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3-4 week vacation coming: Philippines, Thailand or Both?

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3-4 week vacation coming: Philippines, Thailand or Both?

Postby Rocky Top » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:54 am

Can I do either country justice by trying to split it up into two 1 1/2 - 2 week trips or should I just stick with one country for the entire 3-4 weeks?

Which country would better if I could only choose between Thailand or Philippines?

I want to obviously be around women (I have no preference as far as light complexion or darker complexion) and I want to be in an area that has a lot of daytime activities.
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Postby xiongmao » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:44 am

Thailand is pretty good - there's a lot of home comforts here and the food is arguably the best in the world. Even the Japanese food here is better than in Japan.

In Thailand there are zillions of tourist things to see by day, and monging to do by night.

In the Philippines you've got shit food and you might get robbed.
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Postby Rocky Top » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:06 am

xiongmao wrote:Thailand is pretty good - there's a lot of home comforts here and the food is arguably the best in the world. Even the Japanese food here is better than in Japan.

In Thailand there are zillions of tourist things to see by day, and monging to do by night.

In the Philippines you've got shit food and you might get robbed.


I might want to take an excursion or two to either Chiang Mai, Penang or some other place within a few hours flight time. Problem I see now is the I will need a visa to enter either Laos or Vietnam. Wold it be relatively easy to get a travel visa while in BKK at one of those countries' embassies or am I just pipe dreaming?

I could still make it to Penang or Chiang Mai if the visa thing doesn't work, I suppose, but it would be a plus if I could have more options.
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Postby Repatriate » Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:22 am

xiongmao wrote:Thailand is pretty good - there's a lot of home comforts here and the food is arguably the best in the world. Even the Japanese food here is better than in Japan.

In Thailand there are zillions of tourist things to see by day, and monging to do by night.

In the Philippines you've got shit food and you might get robbed.


Xiongmao I really recommend going to a Japanese curry place called Aoringo located in Thaniya plaza. It was my go to dinner date spot. It's super casual and fairly cheap and good. The owners are Japanese and are pretty hands on so the quality is top notch.
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Postby xiongmao » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:33 am

Huge numbers of such places in Thailand. I went to another ramen restaurant yesterday and had a nice salmon burger, chunky fries and green tea set dinner - just 120 Baht.

About the embassies here, getting visas for foreigners is a big cottage industry in Thailand, there are visa places everywhere. Getting Cambodia/Vietnam visas wouldn't be hard here. I've also heard you can get Vietnam visas on arrival if you fly in.

You can get buses/trains to loads of places as well, but unless you're poor and have no money (i.e. an Aussie backpacker) then flying is much safer than going on a Thai bus...

The UK and Thailand are about the same size. Yet Thailand has 4x as many road deaths per year. And just bear in mind that the Thai stats are for roadside deaths, we Brits also take into account subsequent deaths after the victim is taken to the hospital.
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