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Old 06-07-2017, 11:22 PM
 
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I travel to Vietnam often for work, and the people are great but its just too raw and undeveloped for my taste. Lots of traffic and motor bikes all over, petty theft, and I don't honestly feel that secure with the local police or local government in Saigon or Hanoi, like I feel comfortable in China. It just seems like the Wild West at times, although many parts of Saigon are built up nicely. The food is also an issue for me, as I can eat Vietnamese food for a couple days, but after that I need to switch it up, and Vietnam doesn't have many Western food options.


Lastly, its really hot. Like always hot all the time, and humid and rainy.


I think if you were a young male from a Western country, and you lived there for a year or two, it would be an awesome experience, but I'm older now so it just doesn't seem attractive to me.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:37 PM
 
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Taiwan is also full of motorbikes, but more orderly.

Western food are expensive anyway, not only in Vietnam and also in Taiwan and other Asian cities.

The Vietnamese eat French bread and coffee as part of their cuisine. Not the same in China, Korea and Japan.
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I travel to Vietnam often for work, and the people are great but its just too raw and undeveloped for my taste. Lots of traffic and motor bikes all over, petty theft, and I don't honestly feel that secure with the local police or local government in Saigon or Hanoi, like I feel comfortable in China. It just seems like the Wild West at times, although many parts of Saigon are built up nicely. The food is also an issue for me, as I can eat Vietnamese food for a couple days, but after that I need to switch it up, and Vietnam doesn't have many Western food options.


Lastly, its really hot. Like always hot all the time, and humid and rainy.


I think if you were a young male from a Western country, and you lived there for a year or two, it would be an awesome experience, but I'm older now so it just doesn't seem attractive to me.
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