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11. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 5y

I'd go back to either - BUT I have to say having spent a month in each, in a month I had a decent feel for Vietnam, but didn't even feel I had scratched the surface of the Philippines.

12. Posted by ashleigh87 (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Hey, I havent been to Vietnam but i did visit the Philippines last month and loved it and cannot wait to go back - 3 weeks was not long enough but we saw what we wanted to see and it was kinda a mini romantic break before i came home!

But the place is amazingly stunning and the only place i didnt feel safe in was Manila and i only spent 2 nights there - long enough - but the shops are amazing haha.

Philipino food i wasnt too fond off, its very fattening in my opinion so that was my only minor. They do have amazing mango shakes though!!

I only went to Boracay and around a few beaches there then we went to Donsol - which was stunning, really quiet and not touristy - we went there for the whale sharks, then we visited Tagaytay for a few nights which was a really nice little place :) This probably wont help with your decision, but its definately a safe place - like any other country just use your common sense!!

13. Posted by parteeboi (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Filipinos have a great sense of humor too...

Quoting jmcastillo

hi, im jm from the southern part of the Philippines...actually, Philippines is safe country, cebu and bohol are one of the best place here to visit, they have one of the best tourist attractions to see, this includes beaches, old churches and one of the worlds wonder, the chocolate hills in bohol. speaking of beaches, cebu and bohol have much to offer. you will see here one of the best beaches in the country(IN CEBU: BANTAYAN ISLAND, MALAPASCUA ISLAND, BADIAN, MACTAN ISLAND, CAMOTES, ETC., IN BOHOL: ALONA BEACH, BALICASAG island etc.) thou private resorts are little bet expensive but yet there are lots of cheap beaches you will see around the islands....people here are friendly, helpful and respectful. we have a lots of different foods according to what you want and English is our second language so it will be easily for you to communicate anyone in the country.....

14. Posted by malmn (Full Member 45 posts) 5y

Vietnam hands down.

15. Posted by jmcastillo (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

[quote=parteeboi]Filipinos have a great sense of humor too...

definitely ......

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Mar-2011, at 02:14 by jmcastillo ]

16. Posted by kira.vo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

I am Vietnamese but working in Philippines. I thing both have its own features and attraction.
I work in Makati, a modern and luxuly city in Phil. The first impression on me is there are many shopping malls and Filipinos are very friendly, enthusiastic. Going out of city, you can see many poor people living in under roofed houses, and beggars in streets. If you go sightseeing, Manila is a good destination coz it expresses a different, both modern and old beauty. Beaches and islands in Phil are good.
But going to Vietnam, you can experience a unique cuisine in the North and beautiful beaches in the South. Taking a city tour around Hanoi, the capital, you can find Sword Lake, where has the sacred animal of Vietnam, the big Tortoise. Besides, you can go to Ha Long bay, the world's natural wonder, Sapa (mountain village) or Bai Dinh pagoda (the biggest one in South East Asia) or some other places.
Along to the South, you can reach Hue, the ancient city and Danang, there's a famous beach in here My Khe and the very ancient town, Hoi An. Then down to the South, you can reach Nha Trang beach (very cool:) ) and luxury Vinapearl resort. Ho Chi Minh city is a bustling city with many bar and noisy night life.
I live in Hanoi, so I like Hanoi more than Ho Chi Minh coz it's more reserved and decent.
The weather is also different between two areas. If you go on July/August, the weather in Hanoi is very cool and you can feel a peaceful atmosphere in here. But in the south, it's always hot (above 30 degree).
So I think you should try two if you have time.
If you need more advice or some help when going to Vietnam, dont hesitate to contact me

Hope you have a great trip.

Edited on 27-Mar-2011, at 02:14 by kira.vo

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