cynicism floating around here. Trying to be objective as much as I can here. In every culture you have rude and overly obnoxious people, but it definitely by far is NOT coming from Americans. I have been to 18 countries and I have seen out of control people in most of them.

    @Teachmeteachyou

    Americans are really the worst here, even expecting people to speak English the way they do (because it's 'cool'), making fun of anyone who's different from their view of 'normality', being obsessed with fast food outlets rather than sushi. If everywhere was the same, what would be the point of going anywhere? But I'm not complaining too much, as they've brought Starbucks and Costco here with them!

    I don't know what kind of Americans you met, but coming from the states and particularly the West Coast, where outside of Japan we have after Hawaii in Southern California one the largest Japanese community and there are hundreds of Japanese Restaurants where Sushi is extremely popular and Japanese food for that matter. Having a long history in the states, we are quite familiar with various kinds of Japanese Cuisine. That part of your comment to generalize like that is slightly disingenuous.

    I know many Asians that come to the states that also have a completely different view as to how life, food and in their eyes what they consider to be normal might not fall under "their" definition as to what normal is! I have seen many rude German, Aussies, Koreans, Japanese and Chinese etc. I'm not going on a diatribe, its all subjective, not to mention, many of us have to be honestly open and look within ourselves and have to admit that many of us are biased towards certain cultures or countries for one reason or another. I do agree that many tourists come in groups and a) have a limited chance of really seeing the country in full and b) NOT wanting to explore the food culture in the countries that people visit, Japanese are no exception to this. I have a friend (Japanese) that went for 2 weeks on vacation with her family to Vietnam, when she came back I asked her how she liked the food, but she said, she didn't try anything because she thought the local cuisine doesn't look as appealing as Japanese, but before that, she packed two suitcases just with Japanese food so she could cook at home. On that part, I wholeheartedly agree with you on that, Teach. As a traveler, I try to always be open-minded and try to follow the customs and cultures for the duration of my visit. I wish everyone would do the same.

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    presto345

    I'd say the worst travellers are of no particular country, the question itself is flawed

    The question is not flawed. It asks about your personal experience. You may have had good experiences with certain groups of tourists, someone else may not have.

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    MisterCreosote

    As a US citizen I have to say the nicest, friendliest, most good-humored Americans I have met in Japan came from Iowa. It's the strangest thing. To a person they were each just super friendly.

    I have come across a few East Coast sorts who could use some serious attitude adjustment but I think it's the tribal thing they leave New Yahk and Beantown with.Fun to watch Japan kind of wear em down and soften em after a few years.

    Got to agree with bass4funk about the West Coast. I find that Americans from Cal, Ore, Wash (and of course Hawaii) make the transition pretty easily.

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    elbudamexicano

    I once took a Chinese friend an his family to Tijuana, and the wife asked something in Chinese to her husband, then he started YELLING at her, then I was ?????? Wassup?? Then the husband tells me in English that this silly cow was asking if there was any good CHINESE FOOD IN MEXICO and that is when her husband started yelling at her that they had not gone all the way to Mexico to eat CHINESE FOOD! Funny right?? But actually in Mexicali we have a China town and I have to say, it is actually QUITE YUMMY!! I do like regular stuff like sweet and sour pork! But, we can not say all XXXXX are XXXXX because everybody has some smart people and then every nationality has if share of ding a lings, right??

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    Klein2

    haha elbuda. Well, we all try to score points for internationalism, but relaxing is often just eating something familiar and reliable. I totally see your point. McDs seem to be everywhere, so Americans take advantage of that. If there were Tim Horton's worldwide, they would be packed with Canadians. Some people are railing just from jealousy, I am sure.

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    KnowBetter

    Usually the tourists that just found out how to get a passport are the worst. The ones that were born in a barn. The ones that think that everyone should be changing the signs over so they can read them. The ones that expect the food to be exactly like home when they're not home!!! It doesn't really narrow things down to a country but more to a state of mind that needs to change. When you go somewhere to visit someone elses country don't expect them to change for you. When in Rome...

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    oberst

    The French ( men ).............I excuse the French women on account of their good looks.

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    IvanCoughalot

    It's the French. We all know it's the French.

