The best thing in Vietnam !!!

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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby taabarang » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:18 pm

I found female companionship highly enjoyable. They were equally as attractive and feminine as Khmer women. Plus they were better educated and more interesting to talk to. Unfortunately I wasn't attracted to marriage and have never been able to master a tonal language.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby ExPenhMan » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:21 pm

I'm with Hanno. I've lived in a western Mekong town, spent months in Hanoi, Saigon and Vung Tau. I thoroughly enjoy my time with Vietnamese people, more so than with any other SEA nationality. It's nice to mix with people who are conscious (I do mean the sense of being awake), curious, sharp and spirited. I'm moving back to VN in the spring.

Edit: What Taabarang said. :thumb:
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:36 pm

I went a few times. Found the people to be hard faced, way less easy going than here for sure.
At the time, starting as a tourist from HCM, everything was set up so it wasn't easy to step out from the tourist traps.
In the end I only found any sense of serenity when I reached kampuchea krom villages and was treated like a distinguished guest for visiting them and being able to communicate in khmer.
VN food is way better than anything remotely cambodian though.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby taabarang » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:44 pm

"In the end only foubd serenity when I reached kampuchea krom villages and was treated like a distinguished guest for visiting them and being able to communicate in khmer.

You probably would have had the same experience in Vietnam if you spoke their language. In any case I had a great time speaking only English.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby bolueeleh » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:30 pm

Barang_doa_slae wrote:I went a few times. Found the people to be hard faced, way less easy going than here for sure.
yes for sure, they adopted chinks money making mentality, i guess khmers would catch up in few years time.
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hanno wrote:
They don't really understand fun, relaxation and indulging in pleasure
Having lived there on and off for 21 years, I can assure you that you are wrong.
How so? For example,...?
hv u been to the road side drinking / eating stalls? beer gardens? discos? parks in the evening? swimming pools? sport stadium and last but not least cafes?
Popeye wrote: As for the food, enjoyed Pho in the mornings, but otherwise we were not impressed.
did you try anything else except pho? there are northern, central, southern and even coastal cuisine, each hv their own distinctiveness
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby John Bingham » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:11 pm

I was only there a couple for a couple of short visits with my family, but liked it a lot. The people aren't as overly friendly as here, but beyond that are fine.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby Luigi » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:08 pm

They get stuff done. Entirely different work ethic. Higher quality of goods on average. Very clean in comparison to Cambo. They have some of that stuff called infrastructure. Weird!

Like JB mentioned not as friendly at surface but least effort & they open up.

Think I'll go again soon now that that stupid 1 yr.only visa for US zits is over & done. For now.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby hanno » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:09 am

sigmoid wrote:
hanno wrote:
They don't really understand fun, relaxation and indulging in pleasure
Having lived there on and off for 21 years, I can assure you that you are wrong.
How so? For example,...?
I find Vietnamese very easy to engage with and they are always ready for a beer and a laugh.

And Vietnamese food is heaps better than anything Cambodia has to offer.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby taabarang » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:29 am

"And Vietnamese food is heaps better than anything Cambodia has to offer."

I agree with your praise of Vietnamese food. I find that their advantage is that of a greater variety of dishes. And that I feel is due to their geography and extended coastline. Their geography gives rise to many climate zones which permits the cultivation of fruits and vegetables which is not possible in Cambodia. Cambodian signature dishes are excellent but fewer in number alas.
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Re: The best thing in Vietnam !!!

Postby hanno » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:45 pm

taabarang wrote:"And Vietnamese food is heaps better than anything Cambodia has to offer."

I agree with your praise of Vietnamese food. I find that their advantage is that of a greater variety of dishes. And that I feel is due to their geography and extended coastline. Their geography gives rise to many climate zones which permits the cultivation of fruits and vegetables which is not possible in Cambodia. Cambodian signature dishes are excellent but fewer in number alas.
This. The cuisine is very varied in Vietnam, unlike Cambodia, and a lot of the dishes are a lot more palatable to Westerners.

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