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I generally like Vietnam (although it's officials - immigration, customs are fierce and you won't see them smiling like Thais do). There are more scams and annoyances than in Thailand in my experience, but that's to be expected since it's a poorer country. Stay away from wet markets as they'll definitely rip you off there unless a local joins you or you speak the language very well. However, one will be pleasantly surprised that official dual pricing is rather limited nowadays in Vietnam, which is something richer Thailand could learn from.

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On 2/23/2020 at 5:43 PM, bkk6060 said:

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.

 

 

Those limestone hills in the photo will soon be mined to make cement. Look at Google Earth near Phu Ly just south of Hanoi - the entire limestone hill chain is being destroyed to satisfy the insatiable demand for concrete.

 

Anyway, Thailand has hills, grass, nature and waterfalls too. And, it's a little less crowded - Thailand, 130 people per sq km, Vietnam, 300. It's like Vietnam is one collection of villages all the way from Saigon to Hanoi. Pure unspoiled nature seems to be rare - you have to head to the hills of central Vietnam to get a glimpse of somewhere without hordes of people.

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On 8/19/2019 at 12:00 AM, Traubert said:

Been to Vietnam five times. I only live 100km from the border.

 

Very underwhelming and quite scruffy except round the lake in Hanoi.

 

$17 for a semi decent cigar. Food reasonable, coffee magnificent, the rest, meh...

Northern Vietnam in winter (which is now) experiences terrible, depressing and cold weather. No sun for 3 months. Meh...

 

But overall I enjoy visiting Vietnam (been there 30+ times mostly to the south, including having lived there for over a year). Just that I know living there, is not nearly as good as in Thailand. For starters...living standards are considerably lower. The houses are smaller, the roads are narrower and only rich people can afford a car, even a Toyota VIOS, which is like twice as expensive as in Thailand. So for the average expat who has a car in Thailand, you'll be trading that for a scooter should you move to Vietnam.

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On 8/18/2019 at 4:17 PM, Odysseus123 said:

Vietnam was wonderful..

 

I went by bus from Ubon to Pakse and on to Hue.

 

My only problem was that I was missing a right leg so all the locals thought I was Colonel Kurtz blown up on a land mine.Strangely enough they rushed to assist me everywhere I went.

 

And no..I am not a veteran.

I hope you managed to get your leg over!!!!!!

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On 2/25/2020 at 4:03 PM, drbeach said:

Northern Vietnam in winter (which is now) experiences terrible, depressing and cold weather. No sun for 3 months. Meh...

 

 

I have been there many times and always in winter (December to early March). Although it does feel chilly sometimes especially compared to most of Thailand it is usually not that bad and often very pleasant. Most of the time I don't need to wear more than a long sleeved shirt outside even though the locals wear heavy coats. For Europeans and North Americans their "cold" is nothing. Average day time tops are a bit above 20 degrees I think, and although it is not often sunny, winter is the dry season. I would rather go in winter than in summer. I don't know what it is like from experience but I assume hot and wet are the key words then.

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