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View Poll Results: Choose your overall favorite in the poll:
India 8 19.05%
Vietnam 8 19.05%
Thailand 22 52.38%
An Equal Preference/Tie Between Two of the Countries or All Three Countries 4 9.52%
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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This seems to be a phenomenal balanced combination of Asian countries to come together for a topic.

All 3 countries are unique with their own culture but they do have some vague similarities that I’ll mention later.



These are some specific characteristics/qualities that can be discussed: *You can either choose just one country in these categories as your most favorite for that, or rank all 3 countries there from most favorite to least favorite. Try to include some brief explanations if you want to.

Other parts of this topic can be talked about too but we could try to focus on these categories and questions first before that:


Excitement/Entertainment Options/Things To Do

Cities/Towns

Nature scenery

Culture

Quality of Life

Music scene

Food/Dining scene

Education

Politics/Government

Economy

History

Nightlife

Architecture

Quality of People

Number of annual foreign visitors

Sociological/racial/ethnic diversity

Most peaceful to least peaceful

Least corrupted to most corrupted

Most impressive to least impressive

How do people in Thailand, India, Vietnam view each other?

Which two countries are most similar to each other?

What single country is most different from the other 2 countries?

What country would you choose to live in and is best for that?

What country do you think is best to visit?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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I haven't been to India and I don't think it's very comparable to the other way. Way larger in all respects and more like a sub-continent. I'll just compare Thailand and Vietnam.



Excitement/Entertainment Options/Things To Do - Thailand. Even if you're not into the sleaze, Thailand just has a better nightlife scene, more bars, clubs.etc.

Cities/Towns - I'm not a huge fan of BKK or Hanoi or HCM. I preferred the smaller Vietnamese cities, especially Hoi An and Hue. Only been to BKK and Phuket in Thailand.

Nature scenery - Both aren't bad, not among the best in Asia. I liked Vietnam's mountains the best. The rural scenery in charming but gets old.

Culture - Thai by a bit, it's a bit more unique while Vietnamese seems pretty similiar to Chinese.

Quality of Life - I'd rather live in urban Thailand than Vietnam. A bit more international/western, but still very traditional. Traffic is less stressful than VN.

Music scene - Don't know much about either's local scene...I like traditional Thai music.

Food/Dining scene - Hard to pick but I still prefer Thai food over Vietnamese food, so I'll go with Thailand. Vietnam is awesome for quality and street food and is cheaper.

Education - No idea

Politics/Government - Vietnam is socialist and according to my Vietnamese friends things are pretty tight over there. Thailand is a democracy but I've heard corruption has been a problem there.

Economy - Both not doing too bad, Vietnam's has grown rapidly in recent years.

History - Both quite interesting to me.

Nightlife - See above, Thailand.

Architecture - I prefer Thai traditional architecture. The gold temples/pagodas etc are pretty stunning, Vietnam's are more Chinese in style. BKK has more skyscrapers than Saigon. I find the housing in VN kinda generic.

Quality of People - What do you mean by this?

Number of annual foreign visitors - This one is easy since it's a fact, Thailand by a factor of at least 4.

Sociological/racial/ethnic diversity - Both are pretty homogeneous, although in the cities Thailand seems to have more foreigners. Many Thai are of Chinese descent. Both peoples have a variety of looks to me, even within their ethnic groups.

Most peaceful to least peaceful - I saw a street-fight in Vietnam, but overall they seem a peaceful people. Thais seem peaceful too, but you do see political protests etc from time to time.

Least corrupted to most corrupted - No idea

Most impressive to least impressive - Both in different ways.

How do people in Thailand, India, Vietnam view each other? - When I was wearing a conical hat from Vietnam when i went to Thailand the Thais mistakenly thought i was Vietnamese (I'm Asian) lol. I think pretty well.

Which two countries are most similar to each other? - Obviously Vietnam and Thailand are most similar to each other.

