Thailand vs. The Philippines

  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jan 16, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    So I'm thinking of taking a small 2 week break in the next coming months to an Asian country. Both Thailand and The Philippines are relatively cheap to travel to at this time of year from Australia.

    Everyone seems to do Thailand but I've been researching more and more into The Philippines and it seems it's a country more poverty stricken and perhaps doesn't have as nice food as Thailand does, but surely there's some merit to the PI?

    Thoughts? Experiences?
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    Depends on if you enjoy sex with underage boys who could pass as girls or not.

    On a serious note a few of my friends have been to Thailand and loved it. There is plenty to do outside the city life most often portrayed in the media.

    The US State Dept. currently has travel warnings for the Philippines http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_999.html
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Hit up Manila and Quezon City.
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    Thailand might have better food but the philippines has hotter men.
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    Anyone who hasn't been to the Philippines cannot fully appreciate what that country has to offer. It's a very sophisticated country where the majority of the people speak English. The people are extremely accommodating, friendly and generous. The food is excellent--french, american, asian, fusion, etc. Don't underestimate the sophisticated culinary taste of the people there. Remember that the country was under Spanish, Japanese, and American rule in the past, so the food in the Philippines reflect a very international flavor. True, there is poverty in the Philippines, but it's no worse than that in Thailand (I've been to both countries by the way). The major cities in the Philippines are beautiful, as are the countless beaches, some of which are 10x better than what you would see in Thailand. Thailand is also beautiful, but I would say that the Philippines is more cosmopolitan. My advice is, go to Thailand if you want a more "asian" atmosphere; go to the Philippines if you want a more multicultural (leaning towards Euro and Northern American) one.
  • Karl

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    Jan 16, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    I'd pick Philippines icon_confused.gif
  • cromi

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    Jan 16, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    well i can only speak for my country,

    in the Philippines, i suggest you go to coron, palawan and maybe cam sur(the current season of survivor is being held there, so if you are a fan of the show then you will know how beautiful the place is).

    now, what i would not suggest is you take your vacation in the city(metro manila). sure, you are gonna be welcomed by the locals, receive some cute gaze/smiles as if you are a celebrity and what nots but two words -- traffic and pollution, it is not worth it hahaha. the real beauty of my country are in the provinces, especially the beaches, the waterfalls, the exotic animals that you can only see in my country. food is also a delight if you're adventurous. and lastly, there will be no language barrier since most filipinos can understand english(speaking in english can get tricky though hahaha)

    and btw, the travel ban is a major political BS!!! idk about the us government, i guess my country did something to the us government that they did not like, hence, the ban. if you ask me, its much more peaceful here than say Wisconsin, there i said it...
  • CityofDreams

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    Jan 16, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    I've heard good things about the Philippines. I've heard amazing things about Thailand! I am sure both countries have a lot to offer.
  • cromi

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    Jan 16, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    Karl saidI'd pick Philippines icon_confused.gif


    hey karl, have u been to the Philippines? i would love to offer my time if you decided to come here and be your guide cause u are such a sweatheart hehehe.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jan 16, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Why not do both?! icon_smile.gif
  • ursa_minor

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    Jan 16, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Yaorem saidPuerto Princesa Underground River, Chocolate Hills, Anilaw, Hundred Islands, Malagos Garden Resort, Tubataha Reef, Ifugao Rice Terraces, Variety Show. etc..icon_wink.gif


    yup, it's more fun in my native land --- the Philippines!
    our morning greeting literally means ¨Beautiful morning!¨ --Magandang umaga!

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    Jan 16, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    uoft23 saidThailand might have better food but the philippines has hotter men.


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  • prime02

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    Jan 16, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidDepends on if you enjoy sex with underage boys who could pass as girls or not.

    On a serious note a few of my friends have been to Thailand and loved it. There is plenty to do outside the city life most often portrayed in the media.

    The US State Dept. currently has travel warnings for the Philippines http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_999.html


    Ban is in the southern part of the Philippines where their is a strong influence of extremist Islamists. That area is close to Indonesia which certain areas have that strong influence.

