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Will Vietnam Overtake Thailand as Asian Playground for Russians?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

 

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Russian arrivals to the Asia-Pacific region are soaring on the back of substantial increases in air seat capacity, especially to Vietnam and Thailand.


From May 2018 to April 2019, Russian arrivals to the Asia-Pacific rose 54.5 percent, far outstripping total international arrivals growth to the region of 3.8 percent, according to ForwardKeys.

 

This makes Europe the top growing source for Asia-Pacific, up 6.3 percent year on year, followed by the Americas, up 4.2 percent, and Asia-Pacific, up 3.9 percent, the analytics firm said. Arrivals from the Middle East and Africa to the Asia-Pacific dropped 1.5 percent during the period.

 

Full story: https://skift.com/2019/06/03/will-vietnam-overtake-thailand-as-asian-playground-for-russians/

 

-- Skift 2019-06-04

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All depends on your out look , for those flushed with money why bother with any of them, however those who need to can make a decision whether to report every 90 days and have four hundred thousand or eight hundred thousand Baht tied up on every twelve month married or retirement renewal, their choice who cares. 

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With the increasingly strict restrictions that are imposed in Thailand, it is certain that many tourists and expatriates will change the destination!

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The OP is talking about tourism, not really anything to do with 90 day reports or long stay requirement. Thailand tourism requirement haven't changed.

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Vietnam will overtake Thailand. In every respect. Thais are believers, the Viets are achievers. Thais are made to believe they are a great nation while the Viets after after 3 decades of hard work need only one or two more to make it.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Will Vietnam Overtake Thailand as Asian Playground for Russians?

 

You are very short of memory or you are too young to have known Russians in Vietnam.
The Russians were already in Vietnam in the 70s / 90s;

 

Russia has always had a privileged relationship with Vietnam;
At the University, in Vietnam, one learned more Russian than English in the 80s / 90s for a very simple reason;
the studies were done in the USSR and you had to speak Russian.

 

I met the Consul General of the USSR ( monsieur Galabaiev ) in Saigon in January 1991;
he has more than once walked me in his big black car, I think it was a Volga.
The first tourist trip I made to Vietnam I was on the plane with two Italian tourists one of whom spoke fluent Russian!
It was easier for them because they did not speak Vietnamese. 

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(dang Assuarance etc, you beat me by a minute, I'll keep mine up anyway) Russians have been in Vietnam a long, long time.... they were allies and Russians supplied significant arms and support during war against Americans. Not particularly loved, but appreciated.

Chinese not so much, considering the under reported war back in late 70's. VN spent thousand years kicking out Chinese rule, tho many good qualities of Chinese culture did take root (Confucianism, love of learning, honor, duty).

 

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Not only for Russians! The train left the station already!
Thailand, "The Land Of The Free" is enduring an attitude adjustment.
Then Curviews, Raids, ridiculous regulations, "Alien" hunt, overvalued Baht, rising prices, cattle-horde-tourism, and so on.
Also, the "new" Thainess, is making the "downbound" train even faster.
And it's not stoppable,
by concrete-construction-mania, empty 5* star ghettos behind walls, boring shopping malls, and a 7/11 every 200 Meters.
This all is not good for small people and small business. They're realizing it step by step, getting pushed away by official "clean-ups", 2-3 folding rents,
or having competition on "Ghost Roads" for customers with small wallets.
The more wealthy trying to compensate by getting bigger...so looking just more empty.
TAT is "dreaming on" and unable, or willing, to learn.
Very sad. But Vietnam, for example, might be happy about that Thai reflation of "their" markets.
 
 
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37 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

The OP is talking about tourism, not really anything to do with 90 day reports or long stay requirement. Thailand tourism requirement haven't changed.

But doesn't the ex-pat process start with a holiday.  Then after having a nice time the tourist begins to think, 'this would be a good spot to retire to.'  Then he does some research.

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No doubt in my mind. Cheaper booze, cleaner streets, and beaches. Nha Trang is full of Russians. The only thing holding back Vietnam on eating Thailands tourism industry lunch on all fronts is Vietnam not currently giving free 30-day visa exempt/visa on arrival service to a wider number of countries (like Thailand) and more direct international flights. Once these two issues are addressed Thailands tourist numbers will plummet.

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