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    IvanCoughalot

    That said, the only time I've ever hit a woman was at Tokkyo Disneyland, when a shrieking Chinese woman wanted a picture of my 3 year-old daughter and grabbed her, pulling her hand from mine to get her where she wanted the picture. Poor girl was terrified. Soon put that sequinned monster right about basic mammal courtesy.

    But it's still the French.

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    tokyokawasaki

    Americans.

    They have this natural, arrogant and obnoxious 'higher self worth attitude'. Why do they always expect to be treated differently? Never could quite understand that.. Of course, I am not saying all Americans are bad, far from it. Just in my experience, Americans and their arrogant attitudes are the worst tourists in my humble opinion.

    One recent example - Whilst in Manila airport during a long flight delay, this fat guy walks up to the ticket counter and said rather loudly 'Look, I am an American and I demand to know what is going on'... Why did he have to say the 'I am an American'? Did he think his nationality would scare them or something?

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    m6bob

    The tourist from China are the loudest, most uncouth because they're newly rich & do not know how to behave.

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    space_monkey

    Anyone who is really fat or loud!!

    I won't generalize so I will only tell you all what I have seen. 1. Two British yob tourists in Kobe walk into a gaijin bar, hit on some guys hot girlfriend while she is buying a drink, follow her back to her boyfriend and punch him out. 2. Watching a drunking Brit start throwing money at normal western woman in a Tokyo bar on the presumption they are prostitutes!! 3. Sitting in a Hiroshima restaurant with two Japanese female friends and having two big American Marines, one black and one white, pull up chairs, sit down at my table, put their arms around my friends and say to me "What are you going to do about it?" 4. Watching a drunken Aussie go into a McDonalds, order a big mac, open the box to inspect it, then proceed to throw it into the face of the person that served it!! 5. having a elderly Chinese woman get on a train, walk straight to me, sit on my lap, then wedge themselves into the 10cm gap between me and the passenger sitting next to me!! I was speechless. 6. Watching 10 Aussie Rugby Union boys go into a bar, take the fire extinguisher and spray down the entire bar and its occupants!! 7. Watching New Zealander natives pound each other senseless. 8. Having an unknown Irish person walk up to me in a bar in Osaka and say "I am going to reach down your throat and rip your balls out of your face" 9. Watching a Brazilian guy walk up to my American friend take his beer out of his hand and drink the whole thing then pint to the "Brazilian Jujitsu team" on his shirt, and walk off!! 10. Watching drunk Irish woman backpackers drink themselves, spineless, mental, legless, brainless and penniless...and still stand.

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    stormcrow

    Americans, especially those from the east coast.

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    motytrah

    Middle Class Indian Families. The economics of India allow them to have multiple servants in their household. What results is when they travel they think every transport and hotel worker is their personal servant.

    Americans have issues too. Usually the lack of attention to their children when traveling. When I travel the J-Kids in First class keep their eyes on their game boy and don't go running around the plane like western kids.

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    griff

    @space_monkey, you really need to find some new hang outs!

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    Teachmeteachyou

    @bassforfunk

    I don't know what kind of Americans you met, but coming from the states and particularly the West Coast, where outside of Japan we have after Hawaii in Southern California one the largest Japanese community and there are hundreds of Japanese Restaurants where Sushi is extremely popular and Japanese food for that matter. Having a long history in the states, we are quite familiar with various kinds of Japanese Cuisine. That part of your comment to generalize like that is slightly disingenuous.

    Point taken, I'm only talking about the people I've been meeting here, generally here for the longer term; not necessarily the best answer to the contentious question, but my own subjective experience nonetheless. The only beef I have with Americans, including those in my own family, is their self-obsession with the fact they are American, how great their country is, or how incredibly important it's problems are. I mean, like, get over it, I'm not your shrink!

    The Americans I know do like Japanese food, but don't rave about it the way they do American junk food. I suppose it's a comfort food thing, but it's part of the whole ethos that everything should be 'fun' and as fast food is so easy to enjoy, it gets the most attention. I've found their taste in places, films, etc gets influenced by this too, where they will rave about a film like Avatar being the best film ever, based on it's great special effects- not story, dialogue, etc. Fast food or American issues is also something Americans from very different backgrounds have in common to talk about. I just want to enjoy the place I'm in, so can get sick to death of the America=normal mentality diverting my attention from it.

