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Thai tourism: Further doom and gloom from the North

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40 minutes ago, CNXexpat said:

I am looking around me: all windows are open with the closed mosquito net. Cooling down the house without aircon.


Sure, but I live in an area where people can afford aircon.

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1 hour ago, donnacha said:


Sure, but I live in an area where people can afford aircon.

Really, wow! It must be a hi-so area and you must be very rich. Congrats!

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55 minutes ago, Langkawee said:

You need an eye doctor if you never saw tourists riding motorbikes in HCMC and Hanoi, ever watch Jeremy Clarkson TV show? Travel guides are written by idiots. Never felt safer riding in the big cities of Vietnam where there is a safety conscious method to the apparent madness. If pedestrians would only close their eyes to cross the street they would never be hit. 

They nearly killed me two times in Hanoi when I crossed the street at green pedestrian light. If I had not jumped to the side the motorcycle driver, who drove at red light, would have run me over. Perhaps you are a guy like a tree and the others are afraid to damage their vehicles if they hit you. 

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45 minutes ago, CNXexpat said:

They nearly killed me two times in Hanoi when I crossed the street at green pedestrian light. If I had not jumped to the side the motorcycle driver, who drove at red light, would have run me over. Perhaps you are a guy like a tree and the others are afraid to damage their vehicles if they hit you. 

Nobody expects vehicles to stop at green lights in Vietnam, that's your mistake, walk blindfolded and I guarantee you won't be hit. 

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2 hours ago, CNXexpat said:

In the bigger cities of Vietnam I have never seen tourists on rented motorbikes. And in every travel guide is written: "don´t drive in Vietnam". I would never ever do it because the traffic is crazy.

I would never ride a bike in any big city, Bangkok, Saigon or Hanoi. 

But smaller places in Vietnam are quite easy to ride in. They drive much slower than the Thais.

motorcycle riding in the north of Vietnam is very very popular. 

The ha giant loop is the best ride in SEA. 

I will spend 7-10 days touring in March. And BTW, no worries of getting pulled over. As a matter of fact, we have been waved thru roadblocks, not even asked for documents etc. Totally unlike Thailand.

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52 minutes ago, CNXexpat said:

Really, wow! It must be a hi-so area and you must be very rich. Congrats!


Just try to focus, work hard, and keep moving forward. There is nothing to stop you following your dreams and eventually making it out of the Keenok slums if that is what you really want.

I believe in you. Remember that.

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I guess tourist numbers are down in Chang Mai, the place is as boring as udon Thani.

where else in the civilized world are things shut down at midnight?

people come on holidays for a little nightlife. 

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2 minutes ago, Ron jeremy said:

motorcycle riding in the north of Vietnam is very very popular.


Owning cars would probably be even more popular if their economy hadn't been stunted by decades of Socialist dictatorship.

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1 minute ago, Ron jeremy said:

I guess tourist numbers are down in Chang Mai, the place is as boring as udon Thani.


Oh, sad to hear that. I was hoping that Udon Thani might be good alternative to Chiang Mai if the air quality continues to deteriorate. I figured that, at the very least, Isaan folk are a good laugh.

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17 minutes ago, donnacha said:

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Just try to focus, work hard, and keep moving forward. There is nothing to stop you following your dreams and eventually making it out of the Keenok slums if that is what you really want.

I believe in you. Remember that.

Thank you sooooo much. The first step will be to find a better house than my current bamboo hut. Perhaps one day I can afford an aircon too.

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This  gets  boring. Face the facts of the moment.

International destination tourism is in decline due to  economic  factors coupled  with various  restrictions   applied  by  many nations due to both reasonable and unreasonable justifications.

If "tourism" is  defined  as traveling about  for  recreation then  no surprise  that significant commercial investment interest based on a historic  era of readily disposable excess  income is feeling  the  "pinch".

Tourist  destinations can be likened  to  a restaurant where even if the  food is  good and the price is equatable  there is always the risk that another venue can prove more appealing simply because  it  is new, more convenient to location, perhaps a little cheaper, and  horror of  horrors.......is customer oriented!

Thailand seems to  have  missed the  mark in retaining such appeal to the masses who are relatively becoming  less endowed  with genuine excess disposable income.

 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, donnacha said:


Owning cars would probably be even more popular if their economy hadn't been stunted by decades of Socialist dictatorship.

Vietnamese government has a brain unlike Thailand, they realise cars make traffic jams. 

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