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8 minutes ago, Scouse123 said:

Some countries need ruling with an iron fist, some countries that aren't wished they were!

 

When I see the out of control demonstrations in the name of free speech in the UK, it makes a person cringe.

 

The UK police are neither feared nor respected anymore. It is about time it reverted to a Police Force and nono of this LIBERAL terminology such as Police Service crap. We aren't ordering pizza off these guys, they are there to maintain law and order in a very uncertain world.

 

I know we can say Be careful what you wish for. However, look at how quickly Vietnam takes care of drug trafficking problems, open dissent, rioting, and such like.

 

Sometimes, I wish the U.K. could take a leaf out of some of the other police forces around the world as ours is now ruined due to Political Cowardice.

 

Anyway, back on the topic of Vietnam, we were stopped by police in Halong Bay for no safety helmets and advised to wear them in future and sent on our way with a smile. That would just NOT HAVE HAPPENED in Thailand.

 

I know that Vietnamese citizens don't enjoy the freedoms that tourists do and those areas need improving, but I am actually only speaking as a tourist.

Police in Thailand have regular road blocks to stop motorcyclists for not wearing helmets.  I see them at least once a month.  Have you never been to Thailand?

 

BTW democracy's need ruling by the people.  Totalitarian dictatorships need ruling with an iron hand because most people don't like having their money stolen by the ruling clique. 

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15 hours ago, BritManToo said:

I'm in Thailand because I have a Thai child, and everything here is free for him.

10 years back Vietnam wasn't as developed or accessible as it is now.

10 years back I could get a 1 year VISA for Thailand with no financials.

Thailand has changed for the worse.

Vietnam has changed for the better.

 

For someone starting fresh, it's way better than Thailand now.

 

You are absolutely right: Thailand has lost its charm, while Vietnam , which 25 years ago was a pain in the butt because of its expensive and bizarre visa regulations, its ubiquitous rip-offs, and because it was the most expensive country in the region, has miraculously metamorphosed into the cheapest country in the region with easily renewable visas, welcoming people that are (with some exceptions) honest to a T.

The new generation of Vietnamese are completely different from their ancestors, while Thailand has been much more consistent in their arrogant xenophobia, although now, that the nation is more affluent and less dependent on farang tourism(the  Chinese are the ones that have to be bsed now) they can more freely show their true colors. 

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11 hours ago, Scouse123 said:

 

 

Agree,

 

What area of Vietnam have you chosen?

 

Interested actually, as to where you settled on. I tend to go North but that is based o friends over there.

The Mekong Delta region:Probably the friendliest and most honest people in the country.

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7 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

Police in Thailand have regular road blocks to stop motorcyclists for not wearing helmets.  I see them at least once a month.  Have you never been to Thailand?

 

BTW democracy's need ruling by the people.  Totalitarian dictatorships need ruling with an iron hand because most people don't like having their money stolen by the ruling clique. 

 

 

What are you talking about? I have lived in Thailand 25 years and still do!

 

I was referring to the fact a Thai policeman would not have smiled and waved you on, he would have expected a bribe or a fine from his book for not wearing a helmet, even though the crash helmets in Thailand are useless and do not conform to international safety standards.

 

Next, the random use of roadblocks has been stopped due to the amount of corruption and incorrect use of roadblocks by unscrupulous police officers to elicit bribes.

 

Lastly, many nations are just not geared, educated or ready for the Western ideas of what democracy is. This applies globally, not just in Asia and I hardly think you can hold up the USA or the EU as shining examples of democracy.

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On 10/1/2018 at 4:28 PM, davidst01 said:

from the moment you enter vietnam the people will try to rip you off. its an annoying place to visit. 

 

So clear ! this is the only thing to know and people keep telling you that vietnam is nice.

The only people whom I know who found Vietnam nice went to 5 stars and didn't do anything outside of what could be organized by their 5 stars hotel.

Anything else is ridiculous and posted my liars.

 

 

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55 minutes ago, jrjrjr said:

So clear ! this is the only thing to know and people keep telling you that vietnam is nice.

The only people whom I know who found Vietnam nice went to 5 stars and didn't do anything outside of what could be organized by their 5 stars hotel.

Anything else is ridiculous and posted my liars.

