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Ive been a regular visitor to Thailand for 10 years now, first couple of years as a single guy and more recently 3 trips back with my english GF, who loves the place equally as much as I do (even Pattaya).  We've spoken to a few people who say to try Vietnam, and we feel we should, but part of us is a bit worried about comparing it to Thailand and not liking it as much (I know, how can we compare if we've never been)

 

Any of you been to Vietnam, and how does it compare?  In Thailand we love everything, from partying in Pattaya to the remote ruins in Buriram (Phanom Rung) and Ayutthaya and everytihng in between.   How did you find Vietnam in comparison? 

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Vietnam is less developed, less touristy. More chaotic. Less overtly friendly, although actually more reasonable. Local food is great and it is cheaper. Western food is only available in big cities and tourist spots. The choice of places to rent is much smaller, with an upmarket scew. Overall, accomodation is poorer value. It is beautiful and even more exciting, a lot to see and expereince. You are more likely to be overcharged in Vietnam. Public transportation is poorer. Hygienic standards are poorer. Overall, it seems as a valid option to move on after Thailand. Thailand appears to be exhausted by visitors and expats. Vietnam is just gaining momentum with this regard. Definitely worth coming and seeing yourself (Been on and off Thailand since 2008. Visited Vietnam a lot, the longest spell being 3 months last year)

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On 9/28/2018 at 11:13 PM, MaksimMislavsky said:

Vietnam is less developed, less touristy. More chaotic. Less overtly friendly, although actually more reasonable. Local food is great and it is cheaper. Western food is only available in big cities and tourist spots. The choice of places to rent is much smaller, with an upmarket scew. Overall, accomodation is poorer value. It is beautiful and even more exciting, a lot to see and expereince. You are more likely to be overcharged in Vietnam. Public transportation is poorer. Hygienic standards are poorer. Overall, it seems as a valid option to move on after Thailand. Thailand appears to be exhausted by visitors and expats. Vietnam is just gaining momentum with this regard. Definitely worth coming and seeing yourself (Been on and off Thailand since 2008. Visited Vietnam a lot, the longest spell being 3 months last year)

I totally disagree with your post. Vietnam is friendly, cleaner than Thailand, food and accommodation is less expensive and so much to see. The only failing I can say is medical facilities are poor.

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Been to Vietnam 3 times, I love it. People so friendly and helpfull. They have no anermosity over the War.

Food it great. Beautiful clean beaches, and clean seas. Sigon very busy and lots of places to go, plenty bars. No bar girls like In Pattaya.

went to Darnang and the city before you get there, it was awsome. Rooms were great and very cheap. I booked through Booking.Com.

Went up the Hanoi on the overnight train. Bit different, it went up the coast passing beautiful towns and beaches.

You must go on the boat out to the group of Island in the sea area  off Hanoi amazing we had 3 nights on the boat, fantastic. Hanoi was buzzing loved it. The Police and Military are very friendly and helpfull. We are going again next month. You can fly out of Bangkok main airport on a budget Vietnam Air line very cheap Vietjet. You need a visa but there are a couple places you can land in that issue a visa on arrival.

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I have only been to Vietnam for two weeks to Danang and Hoi An.  I found no evidence of trash on the roadside as Thailand has.  It was more pricey, food was good (for vegetarian like me)  and the Vietnam beer was good.  In jewelry shops in Hoi An will likely be cheated, since many of the goods I saw with pearls were fake.  The women seemed less attractive.  They did not seem to have the fashion sense Thai women do, or their makeup skills.  Most likely due to less income.

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Was in Hoi an a few months ago for the first time and loved it . The people , food, taxis , service , cleanliness etc were all top notch. Am looking to go back in February to same area and Da nang for few days also. Reminded me of here around 10 years ago . The Chinese are everywhere there also spending like crazy in casinos and buying property.

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vietnam is beautiful lovely people cheaper living their party life is no where near as wild `as thailand it is chaotic traffic in the citys but out in the country side is relaxed 

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5 minutes ago, cant swap 4 that said:

vietnam is beautiful lovely people cheaper living their party life is no where near as wild `as thailand it is chaotic traffic in the citys but out in the country side is relaxed 

im british i dont need visa upto 15 days my gf is a aussie she needs one 

 

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1 hour ago, shaurene said:

Been to Vietnam 3 times, I love it. People so friendly and helpfull. They have no anermosity over the War.

Food it great. Beautiful clean beaches, and clean seas. Sigon very busy and lots of places to go, plenty bars. No bar girls like In Pattaya.

went to Darnang and the city before you get there, it was awsome. Rooms were great and very cheap. I booked through Booking.Com.

Went up the Hanoi on the overnight train. Bit different, it went up the coast passing beautiful towns and beaches.