What single country is most different from the other 2 countries? - Duh, India lol

What country would you choose to live in and is best for that? - Thailand, although I'd take Malaysia or Singapore over it

What country do you think is best to visit? - They're too different to really say...although out of all 3, India is most interesting but least tourist-friendly.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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I feel like India probably needs to be divvied up a bit for the comparison to really work due to pretty strong differences from one region of India to another. It's almost as if ASEAN is the more proper comparison despite one being a country and the other a multinational association.

If we're talking about the highlights of each category mentioned, these things would generally go to India.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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I just recently visited Bangkok this summer for the first time and it was simply marvelous. So much culture and energy, it was so unique and Thai is my favorite food ever both in the United States & especially was fantastic in Bangkok. The scenery right on the outskirts of Bangkok were so marvelous.

Now India, I've lived there before in Mumbai (Navi Mumbai). Mumbai is a very energetic city and like Bangkok it's a megacity (albeit much larger) and has a lot of culture, cuisine, shopping, & interesting things to see and do (just like Bangkok) but the city also has infinitely more poverty but that's away from the coast. On the coast and a few miles inland from the coast is simply exhilarating.

My favorite city in India is Bangalore though (same size as Ho Chi Minh City) at around 8.7 million people. It's more educated, has far less slums, more of an intellectually dynamic place often dubbed "Silicon Valley of India" and lives up to that reputation increasingly. I also love Pune too (5.2 million people) & the expressway between Mumbai & Pune is amazing, so scenic & fun. Delhi & Kolkata are god awful cities though, just plain awful- avoid them at all cost and go with Mumbai if you want a better megacity experience in India than those two.

I've never been or lived in Vietnam so I cant comment there but if needed I'll go more into my experiences in Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Varansi, Pune, Patna, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Agra, or Lucknow.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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I just recently visited Bangkok this summer for the first time and it was simply marvelous. So much culture and energy, it was so unique and Thai is my favorite food ever both in the United States & especially was fantastic in Bangkok. The scenery right on the outskirts of Bangkok were so marvelous.

Now India, I've lived there before in Mumbai (Navi Mumbai). Mumbai is a very energetic city and like Bangkok it's a megacity (albeit much larger) and has a lot of culture, cuisine, shopping, & interesting things to see and do (just like Bangkok) but the city also has infinitely more poverty but that's away from the coast. On the coast and a few miles inland from the coast is simply exhilarating.

My favorite city in India is Bangalore though (same size as Ho Chi Minh City) at around 8.7 million people. It's more educated, has far less slums, more of an intellectually dynamic place often dubbed "Silicon Valley of India" and lives up to that reputation increasingly. I also love Pune too (5.2 million people) & the expressway between Mumbai & Pune is amazing, so scenic & fun. Delhi & Kolkata are god awful cities though, just plain awful- avoid them at all cost and go with Mumbai if you want a better megacity experience in India than those two.

I've never been or lived in Vietnam so I cant comment there but if needed I'll go more into my experiences in Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Varansi, Pune, Patna, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Agra, or Lucknow.
Maybe Mumbai does a better job of segregating it's poor? The Dharavai slum in Mumbai is one of the densest places on earth and concentrations of poverty. Mumbai also has some super-rich areas. Kolkata and Delhi, I've heard bad things, Delhi is close to many attractions though.

Vietnam probably has some of the chaos of India, but it seems like a mini, tropical China in many ways to me.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Thailand and Vietnam are the two Asian countries I LEAST enjoyed, so I chose India, although I've only seen the northeastern states of India.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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These are my current personal opinions for India, Vietnam, Thailand based on the specific categories/characteristics/qualities:

Excitement/Entertainment Options/Things To Do:
That can sometimes be subjective and depend on individual preference for what someone is looking for in day to day life. However, there is also a lot of objective standards that relates to everyone. I’ll focus on both of those sides in perception.