    I'm sure there are lots of very sophisticated, intelligent America who aren't like this. But most of them are living in France, writing pretentious novels. As others have said, ironically the most humble and open-minded Americans I've met are from places like Iowa. They don't think they are important just because their country is so powerful.

    No-ones perfect, but American self-importance has just annoyed me more than most other things. But it is also a good thing, as it pushes places like Japan to try for better standards of living, by having the influence of people who expect more out of life (hence the Starbucks/Costco connection!)

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    TimRussert

    British holiday-makers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and L.A. are the worst I have had to deal with.

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    jforce

    Least well-behaved ... damn. In over 20 countries I've visited the Europeans(German, Austrian, and Swiss) have been easily the most arrogant and ridiculous - especially in Asia (not to mention the sicko men that go kiddy hunting in Thailand from the aforementioned countries). Yet, the Japanese and Korean businessmen that get completely smashed and go after young prostitutes in China and the Philippines are a close second. If their wives only knew ...

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    Blockntackle

    Chinese and American.

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    jtuzr

    I'd like to know if anyone qualifies this as bad behavior: I'm on a plane sitting next to an "Asian-looking" woman in her 50s. They serve the in-flight meal. She stops eating half-way through the meal and then starts brushing her teeth at her seat!! Now mind you, I'm still trying to eat while she's doing this. But the moment she started rinsing her mouth and spitting in her cup I just put down my fork and stopped.

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    aj2o1

    There was a time decades ago when Japanese tourists had the reputation as being boorish and obnoxious. In general, they're much more polite now.

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    nightvision

    In this shrinking world of ours, we have to learn how to blend in and be considerate of people, especially when we're not in our own country.

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    IchyaWarFare

    What about visitors in their own country? For example Japanese people, you live in Japan, yeah you may be from a different area/prefrecture, but you can still read the signs, they are in Japanese for crying out loud and why don't you own a GPS? I am not even talking about the damn Sunday drivers here. If you are lining up to go on a bus tour, cool, but do not wait on the corner of the road where Japan is notorious for having blind spots. Do not just throw your hand up like it is okay, it is not okay, you almost got hit and it is your fault, though it would be mine because I am the foreigner. Oh, and those of you visiting from Osaka, don't push.

    U.S. citizens in America, seriously man, WTF! Yeah, it is the sunshine state but we are surrounded by water. You don't think it rains here? I mean, on cable TV, you see that we had a hurricane warning, why visit then and complain about it? Not my fault you got stuck at the bar because of rain and then complain about it. No, I do not know what it is like or how rough it is in NY. This is FL, pretty laid back, the retirement capital of the U.S.A., why should we change what we do down here unless there is enough of a demand? Oh yes, and please do bring sunscreen, you northerners want to come in the summer when it is all hot, but funny as hell seeing you all turn that lobster red.

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    IchyaWarFare

    @space_monkey, you really need to find some new hang outs!

    Seriously man, sounds like you had it rough.

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    genjuro

    1. Chinese - 5000+ years of culture and history and still unrefined in basic manners.
    2. Koreans - Uncouth, loud less than the Chinese but coupled with inferiority complex toward Japanese + backward(dog-eating)culture place them high.
    3. Americans - Not a few, fat ones still have Manifest destiny sense of entitlement when they travel.
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    cactusJack

    Brits in Thailand. Uncouth and boisterous. My 2 cents.

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    jtuzr

    In terms of "volume level", I've heard that the Italians are considered to be pretty loud in Europe. When I was in France, it turned out to be true. It didn't bother me per se, but I was just surprised at the noise level.

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    mrskit

    the ojichan who takes a leak in the park every afternoon at around 3pm oblivious to the kids who are just arriving to play,,, the overweight american women who arrived at Narita airport and asked the customs guy 'where y'all have the macdonalds' the balding brit who asked me out when i was on a way to an modeling audition while grabbing his nether regions

    but thanks to the american gentlemen who helped me get my baby pram into a coffee shop thanks to the indian who gave up his seat for me thanks to the japanese working guys (manual labour) who hold the 711 door open for me

    there is good and bad

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    seaforte03

    British - Chinese and American tourists may have poor manners - but they're not angry criminal punks trying to trash other people and property. But, I suppose every country has it's undesirables. China has a lot of new wealth and the communists purged academia during the cultural revolution requiring a bit of a makeover on the etiquette side.

