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21. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 5y

having been to all three I'd say you really can't go wrong in any way.

Depends on how ambitious or laid back you want to be.

Laos still has a lot of it's colonial heritage and is a great place to relax.
Vietnam is a study in contrasts as it modernizes in some places and stays nice and relaxed in others. It's also got the best beaches of the three.
Cambodia is by comparison rural compared to the two above places, but has the single biggest attraction in the three countries and you'd be hard pressed to say it was the least developed if all you really saw of the country was Siem Riep.

In terms of people - in Vietnam you'll find a lot more "hard sell" but thats not a defect of the country - simply people trying to earn a living in a place with a lot of competition. Avoid the worst of the backpacker trail, (which might be tough on a really tight budget) and you'll avoid a lot of this

In Cambodia you'll get a lot more of the offers to do things legal, quasi legal, outright illegal and/or just distasteful ( drugs, child prostitution and the like) maybe due to the crushing poverty that most of the country lives in. If you feel like doing some volunteering this certainly is the country to go do some in.

Lao is the least stressful of the places in terms of those kind of things and you'll find a people who are generally very happy and friendly, but perhaps not quite as outgoing.

All of them have beautiful and really ugly places but I've loved visiting them all.

Don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

22. Posted by Malapascua (Budding Member 12 posts) 5y

The people in Vietnam are very very difficult. It is a different world compared with Laos.

Most guys I know would not go to Vietnam again, cos of it's people.

Compared with India, Vietnam might be ok, but compared with the rest of SEA, it's not.

23. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

Maybe it's because I find many of my fellow Americans to be so rude and unfriendly, but I think the Vietnamese people are the best asset of that country. I have rarely been treated so well while on vacation. I especially like the fact that the Vietnamese will approach me first - to practice their English or (from kids) just to say "hello" with a great big smile.

24. Posted by robertjohn (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Vietnam & Cambodia are the best destination to visit in Asia, there are lots of destinations to visit in Vietnam where you can enjoy hiking, biking, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing and other adventures activities and also can enjoy Halong Bay cruises, excellent cuisines, Mekong delta cruises, & visit famous Angkor wat temples and much more.

25. Posted by rasheeed (Full Member 75 posts) 5y

I live in Cambodia (in the awesome Northeast) and love it. Am currently in Hanoi. Love it. Maybe I'm just easy. Both countries are great. Can't go wrong.


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