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March 02, 2005



Love both cities but for totally different reasons. I have always seen a huge divide between the Siamese-influenced side of that area (ie Thailand, Lao, Cambodia) and the Chinese-infliuenced side--Vietnam. The chinese have left their mark on Vietnam so strongly--in food, language, religion temprament. As soon as you leave Vietnam you get that "mai pen lai" it's all good attitude much more. I have always thought that characterised the Thais and their cultural relatives much more than the Vietnamese, who seem much more like the businesslike Chinese. But what does this gwailo/falang/farang/gaijin know anyway...?

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