Lonely Planet Author
A couple of weeks ago, we published a list of your ‘least favourite’ destinations.
Reaction was swift and fierce. There was some agreement and a whole lot of disagreement. A number of you took issue with the criterion for selection (highly visited site destinations that you were unlikely to save as a favourite). And several of you suggested more worthy cities for inclusion.
So we are proud to present to you a revised list of cities that you actually hate, based on your
feedback. What do you think – did we get it right this time?
Your 9 most hated cities
Detroit, USA – Crime, pollution and crumbling infrastructure don’t appeal to you.
Accra, Ghana – Ugly, chaotic, sprawling and completely indifferent to its waterfront location.
Seoul, South Korea – According to one comment, ‘It’s an appallingly repetitive sprawl of freeways and Soviet-style concrete apartment buildings, horribly polluted, with no heart or spirit to it. So oppressively bland that the populace is driven to alcoholism.’
Los Angeles, USA – A highly contentious pick, placed here because of its ‘uncontrolled sprawl, pollution, appalling traffic and ugly freeways.’
Wolverhampton, England – So bad that we don’t even have it on this site! Check out post 35 on this thread.
San Salvador, El Salvador – Widely acknowledged as the grubbiest of the Central American capitals.
Chennai, India – We describe it as lacking Mumbai’s prosperity, Delhi’s history or Bengaluru’s buzz. Even the movie stars are ‘not that hot.’ You think we’re being generous.
Arusha, Tanzania – A gateway to natural wonder that has more than its share of rust. Get out as quickly as you can.
Chetumal, Mexico – Combining the worst of mass tourism and outlying decay, Chetumal just doesn’t charm you.