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9 Reasons Why Vietnam Is the New Thailand

For the longest time, Thailand was the classic Southeast Asian destination. Its beautiful beaches, cheap accommodations, and amazing food secured the country on the top of most travelers’ lists for the region. But over the last few years, Vietnam has started to steal the Southeast Asia spotlight—offering less-crowded and cheaper options for tourists. Here are nine reasons why Vietnam is the new Thailand (a.k.a., the best place to go in Southeast Asia right now).

For the longest time, Thailand was the classic Southeast Asian destination. Its beautiful beaches, cheap accommodations, and amazing food secured the country on the top of most travelers’ lists for the region. But over the last few years, Vietnam has started to steal the Southeast Asia spotlight—offering less-crowded and cheaper options for tourists. Here are nine reasons why Vietnam is the new Thailand (a.k.a., the best place to go in Southeast Asia right now).

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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E-mail her at cmorse@smartertravel.com.

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