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1. Posted by five22bags (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hello everyone:

First time poster here, and since my question covers two regions, I have to put it in General Talk. My wife and I made our first overseas vacation for our honeymoon last year to Thailand. We explored it for 2 weeks and absolutely loved it. We are both very much into culture and history, as well as a little bit of adventure. What I mean by a little bit is that we mustered up the courage to ride an elephant through the jungle for an hour, but were white-knuckled the whole time! Anyways, on to the question:

We are trying to plan our next international trip. I think we have narrowed it down to China (Beijing specifically) or Vietnam. Where there is endless research to be seen on Beijing, I have heard first-hand that Vietnam is stunningly beautiful. Coming in 3rd is Russia (not sure where, St Peterburg? Novgorod? Moscow?) , and I have only read about it online; I don't know anyone who has been there.

We are looking for a safe and culturally rich vacation this year and I'd like to hear some opinions from people who have been to some or all of the places on our top 3 list. We are not particularly interested in nightlife or retail shopping, but rather tasteful, home goods that might be unique to the region.

Your thoughts? Thanks so much for taking the time to think about this and reply!

2. Posted by Russell1 (Inactive 10 posts) 6y

best to go to thailand and stay at cheap hotels in bangkok

3. Posted by five22bags (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Russell,

With all due respect, I believe that you have missed my question entirely. I do value everyone's time who reads my post, but responses as bland and far from insightful as yours really do not require either of our time.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jan-2010, at 04:59 by five22bags ]

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

There's a LOT of experience here that will eventually give you most of what you are looking for.

Just don't expect responses to be in any particular format. ;)

5. Posted by five22bags (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

fabyomama:

I understand. I am extremely understanding of the format of any poster, but I was concerned with the content of the post. In my OP, I had stated that I'd already been to Thailand, and that I had 3 options before me to choose from. The poster replied without any regard to either of those things. I know that when people say "with all due respect" they are intending to insult or demean with the following statement, but I honestly meant with all due respect; I honestly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my post and even more to those offer their opinions on the regions specified.

I'm really trying not to sound like a troll here, because I am looking for valuable and insightful information on those regions so I can plan my next trip.

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

Not been to any of the places you've mentioned but hoping to pass through St Petersburg later this year - arguably the worlds most beautiful city? Hope to stay a few days - if I can afford to. Good luck with your plans.

edit: Didn't think you were a troll btw. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jan-2010, at 06:20 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by five22bags (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

fabyomama:

I had not heard that St Petersburg was regarded one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Now I need to do more homework on it! Thank you for your post, it has sparked deeper research on my part.

8. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

Good luck with that. ;)

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10. Posted by AKAmber (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

Hi there!

I have only been to Thialand myself, but I am super anxious to make my way to Vietnam!

but, I don't have much advice on WHERE you should go, but rather, share some insight on my experiences and offer a suggustion.

of course, you may not want to work at all while you are on vacation, but I thought I'd throw out the option of international volunteering?

last summer, I volunteered with Cross Cultural Solutions. it was a bit spendy, but worth every penny! I volunteered in a day care in India and it was truly the most incredible experience! they have programs in 12 countries, including Russia.

I'm not sure if you're interested, but its one way to REALLY connect with the people and the culture!

if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to write me! :)

I'm sure where ever you go, and whatever you do, you will make great memories with each other! :)

Happy travels!

-AKAmber