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    XXXXX

    I just hate the way Asians in general don't understand the concept of WAITING for their turn.

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    ca1ic0cat

    The Germans in Antwerp can be rude. They rather expect everybody to speak German. Guess that doesn't work as well in France.... I've never had a problem with Japanese tourists in Hawaii. It's the Americans who behave badly there. Brit lager louts are bad in any setting but think they can get away with more when they aren't at home. Those are my observations....

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    xrc

    Rude...what is rude? I guess it depends on each and everyone of us....and our own values. Outwardly rude. I don't see it that often. Sublime arrogance...the Americans are 1st...(funny thing is that the Iranians and Africans seem to always respond kindly but)...Americans (perhaps some Brits, Aussies etc.) just walk down the street and make it a point not to notice you.
    I was on a train and when this American standing right behind me saw me and suddenly took off to get off the train at another door...everytime I was just about ready to say, "Hi, what's up?" I'm somewhat quiet and shy and am not looking for anything more than an acknowledgement that "hey we are all in the same situation to a degree." We are "Gaijin" in Japan. I always get this feeling that they feel they are so high and mighty. A simple smile would be nice! At the BBQ's on the beach. After the Brits or Aussies (some of them) they want to pick on someone to fight with. Perhaps frustration? Perhaps a need to show power? I'm not sure...Hey we all live in the same world...smile...some people need it.

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    XXXXX

    I didn't know the Brits and their derivatives had bad rep abroad, they usually seem conscious of good manners, but maybe it's just snobbery. Drunks don't lie?

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    XXXXX

    conscientious

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    space_monkey

    Not at all. If you go out to pubs and clubs over a long period of time you see some crazy stuff. The point is, there are bad people in every country and alcohol can make them do anything. Everyone here generalizes, I think it is more constructive to talk about your own experiences rather than paint whole cultures with generalizations. Anyway, I saw all that in Osaka and Kobe.

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    forinagai

    What does it mean 'least well-behaved'? How do we judge if someone is behaving 'badly'? Much of our behaviour is down to our cultural upbringing. For example, Japanese/British stand in line, whereas Chinese don't (this queue jumping could be viewed as bad behaviour).

    Perhaps most of us like to think we are well-behaved, but are actually viewed as being badly behaved?

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    smithinjapan

    Before you can begin to even TRY and answer objectively (and I don't think that's possible with this kind of question), you have to take into account that what is 'bad-behaviour' in one nation may not be in another. You also need to take into account that depending on the nation in question the people who are tourists and who are not is not easily identifiable. If I see a Caucasian/Asian/African American behaving badly in downtown Toronto I cannot even begin to assume where he/she might be from.

    From the standpoint of Japan, and this being a Japanese news site, I'm sure a lot of people would say 'Chinese', and I'm guessing a lot of that bias is increasing with recent events. However, you then have to question what 'least well-behaved' means. Does it mean breaking laws? Or does it mean not following social morays that would be deemed uptight in other nations. Sure, a lot of Chinese skip lines or don't wait for people to get off trains before they board, but that's increasing among Japanese people as well. Is 'being loud' not well-behaved? Then I guess it better not be seniors criticizing the Chinese for this because when they chatter on the trains in their hiking groups I can hear it despite turning my MP3 player up to full blast to try and drown it out (which means I'm being bad). Some gripe about Koreans being loud, but in Korea there's still immense respect for ones elders and you won't find society tolerating some young punk sprawled out on the priority seats.

    My point is, you can't answer this one honestly, and any attempt to do so is a gross generalizations. It's easy to label an entire group of people, or nationality, based on the actions of a few loud-mouths, but then you have to figure that for those few loud-mouths there are millions more in your own nation (just not as easy to see when you know they are not foreigners/tourists).

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    bababooey

    Anyone who doesn't speak English.

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    Kwaabish

    In my experience to date, Chinese travellers/visitors have been the worst in etiquette (cutting in line, grabbing items from other people's seat-back bins in planes, etc.) and hygene (picking their nose, constantly "hocking a loogie" in public)

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    kujiranikusuki

    they did an article on this exact site about 1 year ago and they found Brits to be the loudest and rudest (of those that stayed in the Japanese hotels they interviewed). the french and Americans were up there too. but I have never really run into any annoying tourists in Japan.