Hardly ever stayed in a place over $15 per night (or $250 per month). Do everything outside (eating, drinking, laundry, haircut, massage, moto, walking, sightseeing, ticketing, shopping, whatever), self-organized. Truly enjoyed nearly every moment of my time in VN. Yes, there were occasional rip-off attemps (mostly taxis), so what? The most annoying thing were many places to stay in Hanoi trying to hard-sell some tours. If you don't buy any, they become unfriendly. Feel free to call me liar if you please 🙂

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On 10/1/2018 at 3:48 AM, ronaldo0 said:

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.

I must not travel in the same circles as you, but I have lived in Vietnam on and off since 2000 and am a property owner and only saw one casino in the New World Hotel...........I spend a lot of time in Saigon, Nha Trang and live in the Mekong Delta - the Chinese visitors are not well accepted, Vietnam is technically at war with China, and the people hate them..............you must be talking about Cambodia.

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On 10/1/2018 at 6:59 AM, oilinki said:

Good comments about Vietnam by members. 

 

What kind of visa options are available in Vietnam for long term stay?

 

I know Americans can get a one year Multiple entry, but you still have to depart every 90 days, I have one don;t know if extensions are available, cause I never get to say longer than a month or two - I work contract from time to time.  

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North and South different. North for culture and good food but night life finishes early.  Saigon for partying and and nightlife.

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16 hours ago, jrjrjr said:

 

So clear ! this is the only thing to know and people keep telling you that vietnam is nice.

The only people whom I know who found Vietnam nice went to 5 stars and didn't do anything outside of what could be organized by their 5 stars hotel.

Anything else is ridiculous and posted my liars.

 

 

 

 

A very silly statement

 

Obviously, you have not been and to then brandish TV members who have, as liars, just because their experiences differ is plain dumb!.

 

We all have different experiences of where we go, what we see and what we do. They all differ based on our personalities and actions. That does not make any of us liars. You seem to have it in for anybody who has a good experience in Vietnam.

 

Well, you will be outnumbered here, as most people travelling there have had good experiences and about how Vietnam is changing and becoming so much more tourist friendly.

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I'm in Thailand because I have a Thai child, and everything here is free for him.
10 years back Vietnam wasn't as developed or accessible as it is now.
10 years back I could get a 1 year VISA for Thailand with no financials.
Thailand has changed for the worse.
Vietnam has changed for the better.
 
For someone starting fresh, it's way better than Thailand now.
 
Funny that. When you ask people who recommended another country why they don't go there to live themselves there is ALWAYS an excuse.

Wife, GF, property, kids.. You name it. But the real truth is even though they have grown tired of thailand they have no intention to ever leave

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18 hours ago, jrjrjr said:
On 10/1/2018 at 4:28 PM, davidst01 said:

from the moment you enter vietnam the people will try to rip you off. its an annoying place to visit. 

 

So clear ! this is the only thing to know and people keep telling you that vietnam is nice.

The only people whom I know who found Vietnam nice went to 5 stars and didn't do anything outside of what could be organized by their 5 stars hotel.

Anything else is ridiculous and posted my liars.

 

 

been to vn many times. attempted ripoff by mototaxi 1 time. have used grab many times. they have been above board. likely in tourist trap areas you will find a higher % of locals trying to rip you off. there is lot of petty theft at least in the past. i usually rent a motobike and bypass taxi scams. the motobike rental place in da nang takes me to the airport and refuses money.

 

have stayed at budget guest houses and higher end places.     as in any large city would exercise caution in hcm and hanoi.  a friend that previously only did the 5 star thing was very pleasantly surprised to see the other side of vn.

 

 

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12 hours ago, TunnelRat69 said:
On 10/1/2018 at 9:48 AM, ronaldo0 said:

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.

I must not travel in the same circles as you, but I have lived in Vietnam on and off since 2000 and am a property owner and only saw one casino in the New World Hotel...........I spend a lot of time in Saigon, Nha Trang and live in the Mekong Delta - the Chinese visitors are not well accepted, Vietnam is technically at war with China, and the people hate them..............you must be talking about Cambodia.

 

 

was in hoi an about 2 months ago. it is as the poster says. 

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19 hours ago, jrjrjr said:

 

So clear ! this is the only thing to know and people keep telling you that vietnam is nice.

The only people whom I know who found Vietnam nice went to 5 stars and didn't do anything outside of what could be organized by their 5 stars hotel.

Anything else is ridiculous and posted my liars.

 

 

I had an excellent time there. Stayed in modest but small hotels with charming staff.

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1 hour ago, atyclb said:

 

 

was in hoi an about 2 months ago. it is as the poster says. 

which one? 

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