Of the three countries of 'IndoChina' our preference in order is:
Although they share some similarity when seen with European eye the peoples are quite different.
The Vietnamese can often be pushy and arrogant. This may be due to a large percentage of the population being young. There are also many helpful people and ad-hoc overland travelling is a breeze, as it is with all three countries.
Our favourites were
The area around Sapa (but not the town). Not as nice as China over the border but ...
Nha Trang - but purely because we stayed across the road from the beach for a week and just sawm in the morning and ate in the afternoon/evening
Dalat and the surrounding area was nice. Greenhouses, eating crickets, coffee growing, the Dali-esque crazy house etc. I heard that the lake in town has been drained.
Ho Chi Minh has an airport
Cambodia is poorer but has the major sites.
We stayed in Siem reap for nine nights exploring the temples. We also took a trip through northern Cambodia visiting many other sites which included the magnificent setting of Prasat Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh is a pleasant small city with many interesting sites (Killing Fields, Prison, wandering)
Sihanoukville is a bit boring - but the water at the main beach is flat like a bathtub, and beer and food is sold within metres of the water's edge
Kep is small, laid-back, and has fresh crab. You can watch the cages being brought in beside your ‘restaurant’ shack. Accommodation becomes a premium on weekends as people travel down from PP.
Laos gets under your skin - if you stay long enough and slow down.
Everywhere is interesting in one way or another. Go when you have plenty of time.
Go for vietnam, lots to see and do, people are friendly. Just leaving cambodia today fed up of being ripped off . 1 last insult on leaving 50 dollars to exit the country. We have found prices expensive food equal to uk. If on a budget beware
Have fun whatever you decide
I am happy to be going back into thailand the land of smiles
Hello everyone, next year i am going aboard. I choose Vietnam and Cambodia, but my budget is tight.
I search on google and many people say Vietnam is not really good. The capital city and the street is really annoying.
And Cambodia is "after war" country, i didn't know what happen there..
is there anyone give a clue?
thank you b4
Cambodia is very much a "after war" country. If you don't know anything about it, you should research it a little before you decide to go. Personally after going to both Vietnam and Cambodia earlier this year, Id go for Vietnam if you can only do one. Cambodia is fantastic, and the people seem to have moved on completely from such a recent war and atrocity's, but the history of these crimes is right in your face and its important if you visit that country to see and understand what happened. It will leave you pretty depressed and you'd have to be pretty hard not to end up crying at some point. So if that's what you are looking for on your vacation then Cambodia should be your first choice.
Depending on how long you are planning to travel for, you could easily combine the two countries into your trip. Vietnam really is a fabulous country, filled with stunning landscapes, friendly people and delicious food. Halong Bay is a visually spectacular place, the 3000 or more incredible islands that rise from the emerald waters are dotted with beaches, grottoes and sparsely forested slopes. Words alone cannot do justice to this inspiring World Heritage site. Ho Chi Minh City is a fascinating city where modern development meets the age-old culture of the Vietnamese people. From here you can explore the narrow exotic waterways of the shimmering Mekong Delta. Floating down the river on a traditional wooden boat, watching the local villagers row their boat with their feet is simply unforgettable. Cambodia is an absolutely wonderful country where the Khmer traditions are still thriving and the atmosphere is welcoming and laid back. The majestic Angkor Wat is one of the most famous ruin sites in the world and really lives up to all the hype. It is simply awe inspiring in real life. No trip to Cambodia would be complete without it. Phnom Penh is a great city and has retained much of its original charm, crisscrossed by broad tree-lined boulevards and dotted with old colonial villas.
Things that I would recommend including in your trip are:
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Hoi An - HCMC - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
I hope this has helped!
I found Laos to be the most relaxing and hassle free and the people were the most genuinely friendly and charming out of the 'Indochina 3' - Cambodia is next in preference and then Vietnam can be a bit full on, but all 3 are very fascinating places and well worth some time and attention. None are maybe as developed with as easy an infrastructure at Thailand, but to me that is part of the appeal. Thailand will bend over backwards to cater for all demands to bring in the tourists and their money, maybe too much.
Cambodia calm and quiet.....
Both clountries fantastic,vietnam varied and huge.
Cambodia small and impoverished but slower and with nicer people.
Who was complaining about departure taxes in one of the poorest countries in the world?
I've visited Vietnam and I found that Vietnam wasn't worse choice. The people here were friendly and helpful, Vietnamese food was good and Halong was great place to see...Everything was good but traffic, be careful when going outside ( especially in Hanoi city), sometimes it was crazy.
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jan-2011, at 20:02 by peter0105 ]
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