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Old 02-20-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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Go to Singapore for the food!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:15 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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Paris? That's the last place I'd compare it to!
I heard Sai Gon was the Paris of Asia.


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If you would like a respite from insane motorcycle traffic or other problems in developing countries, then go to Singapore. If you would like to explore Asia more, then choose Thailand. You may also consider going to Angkor Wat. Although you need a visa, you may be able to get it on arrival at the airport, just need to pay (please confirm that this is the case though, as I am not sure).

And yes, Bangkok is not Paris!
I've got a Visa for Cambodia already, but I',m not sure if it's multiple entry. I'll do a tour to the capital from Sai Gon.


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Go to Singapore for the food!
I'm not one of those Americans whose world revolves around food 24/7.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:49 AM
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Location: Malaysia & Singapore
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I heard Sai Gon was the Paris of Asia.
It's now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It's now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Many, including locals, still prefer to call it Saigon. I have a friend in Vietnam who mainly calls it Saigon. I prefer to call it that too.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm not a big fan of BKK. Too poluted, crowded and the sex trade turn me off. I've been there at least 4 times and no desire to go back.

I'm a fan of Sing. Clean, great food, really nice people... and if you had the urge to shop.. good for that. You can make day trips to Malaysia (Johor Bahru for seafood) or one of the Indo islands close by for the beach. I've been to Sing 3 times and would not mind going back. You will EAT WELL in Sing, I'd like some chili crab right now.

However, both are large cities and I'd chose a destination that was more exotic. Hop on a flight and go to Luang Prabang, Laos or Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat would be my reco. Or be a pioneer and go to Myanmar (Obama was just there) and check out Bagan for more buddhist monuments, before the tourist crowds start trekking back.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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I'm not a big fan of BKK. Too poluted, crowded and the sex trade turn me off. I've been there at least 4 times and no desire to go back.

I'm a fan of Sing. Clean, great food, really nice people... and if you had the urge to shop.. good for that. You can make day trips to Malaysia (Johor Bahru for seafood) or one of the Indo islands close by for the beach. I've been to Sing 3 times and would not mind going back. You will EAT WELL in Sing, I'd like some chili crab right now.

However, both are large cities and I'd chose a destination that was more exotic. Hop on a flight and go to Luang Prabang, Laos or Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat would be my reco. Or be a pioneer and go to Myanmar (Obama was just there) and check out Bagan for more buddhist monuments, before the tourist crowds start trekking back.
Myanmar seems more interesting than Laos and Cambodia outside Angkor to me. If you're into history and temples and pagodas or whatever Burma is probably actually the best in SE Asia.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:04 AM
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I'm not a big fan of BKK. Too poluted, crowded and the sex trade turn me off. I've been there at least 4 times and no desire to go back.

I'm a fan of Sing. Clean, great food, really nice people... and if you had the urge to shop.. good for that. You can make day trips to Malaysia (Johor Bahru for seafood) or one of the Indo islands close by for the beach. I've been to Sing 3 times and would not mind going back. You will EAT WELL in Sing, I'd like some chili crab right now.

However, both are large cities and I'd chose a destination that was more exotic. Hop on a flight and go to Luang Prabang, Laos or Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat would be my reco. Or be a pioneer and go to Myanmar (Obama was just there) and check out Bagan for more buddhist monuments, before the tourist crowds start trekking back.
Bagan is already a tourist town now. There are whole streets filled with inns and tourist restaurants. It reminded me of the tourist streets of Siem Reap or Thailand, just not as bustle, but still a lot of tourists.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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I'm not sure which one I should visit. The flights from Vietnam aren't that expensive. I did consider Taipei, too, but the flights from Vietnam are significantly more expensive, it seems. No visa for Thailand or Bangkok, that's a good thing. But where do I go?
Purely subjective question. BUT, since you used the words 'expensive' and 'not expensive' in reference to flight costs. Than I'd imagine that expenses are an issue.

Both Singapore and Bangkok have a lot to see and do, but generally speaking, Bangkok/Thailand is more affordable.

So, Bangkok it is. Not that it's just affordable, but there is also a whole lot to see in Bangkok as well. So, for affordability and tourist options, Bangkok is always an excellent choice.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Bagan is already a tourist town now. There are whole streets filled with inns and tourist restaurants. It reminded me of the tourist streets of Siem Reap or Thailand, just not as bustle, but still a lot of tourists.
Understood but is it overrun like Siem Reap.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Purely subjective question. BUT, since you used the words 'expensive' and 'not expensive' in reference to flight costs. Than I'd imagine that expenses are an issue.

Both Singapore and Bangkok have a lot to see and do, but generally speaking, Bangkok/Thailand is more affordable.

So, Bangkok it is. Not that it's just affordable, but there is also a whole lot to see in Bangkok as well. So, for affordability and tourist options, Bangkok is always an excellent choice.
Within Asia BKK isn't that cheap anymore if you do the touristy thing. Stay away from touristy restaurants, there's so much great street-food and affordable restaurants.

Have you been to Malaysia? KL might be another option.
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