Vietnam News & Discussion

This is a part of our Cambodia forums to chat about anything Cambodia-related. This discussion forum is at the top of our site because it's usually the busiest part of the expat community chatter with random topics on just about everything, including expat life, Khmer politics, Cambodian blogs we have or have come across, or whatever else our members want to discuss. Whether you're an expatriate, tourist, Cambodian or random traveler just passing through South East Asia, you are welcome to talk about anything or start new topics yourselves.
Luigi
Expatriate
Posts: 1967
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:12 pm
Reputation: 111

Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by Luigi » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:03 pm

Why not give an equal opportunity forum to our lovely neighbors to the east?
Maybe a slow start as they do not have the hedonistic venues of Bangkok or Pattaya but have much to offer. A diverse culture, delicious food, beautiful CLEAN cities & towns. Lovely ladies & friendly natives. Efficient airports & other transportation that run on time 90%.

On & on it goes.

Many of us travel there. What do you all think? :popcorn:
User avatar
bolueeleh
Expatriate
Posts: 4441
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:39 am
Reputation: 821
Location: anywhere with cheap bonks

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by bolueeleh » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:09 pm

Luigi wrote:
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:03 pm
as they do not have the hedonistic venues of Bangkok or Pattaya
:ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:
Money is not the problem, the problem is no money
User avatar
ExPenhMan
Expatriate
Posts: 1239
Joined: Sun May 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Reputation: 347
Location: Bangkok/Pattaya
Canada

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by ExPenhMan » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:57 pm

Not a bad idea Luigi. Hello Hanno!
User avatar
hanno
Expatriate
Posts: 5156
Joined: Fri May 16, 2014 12:37 pm
Reputation: 1415
Location: Siem Reap
Contact:
Germany

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:09 am

Luigi wrote:
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:03 pm
Efficient airports
Really? HCMC airport is way past its capacity and a couple of weeks ago it took me two hours to check in and go through immigration.
Luigi
Expatriate
Posts: 1967
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:12 pm
Reputation: 111

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by Luigi » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:10 pm

hanno wrote:
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:09 am
Luigi wrote:
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:03 pm
Efficient airports
Really? HCMC airport is way past its capacity and a couple of weeks ago it took me two hours to check in and go through immigration.
Really hanno, that's the best or worst case scenario against a VN forum? :facepalm:

Yes two hrs. is a lengthy process. Only used SGN aeroport 6 times & never more than 1 hr usually 1/2 hr domestic or international. Not including wait time once past all security check points. But it is only 6 kliks from elcentro.
Many many ports are 20 sometimes 30 klicks from town. SHV is 20 to the lions.

Anyway that would be a piss poor reason not to have a Vn forum. :hattip:
User avatar
hanno
Expatriate
Posts: 5156
Joined: Fri May 16, 2014 12:37 pm
Reputation: 1415
Location: Siem Reap
Contact:
Germany

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:52 pm

Don't get me wrong, as a lot of my work takes me to Vietnam (currently in Chau Doc) I am all for a Vietnam forum.

Nevertheless, flying into HCMC during high season has become an absolute nightmare. I believe the airport handled 24 million passengers last year, it was built to handle 15 - 17 million....... And I have taken well over an hour to get from District one to the airport, meaning that the Da Nang flight (50 minutes) actually takes a total of 4-5 hours of time door-to-door.
User avatar
ExPenhMan
Expatriate
Posts: 1239
Joined: Sun May 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Reputation: 347
Location: Bangkok/Pattaya
Canada

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by ExPenhMan » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:08 pm

As for other Viet forums:

1. Thaivisa's VN subforum is almost dead, as is the rest of it.
2. Pattaya-Addicts' is a mongers' board.
3. There are many FB "Expats in xxxxx Vietnam". Some are great, like the Hoi An-Da Nang one. Some like the HCMC ones are snake pits.
4. There are expats.com and Internations but there's barely any traffic and they're boring as f*ck.

Otherwise, there's not a single Viet forum worth the name.
User avatar
hanno
Expatriate
Posts: 5156
Joined: Fri May 16, 2014 12:37 pm
Reputation: 1415
Location: Siem Reap
Contact:
Germany

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:13 pm

Some like the HCMC ones are snake pits.
Agreed, I think many of its members have been in VN too long.
User avatar
bolueeleh
Expatriate
Posts: 4441
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:39 am
Reputation: 821
Location: anywhere with cheap bonks

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by bolueeleh » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:24 pm

when i started going to HCM about 8 years back, the immigration line is usually just 2 or 3 people deep (and that is with only 7 or 8 counters open) now all counters going at almost full tilt (with 20+ counters open) the line is 15+ people deep, other wise the prices increases by abt 10 to 20% (road side stalls) high end restaurants prices increases by abt 40 to 70% (maybe due to more exotic dishes available too i.e. Ume, foie gras etc)

all in all, u still can get loads of fun in HCM with only 20 to 30$ per day
Money is not the problem, the problem is no money
User avatar
ExPenhMan
Expatriate
Posts: 1239
Joined: Sun May 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Reputation: 347
Location: Bangkok/Pattaya
Canada

Re: Vietnam News & Discussion

Post by ExPenhMan » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:04 pm

bolueeleh wrote:
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:24 pm
when i started going to HCM about 8 years back, the immigration line is usually just 2 or 3 people deep (and that is with only 7 or 8 counters open) now all counters going at almost full tilt (with 20+ counters open) the line is 15+ people deep, other wise the prices increases by abt 10 to 20% (road side stalls) high end restaurants prices increases by abt 40 to 70% (maybe due to more exotic dishes available too i.e. Ume, foie gras etc)

all in all, u still can get loads of fun in HCM with only 20 to 30$ per day
Was just in Saigon. Several places where we ate were as expensive as in Bangkok: Game On, l'Usine and Phatty's in Saigon. Meals were 180K-240K (250 to over 300 baht) for some rather ordinary western items. Kind of scared me off. Went to Vung Tau and came back to earth, with meals running 70K or thereabouts and beers 10K to 25K, and at Red Parrot, buy one, get one free, even prime liquors. Woohoo!
Post Reply Previous topicNext topic
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Carnage5351, Cooldude, Felgerkarb, John Bingham, Johno35, Lost50, nemo, yongchi and 347 guests