Should I go to Thailand or Vietnam?
Charlotte Walton, Professional Photographer, International Traveller
If you decided to go to Vietnam, check out this answer for tons of Vietnam Travel Tips!
Me and my partner spent 3 weeks last summer travelling from Ho Chi Minh up to Hanoi. We flew into the international airport and made our way up the country using bus services, and planes.
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Marek J Michalski, Lived in Vietnam for 6 Months, Travel Blogger @Lifenomading
I have lived in Vietnam, and visited Thailand 4 or 5 times. I am going to admit I am bias, but I would recommend Vietnam. Here is an expat site we send to newbies who first go to Vietnam - it literally has an answer to every question you could possibly have (cab, cellphone, part of town to stay, etc)
I also did a break down of pros/cons below.
Pros/Cons of Vietnam:
1.Beautiful country (Nature, streets, countryside)
2.Amazing food - Banh Mi is the best sandwich you will ever have. Pho soup is savory, delicious, and a great hangover cure.
3.Fun night life with a city that literally never sleeps. Always a nearby sandwich shop or place to play some pool.
4.Cheap. Super super cheap. I used to buy beers for 50 cents.
1.Actual cons some of the locals will run on you - like 2 X or more on the price of some items. If you learn how to stand your ground on a price and say no this can be avoided
1.The word for Too expensive in Vietnamese is mắc qua pronounced Mack Qwah.
2.Petty theft - I actually got my phone stolen WHILE I WAS TALKING ON IT!(Motorcycle Bandit). This can be avoided if you don’t take your phone out near the street.
3.Not as used to tourism as Thailand, thus not as accessible. This can be a benefit from time to time as you might get a special treatment as your presence can be a rarity.
4.Visa on Arrival can be confusing and the Visa scenario can be slightly complicated. Read a blog post and you will figure it out.
Pros/Cons of Thailand:
1.Also amazing food. Papaya salad and pad thai to name a couple.
2.Also a beautiful country.
3.Easy visa scenario. You don’t need a visa - just a passport (if you are from usa)
1.So used to tourists that at times the niceness of locals, even when they are authentically being nice, can be interpreted as fake.
2.Slightly more “touristy” than Vietnam. Especially in Bangkok and Phuket. This can be good depending on what type of traveler you are. For me it was a bit of a turn off from time to time.
3.More expensive than Vietnam. Overall it is still very cheap!
Quinisha Anderson, Living in Thailand for 4-months
I spent six weeks in Vietnam in many of the most traveled cities and villages. I also spent three months in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Based on your love of food I would take Vietnam off the table.
I've never been more dependent on fruit, eggs, burgers and spaghetti until I spent 6–weeks in Vietnam thinking I'd never enjoy food again.
I'd often have to remind myself that we eat to live, food is fuel and that I would soon be back in Thailand where food is seasoned and properly prepared.
Thailand gets food very right! You will have a variety of world cuisines at your fingertips as it's one of the most traveled countries in SE Asia. Vietnam has Banh Mih, their French influenced baguette sandwich, that's how I survived. They get bread and cheese right, but that's about it.
Unless you like seafood that tastes like the sea, snails likely scraped from a backyard and served up, I'd say save your tastebuds the disappointment.
Thailand has a lot of mountains, retreats, natural parks and is very easy to travel. You'll also receive a 30-visa on arrival for free. So, if you don't like Thailand at least you didn't waste money on a visa finding out.
The only upside to Vietnam is Da Nang, you'll get a culture rich experience there without being surrounded by tourists.
You won't find nice accommodations as cheap or food more inexpensive than in Thailand. Vietnam is more costly and far behind the curve in most things, including seasoning their food.