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Old 11-12-2012, 05:13 AM
 
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Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam


Cities:

Malaysia (Penang, Melaka, KL, Kuantan, Kuching)
Vietnam (Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, HCMC)
Thailand (BKK, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani)

Culture:

Malaysia (diversity)
Thailand
Vietnam

Scenery:

Malaysia
Vietnam
Thailand

Nature:

Malaysia (most virgin forest)
Thailand/Vietnam (both pretty devastated/de-forested)

Beaches:

Thailand/Malaysia
Vietnam

Food:

Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam

(but all are among the best in the world)

People:

Thailand
Malaysia
Vietnam

Entertainment:

Thailand
Malaysia
Vietnam

Ease of travel:

Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam


Overall:

Malaysia
Thailand/Vietnam

 
Old 11-12-2012, 05:58 AM
 
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Malaysia too equatorial, Vietnam too communist, that leaves Thailand. Easy win!
 
Old 11-12-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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I will have to check out Malaysia and see for myself. Two of my friends who visited did not seem that impressed. What I have heard on this forum is very good about Malaysia though.
 
Old 11-12-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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I will have to check out Malaysia and see for myself. Two of my friends who visited did not seem that impressed. What I have heard on this forum is very good about Malaysia though.
You can hear wildly varying experiences on the same country. Especially a country as opposed to a city. It will depend on a million factors. Where in Malaysia they stayed, how long, the accommodation, what happened to them, what they did.etc. If you go definitely don't confine yourself only to cities or just KL. The real 'heart' of Malaysia isn't KL, imo. It's the historic settlements like Melaka, Penang, Kuala Kangsar, the more Malay Kuantan, Kota Bharu, it's the virgin tropical rainforest of Taman Negara (sadly a lot of forest is getting lost), the white sandy beaches of the east coast, Langkawi.

And don't forget in my comparison I'm including East Malaysia, the northern part of Borneo. For nature it has rainforests, beaches, coral reefs, amazing caves, and towering mountains, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo and one of the tallest in SE Asia.
 
Old 11-12-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Malaysia too equatorial, Vietnam too communist, that leaves Thailand. Easy win!
The blatant sex trade in Thailand bothered me
 
Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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The blatant sex trade in Thailand bothered me
True, although one can avoid that if they want. In Vietnam I bet you were constantly offered 'boom boom' everywhere you went. The sex trade in VN is more underground. I didn't find out what it was all about, it's obviously not as visible just out on the street. One thing I prefer about Malaysia is that there's a lot less of the sleaze of Thailand.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 12:46 AM
 
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Default Thai vs. Malay

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True, although one can avoid that if they want. In Vietnam I bet you were constantly offered 'boom boom' everywhere you went. The sex trade in VN is more underground. I didn't find out what it was all about, it's obviously not as visible just out on the street. One thing I prefer about Malaysia is that there's a lot less of the sleaze of Thailand.
I can't speak about Vietnam but have visited Thailand and Malaysia on multiple occasions.

Peope - I think the Thai are more frindly but I'm not sure if that's because of the fact they're more dependent on foreign currency being spent there. Malaysia has a stronger economy as their systems were set up by the Brits and Common Law and they also have oil. Malay is more diverse but the Muslim majority and the restrictions they have I think creates a separation and some interpersonal strains that are not there in Thailand. The common usage of English is a big plus there though. Overall advantage Thailand.

Safety - I felt very safe in both countries and both seem to have sufficient medical treatment. Thi is a draw imo.

Food - I really love Thai food but I thought the variety and quality of food in Malaysia was a little better. Slight advantage Malaysia.

Cost - boy both of these are great in cost. most sites seem to indicate Thailand is cheaper but the only thing that was demonstrably cheapaer that I noticed was alcohol (probably due to the Muslim majority tacing this sin). This is a close call but maybe slight advantage Thailand.

Climate - Malay is basically on the equator and is quite humid. |At least in the northern Thailand you get a bit of a break from the heat during the winter months. Advantage Thailand.

Overall advantage Thailand but Malaysia does offer a nice visa program that is more enticing than anything offered by Thaialnd.

p.s. - I'm thinking of retiring in 1 of these countries or possibly try them both for awhile.
 
Old 11-13-2012, 06:15 AM
 
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The blatant sex trade in Thailand bothered me
What areas were you located at most of your time there?
 
Old 11-14-2012, 06:46 AM
 
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Default Malaysia vs. Thailand

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Originally Posted by Trimac20 View Post
You can hear wildly varying experiences on the same country. Especially a country as opposed to a city. It will depend on a million factors. Where in Malaysia they stayed, how long, the accommodation, what happened to them, what they did.etc. If you go definitely don't confine yourself only to cities or just KL. The real 'heart' of Malaysia isn't KL, imo. It's the historic settlements like Melaka, Penang, Kuala Kangsar, the more Malay Kuantan, Kota Bharu, it's the virgin tropical rainforest of Taman Negara (sadly a lot of forest is getting lost), the white sandy beaches of the east coast, Langkawi.

And don't forget in my comparison I'm including East Malaysia, the northern part of Borneo. For nature it has rainforests, beaches, coral reefs, amazing caves, and towering mountains, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo and one of the tallest in SE Asia.
I agree totally with Trimax. One has to visit and get their own impressions, I have found many times my opinions differ greatly with friends who have been there. And yes I do not think my friends hit all the areas of Malaysia you mention.
 
Old 11-14-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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The blatant sex trade in Thailand bothered me
Stay away from Patpong and Soi Cowboy and so on. Thailand has something to offer for all kinds of people.
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