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Vietnam - Why?

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Vietnam - Why?

Most people think of Vietnam as a war. But the old history has all gone. Now peace and safety resides. It's opening to the world as a friendly and exotic place on earth to be.

So why don't you think of coming. I'll name some of the reasons why you should:

1. It's a new place. It's not touristy like in Thailand and many places you go, people go stunned by your appearance.

2. It's safe and friendly. The majority of people in Vietnam are farmers. Pure farmers. Many of them have never learnt of much apart from the village they were born in. Naturally, they're almost all friendly safe to be around. Moreover, the communist government does a good job in ensuring securities all over the country. Nothing of a crime has happened to tourists anymore for the last a decade.

3. Its has lots to see: A thin country stretching for thousands of Km from North to South. It has beautiful mountain with colorful hill tribes. It has highlands with their everlasting rudimentary traditions. It has beaches and many of those are considered best in the world but still, they're not touristy. Sound cool enough?

4. It's cheap. If you want to, then 1 dollar could buy you a basic lunch or dinner. Wandering around and you want to find somewhere to sit and drink? Mostly you don't have to pay more than one dollar for it.

5. Is travel here convenient? Sure, many companies operate the open bus (good quality in general) and they run almost to every capital cities in the country. Moving around is very easy.

So, Vietnam? Why not!

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Vietnam, why not?

You really want a reply to why not? Makes for a great debate on my fav topic.

I actually agree with most all of your points, except for your use of the word "friendly". I still argue that Vietnam is one of the least friendly tourist destinations.

The list of why nots are pretty easy and too many too list. But just the fact that the majority of tourists go places other than Vietnam should be proof enough to you that there are plenty of reasons for tourists to go to other places. Other destinations you can find better roads with better modes of transportation. You can find more 4-5 star resorts, which are always in demand. You can find more english speaking locals in other destinations, which is a plus for many tourists. You dont have the same level of scamming in most other countries as in Vietnam. You can find better beaches and better nightlife all in the same town in other destinations.

So yea, people can make a case as to why NOT to visit Vietnam as their vacation destination. Statistically Vietnam is still not high on peoples list of places to go. There are reasons for this, many of them as I posted. Eventually Vietnam may catch up to some of its neighboring countries in regards to tourism, but they arent there yet and for good reason.

Semporna, Malaysia
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2. Re: Vietnam - Why?

When we visit small towns, people there are absolutely friendly.

In big cities, those working in hotels, restaurants.... are friendly too but some we saw / met on the street are not.

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The people at Dalat highland are very humble , down to earth and extremely friendly.

At this place no body scram you,not yet!!!

The bus provide free shuttle service to your hotel,excellent service.

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In all honesty I found VN to be infinitely more friendly than places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taipei. I was amazed in HCMC at the many smiles and greetings I received from passers-by as I traversed the streets. This is in stark contrast to the grim-faced automatons I encountered in the above mentioned cities. I can understand that some people have had negative experiences in VN but this goes with the territory when traveling. I didn't enjoy the obsession with money I experienced in SIN and HK but it would not stop me from returning for another visit. I didn't enjoy the fact that a 5 star hotel near Seoul actually tried to charge me for "TV usage" but it didn't deter me from possibly visiting again. Our travel experiences are merely snapshots of real life in a destination. Some people see only the bad and some the good. In the past 4 years I have spent nearly 120 days in VN and I can honestly say that my positive experiences have far ourtweighed the negative.

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Hi everybody,

I supported why not Vietnam and everyone who agree with him aswell. In my opinion, there are many best things these which Why not Vn gave a list above, beside that Vn still has some of weak point such as like scam, cheaty,....in Vietnam, it's like some of cases new experience who had met. But we can't have any best guarantee for other countries like Thai land, Cambodia...they don't have a weak points like that happen to tourists, do they.

I can understand and feel sorry Robby's case, because someone took all money in his bocket no more left while he was traveling in Vietnam.

So i think that we will have a beautiful trip if we are really be careful and protect ourselves and things while traveling.

We travel to understand more experience even that's good or bad. But i am sure nobody want a worse things happen to our trips? Just take care ourself when we are traveling in any country.

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To robbyxoxo

Some places are nice to this kind of human while not to the other kind of human

Some people can be friendly and open to only some certain type of other peoples

We all have our own ideas. But, well, better to listen to what people say as a reply to the post.

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Robby - for your own health, I advise you NEVER to go to Egypt! You think the scamming is bad in Vietnam, it's nothing to what I experienced in Cairo. Great city, fantastic hospitality but you really need your wits about you.

Vietnam has a way to go before it matures as a tourist destination, but some of the new young staff I meet in the Tourism Dept give me a lot of hope for the future. If more expats and VK are invited to contribute then the industry will get the creativity, training and experience it needs to compete with the likes of Thailand & Malaysia.

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I'm in HCMC as I write (a combined business and vacation trip), and I am finding this to be a good experience, overall.

Let's keep it all in perspective: When we travel, we're called tourists, so anywhere we go there will be people trying to pull a scam. It only differs by degrees and it happens in every corner of the planet. it's unfortunate, because it hurts every destination - all that vigilance I have to undertake wears me out and takes some of the fun out of travel, regardless of the place. In spite of all my careful research and preparation before coming here I did indeed get scammed by a cyclo driver today, and I have nobody to blame but myself. I won't judge an entire city, much less a country, for it.

Here's the best thing about vietnam: it's still vietnam. it isn't a westernized version, a sanitized, prepackaged place like so many others. If you can: come. If you do: shut up, listen, and learn, then respect and appreciate what you find.

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Duxton, My wife lived in Cairo for 2 years. This was 16 years ago though. She still rates Vietnam as the worst scammers. But agreed, Egypt is up there on the list.

Enno, nice post, and I mostly agree. I think with caution, we can avoid many of the scams. But I think thats where Vietnam differs from most other places. They had so many ways that they scammed that were just so hard to avoid, even for the seasoned traveler. So even though I mostly agree with your thinking, I do disagree on the shut up part. I just dont think that being cheated is something that tourists need to shut up and tolerate. I think you can try and be nice about it when trying to get "uncheated", but unfortunately the nice technique didnt work near enough, language barrier playing one role in why it didnt.

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The only reason I will probably not rush back to Vietnam is the lack of direct flights from the UK. I agree with everyone who says it is a beautiful and interesting place. Sure, there are plenty of scammers. - like Thailand and Cambodia and even places nearer to Europe like Turkey- and taxi drivers in Rome, don't start me. I am sure over the next few years the flights will come, and then I will be a regular Vietnam visitor. I know it's going to get dearer but that won't stop me.