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23 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Went 4x in the last year, always got the bus from the airport ($1 Saigon, 25c Da Nang, $2 HaNoi).

No scams, cigarette lady wanted $20 for a bag of cannabis, but I knew it only cost $10.

One trip AirAsia rescheduled my flight to the next day, 2 months warning no big deal (retn flight was only 2,500bht).

Think I was overcharged $2 for a food tour in HaNoi.

 

Beer was really cheap on all the trips, hotels and homestays about $15/night.

I enjoyed each trip, did lots of sightseeing, Hang Mua was particularly impressive.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, CuriousKen said:

I have just got back.

I am not sure if I will return.

Ripoffs everywhere, usually small, like charging me for a wet wipe in a cafe, which I used because there were no paper napkins.

To big rip offs, such as VietJet cancelled my return trip with out notice.

I had to buy another ticket on Air Asia.

i had the same problem 10 years ago, had to be on your guard the whole time. Vietnam had that reputation back in 1998 maybe a lot further back 

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On 8/18/2019 at 7:59 AM, BritManToo said:

I always use the bus, wherever I am.

Vietnam has an android app for each city, showing routes and bus in real time.

5,000VND (25c) for all local trips, 20,000VND for out of town trips.

 

Never encountered a taxi driver that wasn't a low life criminal, in any city of the world.

We obviously never met.....in Plymouth, lol.

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1 hour ago, BritManToo said:

Went 4x in the last year, always got the bus from the airport ($1 Saigon, 25c Da Nang, $2 HaNoi).

No scams, cigarette lady wanted $20 for a bag of cannabis, but I knew it only cost $10.

One trip AirAsia rescheduled my flight to the next day, 2 months warning no big deal (retn flight was only 2,500bht).

Think I was overcharged $2 for a food tour in HaNoi.

 

Beer was really cheap on all the trips, hotels and homestays about $15/night.

I enjoyed each trip, did lots of sightseeing, Hang Mua was particularly impressive.

 

 

 

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Much nicer when they stick out of crystal clear tropical waters. I know where I would want to be! 

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50 minutes ago, madmen said:

I see some hills and grass. 

Yes.

It is something I do not get.

Talking and bragging about a place that has hills, grass, nature and maybe some waterfalls. So what.

All seems a total bore after an hour.

 

Also, about Vietnam and its rip off.

I will not say the word they are known for, not PC.

But amongst those that know the place they in fact are well known for scam and rip off.  The whole country reminds me of a few days in Phuket. 

Fake smiles and scam a buck. Those that say No, probably have no idea they are being ripped.

 

 

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The biggest draw of Vietnam for me was getting away from Thai immigration and their seemingly endless "policies" which are a constant source of irritation for most ex-pats in Thailand. Now that Vietnam have put the kybosh on that by way of making everyone leave every 30 days, it's a no go for me. Cambodia would be my next choice if I was eventually forced out of Thailand.

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4 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

Its hard for me to get worked up over a quarter.

You're obviously not from Yorkshire then.

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vietnam:  really good food, women seem to have a better understanding of English, and I'm guessing odds of a relationship lasting might be better (I dated women from both countries).  Vietnam is a must visit.

 

Thailand is a must visit.  It comes down to your first impressions.  We all like different things, and different things happen to us at different times.  Vietnam had way too many motorbikes, and I don't want that in my life right now.  Thailand has worse pollution I'm guessing.  I do think Thai sounds a little more pleasant to my ears, and I like the Thai alphabet better.  

 

Both must visits.  you decide.  

 

 

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7 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Yeah, I was in Route 66 bar with a pal feeding this young attractive female backpacker $1 Mojito's.

You are a player! I just go over to the GVGH, order 25 cent waters and amaze the girlies with some fat spliffs. They basically cost me 10 cents each using bulk purchasing and each one is good for 3 girls.

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I spent a year in vietnam, didn't leave a thing when we flew out  No scam artist either no you do not do that with a shotgun pointed your way

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52 minutes ago, SteveK said:

The biggest draw of Vietnam for me was getting away from Thai immigration and their seemingly endless "policies" which are a constant source of irritation for most ex-pats in Thailand.

yearly extensions and 90 day reporting, hardly big deals. I guess some retirees have very busy daily lives and don't have time for these things

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13 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

yearly extensions and 90 day reporting, hardly big deals. I guess some retirees have very busy daily lives and don't have time for these things

 On the other hand...To some its the most exciting part of their day!

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