    The Philippines is more western because of the country's history but still has the "flavor" of Asia. It's a mix of Spanish, Asian, Pacific Islander heritage, so look wise, it's different.
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
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    Yaorem saidPuerto Princesa Underground River, Chocolate Hills, Anilaw, Hundred Islands, Malagos Garden Resort, Tubataha Reef, Ifugao Rice Terraces, Variety Show. etc..icon_wink.gif


    yup, it's more fun in my native land --- the Philippines!
    our morning greeting literally means ¨Beautiful morning!¨ --Magandang umaga!



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  • Montague

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    Jan 16, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    uoft23 saidThailand might have better food but the philippines has hotter men.


    I beg to differ!

    Hit up Pattya, Thailand in the Summer months!
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    Both offer beautiful natural scenery, but I am not the biggest fan of either.

    Thailand is very developed and "first world." There is plenty of tourist infrastructure, but the downside is that you can feel very shuffled through as part of the crowd by a jaded tourist industry. (And I recognize that when I see it, as I lived in Hawai'i for several years.) Despite its marketing nickname "the land of smiles," in my experience on several trips the local people were generally not very friendly to tourists. The food can be delicious if you avoid the places catering to German tourists and serving weiner schnitzel. icon_razz.gif

    Much of the Phillippines is desperately poor and crowded. People are friendly, but can be out to separate you from every dollar you have. A while back we went to Camiguin Island, which at the time was being touted as an up and coming tourist destination. It took us days of planes, trains and automobiles to get there. When we arrived folks were amazed to see American tourists - the only Americans they knew were their Peace Corps volunteers. The only other Western tourist on the island was an older guy shacked up with his local teenaged girlfriend. The folks at the hotel kept trying to set us up with "a couple of nice girls from Bohol," i.e., hookers. Until they figured out we were a gay couple, at which point they sent a hot young local dude sniffing around for opportunities. (Not that there isn't also a sex industry in Thailand, but I found it easier to avoid.) Also, I am not a fan of Filipino food.

    Assuming you want to limit yourself to Southeast Asia, I personally have preferred trips to Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia to Thailand and the Phillippines.
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    Jan 16, 2013 7:33 PM GMT
    Man, having lived in the Philippines for 2 years? and Thailand for 1 year.. they both have much to offer.... I LOVED the Philippines as far as the people and culture... The food is INCREDIBLE!!! It's just not as recognized worldwide as that of Thailand... The hospitality of the pinoy? I've never encountered anywhere in Asia. I still have very close friends from 20 years ago, that I still visit on my holidays to the Philippines... You cannot go wrong choosing this beautiful country!!!! and, YES.... OMG... HOT men!!!!
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    Jan 16, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
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  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 16, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    The Philippines is awesome. I love Borocay and Palawan. If you meet local Filipino people they know how to party. I still prefer Thailand over the Philippines any day!
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    Jan 16, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Born and bred in the Philippines and having visited Thailand countless times, I would say go for the Philippines. Manila and Bangkok are in par in terms of availability of food, culture, people as well as pollution, traffic, smog etc. If you visit the Philippines definitely check out the Palawan islands (Boracay is nice but very overrated), Baguio City and the rice terraces, and the Bohol province for its renowned Chocolate Hills; Mount Mayon still impresses a lot of people for its shape.

    I still love LOVE Thailand and being Filipino, Thai food is slightly better. Filipino desserts, however, wins from the two (Halo halo is a must if you visit the country)!

    As others previously mentioned, communication among the locals are less taxing in the Philippines since many can understand English (Thai do as well, but I've experience great struggle to converse with Thai locals).
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    Jan 16, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    I've only been to Thailand but I can tell you I really loved it. Have fun
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    I'm going to be biased and say go to the Philippines. But honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with either country since there's so much beauty to be seen at both.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    Thailand would whoop Philippine's ass! Country fight!!
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    huhwhat saidThailand would whoop Philippine's ass! Country fight!!


    We've got Pacquiao, who does Thailand have? Then again, Manny got his ass beat in the last match. Thailand wins!