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Old 12-06-2017, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would a Thai prefer Brisbane or Melbourne?

I've been asked to recommend one or the other to a Thai who wants to spend 6-12 months studying English in Australia.

I've been to Melbourne a couple of times but never Brisbane. I've also never met the Thai in question so I know little about her tastes.

I'd imagine that the Brisbane climate is better suited to Thais unless they like chily winters. I'd also think Melbourne is better is better suited to an urbanite and Brisbane to an outdoorsy type. Perhaps Brisbane is a bit cheaper too.

If it was me I'd choose Sydney but it's not an option apparently. Are there any other useful deciding city-based factors?
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I'd imagine that the Brisbane climate is better suited to Thais unless they like chily winters. I'd also think Melbourne is better is better suited to an urbanite and Brisbane to an outdoorsy type. Perhaps Brisbane is a bit cheaper too.
All correct suggestions I would say.

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If it was me I'd choose Sydney but it's not an option apparently.
Also would agree with this. Sydney is the best value fun-wise for a 12 month visit but expensive to try and settle in.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been to Melbourne a couple of times but never Brisbane. I've also never met the Thai in question so I know little about her tastes.
Ok, someone you don't know is asking you about a place you have never been.

Can I suggest your answer should be "I haven't got a clue"
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My answer is gonna be a link to this thread.

The girl knows no Australians to ask and asked my Mrs who asked me. Just trying to help.
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I've been to Melbourne a couple of times but never Brisbane. I've also never met the Thai in question so I know little about her tastes.
Ok, someone you don't know is asking you about a place you have never been.

Can I suggest your answer should be "I haven't got a clue"
That's kind of what I was thinking too, but with asking people he doesn't know added on to the end.

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I've been to Melbourne a couple of times but never Brisbane. I've also never met the Thai in question so I know little about her tastes.
Ok, someone you don't know is asking you about a place you have never been.

Can I suggest your answer should be "I haven't got a clue"
The only possible way to know is if someone fluent in Thai (to a native level) stops a random Thai on the street and asks them.

Once they get over the initial shock of the flawless Thai coming from a foreigner they'll answer on behalf of all other Thais (because all Thais think/feel alike).
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The answer, of course, is potato.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This isn't the section in which to showcase your mental problems chaps.

Thanks
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I've seen a lot of Thais taking advantage of gullible eager-to-please farangs here, getting them to do their tasks for them because they're too lazy. The farang jumps in and does all their work for them while the Thai has a giggle at them.

Tell them to do their own research among Thais that have lived in, or at least been to both.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Perhaps she has looked online but wants as much info as possible and she knew my Mrs had been to Australia. She didn't ask a "farang" at all.

I doubt many Thais know both cities well enough to be able to compare them as places to live.

Do you have any useful info on the subject matter?
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You're being laughed at Spud. Ol' Thai has you running round the place researching for them while they're sniggering over a plate of somtam.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:24 PM   #14 (permalink)
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A link to the homepage of a different forum isn't useful.

I've asked the question here and there are probably members who'll want to discuss it. If you're​ not interested in doing so then move along instead of trying to shut the discussion down.
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A link to the homepage of a different forum isn't useful.
Not one that you can't read, anyway.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I live in Brisbane with my Thai wife.
Your observations are, as Looper said, on the money.

It all depends on the individual.

There are a fair few Thai people living here.
Brisbane has a Winter which can be quite cold, but it is short. Melbourne in Winter is dreary for months and the sunshine is also noticeably weaker. To me, it seemed like the end of the earth during Winter.

A cosmopolitan Thai person would like Melbourne better, but it's also rather alienating. Unless they really want that urban experience, I'd suggest Brisbane. It is smaller and easy to get out to country areas, whereas it takes ages in Melb.
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Let the students decide:

Seven Best Student Cities in Australia

2- Melbourne retains second place in the Best Student Cities ranking this year, beaten only by Paris, and it’s not difficult to see why. Known as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is packed full of things to do, especially if you’re into live music, comedy or sporting events. The city is home to seven universities which feature in the international rankings, and achieves the best score in the entire index for ‘student mix’, with multicultural exchange highlighted among the best things about student life in Melbourne. With beautiful beaches and a high standard of living (Melbourne is currently rated the world’s most livable city by The Economist), the city also achieves a strong score for ‘desirability’. Melbourne is also Australia’s highest ranked city in both the ‘rankings’ and ‘employer activity’ categories, reflecting the prestige of the (albeit pricey) education on offer.

4 - Next in our list of the best cities in Australia for students is another of this year’s rising stars – Brisbane moves up five places this year to be joint 18th with Auckland. Considered a very friendly city, Brisbane is home to three major universities and a sizable student population. However, it’s not just a student bubble; this up-and-coming city is also a tourist destination with the largest economy between Sydney and Singapore. Like many Australian cities, Brisbane offers an ideal mix for students seeking a balance between urban and outdoor lifestyles. Stunning beaches, a sunny climate and a sporting culture coexist with a cosmopolitan down-town area offering a trendy nightlife and arts scene.

https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...ties-australia

Pretty close call.

I vote for Brisbane for no actual reason other than virtual reality, an imagination and stories I've been told.
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Growing Potato in Australia - temperate climate
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I would suggest Brisbane, because Brisbane is way better, way better because they speak "Posh" er English.
Melbourne folks talk with a right common typo English, and Melbourne is full of gate crashing immigrants.
Brisbane is also better because Me Aunt Gwen lives there and I've stayed over.
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Some help might be the FaceBook pages of the relative City Temples.

I've been to the Brisbane Temple ... https://www.facebook.com/watthaibuddharam/


There a few Temples in Mlbn ... but I've never been to any of them.

Website - WatThaiMelbourne - Thai Temple


This website for Australia might prove helpfull ... Thai 4 Me Main page
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I live in Brisbane, Queensland, (Gods Country) and have worked for long periods in Victoria.
The climate in Brisbane is very similar to Thailand, esp Issan.
Melbourne is bloody cold, a long winter, 2-10 daily and F%#&ing hot in summer 40 +. Winter lasts 8-10 weeks max in Brisbane and is relatively mild 10-25 most days a few down to 6.
Brisbane used to be a cultural backwater but is now a thriving city. Melbourne is the most cosmopolitan city in Australia.
So basically is she a "city girl" or from "upcountry"
There are a lot of Thais who live here in Australia, so student jobs working in Thai Restaurants etc.. are plentiful.
Apart from that "Up to You". A lot of girls from the village ask my wife about life in Oz not through laziness, but they get to see so little of the outside world its hard for them to find out these facts.

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Old 12-06-2017, 05:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Cheers all

14 celcius daytime highs in Melbourne this week. I'd choose Brisbane if going now.
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If Cairns is an option then a perfect match for Thailand, otherwise, having lived in Brisbane and Melbourne my Thai wife would choose Brisbane, both for climate and cultural reasons.
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I recently stayed in Burleigh heads ,QLD .90 km south of Brisbane City on the Gold coast .Many Thai there including the people i was staying with .
There is a University near called Bond University ,many Thai restaurants and massage places .Has a good public transport system .
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