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Hello

Myself and partner have been taking our holidays for the past 5 years in the popular places in Thailand being Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi but this year we have found they have become very busy, increasing prices of food and drink and generally that the locals just want your money.

A few people have suggested Vietnam as the better place to be, and what Thailand used to be like 5-10 years ago. We like a holiday with a good mix of relaxing on a beach in the day and a lot to offer in the evening (not not madness)

Can anyone give a rundown of ehat Nha Trang offers? Thanks

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Hi, we used to like Thailand 7/8 years ago its got expensvie but love vietnam now, nha trang has loads to do loads and loads of restaurants/bars, you can pay anything from £1 for a meal for street food and up in restaurants, a bottle of siagon beer we can get in one restaurant for 8000dong(33pence) up to 30000( 94pence)in the busy bars.

The beach is good and water clear, there is hundreds of hotel rooms and many smaller places don't have websites, you can get a great room with a/c fridge balcony etc etc for little money. I'd recommend you give it a shot it is really a lot cheaper and all do you have the hawkers you don't feel your been scammed like Thailand.

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Vietnam is cheaper but please do not even think to compare a beach in Samui/Krabi/Khao Lak with Nha Trang.

Same for Mui Ne.

Nha Trang, Vietnam
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I can add that there is 2 areas for beach fun. There is the main tourist area, and a smaller native beach north of the river with shallower and more gentle waters. There are excellent Vietnamese restaraunts in the area, but not much in the way of nightlife.

Owee58

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Oh ok, so beaches far more better in Krabi/Samui?

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wow that is cheap.....I just came back from Phuket and some bars I was paying equivalent of £3 a beer! Would you recommend any other areas in Vietnam that offer a good mix of relaxing and plenty of bars (not clubs!) in the evening?

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Leaving today but we've been at An Bang Seaside Village Homestay near Hoi An for the last nine days and have loved it. I'd recommend three nights mimimum. There are bars and restaurants and sun lounges with umbrellas a few minutes walk up the beach and Le Banyan might fit the bill for you bar wise. Lively atmosphere with good music that stays open as long as there's customers but we spent more time at Lien Ka a few doors up. A bit more quiet and local with super fresh seafood for under $AUD 5. At dawn and dusk the locals arrive en masse for swimming and socialising and you can get less expensive food down on the sand.

We enjoyed Nha Trang and Mui Ne and Phu Quoc also get the thumbs up from many on this forum.

Happy planning!

Edited: 8:32 pm, April 23, 2013
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Yeah the beaches are nothing like Thailand, but vietnam is way way cheaper, we've been to the other area a few times owee has mentioned and loved the local feel of the area, have a look at hoi an a beautiful town with a beach area near.

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Nha Trang beach is also crowded but not like Patong beach and others in Thailand. Muine is more quite . Of cause the service and activities can't campare with Thailand.

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Vietnam cannot be compared with Thailand where tourism has been set as strategic resource around 50 years ago.

Vietnam just opened its borders 10-15 years ago. Tourism is just starting there.

A recent article in Vietnam News mentioned there is currently a lack of 30,000 workers in the tourism industry in Vietnam.

I love both countries for their respective profile.

Thailand is the country of beautiful buildings and design. That's also the place for party. People in Thailand are educated to be polite and smily. The greeting from Thai people is at a level Vietnamese might never reach because it is embedded in the culture.

Thailand has great tourism industry with professionals. Vietnam is very far behind and will take 20 years to reach a similar level.

Because Vietnam is not yet a strong tourism actor, foreign tourists pay the same price than locals.

I would love Vietnam to remain as laid back country to enjoy a low cost life in beautiful and non crowded environment.

But I can't stop it. Worse, I'm conscious that by writing those lines I contribute to bring more people and more business to Vietnam.

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Currently in Nha trang and the beach is as good if not better than any I have seen including Australia, Koh Samui, patong and bali

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