All 3 of these countries have plenty to offer for Excitement/Entertainment Options/Things To Do, and are unique with what they offer. I guess I’ll just say it is an equal three way tie for now.


Cities/Towns:
That is both about level of quality and quantity/amount of cities.

Here is my favorite cities/towns in each of these 3 countries:
Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai.
India: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Shimla, Srinagar.
Vietnam: Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An.

For quality of cities, Thailand, and for quantity/amount of cities India. However, Vietnam does well for that too.


Nature scenery:
India actually clearly wins the nature scenery category for the underrated Indian Himalayas mountains, and all of those tropical beaches.

However, Thailand and Vietnam certainly offer pleasant, inviting nature scenery too.


Culture:
All 3 of these countries are so culturally vibrant, exotic and mystical in a good way, and have very interesting culture.

I say Thailand and India are equally tied for 1st place, and Vietnam not far behind at 2nd place.


Quality of Life:
This one is more elusive/obscure and not as easy to figure out.
The emerging middle class/upper class is quickly increasing in Thailand, India Vietnam, so a significant percentage of the population do already have a high quality of life for that.

However, at the same there is an equal amount of people that have low income too, but I wonder how different it is having low income in these 3 countries compared to being poor in USA, Italy Spain, Greece, etc. The situation is not quite exactly the same for all of those 7 countries.
I guess Thailand wins, and India/Vietnam equally tied for 2nd place.


Music scene:
I only know about the traditional ethnic Indian music and very little about Thai music of the similar music genre.

I don’t know yet about other parts of the music scene for those 2 countries, such as for Rock n’Roll, Electronic/Trance/House, Western Foreign influenced music and have no idea about Vietnam’s music scene.

From what I heard of traditional ethnic Indian music, it is very pleasant, exciting, and unique.

For now, I say India 1st, Thailand 2nd, Vietnam 3rd.


Food/Dining scene: I could live in Thailand and India just for the food. They easily have some of the best foods in the world.

There is a very large variety of food options in the local original cuisine, literally 25+ separate meal options in each cuisine. A lot of Thai and Indian cuisine when prepared well is very healthy, tasty, with a fun combination of flavors.

I also like Italian and French cuisine a lot but they simply don’t quite have that large variety and wow factor compared to Thai/Indian.

These are all of my favorite cuisines: Thai, Indian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, Moroccan, Vietnamese.


Education:
That seems kind of mysterious/enigmatic/obscure to me for India, Thailand, and Vietnam.

India appears to have some of the Asian Education stereotypes similar to Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, etc. and people of those ethnicities living in other countries with the perfect, obedient student sacrificing some parts of life just to make sure they do very well in school and usually for something scientific, technical, mathematical related. I wonder what level of accuracy that stereotype/generalization has? I bet it does not quite have 100% accuracy, even if it might reach 75% accuracy.

Thailand and Vietnam are some Asian countries that clearly don’t have that stereotype existing for education and people studying in school.

I am sure there is plenty of well educated Thai and Vietnamese people with impressive school credentials too, but they seem to accomplish that in a very easygoing, laid back compared to a Japanese or Korean. Or maybe they don’t do as well for school education compared to other Asian nationalities?


Politics/Government:
India and Thailand appear equal for that. India is supposedly the World’s largest democracy based on population size, while Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy. However, it is ironic that Thailand sometimes acts more like the democracy while India can act more like a monarchy.

It was very surprising to me when I found out Vietnam has a communist government system that is continuing to exist. Why is Vietnamese communism not talked about more such as with Russian communism history and Chinese versions of that?


Economy:
All 3 countries have a direct similarity with their status of their modern economy. A significant large enough percentage of people in these 3 countries are already middle class, high income, but there is also a lot of people with low income to the extent where these 3 countries still have “developing” economic status.

I don’t really agree with the developed vs. developing vs. undeveloped and first world vs. second world vs. third world terms in a lot of ways, and I usually prefer to not use those terms, especially for these 3 countries.

