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Vanity - Southeast Asia travel recommendations needed
6-17-14

Posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:22 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

My wife is going to Bangkok in August for work. She has 4 free days to spend touring. She's interested in going to Cambodia or Vietnam. What would you recommend that's unique and doable in a short time?


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Thanks for any input.
1 posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:22 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cambodia

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam


2 posted on 06/17/2014 4:58:43 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: InvisibleChurch

Here you go Angkor Wat.

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://wikitravel.org/en/Angkor_Archaeological_Park&sa=U&ei=KtagU-T3IpLjsATN94GIAQ&ved=0CEcQFjAK&usg=AFQjCNEHaqDkYD4OXOaK9ZgaDm8l-MiAYA


3 posted on 06/17/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT by Clyde5445
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To: InvisibleChurch

With the events going on in the world, I would be surprised if she went to Bangkok in August.

The world is about to catch fire. Acts of Muslim violence will not be limited to the middle east. I believe that something dramatic is going to happen and soon. Primarily because no one is poised to stop it.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 5:06:05 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
I spent a few days in Vietnam a few years ago as a side trip to Hong Kong/China.I was surprised by how friendly the people seemed to be in the small area in which I traveled (never got more than 100 miles from Saigon.My main reason for going there was because,although I was never stationed there during my Army service,the country played an important role in my life nevertheless.Looking at it purely as a “tourist” destination is something *I* would never do but...different strokes for different folks.
5 posted on 06/17/2014 5:09:40 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine....


6 posted on 06/17/2014 5:12:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I have been to Vietnam. At this time of year, Vietnam and Cambodia is pretty hot and humid. It can be very hard to deal with. She could visit Ho chi Minh City, but there is not that much to see. The food is awesome. She could visit Hue, the imperial capital. That is a nice destination for 4 days. I have never been to Cambodia, but she has to check with her physician about vaccinations. Malaria is prevalent there. Personally, I would head for a Thai beach resort and relax those 4 days.


7 posted on 06/17/2014 5:23:44 PM PDT by kaila
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To: InvisibleChurch

More than enough in Bangkok to keep her busy. I did a bike tour in the country outside of Bangkok that was awesome. Ko Samui and Phuket are great destinations. For Cambodia, she could go to Siem Reap to see the Angkor Wat. I haven’t been but I hear Chiang Mai is really nice (plus it should be cooler as it is in the mountains up North).


8 posted on 06/17/2014 5:24:15 PM PDT by Conservative Vet
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To: InvisibleChurch

Taiwan is great.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Four days?
You cant get enough to see in Bangkok, alone, in 4 days!
Believe me, I was around there for over 2 years, and
didnt do it all.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 5:53:26 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: InvisibleChurch
My wife is going to Bangkok in August for work. She has 4 free days to spend touring. She's interested in going to Cambodia or Vietnam. What would you recommend that's unique and doable in a short time?

With only 4 days she should just stay in Bangkok unless she has already been there. 4 days isn't even enough to begin to see all there is in and around Bangkok, let alone any other parts of Thailand. If she wants to go to Cambodia, Vietnam, etc, she should do it on a separate trip and take advantage of her 4 days this time to explore BKK.

There was just a bloodless coup in Thailand and things are quite peaceful right now (previously there had been massive protests and the threat of further strife before the military stepped in at the end of May). The coup has been relatively popular (especially in Bangkok and south), the Thai government is trying very hard to lure tourists back, and August is low season so she should be able to get around easily.

11 posted on 06/17/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: InvisibleChurch

THAILAND?!


12 posted on 06/17/2014 6:24:22 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Delta Dawn
With the events going on in the world, I would be surprised if she went to Bangkok in August.

Nonsense.

Thailand is a terrific destination and anyone can have a great trip there now and almost certainly in August too. It's not the most ideal time weather wise, but it will still be fine on that front as well. Islamic radical violence is almost exclusively contained in the southernmost 3 provinces and unlikely to move out of that area, she would be nowhere near any danger.

Bangkok is a wonderful city to visit. It's much less wonderful once you've lived there and seen beneath the surface, but for a tourist it is a terrific destination.

13 posted on 06/17/2014 6:28:20 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: blueplum

It sounds from the two descriptions, that Cambodia is easier than Vietnam.

I am not criticising Cambodia in this next part. I missed visiting there last time, because I was too sleepy and ended up staying in Thailand.

However I know that Cambodia is (at least was a couple of years ago) much less safe than Thailand.

(no information on Vietnam in that regard)

I would say she should probably stay in Thailand. In four days she won’t have anywhere near enough time to even scratch the surface there.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 6:37:14 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Terry L Smith

this!
stay in Thailand!

tell her to have some jewelry and clothing made, visit the temples markets and restaurants

loose gems and Thai silk are wonderful buys


15 posted on 06/17/2014 6:40:40 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf

I forgot about the Chonburi gems! Both rubies and natural
star sapphires!


16 posted on 06/17/2014 6:50:24 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

Not to mention Australian opals, Ceylon blue sapphires, pigeon-blood rubies, yellow topaz, garnets, jade, Indian emeralds, 4 season bracelets in silver and gold

it’s a a wonderful place to shop!


17 posted on 06/17/2014 6:58:48 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Terry L Smith
You cant get enough to see in Bangkok, alone, in 4 days! Believe me, I was around there for over 2 years, and didnt do it all.

I agree. I was stationed there for nearly 2 years and still didn't manage to see everything worth seeing. She should check with a tourist agency and see what guided tours are available. In my experience (Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, just to list the T's), a good travel agency is worth the money.

18 posted on 06/17/2014 8:43:54 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Longbow1969

You are right. SE Asia is probably the safest area in the world. It’s not like any major airliners have crashed or gone missing in that part of the world lately.


19 posted on 06/18/2014 5:33:33 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Vendome

LOL


20 posted on 06/18/2014 5:34:49 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Delta Dawn
You are right. SE Asia is probably the safest area in the world. It’s not like any major airliners have crashed or gone missing in that part of the world lately.

Yes, because a single plane crash out of Malaysia is an indictment of the entire South East Asia region of the world.

By your logic the Asiana Airlines crash in San Fran last year makes North America an unsafe tourist destination.

Maybe think before you post.

21 posted on 06/18/2014 5:51:09 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

Nobody knows what happened to MH370. Stick your head in the sand if you want to. The world is a considerably more dangerous place today than in 2008.

Think about that.


22 posted on 06/18/2014 6:07:24 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn
Nobody knows what happened to MH370. Stick your head in the sand if you want to. The world is a considerably more dangerous place today than in 2008.

What does that plane going down have anything to do with this thread? This guys wife is going to be in Bangkok and wanted to know about traveling in places like Cambodia and Vietnam. The Malaysian plane crash has exactly zero to do with it. The woman is already going to be flying into BKK. As I said, by your logic the Asiana plane crash in SF makes all of North America unsafe for tourism.

The world is more dangerous in some areas, less so in others. Thailand, while just having one of their periodic coups, is VERY safe for tourists. And venturing into Cambodia or Vietnam is reasonably safe as well.

23 posted on 06/18/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Delta Dawn

The world is about to catch fire. Acts of Muslim violence will not be limited to the middle east. I believe that something dramatic is going to happen and soon. Primarily because no one is poised to stop it.

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I think I’ll not make travel plans based on your beliefs.

I agree with the poster than a boat trip on the Perfume River to see the temples in Hue is a nice trip (have done this), or a trip to the floating markets on the Mekong (have done this), but with just 4 days, you end up spending too much time traveling country to country. Chiang Mai sounds very interesting.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 7:27:44 AM PDT by dmz
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