You must go on the boat out to the group of Island in the sea area  off Hanoi amazing we had 3 nights on the boat, fantastic. Hanoi was buzzing loved it. The Police and Military are very friendly and helpfull. We are going again next month. You can fly out of Bangkok main airport on a budget Vietnam Air line very cheap Vietjet. You need a visa but there are a couple places you can land in that issue a visa on arrival.

i also like vietnam , similar to the above.i love Nha trang beach--except too many russians there.

viet women dont compare to thai women...a little more educated though...

i will be in Da nang next month,for the first time..

i find the toot-toot-toot style of driving, very strange....

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I lived in BKK for 5 yrs and spent 1 yr living in HCM.

Everyone will have a different opinion of Vietnam but everyone agrees it is developing incredibly fast. 

 

HCM is as big as BKK but lacks quality entertainment, you will not find the selection of world class hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.

There is also no BTS (ready in 3 yrs). Rent prices is the same as BKK but Bkk has so much more to offer that in think it is expensive for what you get what out of it.

 

The people are very friendly and different than Thailand, it is a somewhat strange feeling, you don't feel like a foreigner living there, at least I didn't.

 

Hoi An is a nice place to visit and the island of Phu Quok, also Sapa.

 

If you like a place like Pattaya I think you would find VN boring.

 

I was happy to come back to BKK, maybe in 10 years HCM would catch up

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Vietnam is cheaper, cleaner, similar excellent culinary experience, better beaches, friendlier people.

No double pricing, safer (no ladyboy issues). Less English spoken outside any tourist areas

but surprisingly many Vietnamese/American ex-pats visiting "home" that are very helpful.

No visible sex industry (not saying it does not exist, just not visible)

All this said there is a construction boom in places like Da Nang and Nha Trang, so it can be noisy

and dusty in places. My personal opinion is Vietnam will eat Thailands "tourism lunch" in

ten years when it opens more widely its visa-free/visa exempt on arrival travel and direct flights

become more readily available. Vietnam is already popular for Russian, Australian, Chinese,

Japanese, Taiwanese, couples.

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Beer is a lot cheaper, food is a bit more expensive, accommodation is about the same.

More hookers than Thailand, if you sit in one spot alone for more than 10 minutes (day or night) you will be propositioned. Loads of girly bars.

First-rate public transport, HCMC has an app letting you track all the buses. Beaches are very clean.

An unbelievable amount of the locals speak really good English (unlike the Thais).

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1 hour ago, shaurene said:

Been to Vietnam 3 times, I love it. People so friendly and helpfull. They have no anermosity over the War.

Food it great. Beautiful clean beaches, and clean seas. Sigon very busy and lots of places to go, plenty bars. No bar girls like In Pattaya.

went to Darnang and the city before you get there, it was awsome. Rooms were great and very cheap. I booked through Booking.Com.

Went up the Hanoi on the overnight train. Bit different, it went up the coast passing beautiful towns and beaches.

You must go on the boat out to the group of Island in the sea area  off Hanoi amazing we had 3 nights on the boat, fantastic. Hanoi was buzzing loved it. The Police and Military are very friendly and helpfull. We are going again next month. You can fly out of Bangkok main airport on a budget Vietnam Air line very cheap Vietjet. You need a visa but there are a couple places you can land in that issue a visa on arrival.

I have been to Vietnam and totally agree with the above. Worth visiting are Halong Bay and Sapa (French Hill station) from Hanoi (my favourite compared to Bangkok-like Ho Chi Minh). Da Nang has Marble Mountain and the tallest lady Buddha in the World. Hoi An is a UNESCO listed old trading port. Hue is the old capital city. My only complaint is that Vietnam is so popular these days many of these places are very busy indeed. FOR REFERENCE: If you are a CITIZEN OF THE UK you do NOT need a visa. On entry you get 15 days "free" but if you want to stay longer then you need a visa. If any of you living in Issan who intend visiting Vietnam there is a Vietnamese Consulate in Khon Kaen that issues visas.

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5 minutes ago, Ulic said:

Vietnam is cheaper, cleaner, similar excellent culinary experience, better beaches, friendlier people.

No double pricing, safer (no ladyboy issues). Less English spoken outside any tourist areas

but surprisingly many Vietnamese/American ex-pats visiting "home" that are very helpful.

No visible sex industry (not saying it does not exist, just not visible)

All this said there is a construction boom in places like Da Nang and Nha Trang, so it can be noisy

and dusty in places. My personal opinion is Vietnam will eat Thailands "tourism lunch" in

ten years when it opens more widely its visa-free/visa exempt on arrival travel and direct flights

become more readily available. Vietnam is already popular for Russian, Australian, Chinese,

Japanese, Taiwanese, couples.

From what I seen in Hoi an and from Da nang to Hoi an the Chinese have had lunch already and are back for a 3 course slap up dinner !! They are building villages that have everything so the property owners never need leave . Seen restaurants with 8 bus loads of Chinese every day at the same time and they are buying 2-3 million dollar property in places along the beach side and hundreds of condos starting at 60,000 usd .

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