Also, they have some of the fastest growing economies in the world with more and more people becoming middle class/high income rather quickly, and low income poverty being reduced.


History:
Thailand and India tied. All 3 countries have plenty of fascinating and impressive history. However, Vietnam is a bit more negatively viewed/stigmatized with history compared to the other 2 countries.


Nightlife:
Thailand 1st, India 2nd, Vietnam 3rd. Thailand has more of a scene for that, at least in Bangkok and Phuket. India is probably underrated for that, and has some good nightlife, but a bit mixed and not quite to the level of Thailand.


Architecture:
Thailand, India, Vietnam, same order as previous category.
Thailand sometimes appears to have a perfect blend of historic/classic and modern forms of architecture for all density levels, and some of the best in Asia for architecture.

India has plenty of highly respected architecture sites, but maybe a bit more mixed, scattered, and not quite as consistent in quality compared to Thailand.
Vietnam has some Chinese and French architecture influence for some of the architecture, but I was told that was only for a rather small percentage of all architecture sites.


Quality of People:
All 3 do well in this category and they are some of my favorite nationalities. However, Thai and Indian before Vietnamese.


Number of annual foreign visitors: Thailand, India, Vietnam. All 3 have increasing popularity.

Sociological/racial/ethnic diversity:
I’m not sure. They all get plenty of foreign tourists, and people from other countries living in them, but to what extent is the overall level of sociological/racial/ethnic diversity?


Most peaceful to least peaceful:
Thailand, India, Vietnam. A lot of peacefulness can easily be found there, but all 3 countries are also a bit of a paradox with this topic.


Least corrupted to most corrupted:
Thailand, India, Vietnam. Similar to what I said for peacefulness.


Most impressive to least impressive:
All 3 are equally very impressive to the extent where maybe I am starting to say a bit too much. lol


How do people in Thailand, India, Vietnam view each other?
That was talked about in a separate topic for “The Relations Between Countries in Asia+ Variation in Character/Personality/Lifestyle Tendencies/What They Offer Between Each Country.”

Which two countries are most similar to each other?
Same response as previous question.

What single country is most different from the other 2 countries?
Obviously India.


What country would you choose to live in and is best for that?
For recent times, I say Thailand overall, but India over time is getting closer to equal preference with Thailand. Living in either 3 countries would be such a fun adventure.

What country do you think is best to visit?
Equal preferences for Thailand and India. Vietnam almost tied with them.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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I am curious as to how much experience you actually have in each country, TPPF. Have you spent much time in all 3 countries?

Thailand tied for India for history? Thailand has the shortest real history of the 3, actually, India has probably the longest history of any nation on earth. Most Thais came from China in the 9-12th centuries.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Vietnam is probably my favorite Asian country. We have been there twice in the past three years and just love it.

I don't have time to go through and answer all the questions, but I have been to India 3 times, Thailand 3 times and Vietnam twice.

Of the cities I actively dislike HCM but love Hanoi and could live in Hoi An (which is a town not a city). I enjoy Bangkok but wouldn't want to spend any extended time there. Southern Thailand is stunning but over run with tourists.

Halong Bay is some of the most gorgeous scenery ever. Knocks the socks off southern China and even southern Thailand although the Southern Thai beaches are some of the best I've seen.

India. What to say about India?! It is the most beautiful and most ugly, most exciting and most depressing, most colorful and most bleak and I just love it!

All 3 countries are fabulous and I would rank each of them first for different reasons.... but if I could only go back to one of them it would be Vietnam. Then India and lastly Thailand. I love it there, but have a feeling of 'been there and done that' that I haven't felt with either of the other two places.

Of course I met my husband in Delhi when we were both there on business so I have a soft spot for it for that reason too.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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I've spent time in all 3 countries. India would be my choice. Mountains, desert, jungle ocean, culture. It has everything. Loved it. The only thing I disliked about it was its proxitmity to Pakistan
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