Vietnam or Malaysia? (or neither?)
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 11:09 PM Last Post By: thisisplanetearth
Feb 10, 2013 3:18 PM
Hope you're having a wonderful day, evening, night whatever the time zone may be, I was hoping you could help me with a slight personal travel dilema.
I will be in southeast asia for 2 1/2 months so I definitely want to go to thailand, laos and cambodia, and originally, I had planned for seeing vietnam as well,
I was really excited about visiting all of the countries but recently Im beginning to think if my time and money would be better spent somewhere else besides vietnam. Im sure it is a beautiful country and it does have a wonderful culture, but alot of southeast asia goers seem underwhelmed with it. so, Would going to Malaysia be better worth my time?
Which one would you say is more tourist oriented , and which one is cheaper?
In your experience, given the choice between the two which would you choose to return to?
Also, I dont have alot of money, at all, so would I be better off sticking to thailand/laos/cambodia and enjoying more there OR (in your opinion) will that underwhelm me, the first time backpacker?
I only have 72 days and I want to spend a month and half in thailand which leaves me only one month for travel to other countries.
Thank you for your time
Feb 10, 2013 5:40 PM
Feb 10, 2013 5:51 PM
2Really? Dang, Well why do you say that?
Im really interested because Im caught in between , do I go at a frantic rushed and expensive (transp) pace just to see everything (vietnam is a Loooong country) or do I take it slower more relaxed and cheaper pace, you know, enjoy a few days in each major spot, BUT have to exclude vietnam?
ARghhhh the dilemma of the century
I wanted to compare Vietnam with Malaysia because I thought ok, if I choose the more relaxed pace then maybe if I feel like it the extra couple weeks im going to have in ko phi phi may make me want to pay kuala lumpur a visit ( after all, Im going during the rainy season, and maya beach would be a bore if its littered with logs from the storms )
Feb 10, 2013 6:04 PM
3I think Vietnam is the better option, but the whole of SEA has so much to offer and I think your best plan is to be flexible with your itinerary. I think that 2 1/2 months would only be enough to do the highlights of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. If by chance you end up with a couple of weeks to spare, then Vietnam is close by and ideal to hop over to it. Also, my suggestion is not to rush it. The are a couple of countries that I've "half done", and so they are still lingering around in the back of my mind, that I've really got to get back there one day. So better to take your time and not rush through SEA.
Feb 11, 2013 11:50 AM
Feb 19, 2013 7:53 AM
5I don't think you should listen to what others feel underwhelmed by etc. It all really depends on you. Everyone has their world view. I for example was very interested in Vietnamese culture and still am, I spent a month there, I stayed in Saigon the entire time, because I enjoyed it so much. I feel like I've only scratched the surface of what Vietnam has to offer. Same thing with Malaysia, in fact I'm won't ever go into which is the best SEA country, because they're all unique and I like them all. People who say things like they were underwhelmed by Vietnam had their agenda and for whatever reason Vietnam didn't meet that. Others say they had the time of their lives there. This has nothing to do with Vietnam, this is some foreign tourists agenda that wasn't met. As for your trip, you should be flexible because you'll enjoy some places a lot, others you won't so be ready to move on as you feel. Good luck!
Feb 21, 2013 8:16 PM
6Yeah youre absolutely right haha Pep Talk! I just saw vietnam in a movie and I completely changed my mind again, Im going there and hauling ass now. Isnt changing your mind the greatest? Ultimate freedom!
I hope I can do that when Im there...not having to stick to any schedules or plans...have you found that to be easy ?
Feb 22, 2013 5:34 AM
7I think it's harder to stick to a schedule than not to. My experience is that before seeing a place I had no idea whether I would like it or not. It's all very personal. For example, meet a nice girl in a city and you'll like the city and want to stay, have trouble finding good accomodation and you'll want to move on, etc. I sometimes felt like I was stuck in a place. That meant it's time to move on. Sometimes I went back to a place two or three times because I really wanted to like it, but after about the third time I realized it just wasn't working for me. So you've got two and half months, that's awsome, just start out somewhere and see how it goes and have fun, don't stay anywhere just because you decided before hand to stay there x amount of time.
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