Wot is not 2 b missed in vietnam. laos & cambodia?
Ideally anything.. im into trekking, sight seeing, chillin out on beaches..
I basically want to get an idea of wot each country is all about.. wanna really engross myself with the cultures of these three countries.. wot gives each one its identity etc..
i.e.waterfalls?, rainforests?, mountains?.. the beaches?.. historic content?.. wanna soak it all up
any help wud be gratefully received!!
( i've just had the first round of my jabs today, think me arm is about to fall off )
There is so much to see in those three countries and you will find them all very different. I think though "what each country is all about", and "what gives each one it's identity" is something that everyone that visits finds out for themselves. But I can tell you what it was all about for me.
Cambodia: Obviously Angkor is not to be missed. It is one of the most amazing historical sights on the planet. But I think for me, what Cambodia was all about was coming to grips with the tragidies of the 70's and 80's. So if you learn one thing about the country, it should be about their recent history, and how they've dealt with it. The museums in Phomn Pehn are a good place to start.
Vietnam: When I went to Vietnam I expected there to be constant reminders about the war. But it wasn't like that at all. Vietnam for me was all about the divesity. It's got beaches, mountains, great cities, interesting small towns and a whole lot of beautful scenery. There are so many highlights in Vietnam, you have to give yourself a month at least. Visit the Mekong Delta, Saigon, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. All very different towns, and all fantastic.
Laos: Laos is all about being the quietest country in the world. I only stayed for a bit, but Luang Prabang and Vien Viang were great. Don't miss the waterfall at LP, nor tubing down the river in VV. Also, take the slowboat out of Laos down the Mekong. It's all about taking it slow and relaxing, which to me was the essence of the country.
Dave, You are right about Laos "Also, take the slowboat out of Laos down the Mekong. It's all about taking it slow and relaxing, which to me was the essence of the country." LPDR..Lao People Dont Rush!!
But honestly, I love the people & the country...it is what Nepal used to be 20-25 years ago! Well Andy, see Laos b4 mass tourism over runs that country. Visit Luang Namtha with its ethnic diversity (22 tribes)Muang Ngoi and Xam Neua ( the least touristic of the provinces)...
Yep, add my vote for the Laos slow boat and slow life. Si Pan Don(The 1000 islands) in the south is great, Vang Vieng is great for some backpacker atmosphere, the north has some nice treks.
Of course Ankor is a priority esp. a sunrise(sunsets get pretty crowded) and Sinoukville(sp?) in the south has some great deserted beaches. Phnom Penh is good if you like to shoot guns and other do other illict things.
Can`t comment on Vietnam, I chose to go to Myanmar but heard great things about Halong Bay.
Just back from Cambodia.
Phnom Penh - the Killing Field before you head to Toul Sleng Museum. Now they charge our foreigner USD2 per entry at the Killing Field and currently they are building the road towards the site, still under construction now and very dusty! Toul Sleng Museum charges for USD2 per entry for per foreigner.
Choose one of the Mekong island and go there and feel the very rug and rural countryside atmosphere there! I really miss there a lot! People bath and wash their clothes along the Mekong river; seeing the horse or cow carts carrying the goods; naked children playing by the fishing boats; some old Khmer temples and people's monasterial stupas and weaving tools...
Siem Reap - get a 3 days pass for USD40 per head! and stay one day to stroll around the SR town and go and bargain the souvenirs at the Central Market and Old Market. Lots of nice food and some art galleries along the way to Angkor. Some cultural shows at the children hospital for free! Feel the dusty air while the tranquility there...