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As with Thailand's infamous TAT statistics, I'm wondering: I've visited Vietnam three times this year - do I count as a single visitor from my home country, or do they actually count the number of arrivals and I've been counted thrice?

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5 hours ago, baansgr said:

Condos in AC sold out befor the piling starts....resales snapped up...compare that to Jomtien with 50% lower resale prices than three years ago, about says it all....thats not to mention that a BK extra long chicken burger is 99 PHP..about 60 baht compared to 200 in Thailand...San Mig light in a bar at 18 baht compared to the mad prices in Thailand...clothes, dental work, opticians at a fraction of the cost here....oh....and easier visas available.

Yeah but if were not for the women, who would want to live in the PI? The entire country is like one big Tijuana. Horrific food, even worse than Cuba. And San Miguel is not even brewed. 

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23 hours ago, Ron jeremy said:

I feel sorry for the Thai people relying on tourists for income,

Why feel sorry for Thai? Increase of tourists in Vietnam doesn't mean decrease of tourists in Thailand!

In fact the number of Asian people doing foreign tourism increases every year, so no surprise that tourism increase in Vietnam, as it increases in Thailand and neighbouring countries.

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5 hours ago, baansgr said:

...compare that to Jomtien with 50% lower resale prices than three years ago, about says it all.... 

I would be curious to see the source of this ridiculous statement :whistling:

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4 hours ago, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

 

And pay a pittance for the beers. I forget the Circle K price of a regular beer, but many bars in Vung Tau charge 100,000 VND for a five-beer ticket. That's US$4.30 or 130 baht, making that 26 baht a beer. The CK beer prices are even less. Here in Bangkok, you pay 120 baht for an ordinary beer at any (corporate) pub you care to name. 

Yeah and it is true. Thailand is a full rip off now. And the beer is so much more better than Thailand. Vung Tau is fun for a free day’s. Great seafood 

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5 hours ago, terryw said:

I have been work based in Vietnam for 10 years. There has been a massive increase in tourism during that period.

 

My wife is Thai so we regually visit Thailand, so I can compare the two countries.

 

Despite the well documented problems in Thailand I would still choose it for a holiday before Vietnam.

 

On this forum I frequently read starry eyed viewpoints about Vietnam. The fact is that it is an interesting place to visit and I would always encourage people to go there.

 

However, the Vietnamese tourism industry continues to be plagued by bad service standards, poor infrastructure and increasing pollution especially in tourist areas. A culture of quick profit with little thought for the customer underlines the whole industry. Overcrowding in popular places such as Hoi An and Da Lat are becoming a significant problem.

 

Next year we will definately holiday in Thailand which despite rising costs still remains a good value for money destination.

 

The service is fabulous in Vietnam in my experience, smiling faces , very welcoming, and they seem genuinely happy to have my business 

unlike Thailand.

i have no idea where u experienced bad service. Not saying it didn’t happen.

i regularly visit both countries and can tell you this.

poor infrastructure? Never seen flooded streets in Vietnam?????

s culture of quick profit??

thailand wins this by a country mile.

sounds like a response from yet another disgruntled Thai business owner!

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6 hours ago, Ventenio said:

This is why you should re-think buying a house in Thailand, or really settling down.  Thailand was the best, now it's probably not.  No worries, Vietnam!!!  To be free means you go where you think (after considerable thought) you might be happier and have a better overall life.  Sure, my Thai won't help me much, but that's OK.  I feel bad for the old guys in Chiang Mai who will suffer 20 more years because they are afraid of change.  

Not afraid of change but many have set down roots with a close circle of friends made up over many years and some have families and others have disabilities and end of the day the older you get the harder it is to start over. Who wants to be dumped at the airport with all your belongings in LAOS start over NOT ME besides all of its issues Thailand is by far the best in SE asia for the overall package, girls , infrastructure, and health care.

 

Why do you feel sorry for them/ I feel sorry for you that you no longer meet the Financial requirements and are forced.out ...Please dont reply with I have the money because those are the people that have grown to hate Thailand . Being forced out must suck and old dudes in CM would be having a good chuckle lol

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1 hour ago, holy cow cm said:

Yeah and it is true. Thailand is a full rip off now. And the beer is so much more better than Thailand. Vung Tau is fun for a free day’s. Great seafood 

 

During a recent week in Pattaya, had some absolutely awful Tiger beer, much of it three to six months old, going by the fill date. The Viet Tiger is usually pretty good, as is the 333. Plus, if you're into craft beers, had some good ones in the many brew pubs of Saigon. And way WAY more affordable. The Saigon pub regular beers are "pricier" but still only 65 baht/50,000 VND. Good imported wines are absolutely giveaway cheap compared to the staggeringly over-priced wines on offer in Thailand. So I'm sure the tourists were happy.

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Hanoi was packed with western tourists when I was there in October.

Thailand hasn't been like that since 2014.

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8 minutes ago, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

Saigon pub regular beers are "pricier" but still only 65 baht/50,000 VND.

I was paying 18-25k for a 450ml bottle of Saigon Green.

Easily as good as Tiger/Leo.

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No surprise, I was one of those stats that showed it soared.  Thailand’s days of hedonism have been destroyed by the power of baht, immigration enforcement, etc....party is over.  Only good to visit for 30 days. 

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