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Thai tourism in trouble: And competitor Vietnam is "scary" for Pattaya


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Exchange rate is bad, costs are going up, visas are getting a lot harder to get, and more competitive alternatives are arising.   it isn't really surprising stuff. Thailand ain't that cheap

Taxi company I use for my biz was always somewhat arrogant but did the job so stuck with them.   the other week was going away myself, owner was crying how quite it is.    Anyhow a

That´s great news! Maybe the bigger part of all foreign criminalty in Thailand can move to Vietnam too. Then this nice country can go back to what it once was.

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2 hours ago, Matzzon said:

As for now, Yes it is. That´s because nothing has really changed.

Don't you think things should be changing here, for the better????

 

Vietnam is progressing rapidly.  Thailand having no change, which is debatable, may as well be going backwards, compared to its competitor. 

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10 hours ago, Ron jeremy said:

Whatever so called communism really is, they have done it right.

people in Vietnam are happy, . No trouble.

thailand on the other hand has been the most politically unstable country in SEA historically.

Vietnamese rated the 5th happiest people in the world.

 

http://happyplanetindex.org/countries/vietnam

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18 minutes ago, Leaver said:

Don't you think things should be changing here, for the better????

 

Vietnam is progressing rapidly.  Thailand having no change, which is debatable, may as well be going backwards, compared to its competitor. 

Live the dream! es, Vietnam is progressing rapidly, which means that they will sooner or later put more controls and stricter rules into the equation. Good Luck!

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6 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

 

And Thailand is 9th.

Yes, they are. 

 

I have just commented in another forum.  I don't understand why many expats leaving Thailand are returning to their home country, when nearby countries are offering a better deal to expats.  Of course, understandable for health or education reasons.

 

When you look at the happiness index, many of the major western countries are way down the list.  For example, The UK is 34th. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

I expect he means TM30 enforcement! But this change has been way overblown (in my opinion).

 

TM30 has existed for many years if not decades, so it is no change.

 

Foreigners on this forum always think because a certain law is not strictly enforced, they don't need to comply with it, and when it is enforced in the future it is because they are not liked.

 

In every country of the world, when you enter a country it is your duty to know the laws of that country and comply with those laws, either if they are enforced or not.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

Live the dream! es, Vietnam is progressing rapidly, which means that they will sooner or later put more controls and stricter rules into the equation. Good Luck!

Should Vietnam implement any new controls, or stricter rules, it will still be a lot more visa friendly and affordable than Thailand. 

 

It's those remaining in Thailand that will need the good luck, as things will only get harder here.  🙂

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8 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:

I expect he means TM30 enforcement! But this change has been way overblown (in my opinion).

So when is the enforcement of a law a change? The law behind the TM30 is 40 years old,and It's not overblown,ask people in BKK who has to visit CW to submit the TM30 after every trip somewhere. 

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