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Pick your poison, Russian or Chinese. Either one will result in the fattening of the underbelly of society.

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A policeman never bothered me in Vietnam ,but I saw a Vietnamese policeman controlling a Mercedes driver.
Apparently the policemen in Vietnam has no idea about Thainess.

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The competition for Thailand in the region is growing stronger and will not be so easy in the future.

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As the saying goes, “Been there, done that.” I think Thailand is still a top tourist destination for Westerners to who visit SE Asia the first time; however, I wonder how many have the desire to return or choose another destination such as “exotic” Vietnam which has a lot of historical sites along with pristine beaches. Plus, everything I saw such as hotels, beach promenades, and organization (been there four times) was well planned out, unlike Thailand. Unfortunately I think mass tourism in Thailand has worn out its infrastructure and scenic beaches, no enforcement of building codes in the “hotel ghettos” have created an ugly duckling.  Thailand is not like it was thirty years ago when I first visited the country- even the “Thai Smile” is no longer authentic with the younger generation that lacks English and customer service skills  for their work in tourism. ( Vietnam seems to have this figured out.) 

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On 6/6/2019 at 9:52 PM, chama said:

Pick your poison, Russian or Chinese. Either one will result in the fattening of the underbelly of society.

Brits?

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This was inevitable once 7-11 opened its first Vietnam store in 2018.

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35 minutes ago, toenail said:

As the saying goes, “Been there, done that.” I think Thailand is still a top tourist destination for Westerners to who visit SE Asia the first time; however, I wonder how many have the desire to return or choose another destination such as “exotic” Vietnam which has a lot of historical sites along with pristine beaches.

And then after having visited Vietnam, been there and done it, how many would have the desire to return rather than choose whatever. Open-ended argument.

 

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Plus, everything I saw such as hotels, beach promenades, and organization (been there four times) was well planned out, unlike Thailand.

Many tourists actually like a destination where everything's not well planned out. Adds to the local feel. Me, I like the chaos of Thailand, part of its charm.

 

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even the “Thai Smile” is no longer authentic with the younger generation that lacks English and customer service skills  for their work in tourism. ( Vietnam seems to have this figured out.) 

Not sure when it was actually "authentic," though it perhaps seemed so in the rose-tinted rear-view mirror. Not a worry in Vietnam, certainly. 🙂 Thais have never been known for customer service skills except at the high end. However, contrary to the myth of perpetual decline perpetually chanted here, those skills are improving. But again, Thais being Thais is part of the charm, if you dig it. Countless sanitized resorts have always existed around the world, true, not just in VN.

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On 6/4/2019 at 7:36 AM, 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.

Just for a much bigger possibility to be rejected.

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