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vietnam or thailand ???

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vietnam or thailand ???

hi we have never travelled anywhere in asia (except to hong kong) usally travel to the south pacific - samoa. but are considering going to thailand or vietnam. would really love all the food.

has anyone been to both and can offer suggestions, we like somewhere NOT built up and touristy. not really into big resorts, low key small places ( but nice) access to a beach.

and how do you get around over there, do people hire cars or just taxi's ?? my husband is a keen ( or should that be obsessed) fisherman. so if anyone has been fishing over there and has some suggestions that would be great.

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Hi! I have done both and personally prefer Vietnam. Less touristy and the people are friendlier in my experience. it really does depend though on what you want in a holiday.

I find Vietnam can be harder to aclimatise to for a first timer, as it isn't as westernised as Thailand. This can be challenging if you aren't in the main cities.

I would reccomend Hoi An in Vietnam if you like laid back beach life. It also has a great town that while is popular for tourists retains its traditional charm (ie not all flashing lights and discos)

Can't comment on fishing unfortunately, but would say Thailand (Ko Samui/Phuket) would be preferable for that.

You can have a brilliant time in both places, just do your research.

I can also recommend Intrepid Tours, I did my first Vietnam trip with them and found it to be great. They don't do all the usual tourist crap, and have great local guides. Plus its always good to have someone around who knows the good places to eat!!

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