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    aj2o1

    demanding and hard to please - east coast Jews

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    kawaiitenshi

    The Americans whom I saw at the mall, waving things in cashier's faces asking how much things are and how much that is in USD and if they speak English (yet there were price tags on the items of course)

    The Aussie guys I saw on the train commenting on some hot high school chick showing her panties on the train one time and how they would bone her given the chance. (Horrible to hear my own countrymen refer to someone underage so openly and in public)

    The Brit who picked up a salary man's wallet in denny's and flipped through the money instead of handing it back right away. I guess things were tight.

    And the charming Korean man that elbowed me while I was trying to board a flight, winding me then knocking his briefcase into my baby's face and giving her a bloody lip. he must have been in a hurry. funny that I was bumped up a class because of the whole thing.

    In conclusion. all people are a-holes. especially when given the title of tourist.

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    rranta

    it all depends on the person, not nescessary the country. There are good people who will surprize you in helping you out, and then, the idiots who do not even see you need a hand.

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    Carcharodon

    Chinese.

    Ask any flight attendant who are the worst on planes they will say Chinese and Indians.

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    multitasker

    When in rome/tokyo/paris/thailand/greece, etc... do as the brits/americans/arabs/japanese/germans etc...

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    cracaphat

    Went to Guam in Golden Week and the hotel was 80 percent Korean.When they checked out @ 3am they were so loud,yapping on like it was 3pm.Gave me the s*its big time.

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    ca1ic0cat

    Horrible to hear my own countrymen refer to someone underage so openly and in public...

    Yeah, I know the feeling. I was sitting in a steak restaurant in Ebina one night with some American co-workers. They started commenting, in a crude fashion, on a very attractive woman sitting around the counter from us. I said something to the effect of "be careful, there's a good chance she speaks English," which the woman used as an opening to say "Yes, I do, I work for a company in California," in perfect English. Talk about wanting to crawl under a table. If these guys had done this at work they might have gotten a formal reprimand....

    Anybody can be a complete idiot at times. Pity that it reflects on us all.

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    tokyotom

    crack puft, crack puft, crack puft puft well-to-do Chinese ladies anywhere launching loogies

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    jinjapan

    in bali it was the noisy aussies. in hawaii it was the japanese. in japan it seems to be the chinese & koreans. in europe it was the americans. everyone's a bit noisy when on holiday.not to mention the group mentality when on a tour. it's your time to let loose from the daily grind . that being said, you should so some respect for the country you're visiting .

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    KSB1978

    Australians and Americans. Islaeri and Germans are bad in SE Asia as well...

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    utmost11

    china, oz

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    smithinjapan

    One more thing to add: it is often the case that tourists are at their rudest when in groups (small groups, even), and more concerned with etiquette and not making a scene when alone. Heck, this doesn't even apply to tourists; I touched on it before but just this morning on the train there were a group of women in their 60s that were blabbing like volume would make them young again, and some salary men last night clearly on their way home from an enkai who nearly blew out the eardrums of the person beside them.

    Until recently Chinese were only given Japanese visas if they travelled in groups (save for business), and yes they can be boisterous and loud. On the contrary I've seen Japanese get off a big bus in numerous countries and be quite loud, bad tippers, etc.

    Again, it's not really something inherent in nationality.

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    lincolnman

    Well, as an American I have certainly seen my own countrymen (and women) acting like ingrates and morons. For best behaved, I'd have to say our good friends to the North, the Canadaians - it's always a pleasure to visit their country and they are the most polite and courteous visitors I have experienced. In not just this, but in many ways, America is very fortunate to have them as its neighbor.

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    mikejacobs

    How do you tell who's a tourist in Australia >>, I can't lol, but those that look touristy are all well-behaved, befriended many of them. I think that most people are just overly-sensitive.

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    sfjp330

    It's not that Chinese are not well behaved, most are manageable, but they speak LOUD. They might have bad ears. Whether you're waiting in line to check out, or at the airport, restaurants, etc., Chinese do not know how to speak softly. Maybe it's not in their vocabulary.

    lincolnman... your right about the Canadians. They are mostly really nice humble people. I visit Nanimo and Vancouver area maybe three to four times a year. One of the nicest place to visit.

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