I had been in Thailand recently and I was negatively surprised with how dirty the country is.

Garbage was everywhere - along the roads, in the temples and museums, even in the sea.

I expected the country to be a clean one, especially in turist destinations. They do not allow people to wear the shorts in their temples, but ignore large hills of garbage just next to the entrance!

While there I was told that there is even more garbage in the neighbouring Cambodia and Laos. On the other hand, accounts on the internet claim that Singapore and North Korea are the cleanest.

I wonder whether these accounts are correct?

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    I would say Singapore is the cleanest so far. They have a really strict rule about litter law.
    – toy
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 17:03
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    @greg121 by all means please type it as a comment
    – Anixx
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 17:45
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    @greg121 or in the meta
    – Anixx
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 17:46
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    In conclusion I was referring to the Environmental Performance Index. epi.yale.edu/epi2012/rankings
    – greg121
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 17:47
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    @greg121 it lists Thailand as a strong performer, but it definitely does not account for garbage which is everywhere in Thailand.
    – Anixx
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 19:21

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Interesting question, though I don't see the relationship between not wearing shorts in temples and garbage outside.

As @toy already commented, Singapore is the cleanest due to its strict litter laws. North Korea is probably also very clean, though that's not considered part of Southeast Asia. Japan is also quite litter-free, though also not part of Southeast Asia.

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    In addition to Japan and North Korea, Finland is very clean, though it's not considered part of Southeast Asia, either. Also, Switzerland.
    – choster
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 17:29
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    The question seems to be asking about both East Asia and Southeast Asia. If it's only about Southeast Asia then the parentheses around (South) need to be removed. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 22:58

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